It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of protein shakes, but what happens when a scoop of pumpkin accidentally falls into the blender…
Okay, this was no accident at all! I’ve been on a pumpkin kick all October and I don’t plan on stopping until post-Thanksgiving!
This drink tastes as if you blended up a fat slice of grandma’s pumpkin pie, and the beautiful orange color makes it a pleasing sight to drink!
- 1 small frozen banana*
- 1/2 cup vanilla Greek yogurt*
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice*
- 1/2 cup milk*
- 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
- 2/3 cup pumpkin puree
- 1 cup ice*
- 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.
- 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 (you can never have too much pumpkin spice. I promise).
- *The banana is to give the smoothie its unparalleled creamy base. Underneath all the pumpkin, maple, spice, and cinnamon flavors, you cannot taste the banana.
- *Feel free to use regular (non Greek) vanilla or plain yogurt instead. I prefer vanilla Greek yogurt not only for its protein count, but for its incredibly thick texture and vanilla taste.
- *Instead of pumpkin pie spice, try adding nutmeg, cloves, ginger, and/or more cinnamon to taste.
- *Any milk is just fine here. I used almond milk.
- *The ice makes the smoothie thicker. I suggest blending the smoothie before you add the ice, and then only adding the ice if needed.
If you want even more protein, try adding a couple scoops of your favorite vanilla protein powder!
Cheers to drinkable pumpkin pie!