Pumpkin Spice Protein Mochaccino is rich, creamy, and tastes just like traditional coffeehouse drinks that contain a punch of pumpkin and a hint of fall spices. Instead of heavy cream, milk, and sugar, this vegan recipe includes healthier alternatives that provide the same texture and taste without the extra calories or unhealthy attributes.
Oh gracious, guys. This recipe is, yes, yet another pumpkin recipe I just have to share. I realize pumpkin is everywhere this time of year, but it’s actually a staple in my kitchen year round.
I actually eat pumpkin every single day because it’s one of my favorite foods for great skin, it’s a great source of iron, and I find it really helps my digestive system. I also tend to tolerate pumpkin much better than other starchy veggies such as lots of potatoes or excessive grains, so pumpkin is a good way to work in some healthy fiber and antioxidants that also settle well with my stomach.
Plus, I’m always looking for new ways to use pumpkin, so I enjoy seeing new recipes created by others all over the web this time of year.
I also LOVE all things mocha. Chocolate and coffee together? Now, that is hard to beat! But adding pumpkin to the mix? I’m sold!
Speaking of which, I know many people love the pumpkin spice drinks that are sold in coffeehouses this time of year. And while Starbucks has taken a HUGE leap in their steps towards providing customers with better options by providing stevia packets and almond milk, I still think we ought to get creative in the kitchen and try to whip up versions of our own.
That’s what happened with this recipe I’m sharing today. Truth be known, I wanted to shoot the photos again for this to be a bit more formal but I couldn’t wait to share it so I just decided to go ahead and post it.
Sweet, creamy, a hint of spiciness, and just the right touch of mocha flavor makes this drink sing, let me tell you. I used my very favorite coffee-flavored plant-based protein powder in this recipe: Raw Fit Marley Coffee Flavor by Garden of Life.
Guys. This protein is so good! Not only is it non-GMO, organic, vegan, free of sugar, gluten-free, low-carb, and all that jazz, but it’s not at all difficult to digest AT ALL. And if you know me, you know that digestion is my number one concern when using any type of product no matter who it’s from or what it is.
Next, Raw Fit Marley Coffee tastes like a real cappuccino thanks to the fact that it has real, organic coffee in it—no funny flavorings! I hate that Garden of Life no longer makes their Raw Meal in this delicious flavor, but that’s okay because Raw Fit is even more filling and is great to have before a workout which is when I like to have it.
Raw Fit even has a touch of chlorella in it to boost the body’s pH although you can’t taste it at all, it has cinnamon and probiotics for digestion and blood sugar regulation, and it’s higher in protein than most of the protein blends on the market. Although it’s marketed for weight loss, I actually use it because it’s a great way to pack in extra protein and it helps lower your blood sugar levels between meals.
Raw Fit also makes for a great pre or post workout drink that doesn’t make me jittery or anxious like some coffee drinks can. Plus, it makes great desserts and shakes!
Besides Raw Fit Marley Coffee Plant-Based Protein, I also included the following in this drink:
- Farmer’s Market real, organic pumpkin purée (plain, not pumpkin pie mix)
- NuNaturals pure stevia (no fillers, just stevia)
- Unsweetened cocoa powder
- Cacao-flavored superfood (optional, but recommended) – I love Bright Earth Rainbow Superfood Smoothie Mix and/or Amazing Grass Cacao Superfood (I sometimes use both!)
- Pumpkin Pie Spice
- vanilla powder or alcohol-free vanilla extract
- Unsweetened non-dairy milk of choice and water (I love Silk unsweetened almond vanilla and unsweetened cashew vanilla)
- Lots of ice—which is the secret trick!
And, for a hint of extra decadence, just to make things fun, I added a small drizzle of Dastony’s unsweetened, raw, sprouted almond butter. Just a teaspoon is all ya need! This addition would make it a great dessert or even serve as a decent breakfast if you’re in a hurry.
Did I mention that this Pumpkin Spice Protein Mochaccino is also just divine if you freeze it for 15 and then eat it with a spoon? 🙂
But the absolute best part about this recipe is there’s no sugar, oil, or funny ingredients that you can’t pronounce. Plus, it contains protein, vitamins, minerals, fiber, alkalizing ingredients to balance your body’s pH, and a small boost of caffeine to put some pep in your step too! 🙂
- 1 cup of unsweetened non-dairy milk (unsweetened almond vanilla or unsweetened cashew vanilla works well)
- ½ of a 15-ounce can of pure pumpkin purée (I like Farmer's Market brand) - about 1 cup total pumpkin
- 1 scoop coffee-flavored protein powder (I suggest Garden of Life's Raw Fit Marley Coffee flavor)*
- 1 teaspoon of unsweetened cocoa powder
- ¼ tsp. pure stevia extract
- ¼ teaspoon of vanilla bean powder or 1 teaspoon of alcohol-free vanilla extract
- dash of pumpkin pie spice (about ⅛ tsp.)
- 3 cups ice, separated (see directions)
- 1 cup of cold water
- Optional but recommended: 1 teaspoon (or 1 scoop) of cacao flavored superfood powder (Amazing Grass Cacao works well)
- Optional topping: 1 teaspoon of sprouted nut butter of choice, such as Dastony sprouted almond butter for a fun, fall flavor
- In the blender, add the non-dairy milk, the protein powder, cocoa powder, stevia, pumpkin, vanilla, pumpkin pie spice, and cacao flavored superfood if using.
- Blend the mixture well to incorporate. Next, add in 1 cup of water and 1 cup of ice. Blend again.
- Add in another cup of ice and blend again. Repeat once more with the last cup of ice. (Adding the ice separately makes it thicker and creamier—trust me!)
- Pour into a glass, top with a dust of cocoa powder and/or pumpkin pie spice, and the almond butter if desired.
- Serve with a straw, or you can freeze it for 15-20 minutes to enjoy with a spoon!
Some of you might be wondering how you could make this without caffeine. I realize some people are sensitive to it, so I have some suggestions.
One, you could use a plain vanilla protein powder (I highly suggest Raw Fit in the Vanilla flavor which is amazing and another product that I regularly keep on hand and use.) Then, just add a pinch of alcohol-free coffee flavoring extract and you’re all set! 🙂
Do you make your own versions of pumpkin coffeehouse drinks at home? Share in the comments below, I love getting new ideas!