This superfood high protein smoothie recipe is the absolute BEST thing that gets me going each and every morning. I’ve never felt so much natural energy, all without the crash and burn effect of coffee.
I like to think that I go through smoothie phases. For awhile I was all about having a green smoothie or two every single morning. And now I still love an occasional good green smoothie, especially on the weekends. But I’ve shifted my focus to a different type of morning smoothie.
This one has just enough fruit to give the smoothie a good smooth texture and not taste like chalk. But the focus is really on the superfoods. And it tastes DELICIOUS! I really can’t emphasize that enough…but I suppose the only way to really see for yourself is to try it! Here’s the recipe
About ½ to 1 cup unsweetened almond milk or coconut milk
1 tablespoon peanut butter or any other nut butter
Tablespoon of each superfood powder*
About 6 ice cubes
As you can see this high protein smoothie recipe doesn’t have too many ingredients, and the ingredients are quite simple, but the effect is powerful! Here’s a breakdown of the ingredients:
I really only use the banana in this recipe for texture and taste. I’ve tried many times cutting out the banana and it doesn’t come out good…the texture ends up more like an icy or slushy, not like a smooth, drinkable shake.
Yes, banana has a good amount of potassium and other nutrition benefits, so it doesn’t hurt. But if you’re allergic to bananas or can’t stand bananas, you could try cutting it out and adding in yogurt and/or walnuts as a substitute texturizer….it just might not taste exactly the same.
This is a vegan smoothie, so I use plant milk. If you have never tried almond milk or coconut milk before, I recommend you give it a try. You’ll be surprised by how good it tastes, especially in this smoothie recipe.
If you don’t have those ingredients on hand and don’t want to buy them, just use regular milk. The result won’t be too different.
Oh, and why do I use unsweetened milk? Because a lot of the plant milks you find in the grocery store are unfortunately sugar water in disguise. I didn’t realize for a long time that as I was drinking chocolate or vanilla flavored almond milk etc., I was getting as many grams of sugar as bottled orange juice. I just never paid attention.
There’s just no reason to get so much sugar in your milk. Milk doesn’t need to be sweetened. So go with unsweetened milk. I have tried this smoothie recipe with sweetened (chocolate) coconut milk as well, and it came out too sickly sweet. So I actually like it better unsweetened.
This step is actually optional. But I find it adds a little extra taste, texture and smoothie to my high protein smoothie recipe. I like peanut butter, almond butter, and organic sunflower seed butter. There are a lot of different nut butter varieties out there (if you live in the US), so feel free to try any.
As an alternative you can add a handful of raw walnuts to the smoothie. This also improves texture and taste. Sometimes I add both walnuts and a nut butter and it comes out great.
So what’s this business about the superfood powders I mentioned in the high protein smoothie recipe above?
This is the key to the smoothie. If you don’t have these, then you don’t have a “superfood protein smoothie,” and you might as well take a look at one of the other recipes on this site.
I use three:
Vega All-In-One Nutritional Shake - for 50% daily value of several vitamins and minerals, protein, probiotics and various superfoods that would be hard to buy on their own. I only use ½ a scoop or less of this.
Brown Rice Protein Powder – I use this to round out the vega powder, since I’m not using a full scoop of it and therefore not getting all the protein. I use 1 heaping tablespoon, which should be about 12 grams of protein. For a vegan smoothie, any plant-based protein powder will do, or if not vegan/vegetarian you can also use whey.
Organic Raw Cacao Powder – This is the kicker. Antioxidants, iron, magnesium, and natural energy. This is basically pure chocolate powder without the added refined sugar or any processing whatsoever. It turns your smoothie into a natural cup of coffee. Plus it gives the smoothie a nice chocolate flavor without the sugar.
If you don’t have all of these powders, I recommend you start with one – maybe the protein powder, since it will fill you up. Then consider branching out to one or both of the other powders. Or just get them all three now and experiment :)
Finally, just use the right amount of ice to get the smoothie to blend well and form a nice texture. Six seems to be the magic number for me. The first time you make this recipe, maybe start with just three, then test it, and add more if needed. You don’t want too add too much ice as it’s hard to undo that, and you can always add more later.