High-Protein Smoothie with Vanilla Bean


This delicious smoothie is perfect for breakfast or an afternoon snack. It's high in protein due to edamame, not protein powder, and also contains a fiber boost. Enjoy!



My latest kitchen obsession has been with trying to add protein to foods that aren't traditionally super high in the filling nutrient. And I've also been making smoothies (like my Berry Almond Cocoa Smoothie and my Pumpkin Pie Smoothie) almost every morning, so I decided to power up my morning smoothie with protein! 


This smoothie boasts 21 grams of protein, along with 9 grams of fiber (up to 40 percent of an adult's daily need) per serving. That's a lot of nutrition in one glass!



The vanilla bean adds a subtly sweet taste. If you've never shopped for vanilla bean before, it's pretty simple—although I had to research what type to buy. You might see Grade A and Grade B beans in the store. Choose Grade A, which is recipe grade. Grade B is what you'd use to make your own vanilla extract. 


I found that buying the beans online was a better deal than my local grocery store, so I chose these Tahitian Grade A Vanilla Beans from Vanilla Products USA

When you get your bean, simply slice it lengthwise with a knife. You'll then see lots and lots of tiny vanilla beans. Scoop these with a spoon, and add to your recipe.


Want more recipes with vanilla? Give my Pomegranate Pistachio Chia Pudding and my Chocolate Strawberry Overnight Oats a try.)




  • 1 cup low-fat milk
  • 1 banana, sliced
  • 1 Tbsp. almond butter
  • 1/2 cup shelled frozen edamame
  • 1 vanilla bean




In a high-speed blender, add milk, banana slices, and edamame. With a knife, slice vanilla bean horizontally, then scrape seeds with a spoon and add to blender. Blend, and enjoy! Serves 1.


Nutritional information per serving: Cal: 430 Fat: 15 g Sat fat: 3 g Pro: 21 g Carbs: 56 g Sugar: 32 g Fiber: 9 g Chol: 10 g Sod: 150 g



What are your thoughts on this topic? What do you put into your favorite smoothie? Leave your comments here!


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Comments: 16
  • #1

    Abbey (Thursday, 11 August 2016 10:54)

    Looks awesome! Cool way to get more protein

  • #2

    Kaleigh @ Lively Table (Thursday, 11 August 2016 11:23)

    Such a great idea to use edamame! Sounds delicious!

  • #3

    Karman @ The Nutrition Adventure (Thursday, 11 August 2016 11:47)

    I never thought about trying frozen edamame in a smoothie! Love this idea.

  • #4

    Emily (Thursday, 11 August 2016 14:15)

    This is such a great idea Amy, I've never thought of affing edamame to a smoothie! I bet the texture is awesome!

  • #5

    Jessica (Thursday, 11 August 2016 14:38)

    So unique! I love the edamame idea!

  • #6

    Marie (Thursday, 11 August 2016 16:16)

    Never would have thought of trying edamame in a smoothie. Very creative!

  • #7

    Jessica @ Nutritioulicious (Thursday, 11 August 2016 22:21)

    What a great idea to add edamame to a smoothie for protein!

  • #8

    Lauren (Thursday, 11 August 2016 22:57)

    I've used tofu in smoothies but never thought of using edamame. Great idea!

  • #9

    Kara @ Byte Sized Nutrition (Friday, 12 August 2016 09:32)

    I've been on a huge edamame kick lately, but I've never thought to add them to a smoothie. Must try!

  • #10

    Amy (Friday, 12 August 2016)

    Thanks so much Kara, Lauren, Jessica, Marie, Jessica, Emily, Karman, Kaleigh, and Abbey! I hope you enjoy the smoothie as much as I do!

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    Micha Leisinger (Thursday, 02 February 2017 13:31)

    I do not know whether it's just me or if everybody else experiencing issues with your blog. It looks like some of the written text within your content are running off the screen. Can someone else please provide feedback and let me know if this is happening to them as well? This could be a problem with my web browser because I've had this happen previously. Kudos

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    Amy (Thursday, 02 February 2017 13:36)

    Hi Micha, thanks for reading. What browser are you using? Chrome and Safari work best.

  • #13

    Lauren O'Connor (Tuesday, 07 February 2017 19:08)

    What a great idea to add edamame to a smoothie. I'm trying this one today!

  • #14

    Valorie (Friday, 14 April 2017 12:35)

    I love this recipe, also, I add in a teaspoon or so of carob powder. Delicious

  • #15

    Amy (Friday, 21 April 2017 11:35)

    What a great idea, Valerie!

  • #16

    Sheila (Thursday, 25 May 2017 07:24)

    Whoa! Too many calories!!

Amy Gorin

is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist,  media personality, and writer in the NYC area.