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Natural Protein Shake (No Protein Powder)

Have you ever just wanted a natural protein shake (no protein powder)? This recipe is made using natural products that are fairly easy to get your hands on and taste delicious!

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The only more exotic ingredient in this shake are the hemp seeds. However, those aren’t so rare to find anymore and can be found in almost every grocery store including Walmart in the baking aisle. They are also found in all grocers with a natural food section.

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They can also be found online on sites like Amazon, I will put a link to ones I love below. I also like to buy mine in bulk so I always have them on hand. You can keep them in the refrigerator for an extra long shelf life.

This recipe is between 19.5-33.9 grams protein (depending on the type and brand of products used) and around 7 grams fiber for a 16 ounce shake. I didn’t add the nutritional label or breakdown on here because there are a lot of variables with this selection of ingredients that people can use.

For example, If you use regular cow’s milk the protein increases substantially and goes from ~20 grams of protein to 33.9 grams protein. Some people may use sweetened almond milk or even a different brand of unsweetened almond milk that will vary in calories and nutritional specs.

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When it comes to sweeteners, some will use none, others will use honey or agave, and others will use a calorie free sweetener.

So, I included a general nutritional breakdown of protein and fiber but please note that it might change depending on your ingredients or brand of ingredients.

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If you want to run the recipe with your own ingredients used, I use cronometer.com ‘s free nutrition calculators because they provide all of the accurate nutritional information on products. verywellfit.com also has an excellent recipe calculator.

I have noticed that hemp seeds calculate differently in different nutrition calculators so keep in mind that 3 tablespoons hemp seeds contains 10 grams of protein, some nutrition calculators are off, some higher and some lower.

This recipe can be made low sugar and dairy free as well.

For a low sugar version.

Omit the banana or use 1/4 of a banana instead of 1/2 and use a lower carb Greek yogurt with a carb free sweetener of choice.

To make this recipe dairy free.

Use a plant based yogurt and plant based milk instead of a dairy version. I also have a vegan protein shake with no protein powder recipe HERE.

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I love having a protein shake to start my day with and I also love to have one to get me through my day either as an afternoon pick me up or to replace a meal. Some days I don’t have time to eat or I am not feeling like a full meal and this shake is great.

This recipe is a great base recipe that you can add your own adaptations and flavor preferences to. Think of it as a master recipe for how to get protein in a shake without protein powder. Follow it exactly and it will taste amazing or add some nut butter, chocolate chips or whatever to make it however you like it.

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I don’t mind protein powder, though it isn’t my favorite thing at all. I also have a lot of friends and family who don’t love the taste/texture/aftertaste of protein powders. So this recipe really comes in handy. It’s refreshing, satisfying and super easy to make.

Not to mention, it’s pretty inexpensive to make when protein powders can be expensive. Another bonus, if I add a little more sweetness to this recipe then I can get my kids to drink it and enjoy it. So keep that in mind if you are making this for a child. If they are like my kids, they may want it a little bit sweeter. The texture of this recipe is creamy and smooth and my kids appreciate and enjoy that.

What you need to make a natural protein shake (no protein powder): (printable recipe card is below)

Makes ~16 ounces

  • 1/2 banana
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)
  • 1 cup milk of choice – (cow’s milk, unsweetened almond milk, coconut, flax, coconut, oat, etc.)
  • 2 teaspoon cacao powder – cocoa powder will work too
  • 3 tablespoons hemp seeds
  • 1/2 cup ice
  • 1 tablespoon sweetener of choice – honey, agave, monkfruit, stevia, sugar (optional)

Instructions

  1. Add banana, yogurt, vanilla, milk, cacao powder, hemp seeds, ice and optional sweetener of choice.
  2. Blend until smooth and enjoy!

Here are a few other smoothies you might be interested in:

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Natural Protein Shake (no protein powder)

This easy and delicious protein shake is packed with about 20 to 33.9 grams of protein (depending on products used) and 7 grams of fiber!
Prep Time5 minutes
Course: Breakfast, healthy, Main Course, Snack
Cuisine: Breakfast, main course
Keyword: Banana, Breakfast, Easy Recipes, Healthy
Servings: 16 ounces

Ingredients

  • 1/2 banana
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract optional
  • 1 cup milk of choice almond, oat, flax, coconut, cow's milk, etc.
  • 2 teaspoon cacao powder – cocoa powder will work too
  • 3 tablespoons hemp seeds
  • 1/2 cup ice
  • 1 tablespoon sweetener of choice – honey agave, monkfruit, stevia, sugar (optional)

Instructions

  • Add banana, yogurt, vanilla, milk, cacao powder, hemp seeds, ice and optional sweetener of choice.
  • Blend until smooth and enjoy!