10 Healthy Homemade Protein Shake Recipes March 31, 2015

Are you tired of experimenting with the costly protein powders in the market as part of your strict diet regimen? Just press the pause button. There are numerous ways you can still reap protein without emptying your pockets. And, guess what! These protein solutions are lip smacking. They are, unarguably, calorie dense delights but ideal to be used as a complete breakfast or lunch option.

So, what are you waiting for? Just start gulping down the recipes so that you can experiment with those! Are you ready? Get… set… and go!

1. Almond Coconut Milkshake:

Almonds are great sources of protein. 20 almonds yield about 5 grams of protein. You get the extra dose of protein from the milk you use in the process. Flaxseeds give you your daily dose of Omega 3.

Ingredients:

  • Almonds – 20 almonds
  • Dried coconut – ½ cup, unsweetened, shredded
  • Water – 2 ½ cups, for soaking
  • Cinnamon powder – 1 tsp
  • Honey – 1 tbsp
  • Flaxseeds – 2 tbsp
  • Milk – 2 cups

How To Prepare:

  1. Soak nuts and dried coconut overnight in water. Cover the container and keep aside.
  2. Drain the nuts and discard the water.
  3. Add almonds, coconut and flaxseeds to a blender and coarsely powder.
  4. Add milk and blend to a thick, smooth shake.
  5. Add cinnamon powder and honey and give a quick mix.
  6. Serve in a tall glass garnished with a dash of cinnamon powder.

2. Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie:

This smoothie is a rich source of protein. Just ensure that you are using this as your post-workout meal for reaping its goodness.

Ingredients:

  • Bananas – 4, small
  • Peanut butter – ¼ cup
  • Greek yogurt – 2 cups

How To Prepare:

  1. Add bananas, yogurt, and peanut butter to a blender.
  2. Blend to a smooth, thick smoothie.
  3. Sprinkle cocoa powder and enjoy.

3. Hot Chocolate Cashew Shake:

If you love chocolate protein milkshake, then this hot chocolate variant could easily become your favorite. The egg enriches the protein value, transforming this smoothie into a rich, complete meal.

Ingredients:

  • Whole milk – 1 ½ cups
  • Egg – 1, large, pasteurized
  • Banana – 1, large, peeled, finely chopped
  • Cashews – 7, finely chopped
  • Unsweetened cocoa powder – 1/8 cups
  • Honey – to taste

How To Prepare:

  1. In a small saucepan placed on medium to high flame, heat milk until it starts bubbling.
  2. Meanwhile, blend egg with cocoa, banana, cashews, and honey by pulsing a couple of times.
  3. Mix in the hot milk and blend to a thick, smooth shake.
  4. Enjoy immediately sprinkled with additional cocoa powder.

4. Banana Strawberry Chia Seeds Milkshake:

Chia seeds are rich sources of protein while bananas give you the essential dose of potassium. These yellow skinned fruits are also energy dense, making this drink a perfect meal after an intense workout session.

Ingredients:

  • Chia seeds – 1 tbsp
  • Banana – 1, medium sized, peeled, cut into chunks
  • Strawberries – ½ cup
  • Milk – 2 cups
  • Honey – to sweeten [optional]

How To Prepare:

  1. Add all the ingredients to a blender and blend on high speed for a thick, smooth shake.
  2. Add a handful of crushed ice and pulse for a couple of seconds.
  3. Transfer to a tall glass and sprinkle a little nutmeg and enjoy.

5. Raspberry Peanut Butter Banana Shake:

Antioxidants, protein, calcium, iron, energy – you have everything in this protein shake. A wholesome meal on its own, it is deliciously rich too.

Ingredients:

  • Raspberries – ½ cup
  • Banana – 1, medium, peeled, finely chopped
  • Almond Butter – 1/8 cups
  • Almond Milk – 1 cup
  • Water – 1 cup

How To Prepare:

  1. Add all the ingredients except water to a high-speed blender and puree to a smooth shake.
  2. Add water to adjust the thickness and pulse for a couple of seconds.
  3. Chill and enjoy.

6. Banana Ragi Chia Seeds Shake:

Finger millet is an usual entry when it comes to preparing thick shakes. It is a wonderful source of calcium and helps in improving your hemoglobin levels.

Ingredients:

  • Banana – 2, small, peeled, finely chopped
  • Sprouted finger millet powder – 3 tbsp
  • Chia seeds – 1 tbsp
  • Almonds – 10
  • Milk – 1 cup
  • Honey – to taste [You can use powdered jaggery in the place of honey
  • Warm water – 1 cup

Ingredients:

  1. Add almonds and chia seeds to the blender and pound to a smooth powder.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients and blend on high-speed to a smooth, thick shake.
  3. Enjoy immediately.

7. Mango Banana Shake:

The ripe mangoes blend fabulously with bananas and almond milk yielding a rich protein shake. Add a handful of crushed ice for a mouthwatering cold shake. Choose semi-ripe mangoes that are not overly sweet to cut down on the calories.

Ingredients:

  • Mangoes -1/2 cup, finely chopped
  • Banana – 1, small, peeled, finely chopped
  • Peanut butter – 2 tbsp
  • Milk – 2 cups

How To Prepare:

  1. Blend all the ingredients on high-speed for a smooth, velvety shake.
  2. Add ice cubes or crushed ice and pulse for a couple of seconds.
  3. Relish immediately.

8. Blueberry Almond Butter Banana Smoothie:

Blueberry, loaded with antioxidants and vitamin C (1), is a great addition to almond and Greek yogurt-based protein shake.

Ingredients:

  • Blueberries – 1 cup
  • Banana – 1, small, peeled, finely chopped
  • Almond butter – 1/8 cups
  • Greek yogurt – 2 cups

How To Prepare:

  1. Puree all the ingredients on high-speed in a blender.
  2. Serve atop ice cubes.

9. Oatmeal Apple Almond Butter Shake:

The phytonutrients in the apple will ensure that blood sugar levels are under control (2). Pair it up with milk and oatmeal for a thick breakfast protein shake to keep you full during the day.

Ingredients:

  • Oatmeal – 3 tbsp
  • Milk – 2 cups
  • Apple – 1, peeled, finely chopped
  • Almond butter – 3 tbsp

How To Prepare:

  1. Blend all the ingredients at high speed until you get a thick, smooth shake.
  2. Chill and enjoy!

10. Banana Oatmeal Milkshake:

Bananas are good in all forms. Loaded with rich carbohydrates, fiber, and potassium, they make wonderful ingredients for thickening the shake along with keeping you full (3).

Ingredients:

  • Banana – 1, large, peeled, finely chopped
  • Oatmeal – ¼ cup
  • Whole milk – 2 cups

How To Prepare:

  1. Add all the ingredients to a blender.
  2. On high speed, puree all the ingredients to get a smooth, thick shake.
  3. Add a couple of ice cubes and pulse for 10 seconds.
  4. Sprinkle a little cinnamon powder and enjoy.

How do you prepare your protein shake? Do you add protein powder for added value? Share the views with us in the comments section below.

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