Healthy Protein Smoothies

07.16.2012

Healthy breakfast smoothies that taste like dessert — I’ll take one of each flavor, please! These Protein Smoothies are rich, creamy and perfectly filling. I’ve shared my go-to recipes for a Blueberry Banana Smoothie and a Pina Colada Smoothie

berry protein smoothies with blueberries and bananas

Easy Protein Smoothies

I don’t know if I’ve mentioned it before, but I always like to have a healthy, low-calorie breakfast and lunch, then at dinner I splurge a little and always have dessert. I exercise 6 days a week because I think it’s a good balance for me. I watch Food Network while I run on the treadmill, it always keeps me going =).

For breakfast, I try to keep it around 300-400 calories 6 days a week (every Sunday I make a big brunch and splurge), so I like to have banana oatmeal, whole grain cream of wheat, whole grain cereal with almond milk or these healthy smoothies with almond milk.

Why Almond Milk Smoothies?

Yes, I’ve made the change over to almond milk. I didn’t believe it when I heard some random fact of how many people prefer the taste of almond milk to dairy milk until I tried it myself. I always buy the Vanilla or Original flavor that’s 60-70 calories per serving (I always check the label because some have tons of added sugar therefore a lot more calories. I never buy unsweetened).

Don’t get me wrong though, I still love milk, I just prefer almond milk a little more, and the fact that has less calories than milk is a definite bonus. The almond milk goes great in these protein smoothies!

I love how these are delicious AND healthy smoothies! They are packed with protein and antioxidants, and they are a good source of fiber. Thanks to that protein and fiber, these smoothies will fill you up and keep you going. Pictured is 1/2 serving sizes, so yes, you get two of those glasses per serving listed!

Enjoy these fruit smoothies and share! Pass along a nutritious treat.

Protein Smoothie Ingredients

No protein powders full of mystery ingredients here! For the blueberry banana smoothie recipe, you’ll need:

  • Almond milk
  • Quick oats
  • Strawberry or Blueberry non-fat Greek yogurt
  • Banana
  • Blueberries
  • Ice cubes

And for the pina colada smoothie, you’ll need:

  • Almond milk
  • Quick oats
  • Strawberry or Vanilla non-fat Greek yogurt
  • Banana
  • Fresh pineapple
  • Coconut extract
  • Ice cubes

pina colada protein smoothie in glass with a straw

How to Make Protein Smoothies

  • Combine the oats and almond milk and cook in the microwave.
  • Add cooked oats and the rest of the healthy smoothie ingredients (minus the ice) into a blender. Pulse until combined.
  • Add the ice cubes and pulse until the smoothie is your desired consistency.

Can I Use Another Type of Milk in These Smoothies?

Yes, you can use any type of milk you’d like in these protein smoothies. Just make sure your milk doesn’t contain lots of added sugars!

Can I Make These Smoothies in Advance?

No, these fruit smoothies are best enjoyed right away. For some reason, smoothies don’t freeze and thaw well.

Tips for the Best Protein Smoothies

  • For a colder smoothie, let the oats cool for 5 minutes before adding them to the blender.
  • Feel free to use different flavors of yogurt in these healthy smoothies.
  • Cut back on the amount of almond milk you add for an even thicker smoothie.

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Healthy Protein Smoothies

These healthy protein smoothies taste just like dessert! The recipes are for a blueberry banana smoothie and a pina colada smoothie. So fast and easy!

