Pumpkin Pie Smoothie Recipe

I love fall for many reasons:  The weather is starting to cool down and I get to start wearing my boots and scarves again, the leaves are starting to change colors, and most importantly….it’s pumpkin season! I love pumpkin everything – from pie, to ice cream, to bread, to ravioli, to lattes, I just can’t get enough of it.  Not only is it totally delish, but there are a lot of health benefits to pumpkin as well since they’re loaded with tons of essential vitamins, minerals, fiber and antioxidants.  As you know I’m a total shake addict usually have to have my daily protein shake, and one of my favorites is definitely this Pumpkin Pie Protein shake.  It’s great to start your day out with, or as a guilt-free sweet treat in place of dessert.

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Ingredients: 
1 1/2 cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk (or whatever other milk you love)
1 scoop of Vega One vanilla or vanilla chai shake powder (or any other vanilla protein powder you prefer)
1/4 cup organic canned pumpkin
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice OR 1/2 tsp. cinnamon; 1/4 tsp. nutmeg; 1/2 tsp. ginger
handful of ice
2-3 pitted, chopped dates (optional)
stevia or honey to taste (optional)
Directions: Dump all the ingredients in your blender, blend until smooth and creamy.  Enjoy!
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