Super Pumpkin Spice Protein Shake


Fall may be past, but the warm flavors of pumpkin and spice offer nourishing goodness that I relish throughout the year. And this pumpkin spice protein shake has a double-dose of my favorite squash: pumpkin puree and straight up pumpkin seed protein.

Super Pumpkin Spice Protein Shake Recipe (dairy-free, vegan, paleo)

This easy, rich and nutrient-dense pumpkin spice protein shake combines the wonderful flavors of pumpkin pie with less sugars and more wholesome ingredients. And if you are concerned about the lite coconut milk overwhelming, don’t be. The subtle flavor melds very nicely with pumpkin, which has a more assertive taste.

Special Diet Notes & Options: Pumpkin Spice Protein Shake

By ingredients, this recipe is daiy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, grain-free, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, vegan / plant-based, vegetarian and paleo.

More protein? For a pumpkin spice protein shake with even more oomph, you can double the protein powder, or, my favorite option, add a tablespoon of almond butter or pumpkin seed butter.

Banana allergy? I seem to get a lot of requests for banana-free smoothies! If you can’t do bananas, I recommend increasing the pumpkin a bit (perhaps to 1/2 cup) and adding a couple pitted medjool dates along with 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract and ice to reach your desired consistency. You may not need any stevia or additional sweetener in this version of the pumpkin spice protein shake (beyond the recommended touch of maple syrup) as dates are quite sweet in their own right.

Super Pumpkin Spice Protein Shake
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Serves: 1 big smoothie
  1. Place all ingredients in your blender and puree until smooth. If too thick, drizzle in more light coconut milk to blend and reach your desired consistency.
  2. If desired, top with an extra sprinkle of cinnamon.

About Author

Alisa is the founder of, Senior Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.


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  3. Just made this smoothie but used Orgain organic protein powder and a packet of organic stevia instead. Definitely SUPER delicious and best smoothie I ever had! Thanks for sharing this recipe!!!

  4. I’m definitely going to try this recipe. I’ve become a Paleo junkie since I read about this diet and I has really been working out for me in the last few weeks.

    This is what I do regularly:
    – Breakfast: Always eggs, and alternate between meat and salads.
    – Lunch: I have more time to be creative in lunch, so I usually let my imagination run free. Paleo Nachos, Chicken Lettuce Wraps, and the like.
    – Mid-afternoon snack: I usually just go with fruit, but sometimes I like something like this protein shake to help me take on a slow afternoon.
    – Dinner: I don’t have much time to cook for dinner, so it’s usually something quick.

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