A Healthier Version of Pumpkin Pie

Do you love pumpkin pie but feel guilty after having your second or third helping?  Sure, maybe you only have it once or twice a year.  And yes, sometimes those occasional holiday indulgences aren’t THAT bad.  But what if you could both enjoy the flavor of pumpkin pie with less bad fat, sugar and calories and get to enjoy it as often as you like?  Enter the pumpkin pie smoothie.

I’ve seen two different recipes for the same shake.  Feel free to try them both and let me know what you think!  The first is a gluten-free, low-sugar version that includes coconut oil for healthy fat.  The second is similar, but uses raisins as a sweet fiber source.

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie – Serves 1*

  • 4 to 6 ounces water
  • 4 to 6 ounces unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1 serving vanilla or plain whey protein from grass-fed cows, or a dairy-free protein powder
  • 1 cup organic pumpkin (canned is fine)
  • Half a frozen banana cut into chunks
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil
  • Dash of cinnamon
  • 4 ice cubes
  • A little raw honey to taste (optional)

Add all ingredients into blender and blend till smooth and creamy.

Post-run Pumpkin Spice Protein Smoothie**

  • ½ cup canned pumpkin
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • ½ a banana
  • 1 tbsp of raisins
  • 1 scoop of vanilla protein powder
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • sprinkle nutmeg, cinnamon and ginger

Blend it all together and top with flax seed for an extra health kick!

* Dr. Frank Lipman   ** Lululemon blog
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About yogajolie

I'm a work in progress. Give me a sunny day at the beach followed by a late afternoon thunderstorm. My flip flops and running shoes somehow find rank and file among the melee of Manolos and high boots in my closet. I think finding bliss on a yoga mat is sheer happiness, but also enjoy lacing up and suffering...just a little bit...on a long run. Maybe this comes from my start in life. It began in Chicago, but we spent weekends and summers in a small beach town in Southwest Michigan. City mouse meets country mouse. Yin and yang. Juxtaposition. Balance. I'm fiercely independent, but after thirty-some-odd years on this planet realized that I'm also a little old-fashioned. *go figure* I'm mildly addicted to Kombucha. And eye cream. (I'm all about the moisturizer.) I appreciate good manners. Chivalry. Please and thank you. That's not to say that there isn't a little urban girl, punk rock heart still beating in my chest. There is. I've lived a lot of life so far...and miles to go before I sleep. So, that's me. I'm an East Coast girl with punk rock heart and a yoga soul. Practicing, playing, teaching and sharing as much as I can. I currently teach at two studios--it will be three as of September 1st, as I was recently named the Advanced Yoga class/workshop instructor for the newest location. Outside of my home studios, I offer workshops and private yoga lessons as well. Contact me if you want more information!
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