I happened to have some leftover pumpkin from making paleo pumpkin pancakes the previous night, and I wanted to figure out a way to use some more of it. Those cans of pureed pumpkin are absolutely huge and it would be a shame to let most of it go to waste.
I started thinking how much I really love pumpkin pie during this time of year, but I don’t want to eat all that sugar. Maybe there is a better way to conquer my craving.
Thus the pumpkin pie breakfast smoothie/protein shake was invented
Pumpkin Pie Protein Shake
1/2 Cup of pumpkin puree
1/3 Cup crushed pecans
1/2 Cup greek yogurt
1/2 Teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1/4 Teaspoon vanilla extract
1 Cup milk
2 Scoops vanilla whey protein powder
2 Ice cubes
Sweeten to taste with ~1/4 tsp pure stevia or other sweetener
The pumpkin pie spice is sold premixed in a container and is a blend of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and allspice. Crush the pecans in a mortar and pestle until they have a powdered consistency. Add the pecans, yogurt, pumpkin pie spice, vanilla extract, and sweetener before the milk. Then add the milk, then the protein powder. This makes sure the protein powder sticks to the sides less. Finally, add the ice cubes and blend well.