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Peanut Butter Pumpkin Pick-Me-Up Smoothie

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Who doesn’t need a go-to comfort food? I know I’m not faultless in finding comfort in food when things go wrong. My Peanut Butter Pumpkin Pick-Me-Up Smoothie recipe has served me well in times both happy and sad.

You see, the trick is to find one that you don’t feel guilty about afterwards. And maybe even find comfort in knowing you’re doing something extra good for your body, in addition to the needed mental soothing. How about trick-AND-treat?

Peanut Butter Pumpkin Pick-Me-Up

Think of this as a dessert, or a cold or hot drink! You can make it a thick pudding by adding arrowroot powder, psyllium powder, or blended chia, then sticking in the fridge to chill.

Course Dessert, smoothie
Keyword dessert, Peanut Butter, Smoothie
Robyn Openshaw, MSW

  • 1/2 cup pumpkin purée
  • 2 tbsp cacao powder
  • 1 scoop chocolate protein powder
  • 1 tbsp hemp seeds
  • hazelnut Stevia to taste
  • 1-2 tbsp natural peanut butter
  • 1 1/2 cups coconut water

  1. Blend all and enjoy, hot or cold!

Feel free to use any chocolate protein powder you prefer, but ours is pretty great, if we do say so ourselves.

I love recipes that I can personalize to fit the occasion. I’ve transformed this into a Peanut Butter Pumpkin Pick-Me-Up Pudding on a few occasions, and the compliments I received felt almost too much for how simple it was. Not that I’m complaining! I always appreciate the kind words. The best compliments, though, were the licked-clean pudding cups.

(If you transform your own Peanut Butter Pumpkin Pick-Me-Up Smoothie into a pudding to share, make sure folks know there’s peanuts in there!)

When I was asked what made up such a great pudding, I got to talk about just how good it really is. They’re always surprised when I tell them there’s hemp seeds and superfood protein powder in there!

Pumpkin actually mostly water, so it’s low in calories but high in fiber and nutrients. One cup has 245% of your recommended daily intake of Vitamin A! And, it’s cheap to get at the store if you don’t have any access to that delicious orange winter squash, homegrown.

One recipe, two ways to enjoy it! So think about it the next time you’re looking for a good pick-me-up. Enjoy!

 

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