An easy protein packed banana cream pie shake that is perfect for breakfast. Filled with creamy greek yogurt and banana chunks.
I am a banana person. I go bananas for bananas. (That was absolutely cheesy, forgive me. It’s late.)
Let’s get down to business. I have a huge sweet tooth and it really never ends. I appease it and then it starts all over again. Whenever I am trying to cut down on junk food, I usually try to watch my diet to make sure it is high in fiber and protein to keep me full and balanced. This banana cream pie protein shake is perfect for a morning breakfast or an afternoon pick me up. I love that it tastes like a sweet indulgence without the guilt of high calories or sugar.
This banana cream pie protein shake has a TON of protein (about 42 grams depending on which protein powder you use.) You may be wondering, what is the hype about these high protein diets? Well to put it simply, protein is a macronutrient. (A couple months ago I started learning a lot about macronutrients and the importance of measuring them for weight loss. I will do a post about that soon). Your body needs a good amount of protein to function. It is vital to hair, nails, and most importantly for the building and repairing of muscles. It also helps keep you full throughout the day. Protein shakes and smoothies are a great way to bulk up protein in your diet.
I used a banana cream greek yogurt for this banana cream pie protein shake. The next ingredient is unsweetened almond milk. It is very low in calories, fat, and sugar. Almond milk is also high in vitamin E. I like to fill an ice tray with almond milk and freeze it to use in my shakes. It helps to keep the shake thick and creamy (like a milkshake!). I like all my smoothies extra thick. I think it drives my husband crazy. He knows that whenever I want a smoothie that I’ll just make it myself because the thickness has to be just right. And I always need a straw! The rest of this smoothie is easy! A scoop of your favorite protein powder, some unsweetened coconut flakes, a little sugar free banana pudding mix, a frozen banana and you are set.
You won’t even feel like you are eating healthy. I promise.
- 1 Cup Unsweetened Almond Milk, cold
- 1 Medium Frozen Banana
- 1 Scoop Vanilla Protein Powder
- 1 Tablespoon Sugar Free Banana Pudding Mix
- 1 Tablespoon Unsweetened Coconut Flakes
- 1 (5.3 oz.) Banana Greek Yogurt (Vanilla or Plain can be substituted)
- 2-3 Reduced Fat Vanilla Wafers for topping (Optional)
- Fat Free Cool Whip for Topping
- Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend for 45 seconds to a minute. Or until everything is well mixed. Top with cool whip and vanilla wafers. (Optional)