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Pumpkin Pie Shake (Grain Free, Gaps, Paleo, Primal, Dairy Free)

by Deliciously Organic on October 10, 2012

Pumpkin Pie Shake via DeliciouslyOrganic.net #paleo #grainfree

A year without grains, an anniversary, and a birthday. One year ago, I challenged myself and my readers to try going thirty days without eating grains. I never imagined this fall would arrive with me still grain-free. I’m so happy I made the change to my diet and my health has improved far beyond what I expected. I lost twenty pounds, my energy levels are up, I sleep like a baby, my sweet cravings are gone, and most importantly almost all my thyroid blood levels have returned to normal (I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s disease in 2008). Wow. What a difference a year can make!

This week I’m also celebrating four years of Deliciously Organic. I had no idea the journey I was beginning when I wrote my first post, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything. I’ve learned so much from many of you and have enjoyed the conversations and recipe sharing here. I’m so thankful you keep coming back and hope to continue providing healthy, delicious, reliable recipes.

Pumpkin Pie Shake via DeliciouslyOrganic.net #paleo #grainfree

I turned 36 this week. I must be getting older, because I didn’t want a big hoop-la, or even a cake. Instead, I wanted a quiet day at home. Pete surprised me by taking the day off work. We enjoyed a long walk in the chilly morning air, grabbed some coffee, chatted, and spent time with the kids after they returned home from school. The girls cooked meatballs and marinara for dinner and we finished it all with a walk around the neighborhood as a family. Grey clouds covered the sky – a rare and lovely way to end the day out here in the desert. It was a pleasant, restful way to celebrate three landmarks.

Speaking of simple celebrations, I treated the girls with pumpkin shakes the other day and they were delighted. A blend of nourishing ingredients that tastes like fall. Thick, creamy and cold. Sometimes I make it as an after-school snack, but you can make it for an easy breakfast or, topped with whipped cream, a nice dessert.

Pumpkin Pie Shake (Grain Free, Gaps, Paleo, Primal, Dairy Free)

Serving Size: Serves 4

Pumpkin Pie Shake (Grain Free, Gaps, Paleo, Primal, Dairy Free)

Ingredients

Instructions

Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Serve immediately.

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Maria October 10, 2012 at 9:17 am

I’ve made pumpkin pie smoothies the last couple of days and I’m trying to find that magic mix. I’m going to try your recipe tomorrow. But, I do have one question… what do the egg yolks provide to the shake? Keep the great recipes coming!

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Deliciously Organic October 10, 2012 at 9:32 am

The yolks make the shake extra creamy and provide nutrients such as biotin, B vitamins and well as other nutrients. If you’re not comfortable with raw egg yolks, you can simply omit them. Here’s an article written by Dr. Mercola about raw eggs: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2002/11/13/eggs-part-two.aspx

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Erika October 10, 2012 at 9:19 am

Happy Belated Birthday, Carrie!

Congrats on your 4 years of blogging; I look forward to many more years of reading your excellent posts.

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Deliciously Organic October 10, 2012 at 9:29 am

Thanks, Erika. :)

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Haleigh October 10, 2012 at 9:25 am

I can’t wait to try this! It looks so good! I think we will be having that for breakfast tomorrow! Thanks for such a great and nourishing recipe!

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Desiree October 10, 2012 at 9:33 am

Hi Carrie, thanks for the recipe. I love fall foods, but so many of them are not so good for you, and I’m trying to get my 13 year old son to eat healthy snacks, so I think I’ll have this ready for him after school today.

I also found your story about going grain-free inspiring. The women in my family tend to have thyroid issues, even thyroid cancer, and also unexplained weigh gain that’s hard-to-lose. Do you have any articles or resources you’d recommend for us to read?

Thanks again!

Desiree

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Deliciously Organic October 10, 2012 at 9:39 am

I’m sorry to hear about the many thyroid issues your family has experienced. It can be so difficult and stressful. I highly recommend the books “Wheat Belly” by Dr. Davis and “Deep Nutrition” by Dr. Shanahan. Those two books have been the most helpful to me. Also, a great nutritionist can be a great help. My nutritionist, Kim Shuette, has a practice in San Diego, and they also do Skype and phone consults for those who need help but live out-of-town: http://www.biodynamicwellness.com

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Karen October 10, 2012 at 10:21 am

i’m a client at biodynamic wellness, too! Sharon is my nutritionist and GAPS expert. I highly reccommend them!

Congrats Carrie, happy birthday, happy anniversary, and thank you from the bottom of my heart for all the hard work you put into this site, it’s awesome! Your recipes have blessed me and my family for over a year now and for that we are all very thankful. :-)

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Rachael {SimplyFreshCooking} October 10, 2012 at 9:47 am

Happy belated Birthday! This is a great recipe, and great job on giving up grains. That would be hard for me to do for sure!

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Eileen October 10, 2012 at 10:07 am

Congratulations and happy birthday! I love quiet days at home with my family. I have found that just being able to spend some uninterrupted time with my husband is so nice. You don’t always need to go somewhere or spend lots of money. Oh and this shake looks great I have all the ingredients on hand I might try with the kids tonight.

