Peanut Butter Pumpkin Smoothie
I’ve said a lot of the smoothies I’ve posted are my favourite smoothies ever but this Peanut Butter Pumpkin Smoothie is gonna give them all run for their money. Peanut butter, pumpkin, ginger, cinnamon, vanilla protein powder, peach, banana, almond milk…magic, or a perfectly spiced, amazingly creamy, healthy smoothie you’ll be making more that once and that I know for sure. Not only that, by enjoying this smoothie you’ll also be getting 13 grams of fiber, 33 grams of protein and plenty of iron, vitamin A and vitamin C.
Why Powdered Peanut Butter
I first made this smoothie with 2 tbsp of peanut butter but I found it got lost amongst the other ingredients. I think I would have needed 4 tbsp of peanut butter to get the peanut butter flavour I was looking for, and that’s just a lot of peanut butter! To solve this problem, I decided to use powdered peanut butter. It worked perfectly and I got all that PB flavour with half the amount of calories regular peanut butter would have added.
What is Powdered Peanut Butter
Powdered peanut butter is essentially peanuts have have been pressed to remove much of the oil and fats. This leaves the taste but reduces the fat and calories, leaving you with a peanut powder that can be reconstituted in water.
I used to use powdered peanut butter a lot when I was tracking macros more seriously but now that I’m not too worried about it, I don’t use it all that often.
One serving of powdered peanut provides just 45 calories with 5 grams of carbs, 5 grams a protein and 1 gram of fat. Sounds to good to be true, right? Well, it kind of is..lol…it’s by no means real peanut butter but it gets me by and I think it’s a good ingredient to have on hand to use in certain instances, like in this peanut butter pumpkin pie smoothie!
I’ll use it on occasion in various sauces, dips and other recipes and sometimes I just mix it with water and use it as a spread for something like pancakes.
Peanut Butter Pumpkin Smoothie
This smoothie was inspired by my Pumpkin Gingerbread Smoothie with Cookie Crumble. If you haven’t tried that one yet, you’ll definitely want to go check that one out. Especially if you love gingerbread flavour. This smoothie is very similar. I used the same fruit, frozen peach and banana since it worked perfectly in the gingerbread smoothie. The only real difference is the molasses are out and powdered peanut butter is in.
I may or may not have topped this smoothie with a chopped raw gingerbread cookie dough ball. Okay, I did top it with a cookie dough ball, along with some cinnamon, ginger, coconut flakes and walnuts. It was amazing.
Pumpkin Pie Spice
I really wanted this smoothie to have a kick of ginger, so instead of using pumpkin pie spice, I used 2 tsp of ground ginger and 1 tsp of cinnamon. If you prefer you can use 2 tsp of pumpkin pie spice or 1 tsp cinnamon, 1 tsp ginger and a pinch of nutmeg, cloves and allspice. I loved it with lots of ginger and some cinnamon though so would definitely recommend giving it a try.
Vegan Vanilla Protein
I used Vega Performance Protein in this smoothie. I like Vega protein for it’s flavour, texture and ingredients but any plant-based protein will do. I used 30 grams of Vega protein. I like using a kitchen scale to measure protein since it’s so fine that 1 scoop can be a quite a lot more or less than 30 grams. The scoop that Vega comes with is actually 40 grams but like to measure out 20-30 grams per serving.
I don’t normally add any sweetener to smoothies but I found this one really benefited from 5-10 drops of liquid stevia. It’s optional but the added sweetness was a real treat. If you prefer, you could use 2-3 small dates or 1 tbsp of maple syrup or coconut sugar.
One serving of this smoothie contains 366 calories with 47 grams of carbohydrates, 33 grams of protein and 8 grams of fat. It also contains an amazing 13 grams of dietary fiber, 77% of your daily vitamin C, 100% of your daily vitamin A, 32% of your daily iron and if you use fortified almond milk, 60% of your daily calcium.Print
- Add all ingredients to a high-speed blender and mix until smooth and creamy.
- Pour into a glass and enjoy.
- Serving Size: 1 smoothie
- Calories: 366
- Fat: 7.8 g
- Carbohydrates: 47 g
- Protein: 33 g