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7 healthy vegan protein smoothie recipes

Aug. 4, 2014, 10:04 a.m.
Cinnamon smoothie

Photo: Jaymi Heimbuch

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Cinnamon Apple Protein Smoothie

This is autumn comfort in a glass. If you enjoy warm cinnamon apple oatmeal in the mornings, then you'll probably like this frozen version of the same thing, which can be a great breakfast or lunch. Or dinner for that matter! You get a burst of sweetness and immediate energy from the apple, while the oats will provide a slow release of energy over several hours. Plus both the apple and oats offer tons of fiber to keep you feeling full and satisfied.
 
The oats and almond butter are the main source of protein in this smoothie. In total, you'll have about 10 grams of protein. If you want an extra kick of protein along with healthy fats, add 2 tablespoons of hulled hemp seeds. This will give you a bump of nutrition and an extra 5 grams of protein without altering the flavor of the smoothie. Or if you want a major bump, a scoop of vanilla protein powder will add anywhere from about 17-26 more grams of protein depending on brand (we'll go into detail on this in later recipes).
 
Oh, and make sure you use an organic apple so you can include the peel -- the skin of an apple has the densest concentration of nutrients so you definitely want to add it in your smoothie!

Prep time: 5 minutes 

Total time: 5 minutes 

Yield: 1 large smoothie

 
Cinnamon Apple Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1 small apple, sliced
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon almond butter
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut milk
  • 3-4 ice cubes
  • 1/2 cup cold water
Directions
  1. Add the oats and water to your blender. Pulse a couple times and then allow the mixture to sit for at least 2-3 minutes so the oats can soften.
  2. Add all the remaining ingredients to the blender. Process until smooth, about 30 seconds. Pour into a glass and sprinkle with a little extra cinnamon and nutmeg. Enjoy!