Pumpkin Protein Shake

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Thick, creamy, and healthy Pumpkin Protein Shake is sure to satisfy your pumpkin pie cravings! This shake is made with good-for-you ingredients and tastes delicious.

Looking for more breakfast shakes or smoothies? Try this green smoothie recipe, this cherry smoothie, or this mango smoothie next!

 

Image of Pumpkin Protein Shake in a cup with whipped cream ready to be enjoyed.

Pumpkin Protein Shake

This Pumpkin Protein Shake is thick enough to pass for a milkshake, but healthy enough for breakfast! And that’s because there’s pumpkin, vanilla protein powder, and even a frozen banana in the mix. The banana adds creaminess and creates the consistency of a real milkshake.

And one of the greatest things about this pumpkin protein shake? It’s the perfect way to use leftover pumpkin. A lot of pumpkin recipes call for only part of a can of pumpkin. Instead of wasting the rest, save it in the fridge and whip up this shake the next morning!

Images of bananas sliced and ready to use in Pumpkin Protein Shakes.

How to make Pumpkin Protein Shakes

  • Freeze the banana: While Pumpkin Protein Shakes are quick and easy to make, you’ll need to do a bit of planning to make sure the banana is fully frozen when you need it. I like to prep the bananas right after bringing them home from the grocery store so I don’t forget. Remove the peel, slice the banana into coins, place in freezer safe containers or bags, and freeze overnight. It’s not hard; you just have to remember in advance to do it.
  • Measure: While it might seem silly to actually measure out ingredients for a shake instead of just throwing everything in the blender, I highly recommend  doing so the first few times you make this, or until you have a feel for the quantities. Throwing random ingredients in a blender can often end up giving you WAY too much Pumpkin Protein Shake or it can taste, well, off. It’s also a good idea to measure if you’re tracking macros or calories.
  • Blend: If you have a high-powered blender (I recommend a Vitamix or Blendtec blender), you can add in the ingredients and blend until smooth. If you don’t have a high-powered blender, however,  follow manufacturer instructions for what ingredients to add first to avoid cavitation. (Who knew so much science was at play here?)

Healthy ways to use leftover pumpkin:

After making this pumpkin protein shake, you’ll have quite a bit of leftover pumpkin. Below are our favorite healthy recipes to use it in!

Process shot: adding ingredients and ice to blend into a Pumpkin Protein Shake.

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Pumpkin Protein Shake

5 from 2 votes
Ever wonder what a pumpkin pie would taste like, blended up into a milkshake? Just wait til you try this (secretly healthy) Pumpkin Protein Shake!
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Pumpkin Protein Shake

5 from 2 votes
Ever wonder what a pumpkin pie would taste like, blended up into a milkshake? Just wait til you try this (secretly healthy) Pumpkin Protein Shake!
Course Breakfast, Drinks, Protein Shake, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword pumpkin shake
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 shake
Calories 329kcal
Cost $1.39

Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (or milk of choice)
  • 1/2 cup frozen banana (sliced into coins and frozen beforehand)
  • 3 tablespoons good pumpkin puree (I recommend Libby's)
  • 1 scoop (1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon (32g) good vanilla protein powder See Note 1
  • 1 tablespoon almond butter
  • 1/8 teaspoon EACH: pumpkin pie spice, ground cinnamon
  • 8 ice cubes

Instructions

  • Combine all of the ingredients and blend until smooth.
  • Optionally, garnish with graham cracker crumbs and enjoy immediately.

Recipe Notes

Note 1: The protein powder you use makes a huge difference in the taste of the shake. I recommend a whey protein powder that has some kind of sweetener added, such as stevia. If the protein doesn't have stevia, I recommend adding a few drops of vanilla stevia to this shake.

Nutrition Facts

Serving: 1shake | Calories: 329kcal | Carbohydrates: 41.3g | Protein: 21.8g | Fat: 9.7g | Cholesterol: 3.4mg | Sodium: 111.6mg | Fiber: 5.9g | Sugar: 16.8g

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13 Comments

    1. Usually when I find a recipe without nutritional info, I just put the list of ingredients into a Nutritional Facts Calculator. There are many free ones out there online (:

    2. Just loaded the recipe in myfitnesspal. 🙂
      For 2 servings, with a vegan protein and greek yogurt… it is 219 calories, 2g fat, 28g carbs, 5g fiber, 14g sugar, 2g protein. 🙂

  1. 5 stars
    Last time I tried to make up my own pumpkin pie smoothie it was disgusting. This recipe redeems my previous failure — sooooo delicious!!!!

  2. Chelsea messy apron;
    Hi,I just copied down your pumpkin pie protein shake,and I am going to make it in my magic bullet blender after I go grocery shopping,and I will let you know how much I love drinking your shake.I will also make one for my mom.
    Can I use pumpkin stevia syrup in your shake recipe?
    Can I use plain Greek yogurt in your smoothie?
    My blender is only for one person at a time so I will have to make another shake for my mom after I make my shake.
    Kim

    1. I hope you love it! I’ve never tried pumpkin stevia syrup, but I’m sure it would be good 🙂 The Greek yogurt will work great! Enjoy

  3. 5 stars
    This is amazing. The consistency is perfect and the flavor is spot on. It’s too too strong it’s a nice subtle pumpkin flavor.
    I’ve been looking for new varieties for my vanilla protein powder and this came along. Inexpensive to make too since you have most of these ingredients already at home! Thanks

    1. I don’t think it will taste right without the protein powder; maybe amp up the spices and add another tablespoon of almond butter? You may also need some sweetener since protein powder is generally sweetened

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