15 Homemade Protein Shakes – Healthy & Tasty 5-Min Recipes

Medically reviewed by Dr.Jacob Wilson, Ph.D., CSCS*D
by Charushila Biswas
ISSA Certified Specialist in Fitness & Nutrition

Do you want to gain lean muscle? Do you feel extremely hungry after your workout session? Then, instead of protein powders, try homemade protein shakes.

Protein shakes work wonders when it comes to reducing your hunger post-workout and gaining lean muscle and can help replace meals in a pinch. These homemade protein shakes are made with natural ingredients and taste way better than the commercial protein powders. Swipe up for the protein shake recipes.

15 Healthy DIY Protein Shake Recipes

1. Chocolate Protein Shake (Protein – 23.6 g)

Shutterstock

This protein shake is ideal for all bitter chocolate lovers. It tastes sweet (but not too sweet) and is aromatic and an instant mood booster. The ingredients make it a good source of protein as well.

Ingredients
  • 1 chopped apple
  • 1 tablespoon almond butter
  • 1 tablespoon grated dark chocolate
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 1 cup milk
  • ½ cup yogurt
  • 2 pitted dates
How To Prepare
  1. Toss the chopped apple, pitted dates, milk, yogurt, cocoa powder, and almond butter into a blender. Whiz it.
  2. Pour the thick smoothie into a glass and garnish with grated dark chocolate.

2. Sattu (Roasted Gram Flour) Low-Calorie Protein Shake (Protein – 16.65 g)

Shutterstock

Sattu is a plant-based protein powder made of roasted gram flour. It is also known as the “poor man’s food” because it costs less than 1/10th the price of whey protein. You can make it at home or buy it from an Indian supermarket or any local Indian supermarket. It provides energy and is one of the best sources of protein.

Ingredients
  • 4 tablespoons sattu powder
  • Juice of half a lime
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • ½ teaspoon roasted cumin powder
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 cup water
How To Prepare
  1. Mix sattu, salt, roasted cumin powder, and chopped cilantro.
  2. Stir and add the entire cup of water gradually. Make sure there are no lumps.
  3. Pour into a glass, add lime juice, and give one final stir before drinking it.

3. Peanut Butter-Banana Protein Shake (Protein – 43.54 g)

Shutterstock

This smoothie is a rich source of protein. Use this as your post-workout meal to reap its goodness.

Ingredients
  • 2 medium-sized bananas
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 2 cups Greek yogurt/almond yogurt
  • ½ cup full-fat milk/soy milk
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • Cocoa powder
How To Prepare
  1. Add bananas, yogurt, milk, and peanut butter to a blender.
  2. Blend to a smooth, thick smoothie.
  3. Add chia seeds and sprinkle cocoa powder on top. Enjoy!

4. Oatmeal-Apple Protein Shake (Protein – 21.48 g)

Shutterstock

The phytonutrients in the apple can help keep your blood sugar levels under control. Pair it up with milk and oatmeal for a thick breakfast protein shake that will keep you full for a long time.

Ingredients
  • 3 tablespoons oatmeal
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 peeled and chopped apple
  • 3 tablespoons almond butter
  • Cocoa powder
How To Prepare
  1. Blend all the ingredients at high speed until you get a thick, smooth shake.
  2. Sprinkle some cocoa powder and enjoy

5. Oatmeal, Blueberry, And Chia Seeds Milkshake (Protein – 24.72 g)

Shutterstock

This amazing protein-loaded smoothie is a great replacement meal and one of the best post-workout homemade protein shakes.

Ingredients
  • ½ cup blueberries
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 2 tablespoons oatmeal
  • 2 cups of milk
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter
How To Prepare
  1. Blend all the ingredients on high speed to get 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 enjoy!

6. Blueberry, Almond Butter, And Banana Smoothie (Protein – 26.7 g)

Shutterstock

Blueberry is loaded with antioxidants and vitamin C and is a great addition to the almond butter and Greek yogurt-based protein shake.

Ingredients
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1 banana
  • 2 tablespoons almond butter
  • 1 cup Greek yogurt
How To Prepare
  1. Puree all the ingredients at high speed in a blender.
  2. Pour into a glass, and enjoy!

7. Banana, Ragi, And Chia Seeds Shake (Protein – 15.5 g)

Shutterstock

Finger millet (ragi) is an excellent source of protein, calcium, and dietary fiber. This shake will fill your tummy, and the ragi will help improve your hemoglobin levels.

Ingredients
  • 2 small bananas
  • 3 tablespoons sprouted finger millet (ragi) powder
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 6 almonds
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon powdered jaggery
  • ¼ cup warm water
How To Prepare
  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 until you get a smooth, thick shake.
  3. Drink immediately.

8. Alphonso Mango-Almond Milk Protein Shake (Protein – 24.84 g)

Shutterstock

This is a great post-workout shake as the carbs from the mango will help instantly replenish the depleted glycogen or carb stores in the body. Almond milk and chia aid muscle recovery by providing a good amount of protein.

Ingredients
  • 1 cup chopped Alphonso mango
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 oz cashew nuts
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1 cup chilled Greek yogurt
How To Prepare
  1. Toss the chopped Alphonso mango, milk, and chilled yogurt into a blender.
  2. Whiz it and pour it into a tall glass.
  3. Add chia seeds and stir well before drinking.

