High-Protein Vanilla Smoothie


Wondering how to use vanilla beans? How about a vanilla bean smoothie? Try this vanilla smoothie recipe that’s high in protein, weight-loss friendly, and perfect for kids and breakfast time (and anytime, really!). 


This delicious vanilla smoothie 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. Enjoy!


Wondering how to use vanilla beans? A vanilla bean smoothie! Try this vanilla smoothie recipe that’s high protein, weight loss friendly, and perfect for kids and breakfast. #healthyrecipe #greensmoothie #breakfastidea #vanillabeans #proteinfoods


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. Is soy good for women?


I've also been making smoothies (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 vanilla bean smoothie with protein! 


This vanilla smoothie recipe boasts 27 grams of protein, along with 11 grams of fiber (more than 40 percent of an adult's daily need) per serving. That's a lot of nutrition in one glass! I bet you'll love this vanilla bean smoothie as much as I do.


The real vanilla bean 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. 


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 recipe.


Want more recipes with vanilla? Try:

And if you love smoothies, blend up a: 

Have extra brown bananas in your kitchen? Here are more delicious ways to use up brown bananas.


Wondering how to use vanilla beans? A vanilla bean smoothie! Try this vanilla smoothie recipe that’s high protein, weight loss friendly, and perfect for kids and breakfast. #healthyrecipe #greensmoothie #breakfastidea #vanillabeans #proteinfoods


Tools I used:

High-speed blender

Paring knife

Bamboo cutting board

Pint glass



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! Serves 1.


Nutritional information per serving: Cal: 480 Fat: 16 g Sat fat: 4 g Pro: 27 g Carbs: 62 g Sugar: 33 g Fiber: 11 g Chol: 10 g Sod: 150 g


Wondering how to use vanilla beans? A vanilla bean smoothie! Try this vanilla smoothie recipe that’s high protein, weight loss friendly, and perfect for kids and breakfast. #healthyrecipe #greensmoothie #breakfastidea #vanillabeans #proteinfoods


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Comments: 24
  • #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!

  • #11

    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

  • #12

    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!!

  • #17

    Linda (Monday, 07 August 2017 14:43)

    Wait!! 56 CARBS......that is like almost 3 days of recommended carb intake??? No way at my age could I drink this..........wow 56 carbs!!???

  • #18

    Kieht (Monday, 07 August 2017 14:58)

    56 grams of sugar! Holy Cow Batman

  • #19

    Jan (Thursday, 14 December 2017 19:22)

    What can I substitute for the almond butter? I am allergic to tree nuts and peanuts. This probably lowers the protein too.

  • #20

    Amy (Thursday, 14 December 2017 19:31)

    Hi Jan, you could try sunflower butter.

  • #21

    Roxanne (Tuesday, 10 April 2018 15:53)

    Love all the fat and protein (and carbs!) Im a pregnant, nursing mom and really need nutrient rich macros. I can’t wait to try this. Although, I’ll be subbing milk with almond milk.

  • #22

    Amy (Sunday, 22 April 2018 14:07)

    So glad you're going to add this to your breakfast rotation, Roxanne. Can't wait to hear what you think!

  • #23

    MaryAnn (Friday, 15 March 2019 14:16)

    What can I substitute for the edamame? I cannot eat soy products.

  • #24

    Amy (Friday, 22 March 2019 10:09)

    Hi MaryAnn, canned chickpeas or white beans might work. But you might just want to try a different smoothie that doesn't have any soy in it, like this one: https://www.amydgorin.com/wild-blueberry-peanut-butter-smoothie/