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. This is a tough question for me right now, because I have been craving a mango-orange smoothie all summer, and while I make it with mango, orange, vega vanilla protein powder, ice, and a bit of almond milk, it’s still a special sweet treat. My son, however, is still on anything green, especially mint-chocolate chip.

  2. That sounds yummy! I love all kinds of smoothies. Sometimes, I have a craving for fruity smoothies, such as strawberry banana or tropical fruits like mango and papaya. Other times, I crave chocolate. I like having a chocolate smoothie with peanut butter or maple and pecans. I’m always up for a good new recipe.

  3. Tabitha Cortijo on

    I love and crave a peanut butter smoothie. Sometimes I like chocolate and peanut butter. It really gets my day started and gets me going.

  4. I love the vega sport mocha, love it with some coffee, almond milk, espresso dynamic greens and some almond butter, best part of being at work 🙂

  5. I love the vanilla vega sport performance protein powder. Thinking about my post-workout shake gives me the extra push to finish my run or strength training session. My basic recipe is a half scoop of powder, unsweetened almond milk, cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, a few drops of vanilla stevia, ice or frozen fruit. Depending on what I have on hand it could also include any combination nuts, seeds, and spinach.

  6. It was love at first sip the first time I tried the Vanilla Vega Sports Performance protein powder. I usually make a shake similar to your version above. My basic recipe is half a scoop of protein powder with unsweetened almond milk, cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, ice or frozen fruit, and vanilla stevia. Sometimes I add spinach or nuts/nut butter, just depends on what I’m in the mood for. Yuuummmm!

  7. I’m hooked on the VEGA sport Mocha flavored protein. I add in some spinach, espresso, almond butter or Nuttzo and some Almond milk and I’m good to go 🙂 Love everything VEGA!!!!

  8. My daughter loves smoothies as her “after-school” snack. I love that this smoothie is naturally sweetened, I’m adding this recipe to my list of smoothie recipes to make for her.

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