12 Ridiculously Good Protein Shake Recipes!

Has your protein routine become bland and boring? Break free of the protein-shake rut with these 12 incredibly simple, ridiculously delicious shake recipes!

Chocolate and vanilla protein shakes are great, sure, but sometimes you want a flavor that falls outside the box. Check out these sweet takes on classic shake favorites to surprise your taste buds and fuel your hungry muscles every day!

1

Peach Cinnamon Protein Shake

Pour the flavors of fall into a jar with this delicious combination of cinnamon and peach. With a profile that's similar to that of a dessert-style crisp, it's no wonder that this sweet duo ranks among the favorite shakes of Myprotein athlete Chris Lavado. "This recipe is a welcome break from the classic chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry flavors. Plus, the combination of protein-rich yogurt and micronutrient-rich spinach, coupled with the fast-acting carbs from fruit and cereal, provides that great pre-gym morning energy."



Ingredients

2% milk 1 cup



Ripe peach 1/2


Small container Greek yogurt 1


Spinach/spring mix 1 cup


Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal 3/4 cup


Creatine monohydrate 5 g (if desired)


Crushed ice 3/4 cup (or 4 ice cubes)



Directions
  1. Blend all ingredients together. Enjoy!


Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 smoothie
Recipe yields: 1 serving
Amount per serving
Calories 561
Fat 12 g
Carbs 56 g
Protein 62 g

2

Banana Nut Shake

In a rush and looking for something quick to fuel your day? This morning shake might be just what the doctor ordered. "It's a great all-around shake that includes a good balance of proteins and fats," says fitness model Kirk Miller.

Combining the almond butter with the fast-release carbs in the bananas also makes this a perfect post-workout shake. Consume within 20-30 minutes of your workout.



Ingredients

Banana 1 large


Almond butter 1 tbsp


Water 8-16 oz.



Directions
  1. Place all ingredients in a blender and mix for 15-20 seconds. Add ice if desired. Enjoy!


Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 shake
Recipe yields: 1 serving
Amount per serving
Calories 350
Fat 11 g
Carbs 34 g
Protein 34 g

3

Banana Cookies and Cream Protein Shake

Another favorite of Miller's, this shake packs a wallop of energy with a hearty dose of fruit, adds texture with oats, and packs a nutrient punch with spinach, yogurt, and protein powder. It makes for a nutrition-rich breakfast and also works as a great way to squeeze in another meal when you don't have the desire to cook. Just mix, blend, and sip.

Ingredients

2% milk 1/2 cup



Ripe banana 1 cup


Small container Banana Cream Greek yogurt (or plain) 1


Spinach/spring mix 1 cup


Quick oats or regular oats, dry 1/3 cup


Plain creatine monohydrate 5 g (if desired)


Crushed ice 3/4 cup (or 4 ice cubes)



Directions
  1. Blend all ingredients together and enjoy!


Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 shake
Recipe yields: 1 serving
Amount per serving
Calories 742
Fat 15 g
Carbs 89 g
Protein 66 g

4

Fruit Funk Smoothie

Bypass the tap and add some flair to your shake with coconut water. This favorite of fitness athlete Lewis Harrison is not only more flavourful than an H2O-based shake, but is also richer in potassium—an electrolyte that helps to maintain fluid balance in the body and is key to the rehydration process. Coconut water contains 470 milligrams of potassium per 8 ounces, or more than an average-sized banana. This makes it the perfect finish to that hardcore sweat session.



Ingredients

Mixed frozen berries 1 handful


Coconut water 8 oz. (cold fruit tea is an OK replacement)



Directions
  1. Blend all ingredients together. Drink up!



Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 smoothie
Recipe yields: 1 serving
Amount per serving
Calories 315
Fat 4 g
Carbs 50 g
Protein 21 g
5

Strawberry Protein Shake

Myprotein Netherlands ambassador Lieke Hemelaer drinks this shake right after a training session or as a midday snack. To elevate the flavor of the low-fat, low-carb isolate, she adds her secret ingredient: real berries. "The real strawberries and almond milk give added sweetness and keep me full of energy," she says. "It's the perfect summer shake."



Ingredients

Strawberries 10


Ice 1 handful


Almond milk 8 oz.



Directions
  1. Mix all ingredients in a blender. Sip and savor.



Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 shake
Recipe yields: 1 serving
Amount per serving
Calories 190
Fat 3 g
Carbs 17 g
Protein 24 g

6

Peanut Butter and Jelly Smoothie

When it comes to classic combos, nothing tops the list quite like a PB&J—just ask Myprotein athlete Owen Harrison. Take that childhood favorite to the next level and ditch the Wonder Bread with this drinkable version. The combination of healthy fats and complex carbs in the form of oats will leave you feeling satisfied and satiated for the day ahead. The best part? No crust!



