I’ve been on a healthy smoothie recipe kick lately and I wanted to bring some of my fall favorites into it. This Healthy Pumpkin Protein Smoothie is a little taste of fall that you can have for breakfast! It tastes a lot like a simple pumpkin pie filling or pudding, but it’s thin enough to drink like a normal smoothie. I love this smoothie because it packs in about 20 grams of protein without any protein powder (and if you did add some, you could easily double that amount). The calories and fat will depend a lot on the type of yogurt you use, so I suggest you calculate the nutritional information on your own (I love the My Fitness Pal app for your phone). This is a great breakfast for on-the-go. You can blend up your smoothie, toss it in a thermos or cup with a lid (I use these lids and straws that fit mason jars a lot), and head out the door.
Smoothies are one of those things that you can do a whole lot of changing to to adjust the taste. This smoothie is no exception. Here are a few tips and tricks you can think about as you are making your smoothie:
- You can use vanilla Greek yogurt if you like a sweeter smoothie. You could probably just skip that maple syrup altogether if you go this route though, because the vanilla will come sweetened.
- The nuts that you use can be whatever you like. The pecans had a fall taste to me. If you are new to nuts in smoothies, I would recommend some cashews, because they seem to blend up extra smooth and creamy. Or you can skip the nuts altogether if that’s not your jam.
- The liquid in the smoothie can be changed based on what you have on hand and what you like. You can use the called for almond milk or anything like cow’s milk, coconut milk, cashew milk, or even water (water won’t be nearly as delicious – I’d go with a milk…).
- Don’t skip the ice. Really cold smoothies taste much better than kinda cold smoothies.
- I loved a little pumpkin pie spice in mine – try it!