Roasted Pumpkin Chocolate Protein Smoothie

31 Dec

Happy New Year’s Eve! Have you set your 2016 resolutions yet? Made some commitments that you’re going to follow through on? I’ve already signed up for my next half marathon! It’s just over 19 weeks away, in May, and I can’t wait to begin training.

Today’s recipe goes out to all who are making health and fitness resolutions. This smoothie is simple, hearty and perfect for refueling after those tough cold-weather workouts. It’s chocolatey, thick, and full of amazing vitamins and minerals, thanks to the fresh roasted pumpkin.

Roasted Pumpkin Chocolate Protein Smoothie

Roasting pumpkins is easily done, and the leftover flesh can be kept in the fridge up to one week. Simply slice the gourd in two, scoop out the seeds and stringy guts, rub down with olive oil, and baking a foil lined cooking tray for 45 minutes at about 375. Scoop the roasted flesh out if the skin, and voila! You’ll definitely want to roast and cool the pumpkin ahead of time, so you can make a nice chilled smoothie. And, if you’re really pressed for time, you can sub in canned pumpkin puree.

Make the most of this last day of the year! Let me know what your new year’s resolutions are in the comments!

Roasted Pumpkin Chocolate Protein Smoothie
Makes 1 18-oz smoothie

  • 1/2 C non-dairy milk
  • 1/2 C cold water
  • 1 serving vegan chocolate protein powder (I like Vega One Chocolate Plus)
  • 1/2 C roasted pumpkin
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • Dash of cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds or flaxseed meal
  • 2-3 ice cubes

Blend everything but the ice until smooth and combined. Add in the ice cubes and break them down until incorporated.

Serve cold in your favorite glass!

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17 Responses to “Roasted Pumpkin Chocolate Protein Smoothie”

  1. Strength and Sunshine December 31, 2015 at 2:55 pm #

    A nice healthy pumpkin smoothie is always a good thing!

  2. Chrissa - Physical Kitchness October 6, 2016 at 1:12 pm #

    Oh this looks soooo decadent! I love that it’s healthy too. Pumpkin is my weakness AS IS chocolate 🙂

  3. Wholesome Paradise October 6, 2016 at 6:09 pm #

    Yum! I love pumpkin and chocolate. I’ll have to try this out with my chocolate whey protein that Vital Proteins sent me.

  4. Chrissy @ Snacking in Sneakers October 6, 2016 at 7:59 pm #

    I love pumpkin smoothies! This one with fresh roasted pumpkin sounds amazing. I’ll def have to try it.

  5. Carmy @ Carmyy.com October 6, 2016 at 8:42 pm #

    Love me a pumpkin smoothie! Your recipe sounds refreshing!

  6. abbey October 6, 2016 at 9:14 pm #

    OMG this looks awesome, and i have all the ingredient so will def be making this one soon!!

  7. nutritioulicious October 6, 2016 at 10:44 pm #

    I haven’t tried pumpkin in a smoothie yet, but I bet it’s extra delicious after being roasted!

    • xtinaluvspink October 6, 2016 at 10:57 pm #

      It’s so good! I have a few pumpkin smoothie recipes, check them out!

  8. Abbey Sharp October 26, 2017 at 12:08 pm #

    pumpkin and chocolate is ALWAYS a good idea!

  9. Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health October 26, 2017 at 3:02 pm #

    thank you for reminding me to use this for my breakfast next time.

  10. carmyy October 26, 2017 at 7:30 pm #

    I want to try this! I love pumpkin season!

  11. Amy Gorin October 27, 2017 at 7:23 am #

    I love these flavors! Any tips for picking out a good pumpkin for roasting?

    • xtinaluvspink October 27, 2017 at 9:43 pm #

      Just make sure it doesn’t look bruised or damaged. It should sound nice and hollow when you pat it.

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