This delicious vegan healthy pumpkin pie protein smoothie or smoothie bowl is so easy to make and comes together in just 5-minutes for a quick and delicious balanced meal!
Pumpkin Pie…In A Glass or Bowl!
I know I’m not the only soul who thinks that all things pumpkin are delicious. Every year when pumpkin season rolls around I start adding pumpkin puree to my oatmeal, making pumpkin treats, and adding it to smoothies and smoothie bowls just like this. Pumpkin is a great source of fibre, B vitamins, iron, magnesium, and it’s LOADED with vitamin A. In fact, just 100g of pumpkin provides 170% of the daily recommended intake of vitamin A.
When it comes to making a smoothie or recipe that’s not true pumpkin pie but has the pumpkin pie flavour, the key is the pumpkin-pie spice mix with it’s delicious combination of aromatic cinnamon, nutmeg, spicy ginger, cloves, and intense all-spice to really bring out that gorgeous pumpkin flavour.
For this healthy pumpkin pie protein smoothie I decided to make it two ways, as an actual smoothie in a glass, and as a bowl with a few delicious toppings. Sometimes I’m in the mood for a regular smoothie and other days I want to get creative and go with the bowl version. Whichever you prefer, the base of this smoothie provides a perfect opportunity to get creative!
Ingredients in the Healthy Pumpkin Pie Protein Smoothie Base:
To make a creamy, dreamy smoothie that mimics pumpkin pie I combined a few naturally sweet ingredients that you might not expect, it might sound odd given the fact that it’s a pumpkin pie smoothie, but trust me, it works!
- Frozen Banana
- Frozen Pineapple
- Frozen Peaches
- Pure Pumpkin Puree
- Vanilla Protein Powder (I used Orgain!)
- Pumpkin Pie Spice
- Unsweetened Almond Milk
The flavour of the vanilla blends really well with the frozen fruits and the pumpkin to create such a delicious consistency for slurping or enjoying with a spoon. The spices and liquid add in even more flavour and contribute to a wonderful thick consistency. This healthy pumpkin pie protein smoothie is so rich, filling, and velvety…similar to the real thing!
For the glass version I just topped the smoothie with a big scoop of dairy-free coconut whipped cream and a pinch of cinnamon to mimic a nice big slice of pumpkin pie. I used So Delicious Coconut Whip, a great option if you don’t want to make your own homemade dairy-free whipped cream.
The Healthy Pumpkin Pie Protein Smoothie Bowl Toppings:
To make the delicious smoothie bowl version of this recipe, I used the same smoothie base then poured it into a big bowl and topped it with the following:
- Gluten Free Granola
- Pumpkin Seeds
- Sliced Strawberries
- Coconut Whipped Cream
- Maple Syrup (just a drizzle!)
When it comes to smoothie bowl toppings you can really go with whatever your heart desires but I found these particular toppings to be very complimentary to the taste and texture of the pumpkin pie smoothie base.
If you have any extra pumpkin purée hanging around the house I highly recommend using up the leftovers for this delicious smoothie recipe, and if you don’t have any be sure to pick some up the next time you are at the grocery store. This healthy pumpkin smoothie is a great way to get in your daily dose of vitamin A as well as a nice amount of fibre, B vitamins and magnesium.
Have you ever made a pumpkin pie smoothie? What ingredients do you use? I’d love to read about it in the comments. Be sure to pin the image below the recipe to save this post for later and of course, share the love!
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Have a wonderful rest of the weekend!
Christal // NITK