Pumpkin Spice Latte Protein Smoothie

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Hi, I'm Tina!

I’m the owner of Carrots ‘N’ Cake as well as a Certified Nutrition Coach and Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner (FDN-P). I use macros and functional nutrition to help women find balance within their diets while achieving their body composition goals.

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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


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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      1. @Tina:
        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.

        1. 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.

          1. @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!

      2. @Tina:

        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?

        1. 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.

          1. @Tina:

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

  1. 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!

  2. 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?

  3. 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.

    1. 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! 😄

      1. @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 🙂

  4. 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!

  5. 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?

    1. 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.

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

    1. 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?

      1. @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!

  7. 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.

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