Vegan Protein Smoothie with Peanut Butter

When I’m looking to cool down after a good workout, this creamy, icy, flavorful vegan peanut butter shake is a hit. Packed with fruits, vegetables and protein, it provides a nutrient boost that leaves me feeling ready to take on my next mission. And of course it tastes GREAT!

A bottle of vegan protein shake with peanut butter surrounded by all raw ingredients

This recipe was born when I was craving that great classic combination of peanut butter and chocolate, but wanted a new and healthy variant.

The addition of vanilla vegan protein powder broadens the flavor profile and definitely satisfies the sweet tooth while adding calcium, iron – and yes – protein.

Why you should make this recipe

With such a simple recipe, it’s the perfect post-workout shake. It contains all the protein and healthy carbohydrates I need to rebuild my muscle fibers and replenish my energy stores after a hard workout.

However, there is absolutely no law that prohibits her from drinking while lounging in the sun and working on her tan. Delicious and healthy, high-protein shakes like this one are perfect for any occasion.

Ingredients

The recipe for this delicious vanilla peanut butter smoothie consists of 7 basic ingredients. Check them out:

  • kale leaves: use your favorite kale; washed with the rib removed; you can also use baby kale as the flavor is milder and is conveniently cleaned and bagged ready to eat
  • banana: an overripe banana with brown spots is perfect for a smoothie
  • hemp seeds
  • peanut butter: creamy peanut butter; without added salt and sugar
  • non-dairy milk: the best choices are unsweetened almond milk or cashew milk
  • cocoa powder: can also be called cocoa powder; this will help you make a delicious and rich chocolate shake with peanut butter
  • vanilla protein powder

You will also need some water and ice cubes to dilute the smoothie and a good blender. I use NutriBullet.

Step by step instructions

You can drink a tall glass of this great vegan protein shake in 2 easy steps and 5 minutes of hands-on work.

Step 1: Add the kale leaves, banana, hemp seeds, and peanut butter to the blender in that order. For easier blending, aim the hemp seeds and peanut butter towards the center of the blender.

Step 2: Add milk, water and ice of your choice and mix until ingredients are combined.

Step 3: Aiming at the center of the blender, add cocoa powder and Vega vanilla protein powder. Blend on low speed until the powders are incorporated into the cocktail, then increase the speed to the highest setting and blend until smooth.

Step 4: Pour into glasses and serve.

A glass of vegan peanut butter protein shake with a drinking straw

Expert advice

This vegan peanut butter smoothie is pretty simple at its core, but there are a few tips that can make it even easier:

  • Add ingredients to the center of the blender. This will help prevent sticky ingredients like peanut butter and powders from sticking to the walls of the blender.
  • Go with a very ripe banana with spots. Although they don’t look as appetizing, bananas with brown spots are actually more nutritious and easier to digest. You can also use a frozen banana as an extra chilled protein shake.
  • Hemp seeds are a nutritional powerhouse in smoothies. They are full of fiber and protein, so don’t skip this amazing ingredient.

Variations

Vega Vanilla protein powder makes a very tasty and refreshing cocktail. Developed by Brendan Brazier, a vegan and former professional Ironman triathlete, Vega Protein & Greens Drink Mix is ‚Äč‚Äčcompletely GMO-free, gluten-free and plant-based, with no added sugar. The protein comes from a variety of plants, including peas, hemp seeds, and sprouted wholegrain brown rice.

If you don’t care if it’s vegan or not, you can just use Met-Rx whey protein powder, which I use in some of my baking recipes (like the chocolate banana cake). The taste is about the same.

You can also use chocolate protein powder for an extra rich and delicious double chocolate protein shake. Or replace the water with a cold brew and drink a glass of protein coffee shake.

Nutrition

This gluten-free, dairy-free protein shake recipe is a great source of nutrients. With less than 300 calories and nearly 17 grams of protein per serving, it’s a healthy treat for everyone.

Make sure the peanut butter does not contain added salt or sugar. And if you happen to use other protein powders, always read the ingredient list to check for unnecessary additives and sugar.

