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

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)



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

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  1. Maria

    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!

  2. Desiree

    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!


    • Deliciously Organic

      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

      • Karen

        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. :-)

  3. Eileen

    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.

  4. J Uhler

    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

  5. Kristen

    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!

  6. Sharon D.

    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!!

    • Deliciously Organic

      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.

  7. Renee

    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.

  8. 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.

  9. Rebecca

    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!

  10. Laurie

    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?

  11. Heidi

    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!

    • Deliciously Organic

      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.

    • Deliciously Organic

      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. :)

  12. Emily W

    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.

  13. Sarah

    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:)

  14. Lisa

    Carrie, I have really enjoyed your blog, even more so now that you have gone grain-free. We love your recipes and think of you and Pete fondly every time we make one of them. Please come by for a visit if you are in town sometime. XOXO


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