Banana Protein Shake

Enjoy this delicious banana protein shake that is one of the best protein shakes I’ve ever had.

Banana Protein Shake | Enjoy this delicious banana protein shake that is one of the best protein shakes I’ve ever had. | A Sweet Pea Chef

Yay! It’s time for another protein shake recipe!

Homemade protein shakes are a great way to quickly get all sorts of protein as well as fill you up for a meal replacement.  I like to have a protein shake every morning for breakfast.  They take less than 5 minutes to make and are super delicious.

I also try to keep frozen bananas and yogurt on hand to make myself a shake.

Bowls filled with the ingredients needed to make a banana protein shake

How Much Protein is in a Banana?

Did you know an average banana contains 3% of your daily value of protein? Meaning, this banana protein shake is not only super delicious, but it’s also full of banana protein-y goodness.  And who doesn’t love banana protein-y goodness?

This banana protein shake makes it into our breakfast rotation probably every other day, but at least 2-3 times a week.  Not sure on the math of that, but I think you get the point.  THIS protein shake <— we enjoy often 🙂

It’s super delicious, and is full of banana protein-y goodness.

: Vanilla protein powder, a frozen banana, almond milk, and ground cinnamon used to make a banana protein shake

While some of my other shake recipes use a banana, they don’t really accentuate the banana-ness like this one does.

I get asked a lot about what protein powder I recommend.  And, really, the truth is…it depends.  It depends on your taste, what type of protein you’re looking for, your dietary goals (i.e. vegan, non-dairy, etc.), your price point, and probably a few other categories I’m forgetting.

So, you can see, this is a hard question.

I’m honestly still on the lookout for a clean, high-quality protein that tastes good and isn’t  literally worth an arm and a leg (totally meant figuratively, but wanted to make it all dramatic).

A chopped frozen banana, cinnamon, almond milk, and vanilla protein powder placed in a blender, ready to make a banana protein shake

A banana protein shake, topped with sliced banana, dusted with cinnamon and poured in a Mason jar

How To Make Protein Shakes Taste Better

I’ve found that adding some cinnamon helps to bring out the protein shake’s subtle, but oh-so-tasty flavor.

Cinnamon, is there anything you’re NOT fabulous on?  You just win me over every time.

Additionally, the protein powder you choose really makes a difference.  The more fake and chalky the protein powder, the more — wait for it — fake and chalky your protein shake will taste.  It’s science.

We recommend Cleanish Protein powders.

High angle photo of a banana protein shake, served in a Mason jar and ready to be consumed

How to Make a Protein Shake

Making a protein shake couldn’t be easier and is one of my favorite ways to enjoy a filling, healthy, and fast breakfast.  Just toss everything into the blender and blend until smooth.  You can also freeze all your ingredients ahead of time to make it even quicker – check out these fruit smoothie freezer packs to get started.

If you’re looking for more ideas on how to make protein shakes taste better, check out the following yummy protein shake recipes:

Which one of these protein shakes is your favorite?

Close up photo of banana protein shake, ready to be served and enjoyed

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5 from 18 votes
7 Benefits of Bananas
Banana Protein Shake
Prep Time
2 mins
Cook Time
2 mins
Total Time
4 mins

Enjoy this delicious banana protein shake that is one of the best protein shakes I’ve ever had.

Categories: Breakfast, Protein Shake
Difficulty: Easy
Keyword: protein shake, protein shake recipes, protein shakes
Servings: 1 protein shake
Calories: 362 kcal
Author: Lacey Baier
  • 1 cup plain unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 cup plain full fat Greek yogurt
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1/8 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ice as needed
  1. Add the unsweetened almond milk, full fat plain greek yogurt, vanilla protein powder, frozen banana, and ground cinnamon into a blender.

  2. Blend until smooth.
  3. If you find your shake is too thick, you can always add some more almond milk, little by little, to the blender.

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

While you don’t have to use a frozen banana for this protein shake, I recommend it because it will make the texture creamier and thicker and will make it so you don’t have to use much, if any extra ice which will dilute the flavor.  I like to freeze bananas ahead of time using re-usable silicone bags, which are awesome and store food really well.  These are the ones I use.

If you'd like to enjoy this protein shake, but you don't care for banana or you're allergic, you can easily replace with any frozen fruit of your choice.  Some great options include: cherries, strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, avocado, pineapple, mangoes, raspberries, or a mix of any of these.

You can also easily omit the greek yogurt if you're non-dairy.  While it does add valuable nutrients and creaminess to the texture, it can easily be made without it or with a vegan substitute, like coconut yogurt or another plant-based yogurt.

Nutrition Facts
Banana Protein Shake
Amount Per Serving (1 protein shake)
Calories 362 Calories from Fat 96
% Daily Value*
Fat 10.7g16%
Saturated Fat 0.1g1%
Cholesterol 19.2mg6%
Sodium 208.8mg9%
Carbohydrates 32.6g11%
Fiber 6g24%
Sugar 19.2g21%
Protein 38.2g76%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Lacey Baier

Hey y’all, I’m Lacey Baier and I’m so glad you’re here! I’m a healthy lifestyle influencer and the creator of this clean-eating blog and YouTube channel, A Sweet Pea Chef. My recipes have been published on Food Network, Good Morning America, FoxNews, Tastemade, Fitness Magazine, and much more. I live in Dallas, Texas with my husband and four kiddos. Let’s get started!

58 thoughts on “Banana Protein Shake

  1. In the nutrition breakdown, 362 calories and 38.2 g of carbs are listed. In your comment from 2016, you said it has about 400 calories and 32 G protein. Which one is it?