9. Vegan Pea Protein Meal Replacement Protein Shake (Protein – 16.5 g)

Shutterstock

This is dairy-free and gluten-free, loaded with protein, and tastes amazing. Adding blueberries or strawberries (or both) makes the consistency thicker and enhances the taste.

Ingredients
  • 3 tablespoons pea protein (homemade or store-bought)
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • ½ cup strawberries
  • A pinch of nutmeg powder
  • 1 teaspoon powdered jaggery
How To Prepare
  1. Toss all the ingredients into the blender and blend well.
  2. Pour it into a glass, add 2 ice cubes, and drink up.

10. Almond-Cocoa Milkshake (Protein – 12.92 g)

Shutterstock

Almonds and coconut make a great pair. Mixing these two with a cup of milk or almond milk can enhance the taste and nutritional value.

Ingredients
  • 10 almonds
  • 1 cup milk or almond milk
  • 2 tablespoons grated fresh coconut
  • 1 teaspoon cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup cashew milk
  • 2 pitted dates
How To Prepare
  1. Blend the almonds, coconut, milk, and dates.
  2. Pour it into a glass.
  3. Stir in cashew milk, cocoa powder, and vanilla extract. Sip it!

11. Hemp Green Protein Shake (Protein – 17.9 g)

Shutterstock

Hemp protein is made from hemp seeds. It is also a good source of dietary fiber and hence can be used as a meal replacement protein shake.

Ingredients
  • 3 tablespoons hemp powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground sunflower seeds
  • 1 cup baby spinach
  • A pinch of salt
How To Prepare
  1. Toss the baby spinach into a blender and blend into a smooth paste.
  2. Pour it into a glass and add salt, hemp powder, and ground sunflower seeds.
  3. Stir well before drinking.

12. Vegan Raspberry-Banana Protein Shake (Protein – 16.88 g)

Shutterstock

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

Ingredients
  • ½ cup raspberries
  • 1 medium banana
  • 2 tablespoons almond butter
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon hemp protein powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed
  • ¼ cup of water
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.

13. Soy Milk-Strawberry Protein Shake (Protein – 24.72 g)

Shutterstock

This is a yummy and smooth vegan protein shake that kids of all ages (pun intended!) will enjoy.

Ingredients
  • 2 cups soy milk
  • ½ cup chopped strawberries
  • 1 tablespoon ground almond
  • 1 tablespoon ground melon seeds
  • 1 teaspoon cocoa powder
How To Prepare
  1. Toss all the ingredients into the blender and blend into a thick smoothie.
  2. Pour it into a glass. Add two ice cubes if you want and drink up!

14. Hot Chocolate-Cashew Meal Replacement Protein Shake (Protein – 16.35 g)

Shutterstock

This lip-smacking protein shake is a great breakfast replacement meal. Since it contains cashew, its caloric value is on the higher side. Hence, avoid having it as a snack.

Ingredients
  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup full-fat milk
  • 2-3 tablespoons cashew nuts
  • 2 teaspoons cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons grated dark chocolate
How To Prepare
  1. Toss all the ingredients into a blender.
  2. Blend into a thick and smooth paste.
  3. Pour it into a glass and sip.

15. Almond-Coconut Protein Shake (Protein – 23.53 g)

Shutterstock

Almonds are a great source of protein – 20 almonds contain about 5 grams of protein. Milk offers an extra dose of protein, and flaxseeds give you your daily dose of omega-3s.

Ingredients
  • 20 almonds
  • ½ cup unsweetened dried coconut
  • 2 ½ cups water
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon powder
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 tablespoons ground flaxseeds
  • 2 cups of milk
How To Prepare
  1. Soak the almonds and the dried coconut overnight in water.
  2. Discard the water in the morning.
  3. Blend the almonds and coconut until you get a coarse powder.
  4. Add milk and blend to get a thick, smooth shake.
  5. Add cinnamon powder, ground flaxseed, and honey. Mix well.
  6. Serve in a tall glass garnished with a dash of cinnamon powder.

Try these 15 best healthy protein shake recipes at home, do strength training every alternate day, have a good pre or post-workout meal, and take good rest. Your lean muscle and body tone will improve eventually.

Expert’s Answers for Readers Questions

What can I use instead of protein powder in recipes?

Add nuts, seeds, soy milk, almond milk, figs, dates, etc. to your homemade protein shake.

Do protein shakes taste good?

Yes, homemade protein shakes taste really good! Try one of the recipes above, and you will know.

Recommended Articles:

Was this article helpful?
The following two tabs change content below.

Charushila Biswas

Charushila Biswas is a Senior Content Writer and an ISSA Certified Fitness Nutritionist. She is an alumni of VIT University, Vellore and has worked on transgenic wheat as a part of her Masters dissertation from NRCPB (IARI), New Delhi. After completing her Masters, she developed a passion for nutrition and fitness, which are closely related to human psychology. And that prompted her to author a review article in 2015. She has written over 200 articles on Fitness and Nutrition. In her leisure time, Charushila loves to cook and enjoys mobile photography.
scorecardresearch