10 protein shakes that taste like milkshakes

Protein shakes are designed to be quick and easy to make and drink – as well as giving you all the good stuff your body needs to reach your goal. Whether your goal is to bulk up or slim down, protein is vital for repairing and building muscle tissue. And shakes give you a big hit of protein all in one go.

There’s one potential problem. Protein shakes don’t often taste good. And when you’re having a shake every morning for breakfast, it can be hard to think of ways to keep it tasty and fun. That’s why we’ve put together a list of our 10 favourite protein shake recipes. Try them out, switch up your routine and, with the deliciousness that’s packed into each one, you might forget you’re even drinking a protein shake at all!

1. Banana protein shake

  • ¾ cup vanilla almond milk
  • ½ cup vanilla Greek yogurt
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 1 banana (preferably frozen)
  • ⅛ tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 2-­4 ice cubes, or more if banana isn't frozen

Banana can be overpowering, ensuring that it cancels out most unpalatable ingredients it’s teamed with.  In this recipe, it’s complemented by the more subtle flavours of vanilla and cinnamon, making this a delicious combo that feels like an indulgent treat.

2. Mango and carrot smoothie

  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1.5 tablespoons almond butter
  • 1/2 cup grated carrot
  • 3/4 cup fresh mango
  • 5 ice cubes

A protein shake doesn’t have to contain protein powder. There are plenty of natural protein sources that will benefit you massively, including nuts. Using almond milk and almond butter in your shakes provides a double whammy – they’ll give your shakes that smooth, thickened consistency and provide a great dose of protein.

3. French toast protein shake

  • 1/2 cup fat-free cottage cheese
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 2 tbsps sugar-free maple syrup)
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • Dash of nutmeg or pumpkin pie spice
  • 3-5 Stevia packets (or sweetener of choice to taste)
  • 1/2-1 cup water (alter according to desired consistency)
  • 5-10 ice cubes (use fewer for a thinner consistency)

There’s nothing quite like French toast in the morning. But it doesn’t have to be an indulgent weekend treat; you can recreate the taste any day of the week with this super French toast smoothie. The protein punch comes from the cottage cheese, which serves to thicken the shake without an overpowering taste. Give it a try!

4. Espresso protein shake

  • ½ cup cashew milk
  • ½ banana, frozen
  • ⅔ cup ice cubes
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • dash of cinnamon
  • ¼ cup unflavoured egg white protein powder
  • 2oz espresso or strong coffee
  • honey or sweetener of choice (optional)

Get your morning coffee plus a protein hit in one go with this delicious, coffee-based smoothie.

5. Blueberry pancake smoothie

  • ½ cup coconut water
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • ¼ cup 1% fat cottage cheese
  • ¼ cup fat-free Greek yogurt
  • 1 tbsp coconut flour
  • 2 tbsp date paste
  • 1 tbsp unsweetened shredded coconut
  • ½ tsp baking soda *See note
  • ¼ cup fresh blueberries

You know how, when you were little, you’d love to lick the bowl clean after making pancakes? OK, OK; you still do it now. Us, too! Well, with this smoothie, you get the effect of licking the bowl clean without the effort of making pancakes. All you do is put all the ingredients into a blender, and whizz!

6. Chocolate, banana and peanut butter protein smoothie

  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 tbsp creamy peanut butter
  • 1 ripe banana, broken into large chunks (can be frozen)
  • ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 scoop chocolate whey protein powder
  • 5-10 ice cubes, depending on how thick you like it

Banana and peanut butter are a classic, winning combination – always tasty and, for our purposes in this case, packing a protein punch. This smoothie not only contains nut butter, but also protein powder. Powders don’t often provide the most palatable of tastes but they come in a range of flavours, and a good chocolate one will perfectly complement the banana and peanut butter in this one.

7. Birthday cake protein shake

  • 1 cup of frozen organic banana (chopped into small pieces prior to freezing)
  • ¼-½ cup vanilla almond milk (adjust amount depending on desired thickness)
  • 2 scoops of vanilla (no sugar) whey protein or vegan or paleo protein of choice
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 few drops of almond extract
  • 1 tsp maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp sprinkles (optional- but always fun)

Yes, we thought the same as you; there’s no way anything called a ‘birthday cake protein shake’ could possibly be good for you. But the nutritious ingredients in this shake taste great, and serve to prove us all wrong.

8. Key lime pie protein shake

  • 2 scoops vanilla protein powder
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 tbsp key lime juice
  • Zest of one key lime
  • 1/2 tsp maple syrup
  • 1 cup ice cubes
  • 1 tbsp fat-free plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 tbsp crushed graham crackers

This shake is ideal as we head into summer; it’s sure to keep you refreshed all season long. It’s also packed with not only protein, but also vitamin C and other good stuff.

9. Papaya ginger smoothie

  • 1 ½ cups papaya, chilled and cut into chunks
  • 1 cup ice
  • ½ cup fat-free plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 tsp fresh ginger, peeled and chopped
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • 1 tsp agave nectar
  • Leaves from one sprig of mint

This shake can boost your nutrient intake, as well as aid your upset stomach with its blend of vitamin C and probiotics.

10. Peachy green protein smoothie

  • 2 scoops vanilla protein powder
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 cup frozen peaches
  • 1/2 cup frozen pineapple
  • 1/2 banana
  • 2 cups kale
  • 1 tbsp ground flaxseed

Green smoothies have become huge in recent years among people wanting to live more healthily – they’re fab for getting a whole host of nutrients in one go and in a way that would be very difficult if we were to eat all the ingredients rather blend and drink them. Add protein powder for full impact.


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