35 Delicious Protein Shake and Smoothie Recipes

Unlike cleaning your bathroom or doing a load of laundry, adding your protein powder to your diet doesn’t have to be a chore. Whether you want to take protein powder to manage your weight or gain lean muscle, there are tons of tasty, easy recipes you can use to get excited about your powder! It only takes a few basic ingredients, like fruit, milk, seeds, or cocoa to create the smoothie or shake of your dreams. We’ve put together a list of our favorite ones to help you get started.

But before we get into it, let’s tackle the ultimate debate: smoothie or shake? Though these two words are often used interchangeably, their bases are completely different.

A smoothie has a fruit-base, and does not contain any milk or yogurt, making it an ideal choice for those who follow a vegan or dairy-free diet.

A shake, while similar to a smoothie in texture, generally contains dairy, whether in the form of milk, yogurt or ice cream. In addition to thickening the beverage, dairy also adds a little calcium, vitamins and protein to the mix.

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With this in mind, we tried as many shakes and smoothies as we could. Here are 35 of our favorites for you to try test out for yourself.

Chocolate-Peanut Butter Protein Shake via Eating Well

Combine:
1 cup unsweetened vanilla soymilk
3/4 cup sliced frozen banana
1/2 cup reduced-fat plain greek yogurt
1 tsp cocoa powder
1 tbsp natural peanut butter

Why we love it: Anything with chocolate, banana and peanut butter is pretty much guaranteed to be delicious, but we loved the addition of the plain greek yogurt to give it that extra thickness. If you’re vegan and looking to try this recipe, you can always substitute the greek yogurt for a coconut-based one!

Açaí-Peanut Protein Shake via Bon Appetit

Combine:
1 3.5oz packet frozen unsweetened açaí purée
1 cup almond milk
1 cup frozen strawberries
1/3 cup vanilla protein powder
2 tbsp natural peanut butter

Why we love it: Peanut butter? Check. Protein? Check. Açai? Double check. This naturally dairy-free recipe was our go-to for protein/açai combination. Plus, we loved the bright color the açai gave it.

Blueberry Muffin Smoothie via Love and Lemons

Combine:
1 1/2 cups of frozen blueberries
3 tbsp whole rolled oats
3 soft medjool dates
Handful of fresh spinach
1/2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
1/4 tsp cinnamon
Pinch of salt
1 tbsp protein powder
6 ice cubes
3/4 to 1 cup almond milk or light coconut milk, or as needed to blend
Optional garnishes: fresh blueberries, oats, crushed almonds

Why we love it: This vegan Blueberry Muffin Smoothie is hands down our favorite With dates for sweetness and spinach for a superfood boost, this smoothie is chock-full of nutrients to get you going, without having to sacrifice that early morning pastry craving.

Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie via Buzzfeed

Combine:
1 1/2 cups water, or yogurt or milk
1/4 cup of peanut butter
1 scoop chocolate protein powder
1 tbsp dark cocoa powder
2 bananas, frozen

Why we love it: Why go for chocolate chip when you can go for double chocolate chip instead? We love that this rich protein shake has both chocolate protein powder and dark cocoa powder, and also that it can be made with a variety of liquid sources, depending on your diet and preference.

Vanilla Berry Smoothie via Buzzfeed

Combine:
1 1/2 cups water, or yogurt or milk
1 scoop vanilla protein powder
1 cup strawberries, frozen
1 cup blueberries, frozen
1/2 cup raspberries, frozen
1/2 cup blackberries, frozen

Why we love it: This berry-centric smoothie relies on the fruit for the main flavor profile, and the protein powder acts as an additional subtle support. It’s simple and healthy, and gets the job done without feeling like a heavy dessert.

Chocolate Almond Coconut Shake via Tasty

Combine:
1 1/2 cups coconut milk
1/4 cup almond butter
1 scoop chocolate protein powder
1 cup ice

Why we love it: This one is for all the Almond Joy and Mounds fans out there. With just four vegan ingredients, it’s like eating your favorite candy while still adding protein to your diet.

Peach and Orange Cream Smoothie via Tasty

Combine:
1 1/2 cups of water, yogurt or milk of choice
1 scoop vanilla protein powder
1 1/2 cups peaches, sliced and frozen
1 1/2 cups orange, sliced and frozen

Why we love it: This smoothie is like the creamsicle of our dreams, thanks to the peach. The orange creamsicle flavor is still prominent, but we love how the peach compliments it.

