This berry protein smoothie is packed with nutrition to power your morning. Tart frozen berries, fragrant vanilla, and creamy almond butter come together to make a delicious and satisfying breakfast shake.
Reasons to Love This Recipe
Of all of the smoothies I’ve made, this one is definitely my go-to. It tastes a bit like a treat, but it’s packed with beneficial nutrients that keep me satisfied all morning.
Berries, almond butter, and vanilla are the perfect combination for a smoothie — sweet, tart, and creamy. Almond butter is really what takes this smoothie to the next level. It makes your smoothie taste rich and slightly nutty.
Make this smoothie as a quick grab-and-go breakfast to drink while you commute or start work. I hope you love it as much as I do!
This smoothie has a lot going for it in the nutrition department. Let’s break it down by ingredient.
- Frozen berries — rich in antioxidants that fight inflammation and a good source of fiber to keep your stomach full and your heart healthy.
- Soy milk — high in protein compared to most other non-dairy milks, rich in disease-fighting plant compounds called phytonutrients, and a good source of calcium.
- Almond butter — a good source of unsaturated fat that is both satisfying and important for health. Almonds also contain vitamins like magnesium and vitamin E.
- Protein powder — makes your meal more filling and keeps hunger at bay far longer than a low-protein breakfast.
- Use fresh berries: Although frozen fruit is the best option for smoothies (it’s affordable, it can be kept on hand longer, and it makes your drink colder and thicker), you can also use fresh berries. Just add a handful of ice cubes.
- Try with a different type of frozen fruit: Any single type of berry will work (strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, or raspberries). Cherries would also be lovely!
- Make with a different type of milk: You can use dairy milk or any plant-based milk in this recipe.
- Use a different type of protein powder: Use any protein you prefer, but keep in mind that your smoothie may have a different consistency, especially if you use certain plant-based powders, which can sometimes be chalky or gritty.
- Make without protein powder: Use only 1 cup of your milk and add 1 cup of yogurt.
- Lighter version: Cut the amount of protein powder and almond butter in half for a less filling smoothie.
Mixed Berry Protein Smoothie
- 1 cup frozen berries
- 1 ¼ cup vanilla soy milk (or your favorite type of milk)
- 1 tbsp almond butter
- 1 scoop vanilla whey protein powder (see recipe notes for other varieties)
- Add ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth. Add more milk as needed to achieve your desired consistency. Pour and enjoy!
- Please note that nutrition facts are an estimate and can vary widely based on amounts and specific types used.
- Blend time and the amount of milk you’ll need may vary based on what blender you have. (I have a Breville Super Q.) Adjust as needed to achieve your desired consistency.
- Your smoothie may have a different consistency if you use a different type of protein powder (especially plant-based powders, which can sometimes be chalky or gritty).