I’ve been hankering for some pumpkin and chocolate, in fact – I can’t get enough of that combo lately. Fall comes, and it’s like everything turns pumpkin. I’m not mad about it.
Yesterday after my first 7 miler back to running after the Maui Marathon and being super sick – I needed a treat. Instead of just losing myself in something totally unhealthy because “I just ran 7 miles and I can eat anything I want…” I decided to try out a smoothie. No recipe, I just started throwing in the goods, and it did not disappoint!
I’m missing Maui so, I’ve been trying to channel my Hawaiian vacation and the amazing smoothie bowls that I experienced there. Today I was inspired to add some healthy yummies to trick out my treat a bit more. You can have healthy, decadent food and simply trick your brain into thinking it’s really a bowl of ice cream with toppings… but you feel WAYYYY better afterwards! So, go for it – make a healthy treat and trick it out a bit more with more healthy tastes! Have fun with it!
Chocolate Pumpkin Spice Protein Smoothie
- 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
- 1/2 scoop of chocolate protein
- 1 TBS cocoa powder
- 1/2 banana
- 3 cloves
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- sprinkle of ginger
- 4-5 ice cubes (or more if you want it icier)
- 3/4 – 1 cup of vanilla coconut milk
- 1/2 banana sliced thinly
- chocolate chips
- unsweetened coconut
- Noke’s granola
Combine all of the ingredients for the smoothie into a food processor or blender and blend until smooth. Pour into a bowl, and top your treat with more treats!!
Notes: You can double the recipe to make a bigger shake, and you can freeze it as well to thicken it up and to support your toppings.