By Amy Gorin, MS, RDN
This vanilla smoothie is going to be the most delicious vanilla bean smoothie you've ever had! Plus, it's the tastiest high protein smoothie you'll ever sip.
Wondering how to use vanilla beans? How about a healthy vanilla bean protein shake? Try this vanilla bean smoothie recipe that’s high in protein, weight-loss friendly, and perfect for kids and breakfast time (and anytime, really!).
This delicious vanilla bean shake is perfect for breakfast or even an afternoon snack. It's high in protein due to edamame, not protein powder, and also contains a fiber boost. Oh, and the vanilla flavor in this vanilla bean protein smoothie is amazing.
The green smoothie is a fun recipe to serve up to adults and kids alike. Enjoy!
How to Make a Healthy Vanilla Smoothie
My latest kitchen obsession has been with adding protein to foods that aren't traditionally super high in the filling nutrient. This smoothie gets a really big protein boost from edamame, aka soybeans.
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I've also been making high-protein smoothie recipes like my berry almond cocoa smoothie, my pumpkin pie smoothie, and my healthy coffee smoothie almost every morning. So I decided to power up my morning edamame smoothie with protein!
This vanilla protein smoothie boasts 27 grams of protein, along with 11 grams of fiber (more than 40% of the daily value) per serving. That's a lot of nutrition in one glass! I bet you'll love this high-protein smoothie as much as I do.
Most of the protein in this vanilla protein shake comes from the edamame. I often add Greek yogurt to smoothies, which also boasts protein.
Although Greek yogurt is made with milk, you can substitute almond milk (or if you want things a little sweeter, vanilla almond milk) if you'd like to turn this vanilla weight-loss smoothie into a vegan vanilla almond smoothie.
The real vanilla bean in this high-protein vanilla shake adds a subtly sweet taste. Wondering how to use vanilla beans? 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.
How to make a vanilla bean smoothie? When you get your vanilla bean pod, 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 'em to your vanilla protein smoothie recipe.
If you can't get your hands on any vanilla bean, no problem! Just substitute about 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract!
I have no doubt that this ready-in-minutes breakfast (or healthy snack!) will quickly become one of your favorite vanilla smoothie recipes.
More High-Protein Smoothies
If you want more high-protein smoothie recipes to try, blend up a:
- Blueberry Peanut Butter Smoothie
- Smoothie with Grape Juice
- Orange Strawberry Smoothie
- Wild Blueberry Lavender Smoothie
In addition to vanilla smoothies, you can make so many things with vanilla! Want more recipes with vanilla? Try:
And here are a few other recipes you can make with frozen bananas:
Have extra brown bananas in your kitchen? Here are more delicious ways to use up brown bananas.
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Now, go blend up a vanilla bean protein shake recipe!
This blog post was updated in December 2020.
I'd love to hear from you! Have you ever tried a vanilla weight loss smoothie? Let me know what you think of this vanilla bean protein shake! What are your other go-to vanilla protein shake recipes?
Because this recipe for a high-protein smoothie is naturally protein rich, you don't need to rely on any vanilla bean protein powder recipes. What other protein-rich ingredients do you add to your smoothies?
High-Protein Vanilla Smoothie
- 1 banana, frozen
- 1 cup shelled frozen edamame
- 2 teaspoons almond butter
- 1 vanilla bean (I like Vanilla Products USA Prime Gourmet Tahitian Vanilla Beans)
- 1 cup low-fat milk
- In a high-speed blender, add banana, edamame, and almond butter.
- With a knife, slice vanilla bean horizontally, then scrape seeds with a spoon and add to blender.
- Add milk; blend, and enjoy!
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