You’re about to get the recipes for my top picks when it comes to delicious vegan smoothies for fall, but first, let’s chat about a hotly debated topic in nutrition: protein powders.

One of the most common questions I’m asked by health coaching clients, as well as other friends and family members is about what clean vegan-friendly protein powders I recommend. This isn’t necessarily because they’re vegan – other reasons include:

  • Their digestive systems don’t tolerate dairy
  • Other protein powders they’ve tried upset their stomach (especially whey)
  • Other protein powders they’ve tried contain too many artificial ingredients and sweeteners
  • Their past experiences have led them to think that plant based protein powders are all chalky and taste like sawdust (a fair point in many cases)
  • They want to follow a mostly plant-based diet but believe that vegan-friendly proteins aren’t complete (as in, they don’t provide all the essential amino acids that our bodies can’t make, which actually isn’t the case.)

While I’m always an advocate of whole foods before supplements, I know that sometimes hectic schedules just doesn’t allow us to cook and sit down to nutritionally complete meals three times a day. In these cases, I like to have high-quality, clean alternatives that I can use in a pinch. I’ve raved in the past about my love for Vega sugar-free pre-workout energizer (it’s one of my secrets for making every early morning workout awesome), especially since I don’t have an appetite for much else before early morning runs. In addition to this, you’ll also find a healthy supply of Vega’s Performance Protein in my kitchen cupboard. It comes in chocolate, vanilla, and berry, and it’s the best plant-based protein powder I’ve come across yet.

Vega Sport Performance Protein - New formula

Vega Sport was reformulated again in early 2016, and the flavour now is by far the best it’s ever been. Friends I’ve talked to who had digestive issues with other powders tell me that it’s worked really well for them too, and if you’d like to check out the ingredients and other details, you can  do so here.

In the meantime, I’ve got those 4 delicious vegan smoothie recipes for fall to share with you!

Apple Pie Smoothie

Apples sprinkled with cinnamon are one of my favourite snacks, and this recipe is the liquid form of that. Cinnamon can help to regulate blood sugar, and it’s also a powerful anti-inflammatory. I’ve tossed a big handful of spinach in this one in order to amp up its nutrition profile, and for anyone new to green smoothies, I promise that this one doesn’t taste ‘green’ at all!

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Apple Pie Smoothie

Apple Pie Smoothie || vegan, high-protein, perfect for fall! || Eat Spin Run Repeat
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  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 0 mins
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 serving
  • Category: drinks + smoothies
  • Method: blender

Ingredients

  • 1 tart apple (Pink lady or Granny Smith), cored
  • 1 scoop vanilla Vega Sport Performance Protein
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk or hemp milk
  • 2 tbsp oats
  • 1-2 pitted Medjool dates
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp each nutmeg and cloves
  • ice

Optional Nutrition Boosters:

  • 1 big handful of your choice of greens
  • 2 tsp chia seeds
  • 1 tsp ground flaxseeds

Instructions

  • Add all ingredients except ice to your blender, and blend until smooth.
  • Toss in a few ice cubes and continue blending until all ice is crushed.
  • Pour into a glass and sprinkle with cinnamon, then enjoy!

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Pumpkin Chai Smoothie

A staple during this time of year, is it even possible to have too much pumpkin? I don’t think so.

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Pumpkin Chai Smoothie

Pumpkin Chai Smoothie || vegan, high-protein, gluten-free and perfect for your fall pumpkin obsession! || Eat Spin Run Repeat
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  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 0 mins
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 serving
  • Category: drinks + smoothies
  • Method: blender

Ingredients

  • 1 scoop Vega Protein and Greens in vanilla or Vega One in vanilla chai
  • ½ cup unsweetened almond milk
  • ½ cup cold brewed chai tea
  • ½ cup pureed pumpkin
  • ½ frozen peeled banana
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp chai spice blend
  • 6 ice cubes

Optional Nutrition Boosters:

Toppings:

  • banana slices
  • chopped almonds

Instructions

  • Add all ingredients except for the maple syrup and ice to your blender and blend until completely smooth.
  • Have a taste and add a drizzle of maple syrup if you want a sweeter smoothie.
  • Toss in the ice cubes and continue blending until no chunks remain.
  • Pour the smoothie into a glass and garnish with a cinnamon stick and a sprinkle of cinnamon.

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Carrot Cake Smoothie Bowl

This one is packed with vitamin A and beta carotene, which is an antioxidant. (Same goes for pumpkin.) Vitamin A is really important for good vision and immune health and our bodies can’t make it on their own. As the temperatures drop, you’ll want to boost your body’s ability to combat nasty cold bugs, and this smoothie can help you do just that!

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Carrot Cake Smoothie Bowl

Carrot Cake Smoothie Bowl - Eat Spin Run Repeat
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  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 0 mins
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 serving
  • Category: drinks + smoothies
  • Method: blender

Ingredients

  • 1 cup peeled sliced carrots
  • 1/2 frozen peeled banana
  • 1 scoop vanilla Vega Sport Performance Protein
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut milk (I used the So Delicious brand)
  • 1/3 cup coconut yogurt
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • a pinch each of ground ginger and nutmeg
  • toasted coconut, grated carrot and pistachios, to garnish

Instructions

  • Toss all the ingredients except for the toppings into a high-powered blender and blend until completely smooth. Add a little extra coconut milk if needed, but the consistency should be thick.
  • Pour into a bowl, sprinkle the grated carrot, coconut and pistachios on top, and enjoy!

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Banana Nut Smoothie

Think of it as banana bread in a glass. With a bit of natural nut butter added, those healthy fats will help keep you full for hours. And if you’re all out of nut butter, just blend in a few pecans, walnuts, or other nut of choice.

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Banana Nut Smoothie

Banana Nut Smoothie - Eat Spin Run Repeat
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  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 0 mins
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 serving
  • Category: drinks + smoothies
  • Method: blender

Ingredients

  • 1 frozen peeled banana
  • 3 tbsp oats
  • 1 scoop vanilla Vega Sport Performance Protein
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond or hemp milk
  • 1 tbsp natural nut butter of choice
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ice
  • 1 tbsp chopped walnuts, pumpkin seeds and dried berries

Optional Nutrition Boosters:

Instructions

  • Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth.
  • Pour into a glass and serve.
4 Vega-licious Vegan Smoothies For Fall - Eat Spin Run Repeat

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So tell me…

  • Have you found a great plant-based protein powder? Tell me about it!
  • What are some of your favourite vegan smoothies for fall? Link up and let’s share ideas!

Searching for more smoothie inspiration? You might be interested in my 30-day Smoothie Challenge!

The 30 Day Eat Spin Run Repeat Smoothie Challenge

Apple Pie Smoothie || vegan, high-protein, perfect for fall! || Eat Spin Run Repeat
Banana Nut Smoothie || vegan, high in protein, and nutty, just like your favourite banana bread recipe || Eat Spin Run Repeat
Carrot Cake Smoothie Bowl || vegan, high in protein and full of antioxidants || Eat Spin Run Repeat
Pumpkin Chai Smoothie || vegan, high-protein, gluten-free and perfect for your fall pumpkin obsession! || Eat Spin Run Repeat