This post may contain affiliate links. Read our disclosure here.
You don't need protein powder to make a high protein smoothie. This Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Smoothie is high protein from whole food ingredients only and will keep you full for hours.
There are so many plant-based options in order to make a filling protein smoothie, without having to rely on expensive protein powders.
I'm also not a big fan of the flavor of most protein powders. They usually just end up making my smoothie taste chalky. If you have a non-chalky tasting vegan protein brand you like, let me know in the comments!
I am able to still reach my protein needs without one so I don't think they're absolutely necessary, but if you struggle to get in enough calories or you're short on time, I can see the appeal.
Here are some of my favorite protein sources for smoothies:
Hemp seeds - out of the seeds, hemp has the highest protein (3.2g/tbsp)
Chia seeds - another good protein source but less protein compared to hemp seeds (1.7g/tbsp)
Flax seeds - not a lot of protein so I would recommend adding at least 2 tbsps if using (1.3g/tbsp)
Rolled oats - these provide not only extra protein (2.7g/.25 cup), but some extra fiber for that satiating effect
White beans - yes, even white beans which have a very mild taste, can be added to smoothies (4.6g/.25 cup)
As you can see, there are tons of options! The choice of milk will also play a factor too. I prefer soy milk because it contains a comparable amount of protein to cow's milk.
Other flavor variations
I'm a big fan of the classic chocolate and peanut butter combo but you can make a high protein, whole foods smoothie with lots of different flavor profiles! I still recommend using soy milk and bananas as the base, then pick your protein, and add in your flavors.
Here are some ideas:
Chocolate Cherry - cocoa powder and frozen cherries
Berry Beet - frozen beets and berries (I have a recipe for this on my Instagram feed)
Tropical - frozen pineapple and kiwi
Really, the possibilities are endless for a filling and satiating smoothie. And trust me when I say filling—I was full for hours afterwards!
Easy, healthy, plant-fueled meals are my specialty. You can find all the tools you need to be successful on a plant-based diet with the Health My Lifestyle Meal Planner. It takes all the guesswork out of what to eat! Click here to check out it.
If you enjoyed this recipe please leave a comment below and give it 5 stars! Or on Pinterest (don't forget to follow me!) you can now add pictures into reviews, too, and be sure to help me share on facebook!
Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Protein Smoothie
- Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Enjoy!
Nutrition Per Serving
Pin this for later: