This winter I have discovered my love for all things pumpkin! Pumpkin lattes, pumpkin oatmeal and recently my pumpkin protein shake! This has quickly become my new favorite post workout shake. It is a great departure from berries and truly tastes like pumpkin pie! It is rich,sweet and creamy but low in sugar and totally healthy! I find butternut squash is better at being a pumpkin then pumpkin itself! Fresh pumpkin puree is often bland and doesn't live up to the canned stuff.
Pumpkin Pie Protein Shake:
1 cup unsweetened almond or brazil nut milk
1/2 cup pumpkin or butternut squash puree, frozen
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1 scoop vanilla or chocolate whey protein
1/2 tsp honey (optional)
Put all ingredients in the blender. Blend on slow speed. Stop and blend again.
Note: My favorite combination is fresh brazil nutmilk, butternut squash puree and chocolate whey protein. Add a teaspoon of unsweetened cocoa powder for an extra chocolatey treat!
To make your own puree:
Preheat the oven to 350. Cut pumpkin or squash in half. Place cut side down on a parchment lined baking sheet. Roast for 45 minutes. When the squash is cool enough to handle remove the seeds, scoop out the flesh and place in a strainer for 10-15 minutes, this removes the excess water. Transfer the puree into food processor. I then like to divide up the puree into 1/2 cup servings and freeze.