Healthy protein shakes are my go-to pre and post-workout fuel. They are super easy to make and keep me full for the day ahead. I know a lot of people like the protein powder mixed into water, yet those are often full of additives.
My homemade protein shakes contain 100% real food and plant-based ingredients.
I’ve broken this list into three categories: homemade smoothies that contain nuts, ones without nuts and ones with natural caffeine. Choose the list that fits your needs, then blend the shake you need in your life today. I can’t wait for you to try these!
Plant-Based Protein Shakes
You don’t need to ‘pack in’ the protein just to get a protein boost. The following recipes are completely made up of plants and give you a great boost of protein pre or post-workout, or to fuel your day. Give one a blend and enjoy the healthiest fast food out there!
Epic Almond Smoothie
4.6 from 277 votes
Start your morning with a protein fueled breakfast all wrapped up in a perfectly sweet smoothie. This almond smoothie is delicious and an easy on-the-go beverage for a busy day.
This plant-based Vanilla Protein Shake is one of my favorite recipes of all time. I love how creamy, sweet and nourishing it is— and it makes a great post workout recovery smoothie or meal replacement.
This is a protein-packed, filling smoothie recipe that's perfect for a quick lunch or post workout pick-me-up. Easily omit the date if you wanna cut back on the natural sugar. Flaxseed is a superfood with fat, protein and fiber; basically a great way to start your day.
Healthy fats and proteins are the way to go if you want to power up with a meal replacement smoothie. This combo of almond butter and rolled oats is a must to keep you feeling full and fuel you ’til your next meal.
The secret ingredient in this creamy and thick smoothie bowl is frozen cauliflower. It makes the smoothie super creamy, and you can't even taste it! Not that I don't like cauliflower, I just know it can be a scary smoothie ingredient until you give it a try.
I can’t wait for you to try this crowd pleasing Cinnamon Date Smoothie. It’s perfectly sweet and creamy, and will delight at your next party or family movie night. The dates naturally sweeten this cinnamon smoothie, while the rolled oats thicken it to a milkshake consistency.
If nuts are a no for you then it might be hard finding a healthy plant-based protein option. Here is a list of recipes without nuts, yet still loaded with protein.
Also, if one of the above recipes is enticing, feel free to swap out nuts or nut butter for the seed butter of your choice, and the nut milk for oat milk, rice milk, soy or hemp milk.
Post Workout Smoothie
4.6 from 18 votes
This post-workout smoothie has a good amount of plant protein, healthy carbs, and liquid for rehydration. Include chia seeds for protein + healthy fats and coconut water (“nature’s gatorade”), but you can get by with regular h2o. Go ahead and enjoy this smoothie… you’ve earned it!
This brain food smoothie has everything you need to get you going in the morning— protein, healthy fats, and replenishing electrolytes. Adding avocado to smoothies gives you a lovely dose of omega-3 essential fatty acids, which are vital for brain development and nerve function. Not only that, but the avocado also assists the body in absorbing nutrients from the greens.
Coconut milk is rich in healthy fats, which helps curb your appetite and give you energy. The berries and cherries lower the glycemic index making it a great after dinner treat. This Healthy Cherry Smoothie is a great breakfast.
This iconic glowing green smoothie nourishes your skin from the inside out. It’s packed with beneficial ingredients that will make your skin positively glow. Drink up a glass of this plant-based goodness every morning for radiant, rejuvenated skin.
If you're looking for a not-so-sweet smoothie then this savory smoothie is for you! It is naturally protein-packed and full of the flavors of my favorite fresh salsa. It's definitely a unique departure from the traditional fruit sweetened smoothies, yet I dare you to give it a blend!
An ‘energy drink’ can be both filling and an energy boost. These recipes contain natural caffeine from tea or cocoa or cacao. They taste delicious and give you the protein and energy you need.
Chocolate Protein Shake
4.8 from 91 votes
Blend up a creamy, cold chocolate protein shake smoothie made with plant-based superfood protein powder for a delicious meal or snack, or before/after a workout. Includes adaptogens to help ease inflammation.
The mellow taste of matcha with sweet vanilla, blended into a delicious, creamy smoothie. Enjoy any time of the day, this recipe is perfect for breakfast, pre- and post-workout and midnight snacks, too!
Better than a milkshake! This plant-based peanut butter chocolate smoothie is so creamy and decadent, you'll think it's ice cream. Your body will thank you for enjoying this all-natural, no-sugar-added sweet treat.
This weight loss smoothie uses all natural ingredients to kick start your metabolism and burn fat. We're using all plant-based ingredients to keep you full until your next meal and get you the results you want.
A shake can have as much protein as possible, yet still not be super healthy. My protein shake recipes have a good balance of protein, carbs and healthy fat. I load my protein shakes up with whole food ingredients and use plant-based protein for the gentlest, healthiest combinations.
Can protein shakes be healthy?
They can be! Use whole food ingredients. You’d be surprised how much protein comes from plants. Use a plant-based protein powder without added sugar and with healthy fats. Ditch the weird additives and use real ingredients for the healthiest protein shakes.
Are protein shakes good for weight loss?
It depends on what you put in them. Focus on adding plants, unsweetened plant-based milk (or water) and plant-based protein powder for the best results.
How to Add Protein to a Smoothie
While some protein powders are ‘just add water,’ I like a shake with more to it than weird ingredients and a weird taste. My homemade shakes use plants and Top Superfoods List or homemade protein powder for protein, healthy fats and whole-food carbs. You’d be surprised just how much protein comes from plants!
Try one of the above recipes then leave a comment below letting me know how energized you feel! My shakes are great pre and post-workout as well as a quick meal. A great way to get more plants into your diet while not sacrificing protein!
I went from exhausted mama to running across the Grand Canyon, riding & hiking to the top of the tallest waterfall in North America with my kids. How? I fell in love with the smoothies and plant-based meals you can find on my blog.
This post came at a great time! I’m having jaw surgery and will need a protein-rich liquid diet during the weeks of my recovery. These are SUCH better alternatives to store-bought protein shakes. THANK YOU, THANK YOU! 🙂
Thanks for the nut-free section! It’s hard to find nut-free protein sources when trying to stay plant-based.