- September 21, 2022
- Modified On: September 20, 2022
- by Amy Gorin, MS, RDN
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Pumpkin Spice Protein Shake
Looking for a tasty pumpkin pie smoothie? This pumpkin spice protein shake is so yummy and full of nutrition.
Fall is my favorite time of year. I love everything about it: the way the air feels, the switchover from sandals to boots, and the opportunity to eat anything and everything pumpkin flavored.
My love of pumpkin is why I decided to play around this morning and bring you this pumpkin pie in a glass! While the pumpkin spice smoothie is perfect for Fall, it’s also a delicious treat anytime of the year.
Get ready to enjoy a delicious taste of fall flavors! Each serving of the pumpkin protein shake provides 13 grams of protein, making it an excellent source of plant-based protein.
To make this pumpkin spice protein shake, you need just a handful of ingredients:
Milk: Any good smoothie has a base of liquid, and milk provides protein. If you’d like to make the smoothie vegan, you can swap out the dairy milk for almond milk, soy milk, or coconut milk.
Pumpkin puree: The best part about eating pumpkin is how nutritious it is.
Pumpkin offers beta carotene, which is the precursor to vision-helping vitamin A. You also get filling fiber from pumpkin, as well as iron, a mineral that helps provide oxygen to your blood.
When you’re shopping for pumpkin puree, make sure to choose 100 percent pumpkin—and not pumpkin pie mix or pumpkin pie filling, which contains added sugar.
When I make smoothies, I typically use frozen banana. But the pumpkin in this pumpkin spice protein shake provides plenty of creaminess.
Almond butter: This adds a bit of nuttiness and also protein, fiber, and healthy fats.
pumpkin spice protein shake These ingredients add natural sweetness to the pumpkin spice protein shake.
Helpful kitchen tools
These items will make it easier to whip up this pumpkin spice protein shake!
Making this pumpkin spice protein shake is super easy and takes just a few minutes.
All you do is blend together the pumpkin puree
with nutmeg, cloves, vanilla extract,
almond butter, milk,
and ice cubes.
If you’d like, dust the blended smoothie with nutmeg.
There are many different ways that you can spice up a protein shake. You can change up the type of milk that you use. In this recipe, I used low-fat cow’s milk, but you could instead try it with soy milk, oat milk, or almond milk.
Additionally, you can try protein shakes with different types of nut butter, such as peanut butter or sunflower butter.
If you like to add protein powder to your shakes, you can experiment with different flavors of that to switch it up. Adding spices, such as cinnamon or nutmeg, is another way to enhance the flavors of your protein shake.
Pumpkin spice is a blend of spices that usually includes cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice, and cloves. The aromatic mix results in a warm, savory flavor that pairs well with many different things.
You can make your own pumpkin spice mix with any blend of these ingredients. This pumpkin spice protein shake utilizes a mix of nutmeg and cloves.
You can pair pumpkin spices with a variety of foods, from sweets to savory dishes. Pumpkin spice is often used in baking––it’s delicious in cookies, bread, muffins, and cheesecake.
It is commonly used as a topping for fruit-based desserts, like baked apples or pears. You could use it to make spiced nuts, season up roasted vegetables, or even to add some warmth to a fall-themed soup.
It’s also pretty popular these days to add pumpkin spice to coffee, such as in pumpkin spice lattes.
Additionally, the spice mix can be added to breakfast dishes like oatmeal and protein shakes or smoothies like I did in this pumpkin spice protein shake recipe.
More plant-based smoothies
If you enjoyed this pumpkin spice protein shake, you’ll also like:
- Vanilla Bean Smoothie
- Blueberry Peanut Butter Smoothie
- Healthy Coffee Smoothie
- Berry Chocolate Smoothie
- Banana Nutmeg Smoothie
Pumpkin Spice Protein Shake
- 1 cup low-fat milk or vegan alternative
- ¾ cup pumpkin puree
- 1 tbsp almond butter
- ⅛ tsp ground nutmeg
- ¼ tsp ground cloves
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp maple syrup
- 4 ice cubes
- Blend ingredients together, and enjoy!
I’d love to hear from you! Let me know what you think of this pumpkin protein smoothie!
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