Ingredients

Greens powder 1 scoop


Peanut butter 1 tbsp


Instant oats 20 g


Milk, water, or almond milk 8 oz.



Directions
  1. Combine all ingredients and blend. Sip and savor!



Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 smoothie (with water)
Recipe yields: 1 serving
Amount per serving
Calories 183
Fat 10 g
Carbs 17 g
Protein 5 g

7

Lean Green Smoothie

"When I have an early-morning training session and am pushed for time, my lean green shake is perfect and so quick to whip up," says IFBB bikini pro Nina Ross. The combination of powerful antioxidants and minerals in combination with the protein isolate go down smooth, and according to Ross, are almost dessert-like in flavor.

"I love the taste," she says. "It reminds me of a green tea Frappuccino, only much healthier!"



Ingredients

Barley grass powder 1 tsp


Wheatgrass powder 1 tsp


Flaxseed powder 1 tsp


Sugar-free vanilla flavoring 1/2 tsp



Directions
  1. Blend all of the ingredients with ice and water. Enjoy!



Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 smoothie
Recipe yields: 1 serving
Amount per serving
Calories 162
Fat 3 g
Carbs 7 g
Protein 25 g

8

Chocolate Lovers Smoothie

Resist the temptation of falling face first into a chocolate cake, and indulge in the decadence of this chocolate-banana-peanut butter concoction instead. "I love that the macros are perfectly balanced for my post-training meal, and that they satisfy my sweet tooth," Ross says. Replenish your muscles after training and sip on this shake. Feel free to change it up as you see fit, swapping the peanut butter for almond butter at your leisure.

Ingredients

Banana 1/2


Peanut butter 1 tbsp


Chocolate flavoring 1 tsp



Directions
  1. Blend all of the ingredients with ice and water. Enjoy!



Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 smoothie
Recipe yields: 1 serving
Amount per serving
Calories 273
Fat 10 g
Carbs 21 g
Protein 24 g

9

Banoffee Breakfast Bang

Ditch the morning Starbucks run and the lure of a Frappuccino, and indulge in this caffeinated protein drink instead. It's a favorite of bodybuilder and all-around king of aesthetics Simeon Panda. The combination of complex and quick-digesting carbs, as well as the caffeine jolt, make it a perfect pre-workout meal.



Ingredients

Frozen banana 1


Instant oats 20 g


Instant coffee 1 heaping tsp


Milk, water, or almond milk 8 oz.



Directions
  1. Combine all ingredients and blend. Enjoy!



Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 smoothie
Recipe yields: 1 serving
Amount per serving
Calories 288
Fat 3 g
Carbs 43 g
Protein 24 g

10

Watermelon Cooler

This simple, refreshing shake is a favorite of nutritionist and trainer Abby Pell. "It's a perfect hit of pure protein and simple, natural sugar," she says. "It's ideal for quenching your thirst after a hot summer workout."



Ingredients

Small watermelon 1/4


Ice 1/2 cup



Directions
  1. Place the protein powder, chopped melon (remove the green skin), and ice into a blender. Top with water and blend.
  2. Strain the "juice" from the watermelon seeds that have collected at the bottom. Pour in a glass and enjoy!



Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 smoothie
Recipe yields: 1 serving
Amount per serving
Calories 115
Fat 0 g
Carbs 6 g
Protein 23 g

11

Chocolate Banana Smoothie

"I usually like to drink this in the morning within 30-60 minutes of working out," Myprotein athlete Charissa Littlejohn says of her chocolate-banana drink. "The protein is great for recovery, the oats digest slowly so you receive a steady release of sugar into the bloodstream, and the banana is a fast-acting carb that replenishes glycogen and helps your body recover faster." Add a dollop of nut butter for that extra creaminess and a serving of healthy fats!



Ingredients

Unsweetened almond milk 1 cup


Ice 1 cup


Almonds 5


Banana 1/2


Peanut butter or almond butter 1 tbsp


Dry oats 1/2 cup



Directions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender. Mix and serve.



Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 smoothie
Recipe yields: 1 serving
Amount per serving
Calories 300
Fat 10 g
Carbs 34 g
Protein 24 g

12

Chocolate Almond Delight

Have a late-night sweet tooth? You're not alone. Instead of reaching for something that will sabotage a day of clean eating, mix up this sweet shake. The cocoa powder will satisfy your craving for sweets, and the protein will promote growth and recovery. Looking to take things to the next level? "Top with sugar-free nondairy topping and cinnamon to make it taste more like a milkshake!" suggests Littlejohn.

Ingredients

Unsweetened almond milk 1 cup


Ice 1 cup


Spinach 1 cup


Cocoa powder 1 tsp


Stevia (optional) 1 packet



Directions
  1. Mix all ingredients together in a blender. Enjoy!



Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 smoothie
Recipe yields: 1 serving
Amount per serving
Calories 141
Fat 5 g
Carbs 3 g
Protein 22 g