Protein Drink Recipes That Actually Don’t Taste Like Chalk
The protein smoothie is the perfect way to drink your nutrients and hit your macros without worry. Filled with fresh ingredients and a variety of supplements, a protein drink can be consumed at breakfast, lunch, or dinner, and are a great addition to your pre-workout and post-workout routine. According to BodyBuilding.com, it’s important to get protein into the body fast after your workout so as to properly repair and replenish muscle tissue after the gym. What’s more, because protein shakes can be more quickly digested than solid food, they are even more advantageous to consume in those precious hours post-workout.
So protein smoothies sound great, but the one problem is that if made incorrectly, they taste bland and chalky. That’s why you need the right recipes in your smoothie repertoire. An equal mix of fresh ingredients, healthy fats, and supplements yields a smoothie that is not only good for you, but tastes good, too, and if we’re being honest, that’s just as important if we want to stick to our smoothie schedule.
1. Oatmeal Cinnamon Raisin Protein Smoothie
This first recipe from Hummusapien proves that a protein smoothie can be delicious. It is the perfect breakfast treat, as it features the classic combination of oatmeal and raisins and is made up of only seven ingredients. Inspired by a cookie, this smoothie is one you’ll have no trouble slurping down.
- 1 cup soy milk
- 1 large overripe banana, sliced and frozen
- 3 tablespoons old-fashioned oats
- 2 tablespoons raisins
- ¾ teaspoon cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 scoop protein powder
Directions: Place all ingredients in a blender until mixture is completely blended and smooth.
2. Cookie Dough Protein Shake
Another protein shake recipe inspired by cookies is this cookie dough protein shake from Chocolate Covered Katie. The recipe developer behind this smoothie formula promises that drinking this shake is just like drinking down liquid cookie dough, and with that encouraging endorsement, this smoothie sounds like one everyone has to at least try. And because it is made with ingredients you likely already have in your pantry, now you really have no reason not to.
- 1 cup milk of choice
- ⅛ teaspoon salt
- ⅛ teaspoon baking soda
- Just over ¼ cup vanilla protein powder
- Sweetener of choice
- 6 drops maple extract
- Raw oats and chocolate chips for garnish, if desired
3. Strawberry Banana Protein Smoothie
Try this formula for a strawberry banana protein smoothie found on Allrecipes and enjoy how refreshing a protein-packed shake can taste. Most consumers are surprised to hear that many fruits have a healthy dose of protein, too, and with the banana in this smoothie, you also get a boost of potassium.
- 1 banana
- 1¼ cups sliced fresh strawberries
- 10 whole almonds
- 2 tablespoons water
- 1 cup ice cubs
- 3 tablespoons chocolate-flavored protein powder
Directions: Blend the banana, strawberries, almonds, and water until thoroughly mixed. Then, add the ice cubes and purée until the mixture is smooth. Add the protein powder last, and continue mixing for 30 seconds, or until everything is evenly incorporated.
4. Peach Protein Shake
Up next is this peach protein shake from A Sweet Pea Chef. This smoothie is not only packed with protein thanks to some protein powder, but it also gets a hit from Greek yogurt and almond milk. Sip slowly — you’ll want this shake to last!
- 1 cup vanilla almond milk
- ½ cup vanilla Greek yogurt
- 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
- ¾ cup frozen peach slices
- 2 to 4 ice cubes
- Optional: 1 teaspoon honey, for additional sweetness
Directions: Place all the ingredients into a blender, adding the almond milk first. Depending on your blender’s settings, begin on the chop mode so that the ice and frozen peaches can be chopped into smaller pieces. Then, purée the mixture until smooth.
If the smoothie is too thick, you can add a little bit more almond milk. Add honey for extra sweetness.
5. Peanut Butter Cup Protein Smoothie
Ending things on a high note, we’re highlighting this recipe for a peanut butter cup protein smoothie from Peanut Butter Fingers. You can cool down with this drink for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or dessert, and despite its decadent name, the smoothie is still packed with good-for-you ingredients such as chocolate protein powder, bananas, milk, and peanut butter, which is a good source of protein and healthy fats. The cocoa powder is just icing on the shake.
- 1 scoop chocolate protein powder
- 1 cup milk
- 1 tablespoon peanut butter
- 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
- 1 frozen banana
- 1 large pinch xanthan gum for thickening
Directions: Combine ingredients in blender until smooth.