PUMPKIN PIE PROTEIN SHAKE

I always get excited at this time of the year because of one thing: pumpkin pie. I absolutely love the stuff. The problem is it doesn’t love me back.

Through many attempts, I have finally developed a recipe for a pumpkin pie protein shake for all of my fellow pumpkin lovers.

Who said you can’t enjoy things while also getting shredded?

Pumpkin Pie Protein Shake

2 Scoops Vanilla Protein Powder

2 Tsp. Vanilla Extract

4 Tbsp. Stevia or other sweetener of your choice

1/2 Cup of Vanilla Greek Yogurt

1 Tbsp. Pumpkin Pie Spice

1/2 15-ounce Can Pumpkin Pie Puree

A handful of ice (roughly 8 cubes) or to preference

1 Cup Fairlife 2% Milk or Milk-Substitute of choice

Servings: 2

Macros (per serving): 36g protein, 20g carbs (8g sugar & 3g fiber), 4g fat, 260 calories

These macros are based on the use of the following brands: Gold Standard vanilla ice cream whey protein, CarbMaster vanilla yogurt, Kroger brand pure canned pumpkin, and Fairlife 2% milk

Step 1: Pour milk into full-size blender. Add ice.

Step 2: Add the rest of your ingredients.

Step 3: Blend that shit!

Step 4: If you’re trying to give your shake a facelift for Instagram, add whipped cream and add a few sprinkles of pumpkin pie spice over the top.

Step 5: Enjoy!

Each Ingredient Explained + Alternatives

Here I will explain some of the choices I’ve made for this recipe plus alternatives for each ingredient.

Vanilla Protein Powder — This is what makes it a protein shake. Duh. I have only tried vanilla in this but, if you’re feeling adventurous, I’m sure you could try another flavor. In the words of Greg Doucette, “there are no rules!”

Vanilla Extract — This is my secret weapon. It boosts the other flavors in the shake and adds a nice background flavor. If you don’t have it and decide to skip it I won’t tell anyone, but I’m telling you that it’s worth it.

Stevia or additional sweetener — The pumpkin puree isn’t very sweet so this adds extra sweetness. The amount is pretty subjective though. I like my stuff sort of sweet but not too sweet. It also depends on the other ingredients you use and what brand they are.

Vanilla Greek Yogurt — This adds to the sweetness and creaminess of the shake. You can use plain Greek yogurt but may consider adding extra stevia if you do that.

Pumpkin Pie Spice — This is is what makes the shake actually taste like pumpkin pie so, as you can imagine, it’s a pretty important ingredient. If you don’t have it, you can find a recipe here that uses stuff you probably already have in your pantry.

Ice — I like my protein shakes with ice. Some people don’t. Do what you want, the world is yours!

Milk — I’m a big fan of Fairlife milk but feel free to use almond milk, cashew milk, oat milk, or whatever kind you like. You could even try a mixture of coffee and milk!

Whipped cream — If you’re feeling naughty, this adds to the presentation and Instagramability (yes, I just coined that phrase.) I won’t be held responsible if you miss your macros for the day.

Graham cracker/Gingerbread cookies/Cinnamon or Pumpkin Cheerios — What? Don’t look at me. A guy can’t enjoy himself from time to time?

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