Pumpkin Pie + Protein Shake = Low Carb Heaven

Pumpkin Pie + Protein Shake = Heaven http://heidipowell.net/4411

I stole this way-too-yummy shake recipe off the Instagram account of my good friend (and fellow fitness junkie), Kacey Luvi. If you’re not a fan of protein shakes, I beg you to please try this one…you won’t regret it!

As Kacey said, “Fall and fitness have never tasted so good.” Mmmm…she’s right. Even better? It is the perfect Low Carb shake for those Carb Cycling.

Pumpkin Pie Protein Shake - serves 1

What you’ll need:
2 cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk
2-3 Tbsp pumpkin puree
1 scoop Vanilla flavored protein powder (she uses an Oatmeal Cookie flavor…but Vanilla is delish too)
3-4 shakes each of cloves, ginger, nutmeg, and cinnamon
2 Tbsp ground flaxseed

How you’ll make it:
1. Pour all ingredients into blender.
2. Add ice and blend to experience healthy heaven in your mouth ☺.

What’s in it:
Each serving has 236 incredibly healthy calories, 23 grams of protein, 10 grams of carbs, and 12 grams of fat.

Thank you, Kacey!

Heidi ☺


  1. Anita - August 26, 2014

    What is the benefit of the ground flaxseed? I don’t have any yet and was wondering if it is ok to leave out.
    Thank you! :)

  2. Anita - August 24, 2014

    could this be made with 1c almond milk and 1c water? Just seems like a lot of almond milk.
    Thank you! :)

  3. Steohanie - August 23, 2014

    What is pumpkin considered? It is a veggie?

  4. Alyssa Campbell - July 25, 2014


    Just wondering why its good for low carb days – getting started on carb cycling and was curious because of the almond milk why its ok (I have read the book) just a tad unclear?


    • Team Powell - July 26, 2014

      The almond milk counts as the healthy fat portion of the meal. :)

  5. Rebecca - December 3, 2013

    What a small world! I clicked on this link for the shake recipe and saw that you and Kacey know each other. I went to high school with her! So funny!
    Can’t wait to try the recipe it sounds so good!

  6. Ashley - November 19, 2013

    I have made this quite a few times now! So delish!

  7. Maxine - November 16, 2013

    I’ve done this recipe twice now and I absolutely love it! It might be my obsession with fall foods and pumpkin everything buuuuut thats up for debate =). For all who are curious, heres what I did differently:

    2 parts unsweetened vanilla almond milk to 1 part water (just cost efficient for me)
    Nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice, and pumpkin pie spice (MOREEE PUMPKIN!)
    2 Tbsp ground chia seeds (its all I had and worked just fine)

    Also, I recently saw the idea on Pinterest to freeze smoothies in a muffin tin (or ice tray or the like) and put them in zip lock bags for a quick drop in a blender if your in a hurry and don’t have time to do all the fixin’ and mixin’ What a concept! This will be tried in the near future =D

  8. Angela Pohuski - November 15, 2013

    Took a blender to work tries the pumpkin pie shake, now my co-worker and I have a protein shake for breakfast at work.

  9. Sharon Gist - November 14, 2013

    I love my Vemma Bode shakes and look forward to using the Vanilla shake tomorrow with the pumpkin added. Sounds great for the holidays–my sister loves anything pumpkin and will go for it. Tomorrow is my high carb day too.

  10. Marty - November 13, 2013

    I tried this protein drink and it is great. Thanks much for the info.

  11. Tonya - November 13, 2013

    I am allergic to flaxseed. What could I use as a replacement? It sounds delish!!

  12. Diane Davies - November 12, 2013

    What kind (brand) protein shake do you recommend? Do you have any opinions on VI shakes?

  13. ricitosdeplata - November 9, 2013

    Great recipe but is this a maintenance recipe? Why do I ask? Has fat (flax) and fruit but not a serving size. Is this a recipe for a low carb day or a high carb day?

  14. tawny parsons - November 4, 2013

    just made this after my run on Saturday and it tasted like pumpkin pie!! so delicious. thank you for sharing!

  15. Kerin - November 1, 2013

    Would this be a good snack for a low carb day??

  16. jacqueline vargas - October 31, 2013

    Love this recipe will try tomorrow. Thanks so much for all the inspiration you both give.

  17. Debbie - October 31, 2013

    Thanks for the info in the comments on what to look for in a protein powder. There are so many on the market it does get confusing!

  18. Jen D - October 31, 2013

    I got sick from a protein powder I tried, anything you suggest instead of protein powder? I saw your post below maybe I will try a different brand this time with 20 grams of protein and less than 5 grams of fat. Thanks!

