Almonds are a great way to get protein in your diet, as well as fiber and healthy fat. But if you’re not a big fan of popping them in their natural state, adding almond milk or almond butter to your protein shakes is a great way to get an extra boost of protein.
I’m not a big fan of coconut (although I use a lot of coconut products for their health benefits!) so even though I call this an Almond Joy shake, it doesn’t taste exactly like the candy bar. It does have coconut oil in it, like many of my smoothies, because it’s good for the digestive system. But the main flavors in this one are almond and chocolate. Yum!
I like to use vegan carob chips to keep it dairy free but you can use chocolate chips too if you don’t like the taste of carob. It’s an acquired taste but one that I really started to like when I was on a doctor-directed break from regular chocolate.
Pea protein is my go-to protein because it’s wheat-free, soy-free, gluten-free and dairy-free. You might have to get used to the flavor the first few times you use it, but I find that when I add almond butter to my shakes too, it disguises the flavor. It also blends well and doesn’t feel gritty.