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This Layered Banana Split Protein Shake Tastes Just Like Dessert!

banana split protein smoothie

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This Layered Banana Split Protein Shake Tastes Just Like Dessert!

This layered banana split protein smoothie is perfect for after your match or workout, or as a healthy late-night treat.

Protein shakes aren’t just for breakfast, am I right? You can have them as a meal replacement or snack, and in as many different flavors as your imagination can come up with. I especially love when you can make them taste like ice cream, which is exactly what this smoothie reminds me of.

This shake is like a blend of a banana split and neapolitan ice cream, and it’s absolutely divine. With three layers (strawberry, banana, and chocolate), it’s loaded with protein and perfect for after a match or workout. It’s a tasty way to help your body recover!

It’s pretty basic, too… only 6 ingredients. There’s no need to add any sugar, as the fruit is a natural sweetener.

Here are the 6 ingredients:

  • frozen bananas
  • frozen strawberries
  • your favorite vanilla protein powder
  • almond milk (or soy milk or other milk of your choice)
  • raw cocoa powder
  • chia seeds

There are a few tips to making this shake beautiful AND delicious…

  • Use frozen bananas. They are crucial to the thickness of the shake. I like to peel and cut up my bananas and put them overnight in a ziploc bag.
  • Use a vanilla protein powder. Vanilla is the best flavor for this shake. If you wanted it as a late night snack, have it without protein powder, but add a little Greek yogurt (or vegan yogurt) and reduce the amount of Almond milk to your desired thickness.

and lastly…

  • Don’t worry about it layering perfectly. It’s all going to end up swirled in your belly anyway… Enjoy!
banana split protein smoothie

Layered Banana Split Protein Shake

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This layered banana split protein shake is perfect for after your match or workout.
Category smoothies
Keyword vegan, vegetarian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 2 shakes
Calories 229kcal

Ingredients 

FOR THE CHOCOLATE LAYER:

  • 1 Ripe banana frozen
  • 2 tsp Chocolate protein powder of your choice
  • 1 tbsp Raw coacoa powder
  • 1 tsp Chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup Almond Breeze Vanilla AlmondMilk/CashewMilk Blend unsweetened

FOR THE BANANA LAYER:

  • 1 Ripe banana frozen
  • 2 tsp Vanilla protein powder of your choice
  • 1 tsp Chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup Almond Breeze Vanilla AlmondMilk/CashewMilk Blend unsweetened

FOR THE STRAWBERRY LAYER:

  • 8 Strawberries frozen
  • 2 tsp Protein powder of choice
  • 1/4 cup Almond Breeze Vanilla AlmondMilk/CashewMilk Blend unsweetened

Instructions

  • Make the chocolate layer first: In a blender, add in frozen banana, protein powder, cocoa powder, chia seeds and milk. It should be THICK. Spoon evenly into 2 medium glasses and place in the freezer.
  • Rinse the blender, then make the banana layer by adding frozen banana, protein powder, chia seed and milk. Blend until thick, smooth and creamy. Gently layer banana smoothie onto the chocolate layer by spooning it into the glass. Place glasses back in the freezer.
  • To make the strawberry layer: Blend strawberries, protein powder and almond milk together. Again, you want this to be pretty thick, but you may need to add a little more almond milk to make it blend. Once the strawberry smoothie is thick and creamy, gently spoon it over the chocolate layer. Place the glasses back in the freezer again for about 15 minutes, then enjoy!

Notes

Optional toppings to consider are chocolate chips, almond slivers and coconut whipped cream.

Nutrition

Serving: 1smoothieCalories: 229kcalCarbohydrates: 40gProtein: 19gFat: 4.3gFiber: 7gSugar: 22.6g
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