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Carol L October 10, 2012 at 10:21 am

Belated birthday wishes to you, your son, and hubby! Huge congrats on a successful year of going grain-free, and thanks for this delicious looking shake recipe! It’s the perfect time of the year for a treat like this!

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J Uhler October 10, 2012 at 10:33 am

Carrie! It’s been a while since I’ve commented. Congrats on your 3 landmarks! I turned 36 in May also. LOL! I’ve been grain-free also since last fall when you began your challenge – the best decision I ever made when it comes to nutrition and my health! I’m down 20 pounds also, no more sinus issues, skin looks great, more energy, no more brain fog, puffiness and bloating is gone! I’ve finally achieved the body I’ve been working for all my life!! So many people have asked me what I’ve been doing, as many have witnessed my struggle with my weight all my life. I am always so thrilled to tell them about going grain free and how it has literally changed my life. My sincerest thanks to you for reviewing Wheat Belly, as that was the catalyst to get me started on this journey! Much love to you! J

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Deliciously Organic October 21, 2012 at 10:40 am

Wow! That’s fantastic! Thank you for sharing! :)

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The Insurist October 10, 2012 at 11:29 am

I’ve been looking for a great pumpkin smoothie :) thanks!

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Kristen October 10, 2012 at 11:56 am

Hi Carrie,
I’ve been following your blog for awhile and really love it, just haven’t commented yet! I am wondering, since you’ve gone grain free what do you usually have for breakfast? I feel like that would be the biggest challenge for me, I don’t love making eggs in the morning – I definitely rely on toast and oatmeal!

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Deliciously Organic October 21, 2012 at 10:34 am

Thank you for the kind words. I usually rotate between eggs, grain free muffins/pancakes/waffles, and smoothies. Here’s a link to all of my grain free recipes so you can see all of the options! :) http://deliciouslyorganic.net/category/index-categories/grain-free-2/

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Melly Queen October 10, 2012 at 12:12 pm

This looks amazing!
P.S. I love your straws!! Where did you find polk-a-dot straws?

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Deliciously Organic October 21, 2012 at 10:38 am

Thanks! I found them at http://www.shopsweetlulu.com

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Laura October 10, 2012 at 1:02 pm

I just made this (minus the egg) for myself and my three kids (6,5, and 2). We all thought it was fantastic! The kids have already asked when I can make it again. Thanks!

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Sharon D. October 10, 2012 at 3:04 pm

Hi Carrie – I am new to your site and enjoy it very much. I wonder if you could tell me why you prefer Native Forest brand coconut milk. I’ve only ever seen the Thai Kitchen brand near me and would like to order the Native Forest to try but was somewhat discouraged by the number of 1 star comments?! Please help!!

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Deliciously Organic October 12, 2012 at 9:06 am

I prefer it because the cans are not lined with BPA. I was hesitant because of some of the low ratings, but discovered that it was because the supplier a year or two ago was sending the wrong product to customers. I’ve been buying it from Amazon for almost a year and have gotten just what I ordered each time.

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Renee October 10, 2012 at 4:33 pm

Carrie,
Were you ever on thyroid medication? If so, how long have you been off of them to know that your blood levels are normal. I have Hashimoto’s as well and prediabetes even though I’m very thin and fairly healthy. I have greatly reduced my grain intake due to the diabetes and have cut out wheat for the most part. I just had a baby so I”m having a hard time cutting it out completely and only eat it when I’m in a situation where I can’t eat unless I have a little, like a potluck. With four children I just don’t have the time to cook EVERYTHING from scratch. Definitely want to go grain and gluten free when I can.

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Deliciously Organic October 21, 2012 at 10:33 am

I never took any thyroid meds. The doctors told me they would “maybe” help with my symptoms (chronic hives) but over time my thyroid would stop working and I’d be on meds the rest of my life. It just didn’t make sense for my situation to take meds, so I chose whole foods and whole food supplements instead. Also, thyroid meds do not help with antibody levels. I understand having a hard time cooking everything from scratch. You can only do your best. I make sure and have a well stocked pantry and fridge so when I need food I can make it fast. My grain free meal plans might be of help to you since you are short on time right now. If you have any other questions, please feel free to write me at [email protected]. I hope that helps!

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Kristy October 11, 2012 at 1:03 pm

Happy Birthday Carrie! You are a blessing to us all!

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Sharmila October 11, 2012 at 1:14 pm

Happy birthday and congratulations on what must have been a good test of your will power. A year is a long time and kudos to you for achieving that milestone!
I got the loveliest little pumpkin in my CSA box this morning that I was wodering what to do with. This shake sounds perfect.

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Deliciously Organic October 13, 2012 at 5:49 am

Thank you, Sharmila.

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Rebecca October 11, 2012 at 2:01 pm

My 5 yr old and I just made this for an after-school snack. It was fantastic!

I think I’m going to whip up another batch, omitting the water and ice, and run it though the ice cream machine (which I bought because of your chocolate peanut butter ice cream recipe a few month ago!).

Thanks for all of the great recipes!

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Deliciously Organic October 21, 2012 at 10:40 am

Putting it through the ice cream machine is a great idea!

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Laurie October 11, 2012 at 6:37 pm

I just discovered your website and I’m so happy I did! I was recently diagnosed w/ a gluten intolerance. These shakes look delicious! Do you have to use coconut milk or could I substitute regular or soy milk?

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Deliciously Organic October 12, 2012 at 9:04 am

I’ve tested this with coconut milk and also half whole milk, half cream and both turned out great.

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The Healthy Apple October 11, 2012 at 6:41 pm

OMG I love this recipe; looks beautiful, Carrie!
xoxo

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Renee October 12, 2012 at 12:17 pm

I made this with the half milk half cream and didn’t add any water. It was fabulous. Thanks for a light and tasty drink.

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Ana October 12, 2012 at 1:26 pm

Carrie, are your cookbook recipes mostly grain-free, gluten-free, or a variety?

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Deliciously Organic October 13, 2012 at 5:48 am

When I wrote the book, I was using quite a bit of grains in my recipes, so you’ll find many of those recipes utilizing whole wheat flours. I am finishing up a downloadable pdf to go along with the book that will contain grain-free adaptations for each recipe. I plan for that addition to be available by the end of the year.

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Ana October 13, 2012 at 9:15 am

Awesome! Thanks for responding.

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Heidi October 12, 2012 at 5:37 pm

HELP! I need clarification! There is a BIG difference between canned coconut milk solids and coconut milk beverage. They are both labelled coconut milk so with the recipe there isn’t any distinction… I got the beverage, made the shake… it was runny like milk and didn’t taste good at all. I made some changes and now it’s fine but not what it was supposed to be. Is it supposed to be the thick canned coconut? Thanks!

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Deliciously Organic October 13, 2012 at 5:45 am

I apologize for the confusion. This recipe calls for canned coconut milk, not a coconut milk beverage. I included a link for the exact coconut milk I like to use in the ingredient list.

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Vickie October 15, 2012 at 6:07 am

We are trying really hard to be on a healthier path. So glad I saw your site today. I will be back often & thanks so much for sharing!

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the urban baker October 15, 2012 at 1:22 pm

Happy Birthday! Happy Anniversary! Congrats on a huge accomplishment! And cheers to a delicous looking shake and gorgeous photograph!!

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Allison [Girl's Guide to Social Media] October 15, 2012 at 1:30 pm

Congrats on the milestones, Carrie. I am so happy for you! I went grain-free for 40 days earlier this year and I didn’t feel any different, but I am open to trying it again. I run a lot and eat very healthy so perhaps that’s why I didn’t feel a shift in well being and health? Who knows. What do you think?

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Deliciously Organic October 21, 2012 at 10:25 am

Very interesting! I’m not sure why you didn’t feel a difference. Maybe your bloodwork would have shown a difference? Or, if you were consuming lots of legumes, caffeine, and sugars (you probably weren’t, but thought I’d throw that out there) then your body would have still been experiencing the same ups and downs of blood sugar and insulin levels. Dr. Davis might have an answer for that one. :)

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Lucy Lean October 15, 2012 at 2:14 pm

Happy Birthday Carrie and happy 4th birthday Deliciously Organic. Love the look of these celebratory shakes – I’m sure they would be a winner with the kids.
LL

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marla October 15, 2012 at 3:06 pm

Amazing journey Carrie and such a fun shake!

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HeatherChristo October 15, 2012 at 4:19 pm

Congratulations and Happy Birthday Carrie! That sounds like a perfect birthday to me :) Thanks for sharing your journey and discoveries here on your blog- I am sure that you inspire many people.

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Jaime {sophistimom} October 15, 2012 at 7:27 pm

Looks delicious, Carrie!

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Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen October 17, 2012 at 9:22 pm

Wishing you a very Happy Birthday Carrie, congrats on 4 wonderful years of blogging and one of grain free living!

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Deliciously Organic October 21, 2012 at 10:35 am

Thank you!

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Jen October 18, 2012 at 4:46 pm

I love that this pumpkin shake is made with coconut milk and other wholesome ingredients.

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Emily W October 20, 2012 at 3:06 pm

I made this into a delicious fall drink by omitting the eggs and ice cubes. I substituted half of the water for coconut water, cut the maple syrup in half, and added some water (didn’t measure) to make up for not using the ice cubes. I put it all in a pot on the stove and used a whisk to stir. My husband liked it a lot too.

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aida mollenkamp October 22, 2012 at 12:17 pm

Congrats on all those milestones, Carrie!

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Deliciously Organic October 22, 2012 at 2:23 pm

Thanks, Aida!

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Sarah October 16, 2014 at 10:33 am

Hi, thanks for this recipe, it looks great! Question: What part of the coconut milk do you use for this recipe? The thick cream at the top of the can or the thin stuff at the bottom? Or both? Thanks:)

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Deliciously Organic October 16, 2014 at 12:02 pm

I use both. Shake the can, or stir the contents before using.

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