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Pumpkin Mocha Protein Smoothie is a quick, low carb, no added sugar, healthy meal or snack anytime!
This smoothie combines a favorite fall ingredient with the classic flavor of chocolate to bring you the best of both! Maybe you’ve never tried this combo before, but if you love both chocolate and pumpkin on their own, you will be loving these two together. I have to say I was a bit skeptical myself to combining these two strong flavors that can stand alone in any recipe, but once a reader commented about making one, well….. I was curious enough to attempt it. Results are amazing!! You will not be disappointed!
Even if you’re not a fan of the texture or taste of cottage cheese, you won’t even notice it in this smoothie. It certainly may seem like an odd ingredient to enter a smoothie, but it has a lot of protein and once blended the cottage cheese is smooth and creamy. Of course you can sub the cottage cheese for protein powder, but it won’t be as thick and creamy and the nutrition info will change as well.
When I made my first Pumpkin Vanilla Smoothie back in 2011, I used just a small amount of cottage cheese. Here I increased it and I’m super happy with the results! Although there’s only a hint of pumpkin flavor, the chocolate doesn’t overpower the smoothie. They balance each other out beautifully!
A note about Stevia:
Depending on the brand of liquid stevia, you will have to adjust accordingly. The NuNaturals brand seems to be stronger in sweetness I’m finding in recipes so start with only a few drops. If you use the Sweetleaf liquid brand it may need more like 2 full droppers. You can also just mix up the smoothie in your blender and add another sweetener of choice and stir in it.
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Pumpkin Mocha Protein Smoothie
- 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
- 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1/2 cup cottage cheese low fat
- 1 tablespoon ground flax seed
- 1 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- 1/2-2 droppers full chocolate liquid stevia
- 1/2 cup ice
- optional topping: Dairy Free Whipped Cream
- Combine all ingredients into blender and blend until smooth.
- Adjust stevia if needed.
- Enjoy immediately!
- Makes 14 ounces.
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