I was thinking about how I added nutritional yeast to my Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup recipe and I thought hey, why not try it in a vegan peanut butter cup protein shake?! Well, guess what, deliciousness ensued! I’m completely obsessed with this sweet and slightly salty protein shake that tastes just like a chocolate peanut butter cup! Two secret superfood ingredients amp up the nutrition and frozen banana, peanut butter and chocolate protein powder bring it all together. Meet your new favourite smoothie.
Getting B12 In A Plant-Based Diet
I think it’s essential to either take some form of B12 supplement or make sure you’re eating plenty of B12 fortified foods. Vitamin B12 can be harder to get if you eat plant-based but it’s no problem if you’re conscious of including it in your diet. I supplement with B12 and try to eat lots of B12 fortified foods. Nutritional yeast and store-bought nut milks are two of those foods and this recipe has both of them!
Nutritional Yeast In A Protein Shake?
You might think it’s a little odd to add nutritional yeast to a smoothie but trust me on this one. Nutritional yeast is the key to peanut butter cup protein shake success! Not only does it add the perfect nutty, salty flavour to this smoothie, it adds extra protein and B12. Nutritional yeast is a staple in my kitchen. I add it to a ton of recipes as well as sprinkle it on popcorn, top salads with it and use it to make dressings and sauces.
Nutritional yeast is also known to support a healthy immune system, promote healthy skin, hair and nails, improve digestion and is a complete source of protein.
The Second Superfood: Turmeric
Now you might really think I’ve lost it. Turmeric in a peanut butter cup smoothie? Yes, yes it’s true! Turmeric is high antioxidants, has anti-inflammatory properties, has been linked to brain health, reduces the risk of heart disease along with a number other health benefits.
I use it in this recipe to add some colour as well as for it’s nutritional properties. You can’t taste it once it’s blended into the smoothie and while it’s an optional ingredient, I’d definitely recommend sneaking it in there!
Vegan Peanut Butter Cup Protein Shake
There are two ways to eat this amazing peanut butter cup shake.
1. Add about 1/2 a cup of almond milk so it’s thick and creamy like peanut butter cup ice cream. Eat it with a spoon. Die happy.
2. Add about 3/4 to 1 cup of almond milk so it’s creamy and decadent. Drink it with a straw. Also die happy.
I usually make it a bit thinner so there’s more of it, then still eat it with a spoon. I love making my protein shakes into smoothie bowls and digging into them with a spoon. Smoothie bowls are also the perfect vessel for peanut butter cup toppings! Ahem, chopped up vegan chocolate peanut cups. However, If I’m taking it on the road, I’ll add a bit more liquid so it’s drinkable. Both ways are crazy delicious.
Always Be Freezing…Bananas
Frozen bananas are the key to the creamiest, thickest, most amazing smoothies. I always make sure to have a container of frozen bananas on standby. Buy a extra bananas each week and if you don’t get to them, toss the extras in the freezer. Just make sure you peel them first! