Protein smoothies are great and all, but sometimes it’s nice to just eat real food instead of a powder.
Would you believe us if we said you can make a delicious plant-based protein shake with more than 20 grams of protein, without any protein powder? It’s true!
Is it delicious? So delicious.
Is it easy? Probably the easiest.
Do you likely have all the ingredients you need right now? Yup.
Let’s do this!
But there are times when it’s nice to put in the extra effort for a whole food, DIY version. Especially when it comes together with just 7 ingredients, 1 blender, and 5 minutes.
Frozen banana provides natural sweetness and a creamy texture while cacao powder adds chocolaty goodness. It basically feels like eating dessert for breakfast. I mean, does it get any better than that?
Hemp seeds, nut butter, and chia seeds are the whole food, protein-packed trio that makes this recipe such a game changer. Paired with some oats for fiber, they give this shake a seriously satiating effect to power you through to your next meal.
We hope you’ll LOVE this shake. It’s:
This would make the perfect nutritious breakfast meal (with 23 g protein per shake!), hearty post-workout recovery drink, or seriously tasty treat.
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Chocolate Protein Shake (Protein Powder-Free!)
Simple 7-ingredient, plant-based shake made with protein-rich whole food ingredients and NO protein powder. Creamy, chocolaty, naturally sweetened, and just 1 blender and 5 minutes to prepare.
- 1 ripe banana (peeled and frozen)
- 2 Tbsp hemp seeds*
- 1/4 cup gluten-free oats*
- 2 Tbsp natural salted peanut butter (or sub almond butter, cashew butter, or seed butter of choice)
- 1 Tbsp chia seeds
- 1 - 2 Tbsp cacao powder (to taste)
- 1 ½ - 2 cups unsweetened almond milk
- 1 - 2 pitted dates or maple syrup (to sweeten // optional)
To a high-speed blender, add banana, hemp seeds, oats, peanut butter (or other nut or seed butter), chia seeds, cacao powder, and almond milk (starting with lesser end of range) and blend on high until creamy and smooth, scraping down sides as needed.
Taste and adjust flavor as needed, adding more cacao powder for chocolate flavor, nut butter for creaminess or saltiness, almond milk to thin, or dates or maple syrup to sweeten (optional).
Enjoy immediately, or store covered in the refrigerator up to 1 day (though best when fresh). See notes for freezing options*.
*Hemp seeds can be hard for some people to digest. If you have trouble tolerating them, substitute an additional 1 Tbsp (12 g) chia seeds and 1 Tbsp (7 g) flaxseed meal (amounts as recipe is written // adjust if altering batch size).
*If you can’t tolerate oats, we recommend leaving them out and subbing in another Tbsp each of hemp seeds and chia seeds (amount as recipe is written // adjust if altering batch size).
*If desired, you can freeze leftovers into popsicle or ice cube molds, which should keep for up to 1 month in the freezer.
*Nutrition information is a rough estimate for 1 shake calculated with peanut butter, greater end of range for cacao powder, lesser end of range for almond milk, and no additional sweeteners or optional ingredients.
Nutrition Per Serving (1 of 1 smoothie)
- Calories: 646
- Fat: 36.6g
- Saturated fat: 5.2g
- Sodium: 265mg
- Potassium: 1384mg
- Carbohydrates: 64.9g
- Fiber: 13.7g
- Sugar: 18.4g
- Protein: 23.3g