Craveable Creamy Protein Almond Shake


Favorite recipes aren’t just about taste, they have to be that perfect trifecta of flavor, ease and consistency or texture that makes you want to enjoy them every day. For me, this almond shake is one of those top picks.

This Creamy, Healthy, Protein Almond Shake recipe is one that you'll crave every day - I do! It's naturally dairy-free, gluten-free, soy-free and vegan & takes just 5 MINUTES to blend up!

Go Dairy Free - The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance and Casein-Free LivingI’ve always loved thick, spoonable smoothies like this protein almond shake that are relatively rich and almost a little ice cream-like, but healthy and energizing enough to enjoy for breakfast or as a post-activity treat. And really, you can’t beat the combination of frozen banana, heart-healthy almonds and cinnamon.

I like to use Almond Plus Almond Milk in this almond shake (and many other recipes!) because it has a nice creamy consistency with an added pump of dairy-free protein formulated right in. It comes in Original and Vanilla varieties, which are lightly sweetened, but I always go for the Unsweetened, which has 0 grams of sugars per serving! All flavors have 5 grams of protein per cup, a better balance of calcium to magnesium than many milk beverages, and are generously fortified with vitamins D and B12.

This Creamy, Healthy, Protein Almond Shake recipe is one that you'll crave every day - I do! It's naturally dairy-free, gluten-free, soy-free and vegan & takes just 5 MINUTES to blend up!This protein almond shake recipe post was sponsored by So Delicious Dairy Free, but this creamy almond shake really is a recipe that I enjoy often!

Special Diet Notes: Craveable Protein Almond Shake

By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, grain-free, peanut-free, soy-free, vegan / plant-based, and vegetarian.

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Craveable Creamy Protein Almond Shake
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I use 2 tablespoons of almond butter for more creaminess, 8 grams of additional protein, and because the fat in the almond butter keeps my body fueled longer. If you prefer a lighter almond shake, but still want the protein, you can use just 1 tablespoon of almond butter, add 2 tablespoons of the dairy-free protein powder, and increase that protein almond milk a touch. Or you can omit the protein powder and use just 1 tablespoon almond butter for a lower protein treat!
Recipe type: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Serves: 1 filling shake
  • 1 heaping cup ripe, frozen banana chunks (or 1 large banana, frozen and broken into chunks)
  • ½ cup dairy-free almond milk beverage, plus additional if desired
  • 2 tablespoons creamy almond butter
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla dairy-free protein powder (such as Vega Sport Performance; optional)
  • 1 medjool date, pitted (soaked if not soft)
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Pinch salt (omit if using salted almond butter)
  • Ice (optional)
  • Sliced almond, to garnish (optional)
  1. Add the banana, almond milk, almond butter, protein powder, date, cinnamon, and salt, if using, to your blender and blend until smooth. If using a lower power blender, pulse on high several times to help break up the chunks before whizzing away. If needed or desired, add more milk alternative to thin. Alternately, if needed or desired, blend in ice to desired consistency and temperature (I use crushed ice and pulse it first since my blender is wimpy).
  2. Pour into a glass and garnish with sliced almonds if desired.
No Dates? You can always omit the dates, and if needed, sweeten to taste with a few drops of pure stevia, or your favorite sweetener. Or you can use vanilla almond milk, which is lightly sweetened on its own.

What Smoothie or Healthy Shake do you Crave?

About Author

Alisa is the founder of, Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.


  1. I love thick, creamy shakes. Ones you HAVE to consume with a spoon. Definitely ice cream-like. I get it. 😉

    This one sounds simple and decadent, but healthy. And I love adding Vega Sport to shakes. It gives them a great texture and flavor. 🙂

  2. I love making smoothies with a some strawberries, a frozen banana and as much baby spinach as I can stuff in there! I add a bit of cinnamon for its anti oxidant properties and use some kind of milk or milk substitute. Its my favorite during the super hot summer! If I had a big workout I will throw in some protein powder as well.

  3. Michelle@healthiersteps on

    I love everything about this smoothie, the creamy taste with natural sweetness from dates and banana!

  4. I crave a breakfast smoothie with vanilla protein, soy/almondmilk, chia, peanut butter, cinnamon, kale/spinach, and 1/2 a banana. Got the idea from a vegan Canadian pairs skater’s interview and now I make it all the time!

  5. This sounds like a really great smoothie that I will have to try. One of my favorite go to smoothies that I crave and I love to make is a Mocha Almonld Fudge inspired smoothie. It is an incredibly healthy alternative to such a decadent dessert. It is such a great post-workout snack when I can’t get to a meal right away. I add some mocha vega one mix in there along with frozen banana chunks and a sprinkle of cacao nibs and I am ready to take on anything.

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  9. Thanks for the advice on freezing the Banana. Typically I will use fresh bananas, and add some ice and it turns out well, but I like your approach.

    Have you tried making them with the Chocolate Almondbreeze Milk? Typically that is what I use and it adds some chocolate to the shakes. How would you compare that to the So Delicious Almond Milk?


    • Yes, I have made it with unsweetened chocolate almond breeze (sweetened would be tasty, too! I just prefer less sugar), and it is quite good. So Delicious almond milk has added protein, so it is thicker and creamier.

  10. How should the rice be prepared? Also is it 1 Cup rice and 1 banana or 1 cup of banana and rice combined? It looks really good.

  11. Looks good but I have two ques. 1. How many calories? 2. Why do the bananas have to be frozen? Hope to get ans. to my questions. Thanks Sandy

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