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
Almond Milk Protein FAQs
Here are some of the most common questions we get on this topic…
How much protein is in almond milk?
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.
Should I drink almond milk after a workout?
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.
What type of protein powder should I use?
We usually use vegan vanilla protein powder in this recipe but there are lots of other flavours that would work too. Chocolate, butterscotch, almond (meta?!), strawberry, and coffee would all taste equally good. Go for whatever your favourite is!
Like your smoothies packed with protein? Then check out our coffee & banana workout smoothie.
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Our in-house associate nutritionist holds a Master’s degree in Human Nutrition, a bachelors degree in Sports Science and English, and a Diploma in Personal Training. She has over 15 years of experience in the health and fitness industry, working with leading health clubs, equipment manufacturers, and one-to-one clients.