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50 Best Protein Shake And Smoothie Recipes

Get lean and strong with the ultimate list of protein shakes and smoothies. These recipes enhance your protein powder with the addition of healthy, delicious ingredients.

Whether you're eating to bulk up or slim down, your diet probably includes a protein shake or two...or 10. Blend in some game-changing ingredients to boost your results—and make shake time the most decadent part of your day.

Breakfast Time

Get your blended coffee or pastry fix with a lot less damage. These yummy, breakfast-inspired protein shakes are perfect when you need a sweet treat. The oatmeal in many of them provides healthy, complex carbs and great texture.

Vanilla Coffee Shake

Replace your sugar-filled blended drink from the coffee shop with this healthier, protein-packed version.

protein shake
Ingredients
  • 1-1/2 cups low-fat milk
  • 2 scoops vanilla protein powder
  • 1/2 cup low-fat, coffee-flavored ice cream
Directions
  • Blend and Enjoy

Serving size: 1 shake
Recipe yields 1 serving

Soy Almond Shake

This protein shake can be made vegan by using plant protein powder and skipping the Greek yogurt.

protein shake
Ingredients
  • 1 scoop protein powder
  • 1 cup light soy milk
  • 1 tbsp slivered almonds
  • 1 tsp sugar-free maple syrup
  • 3 drops vanilla extract
  • 1 handful ice
  • 1 tbsp low-fat Greek yogurt (optional)
Directions
  • Blend and Enjoy

Serving size: 1 shake
Recipe yields 1 serving

Quick Start Shake

Shake up your breakfast with vitamin C and a bright flavor from fresh oranges.

protein shake
Ingredients
  • Juice from 3 fresh oranges (not canned or bottled)
  • Sweetener to taste (optional)
  • 1 scoop protein powder
Directions
  • Blend and Enjoy

Serving size: 1 shake
Recipe yields 1 serving

Oatmeal Shake

Now you can drink your oatmeal—because who has time for chewing in the morning?

protein shake
Ingredients
  • 1 cup dry oatmeal
  • 2 scoops vanilla protein powder
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 cup sugar-free maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp chopped almonds
  • 1-1/2 cups water or low-fat milk
Directions
  • Blend and Enjoy

Serving size: 1 shake
Recipe yields 1 serving

Peppermint Oatmeal Shake

Yes, you can have a chocolate mint milkshake for breakfast. No guilt, no apologies.

protein shake
Ingredients
  • 2 scoops chocolate protein powder
  • 1 cup sugar-free vanilla ice cream
  • 1 cup oatmeal
  • 2 cups nonfat milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 tsp peppermint extract
Directions
  • Blend and Enjoy

Serving size: 1 shake
Recipe yields 1 serving

Mineral Power Shake

Power up your protein shake with liquid minerals and flaxseed.

protein shake
Ingredients
  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 1 serving liquid minerals
  • 1 packet gelatin powder
  • 1 tbsp flaxseed oil
  • 1 scoop protein powder
  • Sweetener to taste (optional)
Directions
  • Blend and Enjoy

Serving size: 1 shake
Recipe yields 1 serving

Iced Breakfast Shake

Make your Instant Breakfast go further by blending it with extra goodies.

protein shake
Ingredients
  • 1 cup skim milk
  • 1 scoop protein powder
  • 2 tsp safflower oil
  • 1 handful ice
  • 1 banana
  • 1 package Instant Breakfast
Directions
  • Blend and Enjoy

Serving size: 1 shake
Recipe yields 1 serving

Cinnamon Roll Shake

All the flavor of your favorite breakfast pastry, without the 10 a.m. sugar crash.

protein shake
Ingredients
  • 2 scoops vanilla protein powder
  • 1 tbsp sugar-free instant vanilla pudding
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp butter-flavor extract
  • 1 cup water (or low-fat milk)
  • 1 handful ice
Directions
  • Blend and Enjoy

Serving size: 1 shake
Recipe yields 1 serving

Almond Blast Shake

This hearty protein shake will take you through whatever your morning throws at you.

protein shake
Ingredients
  • 2 scoops vanilla protein powder
  • 1-1/2 cups skim milk
  • 1/2 cup dry oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 12 slivered almonds
  • 1 tbsp peanut butter
Directions
  • Blend and Enjoy

Serving size: 1 shake
Recipe yields 1 serving

Banana Almond Cream Shake

Meet your macros with this creamy and crunchy mix of banana, almonds, and protein powder.

protein shake
Ingredients
  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 10 almonds
  • 1 scoop protein powder
  • 1 handful ice
Directions
  • Blend and Enjoy

Serving size: 1 shake
Recipe yields 1 serving

Banana Bread Shake

Bran flakes and oatmeal provide slow-digesting complex carbs for sustained energy all morning long.

protein shake
Ingredients
  • 2 scoops protein powder
  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 cup cooked oatmeal
  • 3/4 cup bran flakes
  • 2 cups water
  • Sweetener to taste
  • (add ice or refrigerate for 5-10 minutes before enjoying)
Directions
  • Blend and Enjoy

Serving size: 1 shake
Recipe yields 1 serving

Berry Protein Smoothies

Ditch the sugary smoothies for one of these protein-packed berry shakes. Strawberries and blueberries offer a good dose of vitamins A, K, and B complex. They're also full of calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus.

Wild Berry Shake

The berries in this recipe pack a lot of fiber to keep you full longer than a simple protein powder shake.

protein shake
Ingredients
  • 2 scoops protein powder
  • 8 raspberries
  • 4 strawberries
  • 15 blueberries
  • 2 cups nonfat milk
  • 1 handful ice
Directions
  • Blend and Enjoy

Serving size: 1 shake
Recipe yields 1 serving

Strawberry Savior Shake

Frozen strawberries minimize prep time and maximize nutrients in the most indulgent way to take your creatine.

protein shake
Ingredients
  • 4 scoops vanilla protein powder
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup strawberry Greek yogurt
  • 3 frozen strawberries
  • 1 scoop creatine
  • 1 tsp flaxseed oil
Directions
  • Blend and Enjoy

Serving size: 1 shake
Recipe yields 1 serving

Strawberry Energy Shake

This triple hitter of protein, fiber, and healthy fats will keep you deliciously full for hours.

protein shake
Ingredients
  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 10 strawberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 tbsp flaxseed oil
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 scoop protein powder
  • Sweetener to taste (optional)
  • 1 handful ice (optional)
Directions
  • Blend and Enjoy

Serving size: 1 shake
Recipe yields 1 serving

Strawberry Vanilla Shake

This simple shake is easy to throw together when you're in a hurry, and super nutritious due to the fresh fruit.

protein shake
Ingredients
  • 2 scoops of protein powder
  • 1 handful ice
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 banana
  • 2-3 frozen strawberries
Directions
  • Blend and Enjoy

Serving size: 1 shake
Recipe yields 1 serving

Strawberry Nut Shake

Macadamia nuts add healthy fat and rich flavor to this strawberry protein shake.

protein shake
Ingredients
  • 2 scoops vanilla protein powder
  • 1 cup fat-free strawberry Greek yogurt
  • 4 strawberries
  • 6 chopped macadamia nuts
Directions
  • Blend and Enjoy

Serving size: 1 shake
Recipe yields 1 serving

Strawberry Cheesecake Shake

Low-fat sour cream is the secret ingredient that gives this shake its cheesecake tartness.

protein shake
Ingredients
  • 1-1/4 cups water
  • 8 frozen strawberries
  • 4 tbsp low-fat sour cream
  • 1 scoop vanilla or strawberry protein powder
  • Sweetener to taste (optional)
Directions
  • Blend and Enjoy

Serving size: 1 shake
Recipe yields 1 serving

Double Berry Shake

Are you team strawberry or team blueberry? Why choose?

protein shake
Ingredients
  • 2 scoops protein powder
  • 4 large strawberries
  • 1 handful blueberries
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 handful ice
  • Sweetener to taste (optional)
Directions
  • Blend and Enjoy

Serving size: 1 shake
Recipe yields 1 serving

Blueberry Dream Shake

Make this shake with vanilla protein powder for an extra creamy-dreamy treat.

protein shake
Ingredients
  • 1 scoop plain or vanilla protein powder
  • 1-1/4 cups water
  • 1/2 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
  • 2 tsp flaxseed oil
  • Sweetener to taste (optional)
Directions
  • Blend and Enjoy

Serving size: 1 shake
Recipe yields 1 serving

Berries & Cream Shake

Pineapple juice wakes up this protein shake and makes it extra quenching post-workout.

protein shake
Ingredients
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 1 handful ice
  • 6 oz. pineapple juice
  • 1 cup mixed berries
Directions
  • Blend and Enjoy

Serving size: 1 shake
Recipe yields 1 serving

Berry Good Shake

This shake hits all the berry bases with strawberries, blueberries, and raspberry yogurt.

protein shake
Ingredients
  • 2 scoops of raspberry yogurt
  • 2 scoops vanilla protein powder
  • 4 strawberries
  • 15 blueberries
  • 2 cups nonfat milk
  • 1 handful ice
Directions
  • Blend and Enjoy

Serving size: 1 shake
Recipe yields 1 serving

Chocolate and Peanut Butter Protein Shakes

If the craving for chocolate overwhelms you, reach for the blender instead of the candy jar.

Whichever recipe you choose, you'll be able to satisfy that sweet tooth without compromising your cuts!

Peanut Butter Cup Shake

You don't have to give up dessert when you're chasing gains—just do it right.

protein shake
Ingredients
  • 1 cup skim milk
  • 1 pasteurized egg white
  • 1 tbsp smooth peanut butter
  • 2-1/2 scoops chocolate protein
  • 1 scoop creatine
  • 1/8 cup sugar-free hazelnut creamer
Directions
  • Blend and Enjoy

Serving size: 1 shake
Recipe yields 1 serving

Peanut Butter Banana Shake

Feel like a kid again with the classic combo of peanut butter and banana.

protein shake
Ingredients
  • 2 scoops protein
  • 1/2 cup almond flakes
  • 1 tbsp peanut butter
  • 1 cup skim milk
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1 tbsp honey
Directions
  • Blend and Enjoy

Serving size: 1 shake
Recipe yields 1 serving

Peanut Butter Chocolate Shake

The most simple and sinless way to get your peanut butter and chocolate fix is right here.

protein shake
Ingredients
  • 2 scoops chocolate protein powder
  • 1 tsp creamy peanut butter
  • 2 cups nonfat milk
  • 1 handful ice
Directions
  • Blend and Enjoy

Serving size: 1 shake
Recipe yields 1 serving

Peanut Brittle Shake

Instant pudding makes this protein shake extra rich and creamy.

protein shake
Ingredients
  • 2 scoops vanilla protein powder
  • 1 tbsp sugar-free instant butterscotch pudding mix
  • 1 tbsp chunky peanut butter
  • 1 cup cold water or low-fat milk
  • 1 handful ice
Directions
  • Blend and Enjoy

Serving size: 1 shake
Recipe yields 1 serving

Chocolate Lovers' Shake

Chocolate on chocolate? Yes, please.

protein shake
Ingredients
  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 1 tsp pure cocoa powder
  • 2 tbsp low-fat sour cream
  • 2 scoops chocolate protein powder
  • 2 tsp flaxseed oil
  • Sweetener to taste (optional)
Directions
  • Blend and Enjoy

Serving size: 1 shake
Recipe yields 1 serving

Chocolate Coffee Shake

There's nothing better than an iced mocha—except one that will help you get swole.

protein shake
Ingredients
  • 2 scoops chocolate protein powder
  • 1 cup skim milk
  • 1 handful ice
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tbsp instant coffee
Directions
  • Blend and Enjoy

Serving size: 1 shake
Recipe yields 1 serving

Chocolate Almond Shake

This kicked-up protein shake tastes like a candy bar in a glass, minus the empty calories.

protein shake
Ingredients
  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 15 raw almonds
  • 1/2 tsp coconut extract
  • 1 scoop chocolate protein powder
  • Sweetener to taste (optional)
  • 1 handful ice (optional)
Directions
  • Blend and Enjoy

Serving size: 1 shake
Recipe yields 1 serving

Caramel Hazelnut Shake

Creamer isn't just for coffee—it's a game changer for your protein shakes.

protein shake
Ingredients
  • 2 scoops chocolate protein powder
  • 1 handful ice
  • 1-1/2 cups fat-free milk
  • 2 tbsp fat-free Greek vanilla yogurt
  • 1 tbsp reduced-fat peanut butter
  • 2 tbsp hazelnut coffee creamer
  • 1/8 cup sugar-free caramel cream topping
Directions
  • Blend and Enjoy

