This banana and almond milk protein shake recipe is easy to prepare and packed with post-workout goodness. Plus, it only has three ingredients which makes it one of the simplest vegan-friendly protein smoothies you can make.
In this article – we share a quick and easy banana, almond milk and protein powder shake that’ll aid muscle gain and recovery after a workout.
We love a protein smoothie after HIIT workouts or strength training sessions. They give your body a quick hit of amino acids needed for muscular repair. It’s this repair process that leads to muscle gain so it’s vital to fuel the body appropriately.
This banana almond protein smoothie is made using just 3 ingredients; banana, almond milk, and protein powder.
- Banana – replenishes energy and electrolytes, as well as providing fibre and vitamin C.
- Almond milk – most kinds of almond milk are fortified with calcium, vitamin D, E, B2 (riboflavin), and B12.
- Protein powder – provides the branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs) necessary for muscular repair and growth.
Protein Shake or Smoothie?
This recipe creates more of a milkshake consistency – it’s not as thick as a traditional smoothie. This is because you need quite a bit of almond milk (usually 300ml) to dissolve a full scoop of protein powder.
But if you want to create more of an almond milk protein smoothie, then halve the amount of liquid and protein powder for a thicker consistency.
Recipe & Instructions
Here’s how to make this nutritious banana and almond shake…
- 1 banana
- 1 scoop protein powder
- 300ml almond milk
- Peel the banana.
- Place the banana, protein powder, and almond milk in a blender.
- Blend until smooth.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 271Protein: 23g
Related Smoothie Recipes
Here are some other healthy smoothie recipes that you might like…
- Coffee & Banana Protein Smoothie
- Vanilla & Soya Milk Protein Shake
- Pineapple & Coconut Protein Shake
- Healthy Blueberry Protein Smoothie
- Pre/Post Workout Pineapple Protein Smoothie
- High-Protein Mango Shake
- Peach & Soya Milk Protein Smoothie
- Easy Oat Milk Protein Shake
- Spiced Banana Coconut Thermomix Smoothie
- 3-Ingredient Banana & Strawberry Smoothie
Almond Milk Protein FAQs
Here are some of the most common questions we get on this topic…
Unsweetened almond milk contains around 0.4g of protein per 100ml. This means it isn’t a significant source of protein. Dairy milk contains 3g of protein per 100ml but also has more than three times the calories.
Drinking almond milk post-workout is hydrating but doesn’t provide significant nutritional or muscle-gain benefits in itself. Since it doesn’t contain much protein (0.4g per 100ml) it won’t substantially aid muscle repair and growth unless it’s mixed with protein powder.
However, it’s low in fat (1.1g per 100ml), saturates (0.1g per 100ml), carbs (zero), and calories (13 per 100ml) so won’t adversely impact your health goals either. It’s fortified with vitamins D, E, B2, B12, and calcium so has additional micronutrient benefits. Arguably it’s healthier than downing fruit juice or other high-sugar drinks after exercise.
We usually use vegan vanilla protein powder in this recipe but there are lots of other flavours that would work too. Chocolate, Nutella, butterscotch, almond (meta?!), strawberry, and coffee would all taste equally good. Go for whatever your favourite is!
There are approximately 115 calories in an almond milk protein shake (40 calories in the unsweetened almond milk and 75 calories in a scoop of protein powder). If you’re blending a banana into your shake, that’ll add 105 calories bringing the total to 220.
Almond milk doesn’t add much protein to your shake (0.4g per 100ml) but will improve the flavour and consistency. Soy is a better milk option since it contains more protein.
300ml of almond milk (10 oz or 1.25 cups) is usually enough to dissolve a scoop of protein powder and make a satisfying shake.
Like your smoothies packed with protein? Then check out our coffee & banana workout smoothie.