To reduce the amount of carbs, you can use only half a banana or omit it altogether. If you are not on a dairy-free diet, you can increase the amount of protein by adding a little plain Greek yogurt.

To learn more about the nutritional benefits of peanut butter, read Is peanut butter good for people living with diabetes?

Frequently asked questions

Is peanut butter good for protein shakes?

Peanut butter is a great addition to protein shakes and smoothies. Depending on the brand, a serving of 2 tablespoons of plain peanut butter contains almost 8 grams of protein. This protein shake with peanut butter also contains other protein-rich ingredients such as hemp seeds and vanilla powder, making it a great protein-packed snack.

What is the difference between a smoothie and a shake?

Smoothies are usually made with fruit or vegetables and tend to contain more carbohydrates but less protein. Smoothies, on the other hand, tend to be creamier because they usually require milk and other cream-based ingredients. This vegan peanut butter protein shake can be called a smoothie or a smoothie as it qualifies as both.

Other Healthy Smoothie Recipes

I LOVE healthy smoothies, so I experimented with many different low carb recipes. Here are some of my favourites:

You can also check out this collection of low-carb, diabetic-friendly shakes.

Once you try this vegan protein smoothie, don’t forget to let me know how you liked it and rate the recipe in the comments below!

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Vegan Protein Smoothie with Peanut Butter

When I’m looking for healthy relaxation after a good workout, this creamy, icy, flavorful vegan peanut butter smoothie is a hit.

Preparation time:5 minutes

Total time:5 minutes

Author:Christel Oerum

Portions:2

Instructions

  • Add kale leaves, banana, hemp seeds, and peanut butter, in that order, to a blender (I use NutriBullet). For easier blending, aim the hemp seeds and peanut butter towards the center of the blender.

    2 cups kale leaves, 1 banana, 2 tablespoons of hemp seeds, 1 tablespoon of peanut butter

  • Add unsweetened milk, water and ice cubes and mix until ingredients are combined.

    2/3 cup of water, 1 cup unsweetened almond milk, 2 cups of ice cubes

  • Aiming at the center of the blender, add cocoa powder and Vega vanilla protein powder. Blend on low speed until the powders are incorporated into the cocktail, then increase the speed to the highest setting and blend until smooth.

    2 tbsp cocoa powder, 1 scoop of Vega Vanilla Protein Powder

  • Pour into glasses and serve.

Notes to the recipe

This recipe is for 2 servings.
Expert Tips:

  • Add ingredients to the center of the blender – this will help prevent sticky ingredients like peanut butter and powders from sticking to the walls of the blender.
  • Use a very ripe banana with spots. Although they don’t look as appetizing, bananas with brown spots are actually more nutritious and easier to digest.
  • Hemp seeds are a nutritional powerhouse in smoothies. They are full of fiber and protein, so don’t skip this amazing ingredient.

Variations:

  • Use Chocolate Protein Powder for an extra rich and delicious double chocolate protein shake.
  • Or replace the water with a cold brew and drink a glass of protein coffee shake.
  • To reduce the amount of carbs, you can use only half a banana or omit it altogether.
  • If you are not on a dairy-free diet, you can increase the amount of protein by adding a little plain Greek yogurt.

Nutritional information per serving

Nutrition Facts

Vegan Protein Smoothie with Peanut Butter

Amount per serving

Calories 286
104 calories from fat

% Daily Value*

Fat 11.6g18%

Saturated fat 0.9g5%

trans fats 0g

Polyunsaturated fats 1.4g

Monounsaturated fats 1.8g

cholesterol 0mg0%

Sodium 171 mg7%

Potassium 552 mg16%

Carbohydrates 27.9g9%

Fiber 6g24%

Sugar 11g12%

Protein 16.8g34%

Vitamin A 6900 IU138%

Vitamin C 117.2 mg142%

Calcium 160 mg16%

Iron 1.3 mg7%

Net carbs 21.9g

* Daily percentages are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Course: Cocktail

Cuisine: American

Diet: Gluten free, Low lactose, Vegan

key word: protein shake, protein shake

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