2 tablespoons oatmeal
1 pinch cinnamon
1 1/2 cups water or milk
1 teaspoon honey (optional)
When I’m needing a shake and I’m in a jam, I’m usually running around the kitchen trying to figure out what I can toss in the blender to avoid having just another boring shake.
A lot of times, my search ends without a good reward and I’m left with your basic water and protein powder mix. That’s not all bad but it is definitely not as tasty as one of my typical recipes. I noticed that I always have oatmeal around, though, and began integrating some oatmeal into more of my recipes. It’s especially useful in the mornings where I need some extra complex carbohydrates to kickstart my day.
The other item that I’m most likely to have hanging around the kitchen waiting to be used is bananas — the perfect add-on to a protein shake. The two seemed like a match made in heaven so I’ve started regularly making this banana oat protein shake in the mornings for breakfast. With a little creativity, you can whip up a tasty protein shake using a couple ingredients that are probably already in your kitchen and pantry.
You can use any kind of standard oatmeal for this. I’ve used slow oats, instant oats and even the packets of oatmeal that you can heat up in the microwave. The different kinds of flavors can transform your protein shake. My favorite is maple brown sugar oatmeal with a banana!
The type and flavor of protein powder is totally up to you as well. Different combinations can give you a totally different flavor!
Feel free to add all sorts of other goodies to this recipe! I kept the main recipe simple for this one because that is the inspiration for the recipe. It needs to be perfect for the “Oh crap I have to leave in 5 minutes and need to eat something filling” moments that happen far too often (for me at least!)
Let me know your take on this tasty and quick banana oat protein shake recipe!
This is the exact protein shake that the one and only Elvis used to drink. Blend this up and the ladies will go crazy.
Okay, so this is sort of a “cop out” on what would actually be Elvis’ favorite protein shake. Of course as most people know, he loved to chow down on sandwiches with the strange combination of banana, peanut butter and bacon. And believe it or not, I’ve had actually had a smoothie with these ingredients and it was good! It was at a hospital snack bar in Virginia. The woman behind the counter said her daughter was the mastermind behind the crazy flavors including this one and that the secret ingredient was bacon bits. Hmm. I still want to try that at some point, I just haven’t dared yet. Although, I’m thinking I’d use real turkey bacon and crumble it up. That would have to taste better than bacon bits.
In the meantime, this is still a darn good protein shake and it comes pretty close to its namesake inspiration, minus the bacon. The combination of banana, peanut butter and honey is Delicious with a capital D. I use unflavored almond milk and plain pea protein to keep the flavors pure but vanilla would probably be good too. This is a classic protein shake. I drink this one a lot after a PM workout before I turn in for the night. You can probably add any ingredient you want to peanut butter and banana and it would taste amazing. That’s one combo that is tough to top!
Now, to master the bacon…
Combine all ingredients in a blender and process until smooth.
BANANA CREAM PIE PROTEIN SHAKE
Continuing with my idea to turn my daily protein shakes into “mini-desserts,” I decided to experiment with some milkshake recipes and make one that was a little more protein, a little less ice cream.
Although I normally like to make my shakes dairy-free, this one is admittedly a little more “decadent” so I used regular low fat milk and heavy cream to make it thicker. I also used regular yogurt instead of coconut milk yogurt like I normally would, but at least try to use one with the lowest sugar content I can find.
The key ingredient in this one, that gives it that “pie” feeling, is the graham cracker crumbs. I use gluten free ones for my diet and can’t get enough of them. Feel free to add more crumbs if you’re like me and think the crust is the best part!
Vanilla extract and vanilla pea protein give it just enough sweetness that I don’t use any stevia or other sweeteners but I think agave would be good too! Adding one of my favorite everyday ingredients, coconut oil, makes me feel just a little less guilty for indulging since I know I’m still getting at least one thing that’s good for me!
8 ounces vanilla almond milk
Handful of ice cubes
If you haven’t had PB2 yet, then you are missing out! It’s one of the best tasting peanut butters I have ever had! I love how I can easily use it for baking, on-the-go and of course….in shakes and smoothies. I’ve been buying the stuff constantly since I first discovered it.
Regular peanut butter is so messy and tough to blend properly into a protein shake. A protein shake with PB2 is the total opposite. It blends up well and has all of the flavor of roasted peanuts — as well as the nutritional value.
I’ve been coming up with different PB2 protein shake recipes for a while and this has long been one of my favorites. It has only a few simple ingredients and there are tons of ways you can customize it to your taste preference or macro nutrient needs.
All I do is add all the ingredients into the blender and then enjoy! You can also get adventurous and use chocolate PB2 instead or try dark chocolate almond milk as well.
Make this one your own and enjoy the easy blending of PB2!
Photo by Nora Kuby
This is a super quick and easy recipe that I mix up on the go. I mix everything in my shaker bottle and have this as my morning coffee a lot of days.
It gets my metabolism going and helps me hit my macros will giving me the caffeine boost I need every morning!
Bananas are a staple of my diet when I’m trying to bulk or need a quick meal. While they are pretty dense with calories, they also pack a ton of energy and taste great. I love adding them into my shakes during the winter when I’m on a clean bulk.
Bananas really sweeten and thicken up protein shakes. I love the creamy, thick consistency that they add!
This banana nut recipe is a favorite of mine. Even my friends who aren’t into fitness enjoy drinking these on ocassion. I’m sure yours will too! Enjoy!
Tasty recipe here for a banana treat for post workout! This isn’t packed with sugar, but it is packed with flavor. This is another favorite recipe that I’ve found online and recommend it to everybody!
It’ll help boost your daily protein intake without adding a bunch of empty calories. Most of all, this banana protein shake tastes delicious!
Banana protein shakes are great if you are bulking or cutting. This provides nutrients that will help keep you full and keep your muscles growing!
If you have a sweet tooth like me, then this protein shake is a great, healthy recovery beverage. It’s loaded with carbs to replenish your energy and of course packed with protein. You get a full serving of fruit as well! Bananas and honey are two of my favorite ingredients for protein shakes and I use them in a lot of different shakes. You can pretty much add them to any flavor of whey or soy protein. Let me know if you guys like this one!
I love this quick and easy banana mocha protein shake recipe right after hitting the gym in the morning! It provided an extra boost of energy that will last throughout the day. Enjoy!
Frozen bananas are a great snack. I’ve used them to make ice cream or just to eat like a popsicle.
They are also great for protein shakes! They blend pretty easily and can really fill out a shake. They are especially great if you are bulking or drinking this shake for breakfast.
What better way to work the banana into a protein shake recipe than to match it with peanut butter. Everybody’s favorite combination works great for a recovery shake.
I use this after morning workouts a lot and pair it with some steel cut oats for breakfast. It’s a very tasty and filling way to start the day after killing it in the gym!