Ultimate simple real food, unprocessed protein shake recipe!
It got me inspired and thinking, I really ought to perfect my basic homemade protein shake. I've made several of these now using my fave ingredients, and you can substitute a lot of other flavors and ingredients based on what you're in the mood for.
This shake works with collagen peptides protein powder or unflavored whey protein so you can make it completely dairy-free/paleo-friendly or lactose-free, if you can tolerate whey.
Real food homemade dairy-free or whey protein shake
- 1 c. almond milk or thinner coconut milk (lite canned or from a carton, with minimal added ingredients)
- 1 serving protein (grassfed collagen peptides or grassfed unflavored whey (1 lb option or value 5 lb option, or budget not grassfed but rBST-free option)
- 1 tbsp organic cocoa powder
- 1 frozen over-ripe banana, cut into chunks
- 1 tbsp nut butter of choice (I've been using grind-your-own almond butter or peanut butter, but you could also use my homemade cashew/sunflower butter!)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- pinch sea salt (optional)
- Small handful ice cubes
- Add all ingredients to blender. (Start with the coconut milk and then add the protein powder so it doesn't stick to the edges.) Jostle the blender container lightly so powders mix in.
- Blend until ice cubes and frozen banana pieces are crushed, about 10-30 seconds (only 10 or so with a VitaMix or Blendtec).
Serve cold and eat with a spoon like a milkshake! Or a straw, but it's pretty thick and I prefer to eat it a little slower with a spoon. A nutritious treat!
More ideas and optional add-ins:
You could add all kinds of things to this shake! But here are a few that I've tried and/or am pretty sure would be delicious:
- Maca powder (sort of malt-ey, butterscotch-ey flavor - good with or without the cocoa powder)
- MCT oil or coconut oil for some extra brain-boosting, satiating fats
- Cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice (here's my recipe!)
- 2-4 dates or maple syrup if your bananas aren't sweet enough
- Other frozen fruit/berries (probably skip the cocoa powder if you do peaches or something!)