Protein Shake Recipes: Pumpkin Yumminess

I had a message from Bob Marley this morning. As I was making this yummy protein shake for breakfast. I glanced out my kitchen window onto the patio and see three little birds which immediately causes me to start singing...

Three Little Birds

Singin' "Don't worry 'bout a thing,
'Cause every little thing gonna be all right"

Rise up this mornin',
Smiled with the risin' sun,
Three little birds
Pitch by my doorstep
Singin' sweet songs
Of melodies pure and true,
Sayin', "This is my message to you-ooo-ooo"

I've been in a bit of a funk and questioning my place in the world so I'm taking this as a sign. "Don't worry 'bout a thing, 'Cause every little thing gonna be all right." Message received. Thanks Bob.

So I quit worrying, went outside, sat in the sunshine and enjoyed this delicious taste of fall. It's like a liquid pumpkin pie. Seriously. Sooooo good.

Halloween Fall Weight Loss Surgery VSG WLS RNY Gastric Bypass Vertical Sleeve Recipe Cooking FitnessShelly's Pumpkin Banana Protein Shake

8 oz. Soy Milk (or 4 oz milk/4 oz. water)
1 scoop Vanilla Protein Powder
3 T. Pumpkin Puree (not pie filling)
1/2 Banana, frozen (or fresh)
2 Tablespoons Sugar Free Torani Syrup (SF Vanilla, Caramel, Pumpkin Pie would all work)
dash Pumpkin Pie Spice
2-3 Ice Cubes

Blend in blender. Place liquids in blender first. Optional: Top with a squirt of SF Land o Lakes Whipped Cream, a dash of pumpkin pie spice.

I love to use frozen banana in this. I peel them, cut them in half, and toss them in a Ziploc baggie for adding to protein shakes & smoothies. Makes the shake colder and creamier. It's also a good way to save bananas when they are getting too ripe.

Other Eggface Pumpkin Yumminess:

Shelly's Pumpkin Protein Mini Muffins
Shelly's Pumpkin Ricotta Pancakes
Shelly's Pumpkin Protein Souffle
Shelly's Pumpkin Spice Protein Ice Cream
Shelly's Iced Pumpkin Spice Latte
Shelly's Great Pumpkin Hot Cocoa
Shelly's Pumpkin Praline Ricotta Bake


Fredda said...

Pumpkin and bananas? I haven't thought about that flavor combination before. I'm gonna have to try that! Thanks Shelly!

Jenifer said...

This is kind of a dumb question, do you find the pumpkin puree just at any food/grocery store?

BUCK said...

I'm gluten free and my friend is diabetic, wondering what the caloric, carb, sugar and fiber would be for this great sounding desert.
Any idea?

Tara from MI said...

"You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You're on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who'll decide where to go..."
— Dr. Seuss (Oh, the Places You'll Go!)

I appreciate and love you, and I know others do too. Now you know what you know..... :)

Michelle "Shelly" said...

xo Tara, my friend.


Fredda, Ina Garten the Barefoot Contessa made a pumpkin banana tart years ago I loved pre-op and so it inspired this.


Jenifer, Yep just look for puree (nothing added, just mashed up pumpkin) versus pie filling (often has sugar, milk, seasonings added) or in the season you can make it.


Hey Buck,

You can figure out nutrition information to any recipe (mine or others) by going to a site like (sparkpeople, nutrition data, etc)

I use fitday... Go to a clean day (one you haven't entered items on)

Enter each individual ingredient you have used

The total # of cals, carbs, proteins, fats will be given

Take those totals and divide by the # of servings you get from the dish.

Nutrition facts can vary so widely... on my plan I use full fat cheese, full fat mayo, butter, olive oil, others may use low fat cheese or horrors that non fat toxic waste, what percentage % fat of beef or turkey you use, etc. The nutrition numbers would swing like a pendulum. Plus... serving size can vary what I eat as a 4+ year post-op is a very different amount than a 3 month, 6 month, or 4 year post-op or a non-op.

Hope this helps :)


Hope you guys enjoy the pumpkin recipes :) Happy Fall.

Alli said...

Hi Shelly, I'm new to your blog and was wondering what your ingredient abbreviation 'T' stands for?


NitaU said...

I cant wait to try this tomorrow morning, thanks for providing the great recipes!

Michelle "Shelly" said...

Alli, Nice to meet you.

T = Tablespoon
t = teaspoon
C = cup

are some of the common abbreviations you'll see in recipes on the blog.

Anonymous said...

I'm glad Bob said hello.
Deb T.

battynurse said...

Looks yummy. I'll have to do that with the bananas. I've been on a bit of a banana kick lately and have been buying more. I usually eat them in my oatmeal in the morning but like them in smoothies too and I haven't frozen any so I will have to try. Plus I love Pumpkin.
Sorry about the funk but hope it's all gone now and things are looking brighter.

Derek said...

Love it! We'll definitely have to try it in our Torani kitchen.

amany said...

Shelly, I'm a six month post-op and just started my first year of law school. Exciting, but hard. Really hard. I've been reading your blog for the past five months and it has become one the most visited sites on my history page. In the morning, I get to class about half an hour before it starts and browse my email, assignment calendar, and your blog. You have no idea how great a start to the day it is when you post a great new idea I had never thought of, fantastic food porn or simply ramblings that just make me smile. It helps me though my 8 am civil procedure class with the professor from hell ;) You've been such an inspiration and guide to me, and you should know how truly appreciated you are.

Sue said...

Rediculiously good!! I have made this everyday sine you posted, I am sooo addicted. Thanks for sharing all of your great recipes! :)

Jen Hills said...

Yummm O!! Just made one! so good!