This thick and creamy cake batter protein shake is made with chocolate, peanut butter, and bananas and tastes like cake batter! It's a healthy smoothie recipe for breakfast, a snack or pre/post workout meal.
Anything involving the name cake batter is going on my "to-make" list. Amiright? Especially if it's healthy. And this one is very healthy!
This protein shake is both gluten-free and vegan. You can even make it paleo by swapping the peanut butter with almond butter and you won't even notice the difference. The almond milk only has 30 calories in one cup and it tastes so good. Rolled oats give it more thickness and additional fiber. And peanut butter is just peanut butter. Who doesn't like that?
Somehow, the combination of all of these tastes like your scooping cake batter out of a bowl.
The best part about it is it's made with ingredients I almost always have in my pantry or fridge. Bananas, almond milk, peanut butter, oats and chocolate protein.
TIP: Cut your bananas and freeze them in a plastic bag when you get home from the grocery store. When they're frozen they add a richness to the smoothie and makes it nice and cold. It also makes it thick and fudgy!
If you like a thicker protein shake (like scooping with a spoon rather than sipping with a straw) I recommend adding more bananas and less almond milk.
You can tailor it to fit the texture you like!
If you make this for breakfast (like I do 4 out of 7 times a week) the protein powder and complex carbs from the rolled oats helps keep you full all morning.
If you're drinking it after a workout it's got just what you need to help your body recover and muscles grow. It's got around 10-20 grams of protein and the banana and oats have a higher glycemic index. That's the scale that ranks carbohydrates on a scale of 0-100 according to how quickly they are processed in the body.
This is important because, after a workout, your glycogen and glucose levels are depleted. These simple carbs are critical to the recovery/muscle growth process!
My fiance is going to be so proud of me! (He's got a masters in exercise science and has taught me everything I know about health and nutrition)
You can also drink it in between meals because it won't make you too full and it's better than a quick back of chips or pretzels.
Cake Batter Smoothie
- ¼ cup rolled oats
- 1 medium banana frozen
- 8 ounces vanilla almond milk
- ½ scoop chocolate protein powder
- 2 teaspoons peanut butter
- ½ teaspoon almond extract optional
- Place all ingredients in blender and blend until combined.
- Pour into a glass or shaker and enjoy!