This thick, creamy, healthy pumpkin pie smoothie provides you with the flavors of the delicious fall pie without having to turn on the oven!
Well it’s finally happened, I’ve made you a recipe using pumpkin. I’m sure some of you are thrilled and others not so much. The life of a food blogger means I have to keep up with all the trending foods and recipes and right now fall is exploding all over the internet. I’d love to not have to start sharing all things pumpkin and apple when it’s still 80 degrees outside, but the truth is if I waited until October I’d be behind. I guarantee as soon as Halloween is over you will not only be bombarded with Thanksgiving, but probably Christmas as well. So let’s just roll with it and ease into pumpkin and fall season with this Pumpkin Pie Smoothie.
The finicky “fall” weather here in Colorado means that some days I want to turn on the oven and bake to my heart’s content and other days the thought of turning on the oven makes me want to break out into a sweat. On the days where turning on the oven isn’t an option, but I’m still craving fall flavors like pumpkin, I make this Pumpkin Pie Smoothie.
All the flavors you expect to find in pumpkin pie are packed into this healthy and protein filled smoothie. When I get done running and going to the gym in the morning I am usually famished and will shove just about anything and everything in my mouth. The great thing about smoothies is that they tend to fill me up especially when I add a good amount of protein to them.
Adding Greek yogurt to smoothies is my go-to way of getting some much needed protein into what would typically just be a carb filled breakfast or snack. Sure carbs are important after a hard workout, but it’s the protein that not only rebuilds the muscle that was broken down during the workout, but helps keep me full longer than an hour.
Along with Greek yogurt and pumpkin in this smoothie, you will also find a frozen banana which makes it nice and thick, milk, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, dates for sweetness, and ice. Of course if you have pumpkin pie spice go ahead and substitute that in place of the ginger, nutmeg, and cloves. This liquid pumpkin pie goes down smooth and makes you feel like you are indulging, but in reality it’s completely healthy! If you’re starting to crave pumpkin and fall flavors, but it’s still too warm for the oven, this smoothie is the perfect compromise!
- 1/2 cup milk (skim, 1%, soy, almond, etc.)
- 1/2 cup plain non-fat Greek yogurt
- 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
- 1 frozen banana
- 2 dates, torn into pieces or chopped
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1 cup of ice
- Place all of the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 198 Total Fat: 2g Saturated Fat: 1g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 1g Cholesterol: 11mg Sodium: 81mg Carbohydrates: 32g Fiber: 4g Sugar: 17g Protein: 15g