Serving size: 1 shake
Recipe yields 1 serving

Bad Girl Shake

Go ahead and blend cookies into your protein shake. We won't tell.

protein shake
Ingredients
  • 1-1/2 cups skim milk
  • 4-8 Thin Mint cookies
  • 1 handful ice
  • 2 scoops chocolate protein powder
Directions
  • Blend and Enjoy

Serving size: 1 shake
Recipe yields 1 serving

Tropical Protein Smoothies

These tropical smoothie recipes will bring some fruity goodness into your high-protein meal plan. Blend one up and pretend you're lying on a beach somewhere warm. Your mind and body will thank you.

Experiment with whatever fruit you have available. If you're a mango fanatic or love kiwis, throw them in the blender.

Tropical Punch Protein Shake

Sip on a burst of color anytime with coconut cream, blackberries, vanilla, mangoes, and orange juice to tantalize your senses.

protein shake
Ingredients
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 1/4 cup pineapple chunks
  • 1/2 banana
  • 3 strawberries
  • 1 cup silk coconut milk
  • 1 handful of ice
Directions
  • See Recipe

Serving size: 1 shake
Recipe yields 1 serving

Vita-Plum Shake

Absolutely the most fun way to take your multivitamin.

protein shake
Ingredients
  • 2 scoops vanilla protein powder
  • 1 ripe plum, pitted
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 tbsp multi-vitamin powder
  • 2 cups ice water
  • 1 handful ice
Directions
  • Blend and Enjoy

Serving size: 1 shake
Recipe yields 1 serving

Tropical Treat Shake

Creamy and tangy, this recipe will shake you out of your protein-shake rut.

protein shake
Ingredients
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 banana (frozen)
  • 2 tbsp low-fat sour cream
  • 1 tsp coconut extract
  • Sweetener to taste (optional)
Directions
  • Blend and Enjoy

Serving size: 1 shake
Recipe yields 1 serving

Tropical Pleasure Shake

Bonus points if you drink this island-influenced shake out of a coconut shell.

protein shake
Ingredients
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 tsp pineapple extract
  • 1/2 tsp coconut extract
  • 1 tbsp heavy cream
  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 1 scoop protein powder
  • Sweetener to taste (optional)
  • 1 handful ice (optional)
Directions
  • Blend and Enjoy

Serving size: 1 shake
Recipe yields 1 serving

Super Peach Shake

Take advantage of the flavors of summer with a fresh, juicy peach protein shake.

protein shake
Ingredients
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tbsp flaxseed oil
  • 1/2 ripe peach (peeled)
  • 6 frozen strawberries
  • 1 scoop protein
  • Sweetener to taste (optional)
Directions
  • Blend and Enjoy

Serving size: 1 shake
Recipe yields 1 serving

Plum Lemon Shake

Put a new spin on your protein shake with fresh fruit.

protein shake
Ingredients
  • 2 scoops vanilla protein powder
  • 1 ripe plum, pitted
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 handful ice
Directions
  • Blend and Enjoy

Serving size: 1 shake
Recipe yields 1 serving

Pineapple Power Shake

Everything great about a daiquiri, without the hangover.

protein shake
Ingredients
  • 1 cup pineapple juice
  • 3 strawberries
  • 1 banana
  • 1 tsp Greek yogurt
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 1 handful ice
Directions
  • Blend and Enjoy

Serving size: 1 shake
Recipe yields 1 serving

Personalized Protein Shake

Experiment with every kind of fruit in the store until you find your favorite signature recipe.

protein shake
Ingredients
  • 2 cups skim milk
  • 2 cups nonfat cottage cheese
  • 3 scoops vanilla protein powder
  • 1/2 cup nonfat Greek vanilla yogurt
  • 1/2 cup strawberries (or your favorite fruit)
  • Sweetener to taste (optional)
  • 1 handful ice
Directions
  • Blend and Enjoy

Serving size: 1 shake
Recipe yields 1 serving

Peaches and Cream Shake

The fiber from the peach makes this smoothie extra filling.

protein shake
Ingredients
  • 1 scoop whey protein
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 ripe peach, pitted
  • 2 tbsp low-fat sour cream
  • Sweetener to taste (optional)
Directions
  • Blend and Enjoy

