Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Stevia Pumpkin Smoothie Recipe

Try this Vanilla Pumpkin Pie Stevia Protein Smoothie Recipe NOW!

During the autumn months, I delight in the overload of pumpkin goods introduced in every form at every store, restaurant, coffee shop and cafĂ©. Seasonal smoothies, seasonal lattes and baked goods are high on my list of must-haves. Pumpkin is a super healthy ingredient full of excellent vitamins and is also low in calories and low in fat. However, most of these delicious pumpkin treats that you find don’t fit into that low calorie low fat category.

I have tried all sorts of pumpkin treats, the Jamba Juice Pumpkin Smash is delicious but is pretty loaded with sugar. You can find recipes to make the pumpkin smash at home all over the Internet and you’ll notice that besides the pumpkin, the other major ingredient is vanilla frozen yogurt of some sort. You could of course use a low cal and low-fat vanilla frozen yogurt but most likely that will contain splenda or aspartame, which are both very unhealthy and detrimental to our bodies so I try to avoid those at all costs. I’d rather have the real sugar as calorie loaded as it is than have aspartame or splenda poisons. Stevia is an excellent completely natural substitute for these artificial sweeteners. On a side note, don't use TrueVia or PureVia thinking they are stevia- they do have stevia in them but have been re-engineered by major corporations to be patentable and are not pure and all natural like stevia is.
There are tons of baked goods that have pumpkin too. Again, most of the pumpkin cookies, pumpkin pies or pumpkin cakes that you will get out at a coffee shop or restaurant will have tons of sugar and possibly other ingredients that you don’t want or know about.

I thought there had to be a substitute pumpkin smoothie that I could make at home that satisfied that pumpkin and sweet craving. Even if you aren’t dieting, having a sweet treat that doesn’t have sugar is fantastic. Sugar is aging – it ages your skin, it doesn’t digest well, and of course leads to weight gain because the calorie energy is used up quickly with no real benefits.

I looked online and found a few stevia pumpkin smoothie recipes. What I ended up doing is modifying one to make it a pumpkin pie protein smoothie. It is so delicious. I used Energy First Vanilla whey protein mix. It is made with stevia and is packed with nutrients, low in calories and free of artificial junk. It is also very high in usable protein. I hope you enjoy this

Stevia Pumpkin Pie Vanilla Protein Shake
½ c coconut milk (I used full fat and it was so creamy and delicious but I think it would be terrific with a low fat coconut milk too)
1 c pumpkin cubes cooked (I sprayed a pan lightly with organic olive oil spray and baked fresh organic pumpkin that I had cut into cubes for about 40 minutes at 375-400 degrees, turning once or twice)
1 tsp cinnamon
½ tsp ginger powder (more or less to taste)
½ tsp mace or nutmeg (more or less to taste)
¼ tsp allspice
¼ tsp cloves
1 tsp stevia
1 tsp Mexican vanilla (use regular vanilla if you like)
3/4 scoop of Energy First Vanilla Protein Powder
¼ c cold water
approx 3/4 c crushed ice cubes or 8-10 ice cubes

Blend all ingredients in a blender – add more liquid, spices or ice to your desired taste and consistency.
I think this is dreamy and tastes so much like a creamy pumpkin pie. It has no sugar – it’s an all stevia and protein smoothie that works as a meal replacement or as a dessert.
This amount makes a pretty large amount - easily could be shared between two people or if you feel the need for an extra large smoothie, this will do the trick.

The original recipe can be found here. Thank you to Smoothie Handbook for a great pumpkin smoothie recipe. Optional - I also add Micro Plant Powder to my seasonal smoothies for extra health benefits.

Enjoy the pumpkin pie stevia protein smoothie and if you have any great no sugar pumpkin recipes, please let us know in the comments!

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