Pumpkin pie in a glass? Yes, please!!! This Low-Carb, Paleo, And Vegan Pumpkin Smoothie has all the warm flavors of Pumpkin Pie but without the work and excess carbs! It’s super easy to make, creamy, perfectly spiced, and loaded with good ingredients to start your day off right!
Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth. Add additional non-dairy milk to thin as needed. Taste and add more spices and sweetener as desired.
Top with coconut whipped cream, if desired, and serve.
For the sweetener, I prefer to use a Keto Powdered Sweetener such as Powdered Swerve or Powdered Lakanto and/or liquid vanilla stevia. I don’t recommend using granulated sweetener because it may make the smoothie grainy, especially if you don't have a high-powdered blender.
Everyone's taste buds are different, but our perfect sweetness is 1 1/2 Tbsp. of powdered sweetener or 3 to 4 drops of stevia. I recommend starting with a small amount of sweetener and adding more to taste until it's perfect for you.
For Paleo or if you're not low-carb, I'm sure the smoothie could be sweetened with dates, but I haven't tried it. I recommend starting with one and adding more as needed.
I also like to add a small drizzle of Lakanto Sugar-Free Maple Flavored Syrup or pure maple syrup. It adds a slightly warm, maple depth-of-flavor. It's optional but highly recommended! If you omit this, you may need to add more sweetener.
For the protein powder: The protein powder is optional. If using, though, feel free to use unflavored or vanilla. For a vegan version, use vegan protein powder or add 1 Tbsp of hemp hearts for added protein.
If using vanilla protein powder: Most vanilla protein powders are sweetened.I developed this recipe using unflavored and unsweetened collagen peptides. If you choose to use sweetened vanilla protein powder, start with no sweetener and no vanilla. Taste and add both as needed. You may not even need any!
If you're new to adding avocados to smoothies, don't be scared! You cannot taste the avocado AT ALL. It only adds thickness and healthy fats to the smoothie.
Be sure to use a ripe avocado without brown spots. Otherwise, it will make the smoothie taste "off. When picking out avocados, they should be firm with a slight give. Also, look for avocados that still have the stem attached. If the stem is missing, it’s more likely the avocados have brown spots on the inside and will taste bad.