This healthy chocolate peanut butter protein shake with no protein powder will keep you full and satisfied without the undesirable ingredients of most main-stream protein powders. It is sweetened with a banana and maple syrup, and gets its protein from natural sources.
Protein powders… They’re all the rage right now! It seems that there is one for every taste and diet imaginable. Sure, they make a fast an easy meal and can help someone build muscle quickly, but if you’re concerned about artificial sugars or metals often found in these powders, you may find it difficult to get your hands on a trustworthy powder that won’t cost an arm and a leg.
I found myself in this very predicament; I was looking for a protein shake I could quickly blend up and take to work with me on busy mornings, but after trying to find a protein powder with natural ingredients that was less than $50 for a small bag, I came up short. So, after much experimentation, my chocolate peanut butter protein shake with no protein powder recipe was born.
Why Should I Avoid Protein Powders?
According to a 2022 blog from Harvard Health Publishing, there have recent concerns about the ingredients of protein powders. “Researchers screened 134 products for 130 types of toxins and found that many protein powders contained heavy metals (lead, arsenic, cadmium, and mercury), bisphenol-A (BPA, which is used to make plastic), pesticides, or other contaminants with links to cancer and other health conditions“. While it can be true that not ALL protein powders contain dangerous ingredients, I find it better to try and get my daily recommended protein amount from more natural and traditional sources like reputable meat, eggs, and dairy sources. My chocolate peanut butter protein shake is the perfect thing to drink when I need a convenient meal or some extra protein in my day.
Equipment Needed to Make Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Shake (No Protein Powder)
This recipe was created because I needed a meal that was quick and easy. Because of that, all you’ll need is a blender! A full-size blender is great, but I also make them in the smaller blender that turns into a travel cup, and it fits well in there too.
How to Make a Protein Shake Without Protein Powder
The major draw of protein powders is that they provide a high amount of protein per gram without a lot of calories. Many people have had great success drinking them to lose weight because they help them stay satisfied for longer. This was one of the major challenge for me when trying to create a shake recipe; but you can use collagen peptides and raw whole milk to make a protein shake without protein powder!
Please note, that I have heard that the protein that comes from collagen isn’t ideal for the rapid growth of muscle like whey protein (which is what is in most popular protein powders). So, if that is a goal of yours, you would want to make sure you are getting other quality sources of protein throughout the day.
Why Make Protein Shakes With Raw Milk?
One ingredient in my protein shake recipe that some may think is unique is raw whole milk. While it seems that dairy has been almost criminalized in the recent years, I think whole milk seems like the worst offender. Before I started drinking raw milk, I thought I would instantly gain weight if I swapped out my beloved almond milk and oat milk for whole raw milk. However, raw (meaning unpasteurized and non-homogenized) is a whole food and contains so many wonderful nutrients, like probiotics, vitamins, healthy fats, and protein. Using it as an ingredient for my protein shake means I’m not only getting a healthy source of protein, but I’m also receiving amazing nutrients as well.
Ingredients Make Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Protein Shake Without Protein Powder
- Whole Milk – I prefer raw milk, I source mine from my a local farmer!
- Frozen Banana – Whenever my bananas are getting too brown, I toss them in the freezer; sometimes I don’t even take the peel off! When I ready to use it, I’ll run it under hot water for a moment and then I’m good to go!
- Maple Syrup
- Peanut Butter Powder – I love the peanut butter powder because you get all of the flavor from peanut butter with fewer calories! You can even mix the powder with water and turn it into peanut butter!
- Cocoa Powder – Cacao powder is also great!
- Collagen Peptides Powder – I currently use Vital Proteins brand
- Ice Cubes
Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Protein Shake
- 1 cup Whole Milk (I prefer raw milk)
- ½ Banana (Frozen)
- 1 tbsp Maple syrup
- 2 tbsp Peanut butter powder
- 1 tbsp Cocoa powder
- 4 tbsp Collagen peptides powder
- pinch Salt
- 2-4 Ice Cubes
- Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth. For a thicker texture, add a few more ice cubes and blend again.
Tips and Tricks
- Make sure to add a frozen banana to your shake to give it a thick, creamy texture! It’s almost like a Frosty.
- This recipe works great for the Ninja Creami too! Sometimes if I want a breakfast that feels like dessert, I’ll make up a batch and freeze it overnight. In the morning I have tasty “breakfast ice cream!”
I mention this recipe in my recent cycle syncing weekly roundup. Visit that post to see how I balance natural, whole foods, with daily life to help balance my hormones and get in sync with my body.