8 Seasonal Protein Powder Recipes for the Pumpkin-Obsessed

8 Protein-Packed Pumpkin Recipes

We’re not afraid to shout it from the rooftops: We love pumpkin! No only does this orange vegetable tastes terrific in pies, muffins and more, but it also packs a punch, nutritionally. Pumpkin is rich in vitamin A, fiber and beta-carotene, which has been linked to a reduced risk of heart disease.

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But if you’re sipping on sugar-laden Pumpkin Spice Lattes like they’re going out of style, you’re definitely doing it wrong. Most pumpkin-flavored products sold in chains or on grocery shelves are all sugar and no substance. Our solution? Seeking out the pumpkin recipes that are packed with real pumpkin goodness — plus protein powder for an extra nutritional boost. From pancakes to cookies and cinnamon rolls, these seasonal protein powder recipes will kick off your fall in the most delicious way possible. Have your pumpkin and hit your nutrient goals, too!

Pumpkin Protein Shake

1. Pumpkin Protein Shake (27 g protein)
Five ingredients are all you need to whip up this easy and delicious protein smoothie. Pile them into a blender and let ‘er rip! Want to get fancy? Sprinkle some pumpkin pie spice on top of your smoothie before slurping it down. Photo and recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life by DailyBurn

Pumpkin Protein Pancakes

2. Pumpkin Spice Protein Pancakes (14 g protein)
Flapjacks that get you jacked are our favorite kind of pancakes. Egg whites, oats, pumpkin and protein powder make up the base of this scrumptious recipe. And with just one gram of sugar per serving, you can feel OK about drizzling some maple syrup on top. Photo and recipe: Katie / Dashing Dish

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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Energy Bites

3. Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Energy Bites (approx. 5 g protein)
No need to turn on an oven (or stove!) to get your pumpkin fix. These protein powder-infused energy bites don’t require any baking. Miniature chocolate chips add just the right amount of sweetness to get you through an afternoon slump. Photo and recipe: Amy / Amy’s Healthy Baking

Pumpkin Overnight Oats

4. Pumpkin Pie Overnight Oatmeal (23 g protein)
Take five minutes to prep this recipe the night before so you can wake up your taste buds with fall flavor the next day. (Doing it in advance also allows the oats to absorb the almond milk in your dish.) Grab a spoon and eat your oatmeal cold, or heat it in the microwave if you’re craving something warm and comforting. Photo and recipe: Katie / Dashing Dish

Pumpkin Protein Muffins

5. Pumpkin Protein Muffins (7 g protein)
In a breakfast rut? Kick-start your morning with these magnificent muffins. Each one clocks in at 180 calories and six grams of fat. A crunchy cinnamon and oat topping makes these baked goods even more delectable. Photo and recipe: Mike / The Iron You

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Pumpkin Pie Protein Cookies

6. Pumpkin Pie Protein Cookies (approx. 4 g protein for 2 cookies)
Soft and chewy, these pumpkin treats are what fall foodie dreams are made of. Swapping coconut flour for the regular stuff makes this recipe lower in carbs than your standard cookie recipe. Win! Photo and recipe: Amy / Amy’s Healthy Baking

Pumpkin Protein Bar

7. Pumpkin Protein Bars (approx. 3 g protein)
This hybrid dessert is like a cake and pie rolled into one. Using oat flour will give your bars a light and fluffy texture — plus, they’ll be gluten-free! Drizzle white chocolate on top after the treats cool if you’re feeling extra indulgent. Photo and recipe: Rebecca / My Natural Family

Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls

8. Paleo Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls (approx. 3 g protein)
Upgrade weekend brunch with these pastries that are much better for you than the premade kind. They’re gluten-free, dairy-free and paleo so they’re the perfect please-all dish (your friends with food intolerances will love ‘em). Photo and recipe: Dre / Delicious by Dre

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