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Leftovers Week: Jen’s Pumpkin Caramel Protein Smoothie

~~posted by Jen



So y’all know I’ve been on a smoothie kick lately with the Yoplait Frozen Smoothies, but those things get expensive after awhile! The cheapest I’ve found them is $2.79 and the bag only makes 2 smoothies. They ARE delicious and easy, and I’ll still keep a couple bags on hand for “shake emergencies” when I’m in a hurry, but I have found a more economical way!
Since it’s Leftovers Week and today is all about leftover pumpkin, I decided to make a pumpkin smoothie. I never have actual pumpkin pie leftover long enough to re-create anything with it, like Nik’s delicious Chunkin’ Pumpkin Protein Ice Cream. However, I somehow always have a random half can or so of leftover pumpkin that I usually toss in a container and freeze to use at a later time. Don’t ask me how I always manage this every single year, heaven only knows, but I do!
Frozen Leftover Pumpkin

So here’s how I did it:

Jen’s Pumpkin Caramel Protein Smoothie

Ingredients:
3 tbsp frozen leftover canned pumpkin (I just cut a piece off the block & cubed it. Sometimes I freeze it in ice cube trays, too.)
2 tbsp 2% Greek Yogurt (also frozen, just put it in ice cube trays this is perfect for smoothies.)
6 oz milk (I used 2%)
1 scoop vanilla protein powder
1 tbsp Sugar Free Jello Cheesecake Flavor Instant Pudding Mix (Butterscotch would be good, too)
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
Sugar Free Sweetener of your choice, to taste (I used 2 pkts Splenda)
  
The Ingredients

Directions: 

Add the pumpkin, Greek Yogurt, and milk to your blender cup. Now add in the protein powder, both syrups, pudding mix, pumpkin pie spice, and sweetener. Whiz it up in the blender until the frozen pumpkin and yogurt are completely incorporated. Pour into a glass, sprinkle a bit of pumpkin pie spice on top for decoration, and enjoy! Whippage is optional.



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4 comments

  1. that sounds good – but I don't have pudding . . . wonder if it would still taste good w/o the pudding.

  2. It's fine without the pudding, I just get on a kick with cheesecake (you may have noticed lol). Especially if both the yogurt and the pumpkin are frozen, you don't need the pudding. ~~Jen

  3. That is alot of stuff in one shake but it sounds yummy! I need to pick up some canned pumpkin!