This plant-based vanilla protein shake is one of my favorite recipes of.all.time. I love how creamy, sweet and nourishing it is, especially after a workout or used as a meal replacement. I love this vanilla smoothie so much, I often make it for team Simple Green Smoothies to keep us energized.
I8217;ve learned that having a high-protein smoothie after an intense workout helps me recover quicker as well as eases the ache in my muscles. Adding a scoop of a plant-based protein powder is a simple way to boost the protein in your shake.
When I started running some serious distance, I realized I needed a powerful snack to refuel quickly. My vanilla smoothie was definitely up to the challenge, and now it8217;s on regular rotation in my meal plan. Here8217;s how to blend it:
- Blend all ingredients until smooth.
- Pour into a glass and enjoy immediately. Pour over ice to cool it down.
Since this recipe contains no leafy greens (yet add 8217;em if you want!) there is no need to blend in 2 steps. The dates are a little tricky to blend, yet can still break down nicely! Start the blender on the lowest setting, then slowly turn up to about medium. Listen until it sounds like your blender is no longer 8216;chopping,8217; then turn it on high to finish blending.
I blend dates, cashews, cashew milk, Protein Smoothie Boost and real vanilla extract in my shake and it8217;s delicious. You can add any spices you want (pumpkin pie spice would be amazing!) and feel indulgent.
They can be8230; homemade protein shakes are the way to go. Use low glycemic fruits, a quality protein powder, and only whole food ingredients when blending. My recipe uses dates, cashews, cashew milk, Protein Smoothie Boost and real vanilla extract and tastes like a legit milkshake.
First, stop using terrible protein powder. Seriously—ditch that gritty, cheap, fake sweetener stuff and switch to the real deal. Even while trying to create Protein Smoothie Boost I was told I HAD to add in sweeteners and additives to 8216;make it taste good.8217; I didn8217;t8230; and my protein powder is incredibly smooth, delicious, and actually clean.
I8217;ve used a lot of powder brands over the years. They8217;re either too sweet, too gritty or just taste gross. It8217;s not an easy thing to find a plant-based protein powder that works perfectly in a smoothie. At least, until now. If you8217;re shopping for a powder, here are a few things to keep in mind:
- Be able to identify all the ingredients as a whole food (that8217;s how you know you8217;re putting real food into your body)
- Avoid gums or flavors (they can affect your gut and tastebuds)
- Avoid sugars, stevia and monkfruit (we use fruit in our smoothies to naturally sweeten it. Your powder shouldn8217;t add more sugar on top of that or it8217;ll spike your blood sugar levels or confuse your tastebuds).
I8217;ve spent the last three years creating my own protein powder because what I needed wasn8217;t out there. Protein Smoothie Boost is a combination of finely milled organic plant-based proteins and healthy fats that enhances your smoothie. Use it in a vanilla protein shake or a tropical smoothie— it8217;s so versatile!
Healthy Smoothie Ingredients
- Cashew milk: I like to use Elmhurst cashew milk ever since this brand took 1st place in the Best Almond Milk of 2021. It has the highest protein count (and no funky ingredients). Yes it8217;s pricy, but it8217;s worth it.
- Raw Cashews: adding just a tablespoon of raw cashews can boost a smoothie 20% in protein and thicken it too. For a creamier smoothie, soak the cashews for 30 minutes before adding to the blender.
- Dates: This natural sweetener is loaded with fiber and flavor. It literally tastes like vanilla/caramel treat to me! You just have to get over the gross look of dates, and make sure to remove the pit before blending. (I8217;ve learned the hard way!)
- Vanilla: I have become obsessed with vanilla ever since I8217;ve been buying the ground vanilla powder from Madagascar beans. They are so flavorful! And there is no alcohol taste either, which I8217;ve never been a fan of.
I add ground vanilla bean powder to lattes, smoothies, cookies and oatmeal. I8217;ve been using the Wild Vanilla Powder brand and really like it. It8217;s the most vanilla flavor I8217;ve ever tasted in such a small amount.
If this vanilla smoothie gets you on the protein shake kick like it did for me, then I8217;ve got some great recipes for you to try:
This plant-based Vanilla Protein Shake is one of my favorite recipes of all time. I love how creamy, sweet and nourishing it is— and it makes a great post workout recovery smoothie or meal replacement.
- 1 ½ cups cashew milk
- 1 medjool date
- 1 tablespoon raw cashews
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 serving Protein Smoothie Boost
Serving: 1smoothie Calories: 265kcal (13%) Carbohydrates: 31g (10%) Protein: 12g (24%) Fat: 11g (17%) Saturated Fat: 1g (6%) Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g Monounsaturated Fat: 4g Sodium: 242mg (11%) Potassium: 476mg (14%) Fiber: 9g (38%) Sugar: 17g (19%) Vitamin A: 36IU (1%) Vitamin C: 1mg (1%) Calcium: 79mg (8%) Iron: 6mg (33%)