Vegan Pumpkin Chocolate Swirl Shake

Skip the unhealthy pumpkin shake at the fast food restaurant and make your own at home instead for a healthier alternative that will actually leave you feeling good without a sugar high.  The recipe I am sharing with you today doubles as a dessert, or a breakfast on the go.  It doesn’t contain any refined sugars, or dairy.  The base is bananas instead of dairy, and I add  medjool dates for sweetness and it is just right.  Also I have included protein powder, because I like an extra boost in my shakes so it is the perfect thing to keep you satisfied until lunch.  It has a swirl of vanilla pumpkin and chocolate shake so you get two delicious flavors in one drink! Give this a try next time you are in need of a pumpkin shake!  Of course if you are not a chocolate fan, just make it plain pumpkin and leave out the cacao powder.

Author: Amy Lyons O’Neil

Amy has worked for Fresh and Natural Foods since 2006 contributing to the variety of healthful foods we offer. She graduated with a degree in studio art from Bethel University in 2007, but in her senior year of college, found that her passion was with the art of food. She later used her photography and culinary skills to create a vegan food and recipe blog, Fragrant Vanilla Cake. She has also written 3 cookbooks. She specializes in vegan and vegetarian recipes. Local, fresh and organic food has always been her focus in whatever she creates.



  1. In a high speed blender, combine all ingredients but the cacao powder and blend until smooth, using the tamper to press the shake down into the blades.
  2. Remove 1/2 of the mixture, and set aside in a glass or bowl, then blend the cacao powder into the rest of it.
  3. Pour the two shake flavors into into 2 tall glasses alternating them to create layers, then and serve!

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Recipe Type

  • Dairy-Free
  • Gluten-Free
  • Heart Healthy
  • Paleo
  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian

Course Type

  • Breakfast
  • Dessert
  • Drink

Skill Level

  • Beginner
  • Easy