Pumpkin Pie Protein Smoothie

Simply put, this protein packed smoothie is like drinkable pumpkin pie!

Pumpkin pie smoothie with 12g protein per serving and without all the calories, refined sugar, and fat! Recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

I recently swapped my standard glowing skin secret weapon for a creamy pumpkin spice protein smoothie. Velvety smooth cinnamon spiced goodness to make your muscles strong. And, if you’re anything like me, you can enjoy it in a wine glass to feel extra fancy.

😉

(At home in your sweatpants browsing Pinterest for more pumpkin recipes and later, searching for workouts to counteract all that pumpkin baking. This is autumn life.)

Pumpkin pie smoothie with 12g protein per serving and without all the calories, refined sugar, and fat! Recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

Pumpkin pie smoothie with 12g protein per serving and without all the calories, refined sugar, and fat! Recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

This smoothie tastes like you wrapped fall and Thanksgiving up in the palm of your hands and dropped it all into a blender. Or, better yet, as if you blended up a fat slice of grandma’s pumpkin pie.

Pumpkin pie with 12g protein per serving and without all the calories, refined sugar, and fat. But, uhhh, there’s always room for that on the Thanksgiving table – stay tuned.

I combine a few favorites from fall’s bounty of flavors to make this pumpkin pie smoothie. But before those go into the blender, make sure you have a frozen banana on hand. This will be the base of the smoothie recipe. There isn’t much frozen banana (not nearly as much as my other smoothie recipes for this 2 serving recipe), just the tiniest bit to give the pumpkin smoothie its unparalleled creamy base. Underneath all the pumpkin, maple, spice, and cinnamon flavors – you absolutely cannot taste the banana.

Pumpkin Pie Protein Smoothie - simply put, this protein packed smoothie is like drinkable pumpkin pie!

After the frozen banana chunks, throw in some vanilla Greek yogurt. Creamy, sweet, delicious protein. Feel free to use regular (non Greek) vanilla yogurt instead – keeping in mind the protein count will be lower. I prefer Greek yogurt not only for its protein count, but for its incredibly thick texture.

In addition to the Greek yogurt, the skim milk adds a little protein. If you use nondairy milk, be sure to adjust the protein count accordingly. If you’re even concerned with protein at this point. When drinkable pumpkin pie is in a glass, who even cares about the protein!!

The ice? Well that makes the smoothie thicker. And you can add a couple more ice cubes than I did to make the smoothie even thicker if you wish!

Flavoring this orange beauty is pumpkin, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, and pure maple syrup. A powerhouse line-up if you ask me. For best taste, use pure maple syrup, not “breakfast syrup.”

Pumpkin Pie Protein Smoothie - simply put, this protein packed smoothie is like drinkable pumpkin pie!

To turn this pumpkin pie protein smoothie into a satisfying pumpkin-packed breakfast, round it out with some crunchy pumpkin spice granola. You can even layer the granola into the smoothie like I did with my favorite summer smoothie recipe.

Cheers!

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Pumpkin Pie Protein Smoothie

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 2 small smoothies or 1 large smoothie
  • Category: Drinks
  • Cuisine: American

Description

Simply put, this protein packed smoothie is like drinkable pumpkin pie!


Ingredients

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup (120g) vanilla Greek yogurt*
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice*
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) skim milk*
  • 2 Tablespoons (30ml) pure maple syrup
  • 2/3 cup (150g) pumpkin puree (canned or fresh)
  • 1 cup ice

Instructions

  1. Make sure you have a strong, powerful blender.
  2. Add all of the ingredients to the blender in the order listed. Blend on high for at least 3 minutes or until smooth – this may take longer if your blender isn’t very strong. Scrape down the sides of the blender as needed.
  3. Add more milk to thin out if it is too thick. Add a couple more ice cubes for a thicker texture, if desired. Add more spices to taste, if desired.

