Pumpkin Cinnamon Fall Smoothie

Yes, this is another recipe that involves pumpkin. But I bet you’d never think that it would be in a smoothie. Pumpkin isn’t just reserved for baked good – it checks a lot of boxes and should be recognized for it’s fluid (pun intended) purposes!

Even though we have more or less settled in our new apartment, I have been feel very on-the-go lately. I rarely ‘feel’ like I have time to make myself breakfast in the morning – OR – I’m not really hungry yet. The hunger typically hits when I’m en route to work. So when I get to work I’m starving and now I have to take even more time to go find something to eat around the block or at the buffet downstairs.

Intro: This smoothie (or really any smoothie for that matter) but I’m into the idea that if you’re not going to use the whole pureed can of pumpkin you bought, you may as well throw it in a smoothie! As previously mentioned in my low carb pumpkin bread post, pumpkin has a ton of benefits! Much like carrots, they’re both orange, and both have a healthy dose of Vitamin A which of course assist in eye health.

Another wonderful benefit of pumpkin is the fiber! 1 cup of pumpkin puree has about 5g of fiber, depending on the brand. The net carb count could range from 5-7g, which is a pretty balanced amount of carbs and fiber. And you’ll definitely be needing the carbs if you’re one to make smoothies after a workout.

Speaking of working out, I’ve been on the hunt for a quality protein powder that’s has a low net carb count. Protein, and protein bars in particular, can be a super tricky space to navigate, but that’s another topic for another day. Finding a great protein powder is super tough, because almost every time you can taste it in your shake! Just me?? So the other day I picked up the Garden of Life protein in vanilla and wanted to give it a whirl.

Well I had extra pumpkin puree on hand and thought to myself that the two combined may not be a bad idea, *spoiler alert*, it wasn’t! This shake is so simple and so low maintenance, that I’m surprised it’s taken me this long to try it. As long as you have ice, some almond milk, vanilla protein powder of your choice, pumpkin, cinnamon, and maybe even some nut butter, you can make yourself a pretty great smoothie! The shelf life isn’t bad either! I made this for myself and doubled down on portion size so I could bring it to work the next day. Personally, I wouldn’t let sit any longer than that.

Here’s the quick recipe below! Make this awesome shake after your workouts, bring to work, or any occasion you need to be on-the-go, but can’t miss a meal!

Ingredients (base):

  • 1/3 cup of pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup+ of califia almond milk
  • dash of cinnamon to taste
  • 1/2 scoop of Garden of Life protein powder or any other vanilla protein powder
  • 1/2 tsp of MCT oil
  • 1 tbsp of coconut oil
  • ICE!

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    Instructions:

    1. Pour ice in Ninja blender first
    2. Pour pumpkin, protein powder, and any additional ingredients
    3. Add more ice on top of ingredients, set to ultra blend
    4. Let blend and pour into mason jars for portioned breakfasts
    5. Top with Hu chocolate almond hunks!

    Enjoy breakfast at your desk, or at home, without the worry of feeling hungry! What’s your favorite smoothie to make?