• Pumpkin Spice Latte Protein Smoothie

    October 2, 2013

    Ever since I found the Silk Iced Latte at my local grocery store, I’ve been thinking about different ways to use it. Of course, it’s delicious mixed with iced coffee, which is how I usually drink it, but I knew it would also taste amazing as part of a smoothie.


    Introducing the Pumpkin Spice Latte Protein Smoothie!

    Pumpkin Spice Latte Smoothie

    Ooh yes, I took the Pumpkin Spice Latte obsession to a whole new level. Now you can enjoy this fall favorite in a cold, creamy, and protein-packed smoothie—and it only requires four ingredients. I love recipes like that! ENJOY!

    pumpkin spice latte protein smoothie

    Pumpkin Spice Latte Protein Smoothie


    • 2 cups Silk Vanilla Iced Latte
    • 3/4 cup frozen canned pumpkin*
    • 2 tbsp vanilla protein powder
    • 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice

    Directions: Combine above ingredients in blender until smooth. Top with a sprinkle of cinnamon (optional).

    Makes one 16-ounce serving

    *For the frozen canned pumpkin, I measured out 3/4 cup and placed it inside some plastic wrap and then inside a bowl, which I stuck in the freezer overnight. It ended up forming a hard pumpkin puck, which my blender handled, no problem, but if you have a wussy blender, I recommend freezing it in smaller (1/4 cup) batches.

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    This post is sponsored by Silk as part of an ongoing blogger campaign. The thoughts and opinions expressed are all my own.

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    Taylor @ Single-tracked Mind October 2, 2013 at 2:21 pm

    Yum! Love the extra shot of protein in this pumpkin recipe!


    Eliza October 2, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    Wow this looks amazing yet so simple! And I never thought if trying the Iced Latte kind before. Thanks for sharing!


    Katie @ Peace Love and Oats October 2, 2013 at 2:32 pm

    You can also put the pumpkin in ice cube trays to freeze, easier to chop up for some blenders!


    Annette@FitnessPerks October 2, 2013 at 2:32 pm

    Pumpkin season has def arrived! ;)


    Sammy @ Peace Love and Ice Cream October 2, 2013 at 2:33 pm

    I’m not a huge fan of the pumpkin-flavored Fall favorites (I know – I don’t know what’s wrong with me!), but that Silk iced latte looks delish! That I’ll have to try!! :)
    -Sammy @ peaceandloveandicecream.blogspot.com


    Sarah October 2, 2013 at 2:40 pm

    Sounds like a smoothie I wouldn’t want to share- love pumpkin spice anything!


    Lauren @ Focused To Be Fit October 2, 2013 at 2:41 pm

    I need this in my life. ASAP!


    Sarah (Shh...Fit Happens) October 2, 2013 at 2:59 pm

    Sure beats spending a fortune for these darn pumpkin spice lattes!! Looks delic!


    Annie @ herightfit October 2, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    I will be making this pronto!


    Jenn @ Fairest Run of All October 2, 2013 at 3:24 pm

    Freaking genius. I just got a free protein powder packet – now I know how to use it!


    Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl October 2, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    This sounds amazing!! I am obsessed with EVERYTHING pumpkin right now..shocking, I know ;).


    Kelly @ Kelly Runs for Food October 2, 2013 at 3:58 pm

    Yum, I’m sold on anything pumpkin. My wussy blender would definitely need smaller pumpkin chunks, though!


    Alex @ Kenzie Life October 2, 2013 at 4:18 pm

    This looks awesome! I’ve used pumpkin pie spice in smoothies before but not with pumpkin. Still so decadent!


    sarah @makingitmyhome.blogspot.com October 2, 2013 at 4:33 pm

    smart idea


    Miranda @ Lovely Wife Lovely Life October 2, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    OH MY GOSH this needs to get into my daily routine ASAP. Tina, you’re a genius!!!!