Notes

  1. Yogurt: Feel free to use regular (non Greek) vanilla or plain yogurt instead – keeping in mind the protein count will be lower. I prefer vanilla Greek yogurt not only for its protein count, but for its incredibly thick texture and vanilla taste.
  2. Spices: Instead of pumpkin pie spice, try adding nutmeg, cloves, ginger, and/or more cinnamon to taste.
  3. Milk: Any milk is just fine here. However, be sure to adjust the protein count accordingly!

Keywords: pumpkin pie smoothie

Try this healthy pumpkin recipe I love: the Pumpkin Granola Bars in my cookbook.

Pumpkin Granola Bars

Simply put, this protein packed pumpkin smoothie is like drinkable pumpkin pie!

85 Comments

  1. Sally I am soooo glad I didn’t make this 🙂 Yesterday I was *this close* to making a pumpkin smoothie but I’ve done one in the past and I just had a feeling you were going to post one any day now 🙂 And….you did and it’s gorgeous and I want it! Now that I already ate all the dip I made instead. Lol Pinned!

  2. I love how this has no refined sugar and is just full of goodness! I think I know what breakfast on Thanksgiving will be now, right before my Turkey Day 5K!

  3. What beautiful fall pictures! I love the straws and towels you used…you have such an eye for all of that 🙂 I can’t remember where I found the article, but the other day I read something about the Starbucks pumpkin drink that is so popular this time of year and how the Starbucks spokesperson admitted that there is absolutely no pumpkin in the drink at all! So it’s great that people have your alternative…a pumpkin drink with actual pumpkin. Amazing 😉

    1. Haha I’m not surprised there is absolutely no pumpkin in the Starbucks pumpkin coffee drink! Just “flavor” – homemade is 100% better.

  4. What a perfect fall snack! My grandmother LOVES pumpkin, but can’t eat solid foods right now. Thank you for this recipe that I will make for her this week!

  5. I wonder if you mixed the pumpkin + spices, then froze it into “ice cubes” it would make the smoothie even THICKER. Move over (cute) straws, it’s a spoons job 😉

  6. Made this a few moments ago. Deliciousness :-). I make a similar smoothie with sweet potato which is also very good. I’ve even subbed butternut squash a few times.

  7. Haha “ick… sugar free” :’) I totally agree with you on that one 😉 This smoothie looks so good. I love making smoothies in the weekend. My boyfriend just bought me a blender with “easy and quick cleaning”-option, so there are no more limits to the amount of smoothies I can make 😉

  8. I was thinking along the same lines as Laur with frozen pumpkin cubes. Though for me, it’s less a desire to make it thicker and more from a desire not to use actual ice cubes in my smoothies since I feel like they never truly get broken down enough and then mini ice granules stop up my straw. Yuck.

    I pretty much freeze all my fruit now (after you changed my life with your frozen banana trick!) to avoid icy smoothies.

    Do you know if this would work or does something gross happen if pumpkin is frozen?

    Oh, also, I made your pumpkin spice puppy chow last night for my family and it was a big hit. BIG. HIT. Hurrah!

  9. I went to make a mango smoothie the other day with what I thought was leftover mango puree from last year – turns out it was actually pumpkin puree! I ended up making it into pancakes instead of a smoothie (never a bad thing) but I wish I’d had this recipe on hand to correct my smoothie path. Never fear, I am sure there are more packets of mango/pumpkin in the back of the freezer!
    Thanks Sally 🙂 Hope you are having a great time on your honeymoon!

  10. I know you won’t be able to answer this right away but can honey be substituted for the maple syrup or will it throw off the flavor?

    1. No that would actually be just fine Kristen – assuming you like the taste of honey. You won’t have a maple flavor (obviously) but there is enough pumpkin and spice flavor.

      1. Can I omit the maple syrup all together and use some stevia powder. Like maybe a teaspoon. Looks yummy I just don’t want to use honey or syrup.

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