12 Mind-Blowing, Muscle-Building Protein Shakes

Each of these easy-to-make elixirs contains 25 to 50 grams of high-quality protein, for starters. It only gets better from there...

12 Mind-Blowing, Muscle-Building Protein Shakes

Mixing up a protein shake is a chemistry experiment. A little of this, a little of that, a scoop of this, and then BLEND. (Imagine whirring noise here.) Once the OFF switch is pressed, the results of the experiment are at hand.

If the ingredients represent a perfect blend, if they were entered in the correct amounts, drinking won't stop until the shake is gone. If you take a sip and then stop to assess it, something went wrong, something's amiss. Palatable? Maybe. Perfect? Alas, no.

Here at Bodybuilding.com, we don't need no stinkin' experiments when it comes to protein shakes. So when the staff asked me, a Team Bodybuilding.com member, for my best protein shake recipes, I was happy to oblige. After all, I'm something of a master mixologist when it comes to turning Protein Powder: into liquid magic. Here, then, are my best muscle-building, mind-blowingly-yummy-tasting shake recipes.

We, in turn, are happy to share them with you. You're welcome!

1

Coconut Twisted Julius

Ingredients

Coconut Milk: 1 cup



Orange Juice Concentrate: 2 tbsp


Frozen Banana: 1/2 banana

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 smoothie
Recipe yields: 1 serving
Amount per serving
Calories 468
Fat 9.3 g
Carbs 46.8 g
Protein 52 g

2

Muscular Mango

Ingredients

Sugar-free Apple Juice: 1 cup



Orange Juice Concentrate: 2 tbsp


Greek Yogurt: 1/2 cup


Frozen Mango: 1/2 cup


Frozen Pineapple: 1/2 cup

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 smoothie
Recipe yields: 1 serving
Amount per serving
Calories 600
Fat 4.3 g
Carbs 79.5 g
Protein 63.5 g

3

Almond Joy

Ingredients

Unsweetened Almond Milk: 1 cup



Almond Butter: 2 tbsp


Dark Chocolate Chips: 2 tbsp


Coconut: 1/4 cup (shredded)

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 smoothie
Recipe yields: 1 serving
Amount per serving
Calories 1042
Fat 45 g
Carbs 58.8 g
Protein 61.8 g

4

Caramel Coffee

Ingredients

Unsweetened Almond Milk: 1 cup



Instant Coffee: 1 tbsp


Caramel Creamer: 1 tsp (sugar-free)

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 smoothie
Recipe yields: 1 serving
Amount per serving
Calories 340
Fat 6.5 g
Carbs 25 g
Protein 51 g

5

The Fuzzy Protein

Ingredients

Sugar-free Apple Juice: 1 cup



Greek Yogurt: 1/2 cup


Frozen Peaches: 1/2 cup

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 smoothie
Recipe yields: 1 serving
Amount per serving
Calories 377
Fat 4.2 g
Carbs 21.3 g
Protein 62.7 g

6

Dark Chocolate Banana

Ingredients

Unsweetened Almond Milk: 1 cup



Cinnamon: 1 tsp


Dark Chocolate Chips: 2 tbsp


Frozen Banana: 1/2 banana

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 smoothie
Recipe yields: 1 serving
Amount per serving
Calories 565
Fat 15.6 g
Carbs 58.3 g
Protein 54.3 g

7

Cheesecake Protein

Ingredients

Unsweetened Almond Milk (or water): 1 cup



Cream Cheese: 1 oz


Crushed Graham Crackers: 1/4 cup

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 smoothie
Recipe yields: 1 serving
Amount per serving
Calories 460
Fat 8.9 g
Carbs 38.9 g
Protein 56.4 g

8

The Rich

Ingredients

Fat-Free Milk: 12 oz



Fat-Free Vanilla Yogurt: 2 tbsp


Peanut Butter: 1 tbsp


Hazelnut Coffee: 2 tbsp


Caramel Ice Cream Topping: 1/8 cup


Ice: 10 ice cubes

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 smoothie
Recipe yields: 1 serving
Amount per serving
Calories 591
Fat 13 g
Carbs 51.7 g
Protein 71.3 g

9

Chocolate Peanut Butter

Ingredients

Water: 12 oz



Flax Meal: 1 tbsp


Peanut Butter: 1 tbsp


Whipping Cream: 2 tbsp (heavy cream, not out of a can)


Ice: 10 ice cubes

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 smoothie
Recipe yields: 1 serving
Amount per serving
Calories 524
Fat 25.4 g
Carbs 35.5 g
Protein 57.1 g

10

Fibrous Fruit

Ingredients

Milk or Apple Juice: 1 cup


Wheat Germ: 1/2 cup



Frozen Banana: 1/2 banana


Frozen Strawberries, Blueberries, or Peaches: 3-4 strawberries or 1/3 cup blueberries/peaches

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 smoothie
Recipe yields: 1 serving
Amount per serving
Calories 287
Fat 1.9 g
Carbs 49.1 g
Protein 25.4 g

11

Snickers Mocha

Ingredients

Unsweetened Almond Milk: 1/2 cup



Cold Coffee: 1/2 cup


Caramel Creamer: 1 tsp (sugar-free)


Butternut Flavoring Extract: 1 tsp


Chocolate Carnation Instant Breakfast: 1/4-1/2 packet


Ice: 3 ice cubes

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 smoothie
Recipe yields: 1 serving
Amount per serving
Calories 136
Fat 4.5 g
Carbs 30 g
Protein 32 g

12

Sweet Strawberry

Ingredients

Water: 8 oz



Flaxseed Oil: 2 tbsp


Greek Yogurt: 1/2 cup


Frozen Strawberries: 1/2 cup

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 smoothie
Recipe yields: 1 serving
Amount per serving
Calories 500
Fat 10.8 g
Carbs 28.1 g
Protein 74.3 g
A final note on these recipes:

You can change them to fit your calorie needs! Some of these recipes have more carbs than others, some have higher fat, and some are great for cutting.

So if you're currently leaning out, you may want to switch out any almond or coconut milk for water.

If you're lactose intolerant, omit dairy products. Get creative and don't let boredom take you shopping down the baked goods aisle when hunger calls!