Pumpkin Protein Pudding

You all know I love smoothies so this post should be no surprise, you know, with fall and all. A festive, protein-powered pumpkin beverage has been something that I’ve been meaning to tackle for a while now and today I finally had the opportunity to do so (after three loads of laundry, a light gym workout and trip to the market…so productive, I know). To my—er, tastebud’s—surprise, my original vision of a frozen drink took a turn for the better with a combination of chia, pumpkin and silken tofu. The concoction turned out to be more like a creamy (dare I say, heavenly?) pumpkin pie in pudding form. Oh and it’s healthy, packed with protein, vitamins, antioxidants, fiber…you name it. What a seasonal sensation!

Ingredients
4 oz. almond milk (or soy, water, etc.)
1 scoop of Vega One Vanilla Chai (or any vanilla flavored protein powder)
1/2 can of pumpkin puree
1/2 cup silken tofu
2 tablespoons of chia seeds
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1 frozen banana (and ice, if needed)
1 packet of stevia
Dash of vanilla extract and cinnamo
Pumpkin seeds, for garnish

Interested? Why wouldn’t you be!? Start by blending together almond milk (or liquid of your choice) with the pumpkin puree, silken tofu and chia seeds. Next, add the protein powder, spices/sweetener, frozen nanner and ice. Top with pumpkin seeds and serve or chill in the freezer for more of an ice cream consistency. Either way, yum. I know it’s not bright orange but trust me, it’s perfectly pumpkiny. Protein “dessert” fit for a hopeful Tough Mudder…yep, that’s happening tomorrow. Wish me luck!
What’s your favorite pumpkin recipe?

Sprinkled with Love,
Lauren

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