Pumpkin Protein Smoothie

This is probably one of the simplest recipes I’m ever going to post on the blog.  In fact, I hesitate calling in a “recipe” since it’s literally just blending ingredients together.  But since fall is in full swing and I can’t get enough pumpkin in my life, I felt it was only appropriate to share this pumpkin protein smoothie.

pumpkin protein smoothie pinI really love using pumpkin in smoothies because not only does it give the smoothie a nice creamy texture, it’s loaded with good stuff like potassium and Vitamin C, which makes the perfect recovery drink after a hard run.  I’ll get back from my run, throw the ingredients in the blender and then put the smoothie in the fridge to chill while I shower and get ready for the day, since I like my smoothies COLD.

Speaking of cold smoothies, am I the only one who wants them as chilled as possible?  I always load my smoothie up with ice and almond milk, and then leave it in the fridge to chill down even more.  My husband on the other hand, likes his smoothies more at a room temperature and always requests that I leave the ice out, which I can’t even fathom.  I’m the same way with water too – the colder the better.

Whether you like this pumpkin protein smoothie ice-cold or room temperature, you need this smoothie in your life.  It’s almost like pumpkin pie in a glass, but a whole lot healthier.

Pumpkin Protein Smoothie (makes 1)

Ingredients:

1 cup almond milk (or any milk of your choice)

1/4 cup canned pumpkin

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp nutmeg

1 tbsp almond butter (pb works great too!)

1 packet or scoop protein powder.  I use brown rice protein

LOTS of ice

Directions:

Place all of your ingredients in a blender.  Blend until smooth.

Pour in a glass or container of your choice and enjoy (I love using the Starbucks tumbler cups).

pumpkin protein smoothie cup

I’ve found the following items also go great in this pumpkin protein smoothie if you want to amp it up a bit:

– Frozen Banana

– Cacao Powder

– Extra almond butter or PB

– Unsweetened coconut

– Drizzle of honey or maple syrup

So smoothie lovers tell me, do you drink your smoothies super cold?  Or are you more of the room temp variety?

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