Thank you fairlife milk for sponsoring this Pumpkin Pie Smoothie Bowl so I could share my delicious, protein-packed recipe with you. All opinions are my own.
I’m not going to lie but it is almost physically impossible for me to get into pumpkin pie season until at least late October or until my jeans and boots have seen quite a few 60 degree days. Sorry Starbucks…the pumpkin spice everything just doesn’t give me the warm fuzzies until sweater season. This year with the Southern summer heat still hitting the high 80s, it has been a challenge to get into that “fall feeling.” While I have yet to make a pot of chili (which is VERY unusual for me) my protein-packed Pumpkin Pie Smoothie Bowl for breakfast each morning has been putting me a bit more into the autumn season.
Have you gotten behind the smoothie bowl trend yet? I feel like I’m a bit late jumping in but it really suits me well since I love smoothies but I also like the sensation of “eating” my food versus only drinking it. It’s a mental thing for me since it really isn’t too different at the end of the day (drink vs slurp off a spoon) but it forces me to slow down at breakfast and enjoy the morning with my family.
Another big benefit for smoothie bowls—they are the IDEAL vehicle food for boosting my overall nutrient intake. So whether it is a cup of pumpkin or a giant handful of spinach, veggies always find their way into my bowl. I also like to use fairlife milk because it is an amazing source of high-quality protein as well as 9 vitamins and minerals per cup. fairlife milk uses a one-of-a-kind cold-filtration process that boosts the natural protein and calcium found in milk and reduces the natural sugars giving it a whopping 13 grams of high quality protein per cup, just six grams of sugar, and no lactose. And, let’s be honest, it tastes so yummy! My family literally gets angry when we’re out of fairlife chocolate milk.
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SET A SMOOTHIE BOWL BAR
Here’s a little mommy tip for you…While morning time is usually fast and furious around our house, I’ve found that the girls are more likely to eat their smoothie bowls and add at least one of the nutritious toppings I choose when I set up a “bar.” We are crazy chaotic so my bar usually doesn’t get fancy and may consist of some “stick your hand in the bag and grab it out” toppings (versus arranging them in pretty bowls) but being able to choose from chopped nuts, dried fruit, unsweetened cocoa, powdered peanut butter, and lets be honest, (dye-free) SPRINKLES means they take ownership in their creation and want to eat it.
PUMPKIN PIE SMOOTHIE BOWL
Pumpkin Pie Smoothie Bowl
Author: Holley Grainger, MS, RD
Recipe type: Breakfast
- 1 cup canned real pumpkin (unsweetened…not pumpkin pie filling)
- 1 cup fairlife milk (I like 2%)
- 1 Tbsp pumpkin pie spice
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 tsp honey or 1 date
- ½ banana (preferably frozen)
- Toppings: chopped pecans, chia seeds, dried cranberries, graham cracker crumbs, unsweetened shredded coconut, or honey
- Combine all ingredients in a blender. Mix until smooth.
- Pour into a bowl and top with desired toppings.
WHATS IN YOUR BOWL
Have you jumped on the smoothie bowl bandwagon? If so, do you have a favorite recipe or maybe one you’ve shared on your blog? Leave it in the comments below because I’m always searching for new breakfast ideas. Also, if you’ve tried fairlife milk, let me know what you think and how you use it (drink as is, recipes, etc.) Happy Fall, Y’all!
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