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High-Protein Smoothie Bowl With Pumpkin and Almond Butter

Wanna stay full all morning long? You need this protein-packed smoothie bowl.

Compared with a jumbo bagel and cream cheese or a skimpy strawberry yogurt, smoothies are a healthy way to jumpstart your morning. But if all you do is throw in a bunch of fruit, veggies, and ice and blend, your smoothie bowl might overdo it on carbs and you’ll miss an opportunity to get your protein fix at breakfast time.

It’s a cinch to add protein to smoothies, and you have a ton of muscle-building options to choose from: Greek yogurt, nut butters, chia seeds, oats, protein powder, and even—yep—tofu! (Silken tofu will blend right in and you probably won’t even taste it.)

For this high-protein smoothie bowl, created by New York City-based nutritionist Sharon Richter, RD, creamy almond butter and protein powder add an energy boost to the pumpkin and banana base. (That’s right—you don’t have to save pumpkin for only your fall lattes anymore.) Bonus: bananas and pumpkin both add fiber to ward off hunger.

And you won’t need to sweeten this healthy smoothie bowl, either. Almond butter is a healthy fat that adds a richness, which wipes out the need for sugar. However, if your sweet tooth is craving a little more flavor, try adding a half a teaspoon of vanilla extract and a dash of cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice! These additions will enhance the natural flavors without turning your high-protein smoothie bowl into a sugar bomb. (Feeling extra fancy? Try adding vanilla seeds right from the pod. Here’s how to deseed vanilla.)

To top this high-protein smoothie bowl, play around with whatever’s lying around in your fridge or pantry. Everything in this list of smoothie bowl toppings is about 35 calories each, so mix and match to taste:

  • Almond Slices – ½ tbsp. (26.5 calories)

  • Hemp Seeds – ½ tbsp. (27.5 calories)

  • Strawberries – ½ cup, sliced (27 calories)

  • Kiwi – 6 slices (30 calories)

  • Coconut Flakes - sprinkle – ¼ tbsp. (23 calories)

  • Cacao nibs – 1 tsp. (19 calories)

  • Cinnamon – ½ tsp. (3 calories)

  • Pumpkin Seeds (Pepitas)  - ½ tbsp. (24 calories)

  • Banana – 6 slices (32 calories)

  • Blueberries –  ¼ cup (21 calories)

  • Blackberries – ½ cup (31 calories)

  • Goji berries – 1 tbsp. (18 calories)

  • Raspberries – ½ cup (32 calories)

  • Flax Seeds - ½ tbsp. (24.5 calories)

  • Pomegranate seeds - ¼ cup  (35 calories)

  • Matcha powder – 2 tsp. – (24 calories)

  • Mint leaves – garnish (0 calories)

  • Mango - three slices – ¼ cup (27 calories)

Difficulty: Easy

Ingredients
  • 1 scoop vegan protein powder
  • 1/2 a banana
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tbsp almond butter
Instructions
Blend!
Duration: 0:36. Last Updated On: June 12, 2017, 5:52 p.m.
Reviewed by: Dr. Preeti Parikh, . Review date: June 9, 2017

Nutrition Information

Recipe Serves 1
Nutrition Information Based on a Single Serving
Amount Per Serving% Daily Value*
Calories
315
15% Complete
15%
Fat
12g
18% Complete
18%
Cholesterol
0mg
0% Complete
0%
Sodium
641mg
27% Complete
27%
Carbohydrates
28g
28% Complete
28%
Fiber
9g
36% Complete
36%
Sugar
11g
22% Complete
22%
Protein
26g
50% Complete
50%
*Percent Daily Value are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Dietary Needs

Lower Cholesterol
Lower Cholesterol
Gluten Free
Gluten Free
Dairy Free
Dairy Free
Vegan
Vegan
Vegetarian
Vegetarian
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