    Oldman October 2, 2013 at 4:56 pm

    That’s a lot of calories…320 calories in just the Silk!


    Tina October 2, 2013 at 5:35 pm

    Fine by me! My breakfast is 600-700 calories, so this is a great addition!


    Tracy October 2, 2013 at 6:54 pm

    Seriously Tina? I love your blog but I definitely think that’s being a little flippant. It is a lot of calories for a smoothie. It might work for you, no problem, but I think it’s worth noting it would be hard for some people (who may use your blog as a tool to help them on their weight loss journey) to use it as part of their breakfast. Doesn’t mean you shouldn’t post your recipe and it and enjoy it. Just saying, I think your comment response was uneccessarily dismissive.


    Tina October 2, 2013 at 7:01 pm

    I’m sorry you feel that way and that wasn’t my intention at all. I just don’t think that’s a lot of calories for a smoothie, especially as part of breakfast in a healthy person’s diet, even if you were trying to lose weight.


    Farah October 2, 2013 at 7:10 pm

    @Tina: AGreed – the calories for 2 cups of Silk are 200 total, canned pumpkin: 60, 2 Tbsp protein powder (100 at most for 2 Tbsp)…so 360 calories for a smoothie. It’s actually not enough for a breakfast! So I’m with Tina on this…450-500 is my range and smaller breakfasts tend to lead to overeating later on. I’d be topping that smoothie w/some granola or almond butter :) WIll def be trying this – Thanks Tina!

    Laura October 3, 2013 at 6:27 am


    I’m just curious, and in no way mean this as an attack. But when you eat a breakfast that is banana, blueberries, squash, and peanut butter…there is no way that is 600-700 calories, is there?


    Tina October 3, 2013 at 7:02 am

    I don’t count calories, so not EVERY breakfast I eat is in that calorie range. Plus, some mornings I’m more hungry than others and vice versa. I just aim for a large, healthy breakfast because I require a lot of calories, and I know if I don’t eat up first thing in the day, I ended up eating crap later on.

    For that particular breakfast, 1 banana (100) + 1/2 cup blueberries (50) + 1/2 cup squash (50) + 3-4 tbsp of nut butter (300-400) = 500-600 calories.


    Laura October 3, 2013 at 3:06 pm


    Pictures can be deceiving in terms of how much nut butter is used. The more the better! Thank you for clarifying =)

    Teri October 2, 2013 at 5:57 pm

    I have only now come across your website (via a link from another site) and I can see so many recipes that look delish and would love to try. The only thing that I wish was included is nutritional information.

    Everybody is watching for something different with recipes. For those who are following WW there are 4 key elements needed to calculate points. Others such as myself are paying attention to the carbs and sugars.

    I will still be trying some that I think may fit into my lifestyle. It is just a suggestion. To end on a different note however, I cannot wait to get to read through the rest of the site. I can see already there are some many areas with great tips and ideas!


    Anonymous October 2, 2013 at 6:00 pm

    This looks awesome! If I wanted it to be hot, do you think the same ingredients would work? Obviously not freezing the pumpkin, but mixing it all in the blender and then heating it up?


    Tina October 2, 2013 at 6:12 pm

    The Silk Vanilla Iced Latte is supposed to be enjoyed cold, so I’m not sure how well it would work hot.


    Anonymous October 2, 2013 at 7:50 pm

    @Tina: Thanks for your response! If I try it hot, I’ll let you know how it turns out. Thanks again for the recipe!


    Tina October 2, 2013 at 7:51 pm

    Good luck!


    Ashley @ Saving Money in your Twenties October 2, 2013 at 9:34 pm

    yum, this looks awesome! never would have thought of freezing the pumpkin– great idea!


    Jan @ Sprouts n Squats October 2, 2013 at 10:51 pm

    I so wish we had both pumpkin spice and canned pumpkin here so I could try it!!