  19. Pat - October 30, 2013

    Is there a difference between flaxseed & flaxseed oil? I have the oil in our pantry.

    • Admin1 - October 31, 2013

      There is a difference. You want to use actual ground flaxseed for this shake and not the oil. It would be like using sunflower seeds or sunflower oil. Make sense? :) Great question tho!

  20. Donna Liljegren - October 30, 2013

    This recipe looks delicious. Could you please tell me which brand of protein powder you recommend…and who makes the Oatmeal Cookie flavored one? I’d really like to try it.
    Thanks so much!

    • Admin1 - October 31, 2013

      For protein powder, each scoop should generally be an average of 20 grams of protein and under 5 grams of carbs. Make sure you pay attention to the nutrition label as some serving sizes are for 2 scoops. I like to use our Vemma Bod-e brand. You can buy it here: http://transformnow.vemma.com/

  21. Patty Mac - October 30, 2013

    Can coconut be used instead? I heard it was better for you than Almond Milk!

  22. Charlcie Ackarie - October 30, 2013

    What kind of protein powder is best? The Oatmeal cookie sounds amazing but no sure what brand is best/cleanest.

  23. Julie brown - October 30, 2013

    Even though I live in the UK I’m going to try this recipe..so far I’ve lost 6lb in a week andahalf..your daily tips are so helpful and motivating.thank you Chris

  24. Cindy - October 30, 2013

    I also love to add Chia Seeds to mine.

  25. Nancy Sustersic - October 30, 2013

    Can’t wait to give this a try in the morning~! Thanks for the tips! Go Heidi!!!

  26. valerie - October 30, 2013

    Could that be breakfast for kids on the go?

  27. Aimee - October 30, 2013

    I never know what kind of protein powder to buy. What should I look for?

    • Admin1 - October 30, 2013

      For protein powder, each scoop should generally be an average of 20 grams of protein and under 5 grams of carbs. Make sure you pay attention to the nutrition label as some serving sizes are for 2 scoops.

  28. RHONDA DELAROSA - October 30, 2013

    OMG, thanks for always sharing so much with the public…thanks for being my trainers of choice. this is gonna be awesome…My DAUGHTER is gonna love this shake

  29. Janis - October 30, 2013

    What’s the best protein powder to use?

    • Admin1 - October 30, 2013

      For protein powder, each scoop should generally be an average of 20 grams of protein and under 5 grams of carbs. Make sure you pay attention to the nutrition label as some serving sizes are for 2 scoops.

  30. Katrina Doiron - October 30, 2013

    I have been doing this and bringing it on the go instead of paying for a coffee at a shop. Its so yummy and I also add cinnamon. Perfect for fall! Btw, have also been making the homemade granola bars to save money and to know what ingrediants are in what I eat (ones at the store are full or so much garbage) and they are so delicious. You and your husband have inspired my fiance and I to live a healthier and positive life!

  31. Jolanta marzec - October 30, 2013

    I will try this today!! This sounds great!!

  32. Michelle - October 30, 2013

    This looks so tasty! I made something similar last night LOVE it! Tomorrow, I will be posting my recipe for my oatmeal cookie protein shake recipe!

  33. christina - October 30, 2013

    what is the brand of the oatmeal cookie protein powder? :) that sounds AMAZING!!!

    • Admin1 - October 30, 2013

      I didn’t get the name of the brand from her but I’m sure you could do a search on Google for one. :)

  34. Debbie Clark - October 30, 2013

    Can this be enjoyed on a Low Card day even with 10 carbs in it?

  35. liba - October 30, 2013

    Thanks for sharing! I can already feel the yummy taste in my mouth! mmm im drooling!

  36. Karen - October 30, 2013

    Thank you Heidi for sharing this most amazing shake!!
    Pumpkin seeds are one of nature’s most perfect foods. They contain many libido vitamins including the B vitamins, and vitamins E, C, D, and K. They are essential sex drive minerals like calcium, potassium, niacin, and phosphorous.
    Have a great day!!

  37. Erin Lanza - October 30, 2013

    Im so glad you posted this!! Looking for some
    options to eat on my low carb days!

  38. Teri Milnes - October 30, 2013

    Also delicious with frozen banana added!!

  39. Wanda - October 30, 2013

    Wish it would give all of the NUTRITION INFO

  40. AMC - October 30, 2013

    I cannot wait to make this for dinner tonight! Pumpkin…it’s whats for fall :)

  41. Jessica - October 30, 2013

    I have this a couple times a week in the fall. Definitely my favorite fall protein smoothie. I never thought of putting flaxseed in it, I put chia seeds in mine. I will have to try the flaxseed. Thank you!

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