As the days shorten, the leaves fall, the temperature drops – and Autumn has arrived. It is at this time of year that Starbucks has their annual tradition of the Pumpkin Spice Latte. To mark Autumn, here are two recipes inspired by the humble Pumpkin Spice Latte.
As well as being delicious, these recipes will help towards your fitness goals, whether you are craving a dessert or are seeking an Autumn-inspired breakfast. Both of these pumpkin spice protein recipes are the healthy way to give in to those Autumn food cravings, courtesy of our friends at Proteinpow.com.
Pumpkin Spice Protein Mousse
- ½ cup pumpkin puree
- ¼ cup Best Protein in Vanilla Swirl
- 3/8 cup Mascarpone cheese (substitute with ricotta or cream cheese, if desired)
- 1 Tbsp. agave syrup
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp allspice or mixed spice
- 2 cinnamon sticks (for decoration)
- Using a blender, blend and then whisk the first six ingredients together. If you want your mousse thicker and more cheesecake-like, add a bit more of the mascarpone (or cream cheese) to the mix.
- Stick your mix in a sandwich bag and attach a piping nozzle. If you don’t have a piping nozzle, just stick your mix in a sandwich bag and cut a small corner off.
- Pipe (or squeeze) the mix into a cup.
Pumpkin Spice Protein Pancakes
- 1 can pumpkin puree
- ¾ cup Best Protein in Vanilla Swirl
- ½ cup rolled oats
- ½ cup liquid egg whites
- ½ cup coconut milk
- 3 Tbsp. coconut flour
- 1 tsp mixed spice
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- Blend all your ingredients together until you get a relatively smooth batter.
- Heat a high-quality, nonstick pan with some coconut oil or low-calorie cooking spray.
- Once your pan is sizzling hot, spoon circles of batter onto it and turn your heat down a notch. For example, if you have your pan set at 6, turn it down to 5.
- Protein pancakes are thicker and extra moist, so you have to give them time to cook before you flip them. Start by making small pancakes and try adding some coconut oil to your pan as they cook to help the sides cook faster.
- Flip your pancakes once small bubbles have formed on the surface. Flipping them too soon will result in mush, so be patient!
- Once your first batch is done, repeat steps 3-5 until you’ve finished the batter.
- Top your pancakes with syrup, nut butter or fruit.