    Julia October 2, 2013 at 10:53 pm

    one word. YUM.

    that’s all :)


    Brigid October 3, 2013 at 9:36 am

    Tina, is there a specific protein powder that you use? I’m interested in adding protein shakes to my diet but am weary of the powders b/c I don’t know much about them. I’m sure some are junky. Would love some insight.


    Tina October 3, 2013 at 9:46 am

    I use the Fitmixer vanilla. It’s tasty, but there’s some fake stuff in it. Check out SFH for a more natural protein power. They make some good flavors and it’s made with high-quality ingredients! 😄


    Annie Atherton October 8, 2013 at 8:17 am

    @Tina: I use the SFH, both chocolate and vanilla depending on my mood. When I was NOT eating paleo, I really didn’t like the chocolate, just wasn’t sweet enough for me. Now that I am doing a challenge and I am allotted 1 protein shake a day, after a workout, I am LOVING the chocolate one, it is like a creamy chocolate milk shake :)


    Christa @ Situps and Sequins October 3, 2013 at 9:56 am

    I love making pumpkin protein smoothies AND I love pumpkin lattes, so thanks for this recipe, it’s right up my alley! :)


    Makenzie October 3, 2013 at 10:05 am

    I have made a pumpkin pie protein smoothie almost just like this! I used Silk unsweet vanilla almond milk, canned pumpkin, a spoonful of pumpkin butter, vanilla extract, vanilla protein powder, and also added pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger. Adding some Honey Maid whole grain honey graham crackers adds some whole grains and makes it just like a pumpkin pie!


    Ananda October 3, 2013 at 11:58 am

    I’m so confused… Is that Silk product a coffee creamer? How much is a regular serving? Don’t you think it’s a bad idea to drink 2 cups of it at a setting?


    Tina October 3, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    It’s not coffee creamer. It’s an iced latte drink made with coffee and soy milk. I don’t think it’s a bad idea to drink 2 servings in one sitting. A grande iced latte/coffee at Starbucks is the same size serving.


    megan October 3, 2013 at 2:35 pm

    I made this and it was not good! All I could taste was the protein powder :( Any suggestions? Maybe try another protein brand?


    Tina October 3, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    I’d try another protein powder. That’s really surprising considering the Silk iced latte is so strong tasting. What brand/flavor did you use?


    megan October 3, 2013 at 8:46 pm

    @Tina: Oh hmm I used regular Silk, maybe that’s why – I need a milk or latte base with stronger flavor. Thanks for your reply!


    Tina October 3, 2013 at 9:14 pm

    The Silk Iced Latte is a different product than the Silk soymilk. The iced latte has coffee in it.


    Eryn @ Blondmindedbrunette October 3, 2013 at 8:54 pm

    After all your posts on Silk I finally went out the other day and bought the iced coffee version, and it was delish! Can’t wait to experiment with it and try some of your recipes out!


    Tina October 3, 2013 at 9:12 pm

    Yay! So glad to hear that! 😄


    Katie October 4, 2013 at 8:08 am

    I am in market for a great blender any recommendations?


    Tina October 4, 2013 at 8:19 am

    Vitamix or a Ninja! Both are great options!


    john October 7, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    I’m concerned about the amount of sugar involved. 40 g? That’s a lot. Since one of our biggest problems right now is added sugar that is not needed, and the sugar in this iced latte is not naturally in the product but added via cane sugar, it does not seem like a healthy breakfast. I get disappointed when I see people shaming you for having a high caloric bfast, as it is important for any healthy diet. But a breakfast with 40 g of added sugar? I don’t believe this fits in with any healthy lifestyle. Comparing it to a starbucks latte? Yes, comparable and “healthier” but people aren’t drinking frappucinos and calling them healthy breakfasts.


    Samantha @ 10,000 Squats October 8, 2013 at 10:16 am

    PSL season is my favourite season every year! I’m definitely going to try out this smoothie. Thanks for sharing!


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