This plant-based protein shake is so yummy, I sometimes forget that it's healthy.
I've been on the hunt for the perfect healthy treat to tide me over in the afternoons when I'm famished but don't have time to prepare a full meal. Avoiding sugar and reaching for a chocolate bar when I get that 3pm slump is a challenge and sometimes a handful of nuts or a pack of raspberries just won't cut it – especially if I had a light salad for lunch. This shake is reminiscent of my favourite banana choco peanut shake that I get from Jonah's in Boracay. It's so filling too (thanks to the plant protein) so a light dinner after is usually all I need.
It takes minimal prep but I would recommend to always have frozen bananas on hand because they make smoothies taste like sinfully good milkshakes. Just peel overripe bananas, place them inside a ziplock bag and stick them in the freezer overnight. A warning to those with a sweet tooth – this recipe might be a bit too bland for you (I've been off sugar for a month so this is perfect for me), so you may want to add half a pitted date to the mix.
1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk (I use Rude Health, which only contains almond and water)
1 tbsp unflavoured / chocolate flavoured plant-based protein powder (this is my favourite)
Raw cacao powder
1 tbsp unsweetened almond butter (we love this one which only has 2 ingredients)
1 frozen banana
3-4 ice cubes
Handful of walnuts (optional)
1 tsp instant coffee (optional – I love to add this in when I'm in the mood for a mocha frappe-like taste)
1/2 pitted date (optional, for more sweetness)
Dump all ingredients in a blender (I use my trusty Nutribullet), blitz and enjoy!
What's your favourite protein shake / smoothie?