What's better than pumpkin pie? We'd argue a pumpkin pie smoothie simply because we love to turn dessert into drinkable treats that take little to no time at all. And when protein powder is added to the mix along with ingredients we feel good about, it's even better! (Translation: we're fans of smoothies that keep us fuller longer, taste great, and are on the healthier side).
Registered dietitian Charlotte Martin, RDN, CPT, shared an easy-to-re-create recipe for her own pumpkin pie protein smoothie on TikTok (seen above). Based on more detailed instructions that she posted on Instagram, it requires one- to one-and-a-half cups unsweetened almond milk (or another milk of your choice), a small sliced and frozen banana, half a cup frozen cauliflower rice, a fourth of a cup pumpkin puree, one small pitted date, a scoop of vanilla protein powder, and one tablespoon almond butter.
Before blending it up, you sprinkle pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, and a pinch of salt, as well as drop in ice as needed. Note: Martin wrote in her Instagram comments that if you don't have cauliflower rice, you can add extra ice instead to mimic the same texture.
Martin indicated that the recipe is packed with fiber, protein, and, of course, pumpkin pie flavor (and she doesn't taste the cauliflower at all). We don't know about you, but this looks like something we need to replicate ASAP. Try it out yourself if you are craving an autumn-approved drink post-workout or simply want something midday to help you last until dinnertime. Plus, you can customize the ingredients to meet your dietary needs (meaning it can be made vegan or with dairy).