Pumpkin Pie Protein Smoothie

I am officially jumping on the pumpkin bandwagon. No shame.

It’s all about embracing the things that you love. Is it #basic to love fall, pumpkin, and yoga pants? Maybe, but that doesn’t mean you have to feel bad about it. Whatever brings you joy, own it! Ok, motivational rant done.

My one pet peeve about pumpkin is that I never use an entire can at one time. I also never seem to remember this every year when fall comes around. I stock up on multiple cans of pumpkin, only to realize that each recipe I find only uses maybe 1/4 – 1/2 cup at a time. Then I’m left with more than half a can of pumpkin and have to scramble around finding other recipes to use it in. Does this happen to anyone else?

The easiest thing for me to do with leftover pumpkin is to throw it in a blender with a few other things and make a smoothie. I made this one the other day after a workout and was able to get in a good amount of protein and carbs which are important for muscle recovery. It is SUPER easy to make. Do it.

Looking for ways to use up that leftover pumpkin? Whip up this quick and easy pumpkin pie protein smoothie! Delicious and healthy at the same time!

Pumpkin Pie Protein Smoothie

  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup milk of your choice (I used cashew milk because I had just made some)
  • 1 Tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 Tbsp protein powder of choice
  • 2 tsp maple syrup
  • 1/8 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  1. Add all ingredients to the blender. I like to add any powders first to avoid explosions.
  2. Blend until smooth.
  3. Drink.

Both the protein powder and the chia seeds help add protein to this smoothie. You can even make it into a pudding by adding 1-2 Tbsp more chia seeds to help thicken it up. Enjoy!

Like this recipe? Pin and share it with others who love pumpkin! P.S. Are we connected on Pinterest? Lots of other smoothie recipes to choose from!

Questions:

  • Do you like pumpkin?
  • On a scale from 1-10, how basic are you?
  • What’s your favorite way to refuel after a workout?
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12 Comments

    • erinsinsidejob
      September 30, 2015 / 6:48 am

      Haha I don’t think I would consider you very basic at all

    • erinsinsidejob
      September 30, 2015 / 5:39 pm

      It’s pretty good and not overly sweet!

  1. September 30, 2015 / 12:08 pm

    I am going to make this, yum!!!! I do like pumpkin, I would not call it love though. Thanks
    bakingrunner.blogspot.com

    • erinsinsidejob
      September 30, 2015 / 5:39 pm

      Let me know how it turns out!

    • erinsinsidejob
      September 30, 2015 / 5:39 pm

      Own it!

    • erinsinsidejob
      October 1, 2015 / 12:40 pm

      Me too! I figured rather than making a million cookies I’d eat in 2 days I’d make a better decision 🙂

    • erinsinsidejob
      October 1, 2015 / 6:59 pm

      I know right?! What CANT it be used for?

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