MMM, nothing says fall like pumpkin spice! Whether it's a latte, homemade pie, or a shake the basic girl in me cannot get enough of everything pumpkin spice. I love a nice pumpkin loaf, pumpkin spice scones, or pumpkin spice muffins for breakfast. This protein shake is a great way to combine delicious fall flavors with nutritious protein! It makes the perfect quick and easy and complete breakfast, all with that delicious pumpkin spice flavor!
I like using the canned pumpkin that already has the spice mixed in, but you can totally use regular canned pumpkin and add in a half of a teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice. You can use any milk you want in this recipe. I like using the delicious grass-fed whole milk from our local farm, but you can substitute almond milk, coconut milk, or soy milk! You can also use whatever brand of protein powder you prefer. The vanilla flavor is preferable for this recipe as it goes nicely with the pumpkin spice flavor. I wouldn't recommend using chocolate, but some people like chocolate and pumpkin together!
If I'm not making the shake for my husband I add in a few chopped pecans to give it another punch of protein and a great texture. If you want to make the shake really hearty, you can also add in a 1/4 cup of old-fashioned oats. This makes the shake super filling. I like adding frozen banana for texture, but it will also give the shake a little bit of banana flavor, which I don't always want. you can also add ice for a thicker and colder shake. This recipe makes one shake, but you can easily double it if you are making it for two!
- 1/2 cup pumpkin pie filling (or regular canned pumpkin and 1/2 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice)
- 1/2 cup whole milk (or substitute almond, coconut, or soy milk)
- 1 teaspoon maple syrup
- 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Optional: for a thicker shake, add 1/2 frozen banana, cut into chunks
- Optional: for more protein and texture add 1/4 cup of chopped pecans
- Place the pumpkin pie filling, milk, maple syrup, protein powder, and vanilla extract in a blender. If you are adding banana or pecans, also add them at this time.
- Blend the ingredients until completely smooth. If using fresh banana instead of frozen, you can add a handful of ice cubes to give it a thicker consistency.
- Pour the smoothie into a glass and garnish with a little more pumpkin pie spice and chopped pecans if you wish.