Paleo Pumpkin Persimmon Smoothie or Pudding

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Paleo Pumpkin Persimmon Smoothie or Pudding-4700I have been sitting on this recipe since last year.  Persimmons were a totally new fruit to me last year.  I had heard of them, but never tried them.  When I saw a recipe featuring these vibrant orange fruits, I new it was high time I finally try these stunning beauties.  And I created this recipe….but it was at the END of the season!  I knew I needed to wait until persimmons came back to me, AND to my readers!

Here are some things to know about persimmons in case you are a rookie like I was!

  • There are two main varieties: Fuyu and Hachiya.  These are easily identified by their shape.  Fuyu is my favorite and is short and squat like a tomato.  It is ready to eat and use when it is soft and the skin as turned almost translucent  The Hachiya persimmon is slightly elongated and comes to a point.  This particular variety has to be perfectly ripe to be fact the insides have to be complete moosh.  Both varieties can ripen further on your counter if they are not quite there.
  • Fruit should be evenly orange, a deep orange.
  • The fruit is sweet without being  very high in sugars or calories.
  • These come into season in the late Fall and early Winter.

This recipe is a favorite of my son’s.  While healthy enough to be a meal…it is satisfying as a dessert too.  You get to decide!  I use fresh pumpkin or squash puree .  It has a light and wonderful flavor that can not be matched by any canned variety.  If you use canned, start with less…it has much stronger flavor.


  • I used my BlendTec in this recipe, but a reasonable blender or food processor should work well too.  The skin may not completely pulverize, and you will want to soften the coconut butter if you are using it.
  • I use gelatin in this smoothie as a high-quality protein source that has the added bonus of being SUPER good for your intestinal health.  I choose Great Lakes Grass-Fed Gelatin, and my canisters last me months, so it is well worth the added cost.  If you are vegan, you can leave the gelatin out entirely or add your own protein source.

Here are a couple of other persimmon recipes I am eager to try too (I have heard you can use the persimmon puree wherever you would use applesauce!)!

Whatever you do, get your hands on some of these beautiful and tasty fruits while they are season!

Paleo Pumpkin Persimmon Smoothie or Pudding-4687

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Paleo Pumpkin Persimmon Smoothie or Pudding
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Serves: 2
  • 1 cup favorite non-dairy milk, I use So Delicious Unsweetened Coconut Milk, if making a smoothie, increase the amount to 1½ cups, part cold water is fine too.
  • ½ cup fresh pumpkin puree
  • 1 ripe persimmon, or one frozen dried
  • 1½ tablespoons cocoa powder, or increase to 2 tablespoons for extra dark chocolate flavor.
  • 1½ tablespoons coconut butter or cream
  • 1 tablespoon grass fed gelatin (protein source)
  • ⅛ teaspoon sea salt
  • 8-16 drops stevia liquid to taste, or honey!
  1. Blend all ingredients in a high powered blender until creamy and smooth.

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17 comments on “Paleo Pumpkin Persimmon Smoothie or Pudding
  1. This pudding recipe looks divine Tessa! I can’t wait to go get some persimmons at the store and I love your addition of healthy gelatin to the mix-great for our kiddos!

  2. amber says:

    Looks great, Tessa. I remember when you commented on my vegan persimmon pudding that you never had one and I was like…”whhhhat!” So glad you like them. I think they taste like candy. This recipe looks delicious and such inviting pictures.

  3. I am a complete rookie when it comes to persimmons, so thank you for the helpful info. I know how that the persimmons I see everywhere are the Fuyu variety :) Love that you use gelatin in this recipe, this would make for a great light meal while still getting the necessary protein!
    Thanks for sharing this at Smoothie OTW, I hope you’ll join up again soon :)

  4. Pure Ella says:

    Well that looks yummy!!!
    I also just discovered Persimmons last year 😉
    They really are pretty good so I’m happy for all this inspiration in blogosphere – it gets me to try new foods 😉

    Happy Holidays!
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  5. blender dude says:

    I still have yet to try persimmons as a smoothie ingredient but your recipe is definitely inspiring. Will have to try soon – thanks for sharing. BTW, your photography is amazing, too!

  6. Julia says:

    I’m not sure if there are any persimmons left around here now, but I’m very motivated to search. I really want to try this awesome smoothie!
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  7. D says:

    What does the gelatin do?
    Where do I lol for it in the store?
    What can sub for it?
    My lil girl has Crohns and its all new to us. She loves persimmons so we see a lot of subs we will have to
    Make and hope it works out well.
    Thank YOU!

    • Gelatin does a couple of things….first it is a great source of protein, second it is very good for compromised guts and helps heal them….it is like a superfood! You can easily eave it out in this recipe…the recipe performs the same either way, although it is SO good for you and people with gut issues (Chrohns!) can totally benefit from it, I would get some! I order mine online, which I have linked too above in the intro, I like to use high quality grass-fed Great Lakes for most benefit. Regular gelatin can be found near the Jello, gelatin is what makes things turn to jelly when heat is used….
      I am here to help you if you need additional help with changing recipes for your daughter!

  8. Thanks Tessa for the overview. I am a complete persimmon newbie/rookie. They have only just started to be available in stores in Canada in the last 2 years (maybe). I didn’t really know what to do with them. I had some for breakfast in Vietnam and have been truly intrigued since. This a perfect place for me to start.
    beyond the peel recently posted…Vietnamese Braised Chicken with 5 Spice (Vegan? Try it with Winter Squash)My Profile

  9. swathi says:

    Delicious paleo pumpkin persimmon smoothie , thanks for sharing with Hearth and Soul blog hop. I am hightligting this recipe today’s bloghop.
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  10. I want that smoothie. I’ll make one at home.
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  11. joanna says:

    i made this today and it was interesting haha i dont usually eat persimmons because they don’t have too much flavor and that’s kind of how my smoothie was. i made the recipe exactly as it was written so luckily i like pumpkin and chocolate!

  12. Hi Joanna! Persimmons are tricky…some are so sweet and amazing..and others are ho-hum at best. I have a hard time finding consistently good ones. The ones I had the best luck with were the partially dehydrated frozen ones at Trader Joes…but they do not have them anymore );
    If you don;t love something fresh…it probably won’t be amazing in a smoothie for you! I am glad you could at least eat it!
    Tessa Domestic Diva recently posted…Paleo Fish Tacos w/ a Spicy SlawMy Profile

    • Joanna says:

      Yeah, i had a feeling by the time my grocery store gets em, they are kind of blah. I live in pittsburgh so its not exactly a tropical fruit city haha i think next time i will substitute banana for persimmon and go with a chocolate pumpkin smoothie! The good thing was that i was full for four hours from this smoothie! I still have one persimmon left and might roast it in the oven with some honey. I hate wasting expensive fruit! Haha

      • yes, I just purchased a batch at Costco thinking I was in for a major score and they were pretty blah! I pureed them and I am using them like applesauce in baked goods! Roasting….THAT might be an awesome fix…roasting makes a lot things wonderful! Banana would be good in this, and I bet dates with some additional liquid could work too!
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