5 Cool Things to do with Pumpkin and Protein Powder: Warm Peanut-Pumpkin Protein Pudding

Last night when I got home my husband shared with me some totally magical and unprovoked words. The kind of thing I usually have to beg to hear.

“Honey, you were right. Again.”

Obviously it didn’t surprise me, since I already know that I’m right 99% of the time. But what was I so absolutely correct about this time that earned me so much praise?
The fact that putting protein powder in oatmeal makes it a bazillion times more filling (that’s only a slight exaggeration.)

I honestly don’t know what took him so long to try this since I’ve been doing it for years. In the same time, he’s made his share of complaints that he’s not losing enough fat or gaining enough strength, and my response has been to bug him that he doesn’t always eat enough, and/or enough of the right things. (Only when he complains about these things. So no, I’m not just nagging.)

Actually, I do know what the problem was. You men just don’t like to listen to us, perhaps on the off-chance that we might be right and then you’ll have to tell us so. So why did my hubs finally come around? Well, apparently blogging makes me more credible. Just the other day I happened to blog about protein in oatmeal and less than 24 hours later he tried it. Believe it or not, he only just started reading this little project I’ve been working on for well over three years, thanks to a new crackberry and an email subscription.

By the way, hey babe. How’s your day going? 

Now that we’re all (I hope) finally on board with getting in our protein earlier in the day, let’s think about satisfying those night time cravings. You know, after dinner when you need that something sweet but you’ve kind of overdone it on your carbs and could still use a little more protein and good fat. And I don’t know about you, but I love a warm dessert in the cool weather. This creamy, comforting pudding is great for all of those things. The hubs has been watching me devour it many times over the past few weeks and last night he dubbed it the “4P.” Isn’t it kind of strange to give a food a nickname when you haven’t even tried it? But now that it’s officially blogged, I bet it won’t be too much longer.

Warm Peanut-Pumpkin Protein Pudding (aka, the “4P”)

1/2 cup (120 gm) pumpkin puree
1/2 scoop (15 gm) Optimum Nutrition 100% Whey Gold Standard, Cake Batter Flavor, or anilla protein powder
1 tbsp (16 gm) all-natural peanut butter
1/4 cup (2 oz) unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1 packet Truvia Natural Sweetener or a few drops of NuNaturals Liquid Vanilla Stevia Drops
1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

Combine all ingredients in a blender and process until smooth. Pour into a microwave-safe bowl. Cook in the microwave for 30-60 seconds.

Servings Per Recipe: 1
Amount Per Serving
Calories: 205.8
Total Fat: 9.6 g
Cholesterol: 15.0 mg
Sodium: 151.0 mg
Total Carbs: 15.7 g
Dietary Fiber: 4.7 g
Protein: 17.6 g

PS: Check out this recipe and more on the Slightly Indulgent Tuesday event over at Amy’s Simply Sugar and Gluten Free!
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6 Responses to “5 Cool Things to do with Pumpkin and Protein Powder: Warm Peanut-Pumpkin Protein Pudding”

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    Elina — November 11, 2010 @ 4:31 pm Reply

    I'm loving all these suggestions. Have you ever modified a recipe (for a baked good) to add protein powder? I just tried my hand at it and it didn't really work that great. Would love to hear about your experience!

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    luisa — November 11, 2010 @ 6:40 pm Reply

    Que rico. Me gusta esta receta. La probare. Bss.

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    Dawn — November 11, 2010 @ 6:42 pm Reply

    Cara, this sounds so tasty. And don't you love it when you're right! Elina had a good question above. It would be interesting to try it in baking.

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    Cara — November 11, 2010 @ 6:44 pm Reply

    @luisa – wow, first ever blog comment entirely en espanol! I feel honored :)@Elina & Dawn – a couple years ago I tried making banana bread and pumpkin bread using protein powder. If I remember correctly they were ok but not fabulous. I should re-visit that and see what I can do now!

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    Kristy — November 11, 2010 @ 11:11 pm Reply

    That sounds and looks amazing! Yum!!

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    jules — March 27, 2011 @ 3:07 am Reply

    get outta town!….YUM!

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