Tropical Green via Tasty

Combine:
1 1/2 cups coconut milk
1 cup fresh spinach
1 scoop vanilla protein powder
1 1/2 cups mango, diced and frozen
1 1/2 cups pineapple, diced and frozen

Why we love it: Consider this vegan smoothie your personal island vacation. It’ll transport you to tropical bliss in the dead of winter, and the added spinach can help to keep you full.

Snickers-Flavored Protein Smoothie via Tasty

Combine:
1/2 cup plain greek yogurt
1/2 cup almond milk
1/3 cup chocolate protein powder
1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tsp sugar-free caramel syrup
1 1/2 cups ice, or more if you’d prefer a thicker consistency

Why we love it: Think of that moment when you’re in line at the grocery store, quickly approaching the wall of last-minute purchases, and you see the chocolate bars calling to you. Now there’s a healthy option to opt for instead, without compromising on sweetness. Vegans and dairy free dieters should avoid this one though, since it relies on a greek yogurt base.

Chocolate Protein Shake via Food52

Combine:
1 fairly ripe banana, preferably cold
2 tbsp plain protein powder (the original chef uses hemp)
2 tbsp ground flaxseed
2-3 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder (not alkalized “Dutch process”) to taste –– use more if your banana is very ripe
1 heaping tbsp almond or peanut butter, salted or unsalted
1/2 cup almond milk
Maple syrup to taste (optional)

Why we love it: This chocolate protein shake sets itself apart with the addition of flaxseeds, which are full of additional beneficial nutrients. Using an unflavored protein powder base allows you to to adjust how chocolate-y you want your shake to be, too.

Butternut Squash Protein Shake via Food52

Combine:
1 banana
1/2 cup butternut squash puree
1 cup spinach
1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1/4 cup protein powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 pinch nutmeg

Why we love it: Honestly, what can’t butternut squash do? For ravioli, as a pizza topping, or in this case, a vegan protein shake base, butternut squash is a delicious and unique addition that works perfectly here with cinnamon and nutmeg.

Mexican Frozen Hot Chocolate Protein Smoothie via Steph’s Bite by Bite

Combine:
1/3 cup oats
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 container greek yogurt
1/3 scoop Cellucor Cinnamon Swirl protein powder
2 tbsp cocoa powder
1/3 cup almond milk
1/2 of 1 banana, frozen
5 ice cubes

Why we love this one: Adding oats into this recipe makes it a thicker, heavier shake that keeps you feeling full longer. Though the original recipe does call for a specific cinnamon flavor of protein powder, don’t worry if you have a different kind: feel free to substitute with an unflavored protein powder and add cinnamon to taste (which is what we did!).

Dark Chocolate Peppermint Protein Shake via Fit Foodie Finds

Combine:
1 large banana, frozen
2-3 large ice cubes
1 cup non-dairy milk of choosing
1 scoop chocolate protein powder
2 tbsp cocoa powder
Pinch of sea salt
1/4 tsp pure peppermint extract
Optional topping: 1 tbsp dark/vegan chocolate chips

Why we love it: This is another one to file under sweet-tooth fix, for anyone who ate their Peppermint Patties first on Halloween. This non-dairy shake is a great substitute.

Razzle Dazzle Pineapple Smoothie via Peanut Butter and Peppers

Combine:
1 cup pineapple, frozen
1/2 cup raspberries
1 cup coconut milk, unsweetened
1 scoop vanilla protein powder
1/2 cup ice
1/2 tsp stevia (optional)

Why we love it: The combination of pineapple, raspberry and coconut milk gives this shake a delicious tropical flavor. (Ours was naturally sweet and we skipped the stevia!)

Chocolate, Banana, Peanut Butter via A Sweet Pea Chef

Combine:
1 ripe banana
1 tbsp creamy peanut butter
1 cup almond milk
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1 scoop chocolate protein powder
5-10 ice cubes, depending on how thick you’d prefer it
1 tsp honey (optional)

Why we love it: The cinnamon in this vegan recipe is what really separates this one from some other chocolate, banana and peanut butter combinations, giving it a delicious twist.

Coffee Lover Protein Shake via Love and Zest

Combine:
1/2 ripe banana
1 scoop no sugar added vanilla protein powder
1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1/2 cup cold or room temprature brewed coffee
1 1/2 cups ice
1-3 drops of stevia extract (optional)
Optional toppings: cacao nibs

Why we love it: If you’re someone who has at least three beverages on their desk at a time (coffee and water, and then a shake/smoothie/juice on the side) this one helps you narrow it down! We love the caffeine boost we get with this one, so we’re able to get our caffeine and protein at the same time.

