Wouldn’t every day be awesome if you could start it with a milk shake? Well, rejoice, friends, because that’s essentially what you’re doing with this recipe*—except it’s packed with protein and you won’t have to walk around under a cloud of shame all day.
*I know that many people have peanut and/or coconut allergies. Neither is actually classified as a nut—peanuts are legumes and coconuts are drupes—so I’ve included them here. But I’ve also provided substitution suggestions in the notes below.
This drink is perfect for the morning because not only is it full of protein and antioxidants, but it’s also super easy to make; the whole thing takes about five minutes. So hit the snooze button and rest easy knowing you’ll still be able to get a bunch of protein and some antioxidants (not to mention a totally tasty treat!) on your way out the door.
- 1 banana (sliced and frozen)
- 1 tsp. peanut butter (chunky or smooth—I prefer chunky)
- 2 Tbsp. protein powder (preferably Manitoba Harvest Hemp Pro)
- 1 tsp. chia seeds
- 1-1/2 cups coconut milk
- Add first three ingredients to blender and blend until smooth.
- Pour into glass and top with a sprinkle of chia seeds and a banana slice.
There are quite a few alternatives to nut butter out there. Here is a list of five that would work pretty well with this recipe.
If you’re allergic to coconuts, try soy milk or rice milk instead. Keep in mind, though, that their consistency varies, so you might need to adjust the amount of solid ingredients to compensate, or just add water if it’s too thick.