This recipe takes a deliciously decadent banana-peanut butter blend and adds in a hearty dose of extra vitamins and phytonutrients thanks to a handful of dried cranberries. Cranberries are a wonderful source of cancer-fighting antioxidents, are great for the health of your digestive tract, and they boast anti-inflammatory properties to boot. The banana and dried cranberries have plenty of sugar so be sure to use unsweetened ingredients so that you don't overload on the sweet side. I like to top this with a little sprinkle of cacao nibs and shredded coconut. It might sound a little weird, but salted roasted sunflower seeds are an amazing topping for this as well.
In all, you'll get about 14-15 grams of protein. Because this shake is already high in healthy fats and carbs, the best way to up the protein without significantly increasing the other macronutrients is to add in an unflavored vegan protein powder like Garden of Life Raw Protein. One serving of their Beyond Organic Protein Formula will add 17 more grams of protein for a total of about 32 grams, without altering the flavor.
Prep time:5 minutes
Total time:5 minutes
Yield: 1 large smoothie
Peanut Butter Banana Cranberry Protein Smoothie
1 large organic banana, sliced and frozen
1/4 cup dried cranberries (organic, unsweetened or sweetened only with fruit juice)
1 heaping Tablespoon organic unsweetened smooth peanut butter (let's be real, it's closer to 2 Tablespoon)
1 Tablespoon chia seeds, ground
1.5 Tablespoon hemp seeds, ground
1 cup unsweetened coconut milk
3-4 ice cubes
Grind up the chia and hemp seeds. A coffee grinder works perfectly for this.
Add the coconut milk and ground seeds to your blender and pulse to combine. Then add in the remaining ingredients and blend until smooth.
Pour into a glass and, if you'd like, top it with cacao nibs and shredded coconut. Enjoy!