Pumpkin Cravings: A Healthy Pumpkin Pie Milkshake

It’s about 9:30pm 10:30pm right now.  It’s been a long day.  The kids are fighting off colds.  They aren’t super sick, but it’s been enough to make them REALLY grumpy today.  So, after hours on end of tantrums, meltdowns, and brother brawls, I’d really like to go to bed…

However Dash is sitting here saying he wants to “DANCE”.  NOOOO!

So, the thing I would like almost as much as going to bed is a pumpkin smoothie.  I already had one today, but I really want another one.  They are THAT GOOD (in my opinion.)  Beau agrees with me on this, he calls it a Pumpkin Pie Milkshake.  And it’s healthy too.  If only the roar of the Nutri Bullet would not wake up the big kids I would probably indulge myself, but since I cannot I will tell you all how to make one.  (Because you really haven’t found enough recipes for Pumpkin lately, have you???)

healthy pumpkin smoothie

I was going to make it look pretty with a cinnamon stick or something. But I had nothing so you just get a picture of it next to my house. Sorry.

I usually roast some pumpkin this time of year and then freeze it in 1 cup measurements.  If you take it out to thaw just a little before you make the smoothie (so it’s mostly frozen) the concoction will be nice and thick and icy.  If the pumpkin won’t come out of the baggie just set it in a bowl of hot water for a minute.  Of course you can used canned pumpkin if that’s what you have, but in that case I would throw in some ice.  Warm pumpkin smoothies do not taste nearly as much like milkshakes. 🙂

Healthy Pumpkin Pie Milkshake

  • 1 cup pureed pumpkin
  • 1 cup milk of your choice
  • 3/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger (or grate a pinch of fresh ginger if you’re feeling adventurous)
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 scoops (1 serving) Tera’s Whey Vanilla Protein Powder (or whatever protein powder you like, Tera’s is sweetened with stevia and has really clean ingredients)
  • 1 teaspoon chia seeds (optional)

Blend it all up and that’s it!  Easy peasy breakfast or midnight snack if you can get away with using your blender at midnight.  😉  I am seriously thinking about taking the NutriBullet into the garage just so I can make one without waking anyone up.  I’m out of control, I know.  Okay, going to bed now…