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Banana Cream Protein Shake

Since I’m back on my healthy eating again after spending last weekend at the brilliant Edinburgh Foodie Festival I thought it would be a good opportunity to post my favourite protein shake (well it’s really a smoothie I suppose, but never mind, I’m calling it a shake) of the moment. I’ve recently greatly increased my Muay Thai training, so have been raising my protein intake, and calories, as a result. It’s worth mentioning that this is designed to be eaten as a meal, like for breakfast, for example.

Most people when you say “protein shake” would probably gag at the thought (I’ve tried a few shakes that have been pretty tough on the old taste buds to be fair) but this one is tasty and incredibly filling. I got the idea for this recipe off one of the shakes in this great article (“48 delicious protein shake recipes”- specifically the Banana Almond cream shake) I saw on Bodybuilding.com, and changed it up to better suit myself!

I’m not a big fan of almonds, wanted to take the “cream shake” aspect to the next level, as well as adding some spice to it, so came up with this instead!  I think the cashews and coconut yoghurt take the creaminess to the next level, as well as making it extra filling.

To make this, you will need:

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**Note: Due to my protein powder, you may need less or more milk, as mine tends to act as a strong thickener.

2 x Ripe Bananas

Vanilla Extract (1stp)

80ml- Vanilla Protein Powder (I used dairy free soya protein)

150ml of Coconut milk (This will vary)

1 dessert spoon cashew butter (Homemade or bought)

1.5 heaped dessert spoons of Coconut yoghurt

Large pinch of Cinnamon

The first step is to make the cashew butter- but if you don’t fancy making your own (and saving yourself doing the resulting washing up in the process!) then shop bought cashew butter is perfect for the job too. I explain how I make your own cashew butter in my “Sweet cashew stuffed dates” here, and I would also ask that you don’t judge me on my very dark photos. My earlier posts when I first started my blog were done at night, in the dark, with no natural light… I think the difference is obvious!

Anyway, once you’ve prepared the cashew butter, it’s time to blend the bananas with the protein powder. This should make a thick mixture, as no thin liquids have been added yet.

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Next, add in the cashew butter, coconut yoghurt, cinnamon, and vanilla.

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Blend the mixture thoroughly until it’s smooth, then add in the coconut milk until you achieve a shake- like consistency.  On a side note, I made my own cashew butter for this- and if there is anything better in the food world than eating fresh cashew butter out a tub then I have yet to find it! Pour into a glass (with some ice if you fancy), top with a sprinkle of cinnamon and drink straight away! Seriously though, drink it straight away, because protein shakes don’t keep well!

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