Servings: 1
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes

Ingredients

Blueberry Banana Smoothie

  • 1 cup Almond Milk Plus Protein , divided (I used So Delicious brand with 5g added protein)
  • 1/4 cup quick oats
  • 1 (5.3) oz Strawberry or Blueberry Nonfat Greek Yogurt
  • 1/2 overripe banana , chilled
  • 1/2 cup fresh blueberries , chilled
  • 5-6 ice cubes

Pina Colada Smoothie

  • 1 cup Almond Milk Plus Protein , divided
  • 1/4 cup quick oats
  • 1 (5.3) oz Vanilla or Strawberry Nonfat Greek Yogurt
  • 1/2 overripe banana , chilled
  • 1/2 cup diced fresh pineapple , chilled
  • 1/4 tsp coconut extract
  • 5-6 ice cubes

Instructions

  1. For the blueberry banana smoothie: In a large microwave safe bowl, combine 1/2 cup Almond Milk with 1/4 cup quick oats. Microwave on high power 2 1/2 minutes. Pour cooked oat mixture into a blender along with remaining 1/2 cup almond milk, Greek yogurt, banana and blueberries. Blend mixture on low speed for 2 minutes or high speed for 1 minute. Add in ice cubes and puree until well blended. Serve immediately.

  2. For the Pina Colada smoothie: In a large microwave safe bowl, combine 1/2 cup Almond Milk with 1/4 cup quick oats. Microwave on high power 2 1/2 minutes. Pour cooked oat mixture into a blender along with remaining 1/2 cup almond milk, Greek yogurt, banana, pineapple and coconut extract. Blend mixture on low speed for 2 minutes or high speed for 1 minute. Add in ice cubes and puree until well blended. Serve immediately.

Recipe Notes

  • Recipe Source: Cooking Classy
  • If you want an even colder smoothie, stir the oatmeal after microwaving and allow to cool at least 5 minutes before blending into smoothie.
Nutrition Facts
Healthy Protein Smoothies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 364
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Protein Smoothie, Smoothie
Calories: 364 kcal
Author: Jaclyn

19 comments

  • Mike Joseph: I like the cite and its recipes April 25, 2019 at 7:39pm Reply

  • Suzi Wild: I just purchased from W&S an all clad Immersion Blender. with no container.
    So, looking around the pantry, i have nothing big enough. any suggestions.
    thanks
    suzi April 2, 2017 at 12:47pm Reply

  • Cherilyn: I enjoy almond milk and smoothies so much for mothers day my sweetly bought me the Ninja food processing system he loves his smoothies every morning as well . June 3, 2013 at 7:02am Reply

  • barbara: I would like to know if these smoothies really taste good ? I dont want to buy everything just to be wasted ! i would like to the one with berries Mmm sounds good ! February 22, 2013 at 3:39pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I think they taste really good =), I don’t ever post anything that I don’t think taste good because if I felt like it was a waste of ingredients for me I wouldn’t want hundreds of people to do the same thing and waste their ingredients =). I hope you do love it though! Almond milk is also delicious. Regular milk now tastes sour to me. February 22, 2013 at 9:49pm Reply

      • barbara: sounds good then I ll try it. thanks! February 22, 2013 at 11:54pm Reply

  • babrbara: i would like to know if these really taste good ? Dont want to waste anything ! never had almond milk before ! February 22, 2013 at 3:35pm Reply

  • Leigh: Flavored/ sweetened yogurts are NOT healthy. They contain sometimes over 20 grams of sugar per seving! I make a smoothie similar to this using plain Greek yogurt and it tastes great, because you already have sweetness the fresh fruit.

    Also, as a side note you do not have to cook your oats first. You can add them raw. January 28, 2013 at 11:58am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I still consider them healthy but I guess that’s just me =). Yes plain greek yogurt would be a healthier alternative but I have a hard time leaving out the sugar, but that’s awesome for you if you enjoy them that way. January 28, 2013 at 1:00pm Reply

  • 10 Breakfast Smoothie Recipes — Breakfast recipes — Eatwell101: […] Healthy protein smoothie — by Cooking Classy […] January 2, 2013 at 7:19am Reply

  • Jaclyn: Sweetie_CO – if you want to add iron I would say maybe try swapping out the oats for 3 Tbsp Cream of Wheat and cook that with the almond milk. That would give you 50% of the daily iron recommendation. It would increase the calories slightly but only by 25 calories. I love Cream of Wheat so I’ve been wanting to try it that way so you’ll have to let me know if you do. July 18, 2012 at 9:08pm Reply

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