Pumpkin Peanut Butter Protein “Smoothie”

Let the Great Pumpkin Experiment begin.

I mentioned yesterday that I opened a giant can of pumpkin puree to make the Most Glorious of Sandwiches. I don’t know how long pumpkin lasts in the fridge, so I’m trying to come up with creative ways to “get rid” of it, or at the very least preserve it in different dishes. Tomorrow might be pumpkin chili night…

Today’s lunch started with a free sample of Vega’s “Shake & Go” Vanilla Almond Smoothie that we received at the Veg Festival last weekend.

Smoothie mix.

I’ve been using the Vega Whole Food Health Optimizer powders in oatmeals for the last week and those have been a nice addition, if not a green one. No matter what flavor, whether Vanilla Chai, Vanilla Almond, or Berry, these will turn your meal green. It’s worth it for the protein, fiber, and non-dairy probiotics the supplements provide. The Shake & Go Smoothie powder is no exception – green, and packed with protein and nutrients.

The brown of the peanut butter and the orange of the pumpkin thankfully covered up the green – I was honestly worried about the end color of this meal.

This was less “smoothie” and more “smoothie bowl” because of how thick it turned out. I topped it with a sample of Nature’s Path Organic Flax Plus Pumpkin Granola [thanks again, Veg Fest] and part of the banana that didn’t go in the blender.

Dark day smoothie.

Peanut butter and pumpkin is a perfect combination, but I am now stuffed. Full of nutrients, I suppose.

Pumpkin Peanut Butter Protein Smoothie Bowl (Vegetarian)

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Serves: 2

Tools: Blender


  • 1 6-oz vanilla yogurt of your choice
  •  2-3 tbsp peanut butter [I used Trader Joe’s Unsalted Crunchy]
  • 1/2 cup canned pumpkin puree
  • 1 banana, diced
  • 1/2 cup soy milk
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 packet Vega Shake & Go Vanilla Smoothie
  • Granola, optional, for garnish


1. Pulse all ingredients in a blender except for 1/2 of the banana and garnish. Add more milk if necessary to aid in blending.

2. Split into two bowls, top with 1/4 of banana and garnish. Serve with a spoon.

A Note on Peanut Butter: If the ingredients on your peanut butter jar read anything beyond “Peanuts, salt.” [unless, of course, its one of those PB&Co. specialty butters or something], you should consider a new brand. Hydrogenated oils, which pop up in most peanut butters [just check JIF, Skippy, etc.] eat away at your stomach lining and cause stomach ulcers. Trust me, you won’t miss the added sugars and preservatives in peanut butter when you get a more simple blend. It’s just as delicious, and far safer!


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Courtney grew up in Reading, PA, and has lived in New York City (where she earned a bachelor's degree at NYU), Prague, Philadelphia, and Charlottesville (where she received a J.D. from UVa Law). Courtney and her new husband will settle in Philadelphia following a six-week Euro-trip extravaganza in September of 2012. Courtney's interests include music, writing, criticism, fitness, travel, cooking, and sports. Please enjoy the blog. LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/courtney-marello/1a/375/b30 Tumblr: http://abarrelofoddsandends.tumblr.com/


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6 Comments on “Pumpkin Peanut Butter Protein “Smoothie””

  1. B Licon
    October 4, 2011 at 2:39 pm #

    I tip a knife or spoon in my jar of peanut butter everyday (with exceptions of course) because I am a peanut butter junky. The crunchier the better. I am a “user” of a brand you listed ( not giving them name recognition) Is there a vegetarian/vegan p. butter you prefer?

    • October 4, 2011 at 2:42 pm #

      I LOVE having a spoonful a day! It’s delicious and keeps me from bingeing on PB later [which I’ve been known to do]. All peanut butter should be both vegetarian and vegan, and I only buy peanut butters that have no more than two ingredients: Peanuts & Salt. Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s both have a store brand “natural” peanut butter that contains just that. Our local Giant does, too. I just check the ingredient list – the shorter, the better!
      If you can’t find any “natural” store-brand, the best substitute of the big-name brands I’d recommend is “Skippy Natural.” What you’re really worried about are the hydrogenated oils (that cause stomach ulcers) and the added sugar. I’m not sure if Skippy Natural eliminated the sugar, but they definitely got rid of the hydrogenated oil, which is really dangerous, too!


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