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Vegan High Protein Alternative to the Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Frappucino by Matt Bible

Pumpkin Spice Protein Blender

It is pumpkin spice season everywhere. Starbucks has that little famous drink called the Pumpkin Spice Latte or PSL for short. They also can make it in frappucino form. Does it taste great? Of course it does. Only problem is, the calorie count is very high and drinks are full of added sugars. Unfortunately, frequent consumption of Pumpkin Spice Frappucinos or Lattes from Starbucks will not help you get those six pack of abs you want, no matter how much core work you do.

So, what if you can enjoy pumpkin goodness, get your caffeine buzz, cut your calories, and get a nice serving of protein? Well, I may have the answer. I do not have the machinery to make lattes, but I can make frappucinos. Anybody who knows me knows that I love a good smoothie!

Here is a simple recipe I experimented with.

8 oz. – Brewed Coffee – 0 Calories (I will sometimes add an additional tsp. of instant coffee to the mix to get a bit more caffeine.


8 oz. Filtered Water and 2 tsp. Instant Coffee. My Keurig machine was broken at the time I took this picture, so I used Instant Coffee (The 365 Brand from Whole Foods is one of the few types that are somewhat tolerable.)

1/2 cup – REAL Canned Pumpkin (Trader Joe’s Organic Canned Pumpkin) – 50 Calories

6-8 Ice Cubes – 0 Calories (You can also use coffee ice cubes by freezing coffee in an ice cube tray)

1 Scoop of MRM Veggie Vanilla Protein – 140 calories

Pumpkin Spice Protein Ingredients
Blend all of the ingredients together. Top the smoothie with Pumpkin Pie Spice. I use Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Spice. Here are the total supplement facts for this Pumpkin Spice Protein Coffee Smoothie!

Calories – 190
Fat – 3g
Saturated Fat – 0g
Trans Fat – 0g
Carbohydrates – 17.5g
Sugars – 5.5g
Fiber – 8g
Protein – 23g

Here I am enjoying one of my concoctions!

Matt Pumpkin Spice Drink

Vitamin Shoppe Brand

You can use any vanilla or cinnamon protein powder of your choice, and it will still work. It is meant to be a great tasting PSL alternative that will keep you coming back for more!

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Matt Bible
Co-Owner at CASS Fitness
Matt Bible is the Co-Owner and an Executive Personal Trainer with CASS Fitness. He specializes in helping his clients lose weight, gain strength, and help prevent lower back issues. He lives in Gaithersburg, MD. He also enjoys strength training, outdoor activities, traveling, and music.
October 1, 2015 | Health, Nutrition Articles | 2

2 Responses to Vegan High Protein Alternative to the Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Frappucino by Matt Bible

  1. […] quality cuts of beef (70/30 hamburger meat as an example), and yes, sorry to say the PSL as well! (Click here for my healthy, high-protein PSL recipe)   2.) Cut out all of the not-so-obvious foods   This is where it gets tricky and somewhat […]

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