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!
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.
Tools I used:
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
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