Serving size: 1 shake
Recipe yields 1 serving

Orange and Cream Shake

This simple shake has protein, carbs, and electrolytes, making it perfect for refueling after the gym.

protein shake
Ingredients
  • 1 bottle orange sports drink
  • 2 scoops vanilla protein powder
Directions
  • Blend and Enjoy

Serving size: 1 shake
Recipe yields 1 serving

Nada Colada Shake

Whip these up for your fit friends and you won't miss the alcohol.

protein shake
Ingredients
  • 2 scoops vanilla protein powder
  • 1/2 cup pineapple-orange juice
  • 1/4 tsp rum extract
  • 1/4 tsp coconut extract (or 2 tbsp shredded coconut)
  • 1/2 cup water (or low-fat milk)
  • 1 handful ice
Directions
  • Blend and Enjoy

Serving size: 1 shake
Recipe yields 1 serving

Honey Banana Shake

Spirulina may look weird, but don't knock this superfood till you try it.

protein shake
Ingredients
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 3/4 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 banana
  • 1 tsp flaxseed oil
  • 2 tsp honey
  • 1 tsp spirulina
Directions
  • Blend and Enjoy

Serving size: 1 shake
Recipe yields 1 serving

Banana Delight Shake

Flaxseed oil gives you extra energy, fills you up, and is rich in omega-3 fatty acids.

protein shake
Ingredients
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 banana (frozen)
  • 2 scoops protein powder
  • 2 tsp flaxseed oil
Directions
  • Blend and Enjoy

Serving size: 1 shake
Recipe yields 1 serving

Breakfast of Champions

Try this breakfast smoothie of champions for a quick fix packed with health-boosting ingredients.

protein shake
Ingredients
  • 1 cup of skim milk
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 scoop protein powder
  • 1 cup mixed berries
  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 2 tbs chopped almonds
Directions
  • Blend and Enjoy

Serving size: 1 shake
Recipe yields 1 serving

Mass-Builder Protein Shakes

If you're trying to gain weight, eating enough whole food to meet your caloric needs can be dang near impossible. That's when protein shakes can be really helpful. These muscle-building recipes are full of calories and protein so you can grow!

To make these shakes even more calorie-dense, try a mass-gainer protein powder. You'll get more carbohydrates and fat (and therefore more calories) than you would using a whey isolate. Lift big and eat bigger!

Creatine Catalyst Shake

Pro tip: Use a high-powered blender when you use crunchy ingredients like apples.

protein shake
Ingredients
  • 2 scoops vanilla protein powder
  • 2 Granny Smith apples
  • 1 scoop creatine powder
  • 1 handful ice
Directions
  • Blend and Enjoy

Serving size: 1 shake
Recipe yields 1 serving

The Hulk Shake

Maximize your gains and make your gym bros green with envy with this incredible protein shake.

protein shake
Ingredients
  • 2 scoops vanilla protein powder
  • 1/2 tbsp sugar-free pistachio pudding mix
  • 1 cup cold water or low-fat milk
  • 1 handful ice
  • 2 drops peppermint extract (optional)
  • 1 drop green food coloring (optional)
Directions
  • Blend and Enjoy

Serving size: 1 shake
Recipe yields 1 serving

Mass Gainer Shake

This almond shake is a quick way to down a whole lot of healthy calories, fast.

protein shake
Ingredients
  • 2 scoops protein powder
  • 1-1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup raw almonds
  • 1/2 large frozen banana
  • Sweetener to taste (optional)
Directions
  • Blend and Enjoy

Serving size: 1 shake
Recipe yields 1 serving

Peanut Butter Gainer Shake

Egg whites make this shake extra rich and frothy.

protein shake
Ingredients
  • 3 scoops protein powder
  • 4 egg whites
  • 1 tbsp peanut butter
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 1 handful ice
Directions
  • Blend and Enjoy

Serving size: 1 shake
Recipe yields 1 serving

Egg-cellent Shake

Try adding a little nutmeg to this decadently custard-like shake, and enjoy bulking season.

protein shake
Ingredients
  • 3 eggs
  • 2-3 scoops vanilla ice cream
  • 2 scoops protein powder
Directions
  • Blend and Enjoy

Serving size: 1 shake
Recipe yields 1 serving