Vegan Pumpkin Pie Smoothie- Banana Free! (dairy-free, gluten-free, paleo)
An indulgent post-workout smoothie or high protein snack. This pumpkin pie smoothie is made with real pumpkin, creamy and comforting. It contains 20+ grams of protein and no banana but is topped with pecans and maple syrup. This pumpkin spice protein shake is a healthy way to fuel up in the fall!
A decadent post-workout smoothie or tasty midday snack. This vegan pumpkin pie smoothie is made real pumpkin and no banana! Furthermore, you can load up on healthy fats and cozy up this season while nourishing your body. A healthy protein shake is ideal for indulgence or a snack.
Pumpkin seems to be a nationwide thing during fall. Of course, I felt left out not contributing.
The truth is.. I actually don’t like pumpkin all that much GASP. I know right? I’m pretty sure this is almost a sin. On the other hand, I have come to learn that I like pumpkin pie spice far more than the actual pumpkin.
And truthfully, pumpkin pie is just downright odd to me. I think it’s the texture?
Even so, I will admit that this healthy pumpkin pie looks tasty!
Ingredients You'll Need
This pumpkin spice protein shake is made with real pumpkin, a blend of healthy fats, and vegan protein powder.
It comes out creamy, indulgent and the perfect fall comfort. Use it as a post-workout shake or a high-protein snack. Or, make it as sinfully decadent as you wish and use it as dessert!
Why You'll Love This Pumpkin Spice Protein Shake
One of the biggest reasons that I love this healthy pumpkin pie smoothie is that there are no bananas! More often than not, we use bananas in allll of our smoothie recipes. And while bananas have their place, too much of a good thing and whatnot.
As a result, this banana-free pumpkin pie smoothie is a nice switch up from the norm. Likewise, there are other ways to make your smoothie creamy (learn more about building healthy smoothies). Similarily the shake:
- is allergy-friendly (dairy-free, gluten-free, paleo)
- can be made using sweet potato instead
- makes a very creamy smoothie bowl
- can be made "light" for anyone looking at calorie intakes
Pumpkin Pie Filling Versus Canned Pumpkin
Not all canned pumpkin is created equal! That is to say, one can of pumpkin is actually pumpkin pie filling :P. Accordingly, this vegan pumpkin pie smoothie is sweet enough without adding more sugar.
Thus, make sure you grab "pure pumpkin" in the can and not pumpkin pie filling.
Choosing A Protein Powder For The Smoothie
The protein powder you choose to use will make a difference in how the vegan pumpkin pie smoothie tastes.
This smoothie has been made with Botanica Protein Powder.
Botanica Perfect Protein is a unique blend of quinoa, coconut and brown rice. This makes it dairy, gluten and soy-free, organic, vegan, vegetarian, and non-GMO.
Botanica won the Alive awards in 2017 for both Consumers' & Retailers' choice for functional foods.
It’s a great-tasting protein powder and more similar to whey in that it doesn’t absorb or fluff like many other protein powders.
Plus, the classic flavors of Botanica are delicious.
I've also made the smoothie with Genuine Health’s Fermented Vegan Protein Powder (see notes below on which one suits your needs)
What If I Dislike Pumpkin?
Well, I feel yah there! Pumpkin is just not everyone's favorite. And since I'm also not always the biggest pumpkin fanatic I learned that you can make this vegan pumpkin smoothie recipe with sweet potato!
Same creamy texture, same great flavor but a wee bit less pumpkin-y.
In fact, simply cook a sweet potato until tender, remove the skin, and sub it in place of the pumpkin.
How To Make A Lighter Version
I'll be the first to admit that this healthy pumpkin pie smoothie is heavy. As a protein shake it is loaded up on healthy fats. Although healthy fats are crucial for long-term health, they're not always the best post-workout. Though, they make a great addition to a morning snack,
Which is why this healthy smoothie recipe is made into two smaller jars.
Likewise, if you're focusing more on calories you may want a lighter version of the pumpkin spice smoothie. This is what you do:
- don't top the smoothie with anything. Just drink as is. The coconut cream and pecans add up!
- skip the coconut cream in the smoothie and simply replace with more almond milk or hemp milk
In other words, all of those swaps will make this vegan pumpkin pie smoothie a little bit lighter while still maintaining an amazing flavor.
Nutrient-Dense Smoothie Recipes
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Every flavor from classic green goddess smoothies to indulgent chocolate, and kiwi to chocolate cherry. Moreover, these healthy smoothie recipes all share a few things in common:
- They are healthy and simple to make
- All the recipes are dairy-free and gluten-free
- All of the recipes are real-food based and focus on nutrients and not fillers
- They’re loaded with extras in the form of superfoods
My girls and I have a smoothie every day. Mainly, because it makes it simple to load up on healthy fuel while running out the door! Thus, make healthy eating LESS stressful by grabbing your copy of Sunday Smoothies.
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Ingredients in the Vegan Pumpkin Pie Smoothie
- canned pumpkin
- pumpkin pie spice
- coconut milk or cream
- Almond milk
- vegan vanilla protein powder
- maple syrup
- Pecans & 2-minute coconut whip cream for topping
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Pumpkin Spice Protein Shake (Paleo I Vegan)
This healthy pumpkin pie smoothie is perfect as a post-workout treat! The smoothie is filled with real food ingredients, protein, and decadent toppings. Then again, you can use it as a tasty, but calorie-dense snack! This smoothie is full of fiber and lots of healthy fats. Thus, making this protein shake creamy and addictive.