Nuts are an amazing source of plant-based protein and many other nutrients. Here is a great recipe for a super energising Nutty vegan protein smoothie that will provide you with around 17 g. of protein without using any additional protein powders!
Of course you can always add a protein powder if you wish but try not to use the trendy fitness brands that are full of artificial colours, sweeteners and GMO ingredients. If you wish to use a protein powder I always recommend vegan raw hemp protein powder. It contains nothing else but 100% hemp. It doesn’t have a great taste on its own but I never have a problem with that as I just add it to my daily smoothie and I can’t even taste it.
The Peanut butter is what adds most of the protein. Just 1 ½ tbsp. of peanut butter provides you with 6 g of protein. Peanuts are a super nutritious food and also a great source of Vitamin B6 and Magnesium. On top of this, peanut butter is extremely addictive because of its great taste and it’s what makes this smoothie so creamy and rich. Make sure to use a brand that doesn’t contain any added oil or salt. On the ingredients list you should see something like “100% peanuts” and nothing else.
This vegan protein smoothie also contains 10 raw almonds, which add about 3 g of protein. This might not sound that impressive but it’s actually quite a lot for such a small amount of food. There are some smoothies that don’t even provide that much, which doesn’t mean they are not nourishing, just not particularly protein-rich. In general, it’s a good idea to add nuts to your smoothies to get some extra vitamins and protein in your drink. Always choose raw, unsalted nuts.
Finally, the dry desiccated coconut and the coconut milk contribute with additional 5-8 g of protein and of course, an amazing coconut taste!
It’s a good idea to consume high-protein food after exercising as protein helps your muscles recover and grow. So this rich, nutritious protein-packed smoothie is perfect as a post-workout drink or in the mornings for an early energy boost.
- 1 1/2 tbsp peanut butter
- 1 tbsp dry desiccated coconut
- 10 raw almonds
- 1/2 banana
- 200 ml coconut milk (or other plant-based milk)
- Add all of the ingredients in a blender and blend for a 1-2 minutes.
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