Peanut Butter and Jelly Protein Shake via Fit Foodie Finds

Combine:
1 cup mixed frozen berries
1-2 tbsp all-natural peanut butter
1/4 cup vanilla protein powder
2 tbsp rolled oats
1 cup milk, any kind

Why we love it: Get your PB&J fix without having to open a lunchbox! This non-dairy one gives you the option to use any frozen berry of your choosing, so you can pick exactly what “jelly” you want to channel in this shake.

Key Lime Pie Protein Shake via Dashing Dish

Combine:
1/2 cup fat free cottage cheese
1 scoop vanilla protein powder
1 tbsp lime juice
5-10 ice cubes, depending on desired thickness
1/2-1 cup water
2-4 packets of stevia, or 1/4-1 tsp sweetener of choice
Handful of spinach or 2-3 drops of green food coloring to make it green
1 tbsp sugar free vanilla instant pudding mix (optional)
1/2 tsp xanthan gum combined with 1 graham cracker, crumbled for topping (optional)

Why we love it: While the creator recommends it “as meal replacement on a busy morning, or as a post workout snack” we see it as a true dessert replacement. We preferred the spinach to the food coloring for an extra health boost!

Gingersnap Protein Smoothie via Daily Burn

Combine:
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
2 scoops chocolate protein powder (they use daily burn bc it’s from daily burn)
1/2 banana, peeled, sliced and frozen
1 tsp molasses
1/4 tsp ground ginger

Why we love it: Usually reserved for juices, ginger is the true star of this shake, and tastes delicious with the banana and molasses.

Chocolate Banana Protein Shake via The Healthy Foodie

Combine:
1/2 banana
1/2 cup of almond milk
generous scoop of vanilla protein powder (they say whew)
2 tbsp cacao powder
1/2 tsp espresso powder
Pinch of salt

Why we love it: The addition of the espresso here acts as it would in adding to frosting, and creates a richer, more complex chocolate flavor, not to mention a caffeine boost!

Strawberry Banana Protein Smoothie via Diabetes Strong

Combine:
4 oz strawberries
1 oz banana
1 scoop vanilla protein powder
1 tsp flaxseeds
Water to taste

Why we love it: Is there anything more classic than a strawberry banana smoothie? This one gets a slight upgrade with the added flaxseeds, helping to reinvent a staple.

Strawberry Cheesecake Protein Smoothie via Fit Foodie Finds

Combine:
1 1/2 cups strawberries, frozen
1/2 cup banana, frozen
1/2 cup vanilla protein powder
1/3 cup nonfact Greek yogurt
1/2 unsweeted almond milk
Crushed graham crackers for topping (optional)

Why we love it: This one comes from the traditional strawberry banana base, but gets its cheesecake-like taste from the delicious tangy greek yogurt.

Piña Colada Protein Shake via Healthy Delicious

Combine:
1 cup pineapple chunks, frozen
6 oz unsweeted coconut milk
1/2 tsp coconut extract
1 scoop vanilla protein powder
1/2 banana, frozen (optional)

Why we love it: These five easy ingredients will have you feeling like Summer came early this year. Simple and healthy, this one is a quick, delicious shake to make.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Protein Shake via The Spruce Eats

Combine:
1 1/2 cups of milk of your choosing
2 scoops chocolate protein powder
1 tbsp peanut butter powder, or 1 scant tbsp peanut butter
1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
4 ice cubes

Why we love it: The addition of the oats in this shake make it a go-to for a filling post-workout drink, and we love that it can be made vegan by adding non-dairy milk!

Orange Dream Protein Smoothie via The Seasoned Mom

Combine:
1 scoop vanilla protein powder
1 tsp vanilla
3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
3/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
1 tsp orange zest
1-2 cups of ice

Why we love it: Another variation on the theme of creamsicle, this one sticks to two essential flavors: orange and vanilla. A go-to for anyone who loves that classic taste.

Freezer Prep Green Smoothie Protein Shake via Oh Sweet Basil

Combine:
1 handful of greens, such as spinach or kale
2-3 handfuls of frozen fruit
1 scoop of protein powder of your choosing
4 tbsp chia seeds
5 tbsp peanut butter powder

Why we love it: This is a fantastic base for anyone who wants to experiment with different flavors. We used spinach, mango and banana for our greens and frozen fruit combo.

