Original post: 01/13/2019
So im not sure where the line is when it comes to smoothie vs. shake. Im thinking this may qualify as a shake and not a smoothie, but im gonna call it a smoothie. Either way it is delicious and that’s really all that matters. Just like my other “recipes” I use the word recipe loosely as im not giving any real measurements for any of the ingredients; I don’t cook like that.
I got a Ninja blender for Christmas (exciting) and am just finally getting around to using it. Previously I was using a Magic Bullet for my smoothies and I can tell you that the Ninja is a bajillion times more powerful than my little Magic Bullet. Don’t get me wrong, I still like the Magic Bullet, it is perfect for single serve smoothies, that is why I originally bought it. The Ninja is just on another level. It came with a single serve cup that you can blend in and then screw off the blade and put a lid on it just like the Magic Bullet. The Ninja cup is bigger than the Magic Bullet cup and is probably more like 2 servings. The Ninja though, because of how powerful it is, is also very loud. But back to the smoothie.
If you like Pumpkin pie, then this is for you. A few notes: I used canned organic pumpkin, not pumpkin pie filling. I am not sure what the difference is, but I would guess the pumpkin pie filling has more than just pumpkin in it and probably contains added sugar. Also I used a combination of chocolate milk with a little bit of regular milk. I use Fairlife milk because it has more protein but you can use any kind of milk. In fact, I was thinking about trying this with a non-dairy milk. If you use an alternative milk that doesn’t come in chocolate then just add a little chocolate syrup or maybe if you want to go a little healthier cacao powder with a little honey would also work. And finally protein powder. You can obviously leave this out if you want. I use unflavored collagen protein but any protein will work. In fact, you could use chocolate protein powder instead of chocolate milk or any of the other alternatives I mentioned.
So here are the ingredients, the amounts of each will vary based on personal taste and blender being used but any approximate measurement I give is based on the Ninja blender cup.
~2-3 tablespoons canned pumpkin (not pie filling)
Combination Chocolate milk w/ a little regular milk (filled cup a little over half way)
2 scoops Collagen protein
Pumpkin pie spice
Well that’s it. Just blend and enjoy.
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