Vanilla Bean is a classic flavor that is perfect for any time of year. My Healthy Vanilla Bean Protein Smoothie is the newest addition to my growing list of quick & easy smoothie recipes! The simple & sweet flavor profile of this recipe makes it the perfect smoothie to pair with a pancake bake, baked oatmeal or breakfast sandwich. The smoothie is also packed with protein so it’s a great option for an easy on-the-go breakfast you can throw together in no time. My Healthy Vanilla Bean Protein Smoothie will become a staple in your weekly rotation!
What you’ll need to make my Healthy Vanilla Bean Protein Smoothie
Note: If you’re counting calories or macros or tracking points on WW, be sure to account for the specific brands you use when making this smoothie.
- Frozen banana
- Tip: when your bananas become ripe and you have no immediate plans to use them, peel them and freeze them individually to use in smoothies like this one.
- Freezing bananas without their peel makes it so easy to pop them into your favorite recipes; peeling bananas that are frozen can get very tricky!
- Using frozen banana for this recipe makes this smoothie super thick, creamy and slushy. Also, the riper the banana, the sweeter it is. If you use a super ripe frozen banana, the developed sugars in the fruit will result in a deliciously sweet smoothie.
- Powdered nut butter
- This is a way to get some good flavor in: for this recipe, I used a salted caramel flavored powdered peanut butter. You can really have fun with it; they make all sorts of flavored powdered nut butters now, like chocolate, vanilla, and even maple flavored.
- I highly recommend using the salted caramel flavor for this recipe.
- Find the brand I use here
- Unsweetened almond or cashew milk (you can also use oat or skim milk). This smoothie is not dairy free, since the protein powder has whey; however, I like using plant based milk for recipes like this one because they are low in calories and fat.
All about the protein powder I use
- My favorite vanilla protein powder: linked here through my Amazon Affiliate link
- Feel free to use your favorite vanilla flavored protein powder.
- I never was a fan of protein powder because I could never find one that didn’t contain artificial sweeteners or even natural sugar replacements, which I am sensitive to. After a quick google search for “protein powder sweetened with coconut sugar” and found the Naked Whey brand on Amazon (which I use here in this recipe). I was skeptical at first, but the minimal ingredients really make me feel good about using protein powder.
- Using one scoop of protein powder for this smoothie offers over 12g of protein without adding any chalky texture or aftertaste.
How to make this Healthy Vanilla Bean Protein Smoothie
All you need is a few minutes to make the protein smoothie of your dreams!
In a blender, combine all of your ingredients–and that’s it! You can opt to serve this smoothie over ice if desired. You can also choose to add two ice cubes to the blender to give it an extra chill.
What makes this protein smoothie different?
What really sets this homemade protein smoothie apart is the ingredients. Smoothie recipes can be complicated, high in calories, and require a ton of ingredients you don’t have on hand. My Healthy Vanilla Bean Protein Smoothie recipe only requires just a few ingredients! You may opt to use the specific brands that I used, or you can substitute them for the brands that you have at home–remembering to account for any calorie discrepancies if you’re on WW or tracking calories.
Another great thing about this recipe is that it is so easy and versatile. When it comes to equipment, as long as you have a blender you can make this recipe. You need all of five minutes to throw your ingredients in and blend them together. This smoothie works well at all times of the day, and is perfect if you’re on the go and want that extra something to fill you up.
How can I elevate this recipe?
This smoothie is great as it is but if you’re looking to bulk it up you totally can do that! I opted to serve my smoothie with granola for an extra layer of crunch. Try my Naturally Sweetened Maple Cinnamon Walnut Granola or Naturally Sweetened Chocolate Coconut Granola with your smoothie. You can add whipped cream, nut butter, my Homemade Cookie Butter Spread, sliced banana, cacao nibs, shredded coconut–the options are endless!
This smoothie recipe makes one 20-ounce smoothie. It is super filling as breakfast, lunch or a snack. If you’d rather pair it with your favorite breakfast, that’s an option too! Find some of my suggestions below:
- Almond Flour Chocolate Chip Pancake Bake
- Healthy Banana Almond Butter Muffins
- Maple Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal
- Skinny Banana Bread with Walnuts
- Easy Chocolate Banana Muffins
Healthy Vanilla Bean Protein Smoothie
- 1 frozen banana
- 1 scoop vanilla protein powder, used: Naked Whey
- 2 tbsp powdered nut butter, used: Nuts 'n More Salted Caramel
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup unsweetened almond or cashew milk
- optional: sprinkles or your favorite topping
- Combine all ingredients in blender.
- Optional: Serve over ice or add 2 ice cubes to blender.
- Optional: top with sprinkles or your favorite fun topping.
- 4 WW points