Chocolate Berry Green Protein Smoothie via Show Me the Yummy

Combine:
1 cup of frozen mixed berries of your choosing
1/2 cup nonfat plain greek yogurt
1 scoop chocolate protein powder
1/2 cup unsweeted almond milk
2 cups packed baby spinach
Ice cubes (optional, for desired thickness)

Why we love it: This smoothie covers all the bases: chocolate, vegetable and fruit all in one, and, like the recipe before it, gives you the freedom to choose your flavor through the choice of berry.

Skinny Vanilla Protein Milkshake via The Chunky Chef

Combine:
2 cups unsweeted vanilla almond milk
3/4 tsp vanilla bean paste or vanilla extract
2 scoops vanilla protein powder (she used whey)
Around 1 cup of ice cubes, depending on desired thickness
~5 small squirts of stevia (optional)
Optional toppings: Fat free whipped cream, fresh cherries

Why we love it: There’s nothing quite like a milkshake! It doesn’t have ice cream but , it was full of vanilla flavor, thanks to delicious vanilla bean paste.

Wild Blueberry Avocado Protein Smoothie via Wild Blueberries

Combine:
1/4 cup nondairy milk of your choosing
1 cup cold water
1/2 ripe avocado
1/2 cup wild blueberries, frozen
1 scoop vanilla protein powder

Why we love it: Avocado and blueberries may seem like a strange combo, but they come together perfectly in this vegan shake. Even though the recipe calls for wild blueberries, we know it can be hard to get those, so don’t let that discourage you: it tastes just as good with regular ones.

Vegan Peanut Butter Cup Protein Shake via Running on Real Food

Combine:
3/4 cup + 1-2 tbsp unsweeted almond milk (begin with the 3/4 cup, then slowly adding in a little more to achieve desired consistency)
1 serving of vanilla or chocolate protein powder
2 tbsp nutritional yeast
2 tbsp natural peanut butter
1 medium sized banana, frozen
Optional additions: 1/2 tsp turmeric, ice cubes, pinch of sea salt

Why we love it: This recipe had us at nutritional yeast and turmeric. It’s a delicious and unique spin on the peanut butter cup flavor.

Vegan Peanut Butter Protein Smoothie via Diabetes Strong

Combine:
2 cups kale
1 banana
2 tbsp hemp seeds
2 tbsp peanut butter
2/3 cup water
2 cups ice
1 cup almond or cashew milk
1 tbsp cacao powder
1 scoop vanilla protein powder

Why we love it: The combination of the kale and hemp seeds sets this peanut butter shake apart, as both balance out the heavy peanut flavor. This is an excellent shake to take after workout.

Banana Protein Shake via A Sweet Pea Chef

Combine:
1 cup plain unsweetened almond milk
1/2 cup plain full fat greek yogurt
1 scoop vanilla protein powder
1/8 tsp ground cinnamon
Ice as needed

Why we love it: Since banana is often thrown into many shakes as an addition, it’s great to see one that focuses on the banana as the primary flavor. The additions of cinnamon, greek yogurt and vanilla powder make for a delicious morning shake.

Soy Almond Shake via BodyBuilding

Combine:
1 scoop vanilla protein powder
1 cup soy milk, light
1 tbsp almonds, slivered
1 tsp sugar-free maple syrup
3 oz vanilla extract
1 tbsp plain Greek yogurt
1 cup ice

Why we love it: Soy milk isn’t too prominent in many of these recipes, but works perfectly with the slivered almonds and sugar free maple syrup, to make a slightly lighter shake.

Banana Bread Shake via BodyBuilding

Combine:
1 cup banana, mashed
1/2 - 1 cup cooked oatmeal
3/4 - 1 cup bran flakes
2 cups water
2 scoops unflavored protein powder
Stevia to taste

Why we love it: The cooked oatmeal lends itself perfectly to the mashed banana and bran flakes, making this shake a healthy and delicious option for those looking to gain lean muscle while on a vegan diet.

Super Peach Shake via BodyBuilding

Combine:
1/2 peach, peeled
1 tbsp flaxseed oil
1 scoop vanilla protein powder
6 strawberries, frozen
1 cup water

Why we love it: Flavor aside, we love the flaxseed oil, which is full of omega-3 fatty acids, added into this classic flavor combination.

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Whether you’re craving a pie, morning pastry, cup of coffee or just want a healthy and filling shake, any of these recipes can help you to achieve your protein powder goals. And the best part is that any of these recipes can be modified to make any combination of flavors that you want. Happy blending!

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