As fall continues (though moves more into winter in these Maine parts) more and more I crave pumpkiny things. This morning was no different as I woke up and was craving something rich and delicious, yet also nutritious after a weekend of less than healthy eating and not getting much protein. I thought about making protein waffles, but I just couldn’t get my brain away from the idea of a delicious, creamy, velvety, pumpkin pie smoothie packed with my delicious vanilla protein powder.
A word on that protein powder… For the past 4 or 5 years (I’ve lost track) I’ve been using Garden of Life’s Raw Fit for Weight Loss Vanilla Protein Powder every morning. It tastes great, has 28 grams of protein, 9 grams of fiber, less than 1 gram of sugar, 2 grams of fat, and SO. MANY. NUTRIENTS. I have yet to find a protein powder that rivals these stats. The ingredients are all on the label and are all organically sourced. Not only is it the protein powder I’ve found with the most nutrition, it also is the one I find tastes the best, and I’ve tried many a protein powder. I highly recommend!!!
Anyways, on with my smoothie. In this smoothie is almond milk, soy milk, rolled oats, pumpkin or squash (I used my previously roasted and pureed acorn squash, which has amazing flavor, but you can use whatever type of fall squash/pumpkin you prefer), molasses, maple syrup, dates, banana, and spices such as pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger. Guys, this smoothie is seriously the perfect fall morning smoothie. Drink up!
- 1/2 cup almond milk*
- 1/2 cup soy milk*
- 4-5 ice cubes
- 2 tbsp rolled oats
- 1 cup pumpkin/squash**
- 1 tsp black strap molasses
- 1/2 tbsp maple syrup**
- 1/2 (40g) frozen banana
- 1 medjool date**
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spie
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp ground ginger
- 1 scoop Garden of Life Raw Fit Vanilla Protein Powder, or vanilla protein powder of choice
- Vegan whipped cream and maple syrup for topping, optional
- Pecans for topping, optional
Put it all in a blender and blend until smooth! On my Ninja I blended it twice for 60 seconds on the smooth boost setting. Top with vegan whipped cream, maple syrup, and chopped pecans, if desired.
*To make into a pumpkin spice latte smoothie, substitute 1/2 cup of the milk for a 1/2 cup of coffee. I am not a huge coffee fan, so I opted not to do this, but have done it in the past with great results.
**If making a single serve portion, I recommend omitting the date, doing a 1/2 cup of pumpkin, and doing a 1 tsp of maple syrup rather than a 1/2 tablespoon or omitting entirely.
Recipe adapted from Oh She Glows Velvety Pumpkin Pie Smoothie.