This Cinnamon Banana Bread Protein Shake is like drinking an old-fashioned banana milkshake, but healthy! Great for post-workout fuel or on-the-go mornings.
Here’s the dealio… when I was younger, my Nana used to make the BEST banana milkshakes. She had one of those old-fashioned Hamilton Beach blenders, with the little metal milkshake cup and metal stirrer thingy (what is that called anyway?…) They were extra thick, creamy, the perfect amount of banana, and a dash of some spices. They were simple, yet so delicious. I wish she were still here to make me milkshakes. She is definitely to blame for my love of ice cream. She almost ALWAYS had ice cream in the house. And by almost I mean if she didn’t have ice cream, then it was Klondike bars, or sometimes cool whip would even do. When my siblings and I would go over to stay at her house, we realized we could ask for two ice cream cones in one day, and not get in trouble. Keep em comin’ Nana! 😉
Okay, sorry… now that I’ve got you guys all excited about milkshakes, that is not exactly what we have here. Today we have a HEALTHY banana protein shake that tastes LIKE banana bread in a glass, and is reminiscent of my Nana’s banana milkshakes. This shake is definitely one of my favorite on-the-go breakfasts, or post workout meals. Especially if I get home later in the evening and don’t feel like cooking much! This fills me up with replenishing carbs, a bit of healthy fat, and protein from one of my favorite vanilla protein powders. (I like MRM All Natural Whey, but feel free to sub in your favorite if vegan!) Then of course, the cinnamon and nutmeg. Because that is how my Nana rolled.
I texted my sisters after drinking this, and we reminisced about Nana’s love for ice cream. And in turn, our love for ice cream. Thankfully we have this protein shake to maybe possibly help in between the bits of real ice cream we’ll treat ourselves with every once in a while… and by that I mean I think I’ve actually had some ice cream every evening for the past several days, if we’re being honest here. All about that #balance though, ya know?
- 2 small bananas, frozen*
- 1 cup unsweetened cashew milk
- 1/4 cup plain greek yogurt*
- 1.5 scoops vanilla protein powder
- 1 tablespoon natural almond butter
- 1/2 TBS raw honey
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- In blender, or NutriBullet, add all ingredients and blend until smooth.
*I keep frozen banana chunks in freezer for smoothies. If you don’t have frozen bananas, you may use fresh bananas and add 1 cup of ice if you’d like a thicker texture. Adjust liquid to desired consistency.
*Feel free to use vanilla yogurt if you prefer a sweeter shake, just note that carb and sugar count will change.
*Nutrition information calculated with MRM’s All Natural Vanilla Whey. Protein count will change depending on what you use.
- Serving Size: 1/2
- Calories: 250
- Sugar: 18
- Sodium: 0mg
- Fat: 6
- Saturated Fat: 3
- Unsaturated Fat: 0
- Trans Fat: 0
- Carbohydrates: 32
- Fiber: 3
- Protein: 20
Anyone else have a weakness for ice cream? Favorite flavor?
What did your grandparents let you get away with when staying with them?
Have a great, relaxing Sunday friends!
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