With the fall season in full swing, it’s hard to resist the temptation of scrumptious seasonal sippings. You know what I mean, you’ve seen them, you’ve bought them: pumpkin spice lattes. The menus of our favorite coffee shops currently abound with whipped, spicy, pumpkin-themed drinks that, unfortunately, are loaded with sugar and not actual pumpkin. So how can you enjoy a favorite fall beverage without compromising your health? Simple – by making your own whipped, spicy, pumpkin drink, or more specifically, this Pumpkin Spice Protein Smoothie Recipe.
A Healthy Fall Treat: Pumpkin Spice Protein Smoothie Recipe
Now, I know this isn’t the drink that warms your hands through your mittens on a cool fall night, but just think, using this healthy smoothie to kill most of your pumpkin drink cravings will allow you to indulge in a pumpkin drink off the menu without all the guilt! Besides, it’s delicious and healthy and can be had for breakfast, a snack, or an evening indulgence!
Pure Plant Protein Powder
The twist to this pumpkin spice protein smoothie that will rev your health-conscious appetite is, instead of using whey protein or Greek yogurt as a protein source, this recipe uses Sprout Living Pumpkin Seed powder! While this pure plant protein doesn’t carry the taste of pumpkin like we would hope (the recipe gets that elsewhere), it does carry all the nutrients of pumpkin. As has come to light recently, pumpkin, and especially pumpkins seeds, are exceptionally nutritious and have joined the rank of super-foods.
Health Benefits of Pumpkin Seed Protein Powder
Finely ground pumpkin seed protein powder is derived from, as the name suggests, pumpkin seeds, the real source of pumpkin’s benefits. Just one ounce of seeds, (about 140) contains an abundance of magnesium, potassium, and zinc and are suggested to help reduce cholesterol, blocked prostrate glands, and risk of bladder stones and depression. So all of that, plus 19 grams of protein per serving, lie in the contents of this beautiful, weirdly gray powder. As if it couldn’t get any better, this seed protein is soy-free, raw, nut-free, GMO-free, gluten-free, vegan, dairy-free, preservative-free, hypo-allergenic, as well as organic. You can’t really beat that!
Health Benefits of Pumpkin
This delicious smoothie recipe is full of pumpkin, calling for canned pumpkin puree, pumpkin spice, as well as pumpkin protein powder. According to a spotlight article on pumpkin, health.com declares that in just one cup of canned pumpkin there are seven grams of fiber, three grams of protein, one gram of fat, and only 80 calories. Additionally, this squash is loaded with vitamins, specifically vitamin A and K, which help fight the risk of some types of cancer. If you’re curious to know more about the benefits of pumpkin, check out huffingtonpost.com, where there’s a nicely put together, well-researched list.
So now to the recipe!
Makes Roughly 1 serving (8oz)
Pumpkin Spice Protein Smoothie Recipe Ingredients:
1/2 cup pumpkin (canned or freshly cooked)
1/2 frozen banana
3/4 cup almond milk
2 tablespoons Pumpkin Protein Powder (or a different protein powder 1 servings size, or 1/2 cup Greek yogurt)
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
Pinch of ground ginger
Original Stevia to taste
A handful of ice cubes
1 chocolate covered coffee bean for garnish – Optional
Other sweeteners can be used, like pure maple syrup or honey. I used liquid Stevia because it’s powerfully sweet in just a few drops and calorie-free, another plant-based phenomenon. Crazy what can come from plants, huh?
Dump all these ingredients into a blender and mix it up. At the end, you’ll have a delicious pumpkin smoothie packed with health that has you dreaming of your family’s Thanksgiving Day pumpkin pie, (that after a few of these smoothies you could indulge in shamelessly).
Printable Healthy Pumpkin Spice Protein Smoothie
This vegan smoothie is sweet, creamy, and pumpkin-y, and before I knew it, I was wishing for a Michigan fall while down here in a tropical climate.
I hope you enjoy this pumpkin spice protein smoothie as much as I do! What’s your favorite pumpkin recipe?