    1. Hi Rose, the comment from 2016 likely occurred before we updated the recipe (to be healthier). I would gather the protein increased from the inclusion of greek yogurt. I hope this helps! -Jen

  2. 5 stars
    Very easy and delicious! I bought some plain greek yogurt that I didn’t like and I’d figure I’d just look up a recipe so I could just add it to my protein shake so it wouldn’t go to waste and sure enough I had all the ingredients! Thank you for sharing the recipe, I will definitely be making this again! 🙂

  3. You posted here two different protein powders. Natural force and naked whey, do you use both or prefer one over the other?
    I’m looking for something that has the least of the toxic chemicals found in protein powder. And also taste good. I’m so lost with protein powders 🙁

    1. Hello Cindy! Thank you for your comment. I am Lacey’s Blog Moderator and can help you with this. We get a lot of inquiry’s on protein powder so you are not alone! Lacey generally favors the Naked brand products but also uses the Natural Force on occasion. Both are good quality and you really can’t go wrong with either. Have you seen her other blog post on protein powders? You might find it helpful, too: https://www.asweetpeachef.com/best-protein-powders/

      I hope this helps and please let us know if you have any further questions! -Jen

  4. 5 stars
    I just made this shake. I used frozen banana, unsweetened almond milk, plain Greek yoghurt, chocolate protein powder and added chia seeds. Soo simple yet tasted really great.

  5. 5 stars
    I want to know how long can i keep the protein shakes after it is blended. Can i blend and refrigerate it? For how long can i refrigerate it for?

    It so good and very taste.

  6. Hi just wanted to give you a quick heads up and let you know a few of the pictures aren’t loading correctly. I’m not sure why but I think its a linking issue. I’ve tried it in two different web browsers and both show the same results.

  7. 5 stars
    Homemade protein shakes are always good for health. In these, we can add ingredients by ownself. Preparing time of these protein shakes are less than 10 minutes. Which recipe have you given, it’s forced me to make it.

    1. I used this receipe for a client. He was low on his potassium and protein levels so i started making him a shake 2to3 times a week. He went back to see his Dr. His levels are back up to normal. Thank you for sharing your recipe. It truely was good and helped alot.

  8. 5 stars
    I have recently found your site! my hubby had gastric bypass and he was having trouble getting anything down after a short hospital stay we found put that they didnt do the surgery right so instead of him having a pouch he is hooked up like his esophagus to the intestines so not ideal so health is more important then before. we are looking for foods or recipes that are not too sweet but lots of protein.

  9. 5 stars
    I’ve been making this every morning all week and I love it! I have even tried substituting 1/2C espresso and 1/2C milk (instead of 1C milk) when I needed an extra boost! Thanks for sharing!

  10. Thank you so much for sharing this delicious recipe. I think this gonna best drink for people who want to lose weight because of protein shakes stops from overeating.

  11. Hi. My husband is on “immunotherapy” for multiple myeloma plus he has idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. He has recently totally lost his appetite and has trouble swallowing any bread or pasta foods. I am trying to make him protein shakes, but your recipe calls for “scoops” of protein powder. How many teaspoons are in a scoop?

    1. A scoop is just the amount that comes in a literal plastic scoop in the protein container — it’s essentially 1 serving of the protein, often approx. 1/4 cup. I hope that helps. Best wishes for you and your husband.

  12. do you know how much one scoop is in oz? i’m really excited to try this but i buy mine from the bulk barn

  13. Sounds delicious, and I was very tempted to try the recipe until I saw it contains 19.2% sugar – that’s nearly 5 teaspoons of sugar! Certainly not a healthy choice, even if I wasn’t a diabetic – such shame …

  14. 5 stars
    YUMMY! such few ingredients, which personally I love. This almost sounds more like a milkshake than a protein shake. can’t wait to try. www.proteinguide.com

  15. 5 stars
    I often blend banana with mango – mix of this two and honey is so great! My sister loves it, great recipe! Try to mix it with some other fruits

  16. 5 stars
    I added 1/4 tsp. of banana extract to make the banana flavor a bit stronger. This is such a good recipe!

  17. There is a great new protein powder by Nutiva. It is an all natural plant protein, organic and 100% Stevia free. It comes in vanilla and chocolate. There is no gritty taste. It has 20 grams of protein for 1 serving. I’ve mixed it with my favorite milk (dairy or dairy free) or put it into smoothies. It is available on their website at nutiva.com or thrivemarket.com. Nutiva has monthly deals and weekly deals on Tuesday. I feel confident putting these clean ingredients into my body.

  18. There are so many options for vanilla protein. Do you have a favorite which is low in sugar? Do you prefer egg white or whey? Thanks 🙂

    1. I prefer whey, but that’s just because I have found the texture and flavor to be better with whey than vegan (though I’m willing to be proven wrong!).

  19. 5 stars
    I recently came across this recipe of yours and decided to give it a try. After a lot of previous failed recipes that weren’t so great, this is by far the BEST banana protein shake I’ve ever had! This takes like a banana milkshake from Sonic or Chick Fil A… LOVE it! It’s so flavor-ful and doesn’t even taste like a gritty protein shake!

    Do you know about how many calories is in one of these shakes?

    This is definitely my go-to breakfast shake from now on. Thank you!

    1. Woohoo! As written, it contains about 400 calories and 32 g protein 🙂 I’m so glad you enjoyed the recipe so much! I used to hate protein shakes, but now I love them!

    1. Vanilla protein powder is a powder that contains isolated proteins, whether from whey or soy or hemp or other types. I like to use whey protein and recommend this brand (http://amzn.to/1OPjscn) which has a great flavor. You could skip the protein powder and use vanilla extract for sure, but it won’t have nearly as much protein in it.

  20. Lacey, all the pictures are beautiful! I hope some day I will achieve that. Beautiful and very interesting blog! Congratulations!

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