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.
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!
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!
More pumpkin recipes:
- Pumpkin Cupcakes with cinnamon cream cheese frosting
- Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars reader favorite recipe!
- Chewy and NOT cakey Pumpkin Cookies
- Pumpkin Carrot Cake
- Pumpkin Coffee Cake
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!
- 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 good vanilla protein powder See Note 1
- 1 tablespoon almond butter
- 1/8 teaspoon EACH: pumpkin pie spice, ground cinnamon
- 8 ice cubes
Combine all of the ingredients and blend until smooth.
Optionally, garnish with graham cracker crumbs and enjoy immediately.
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.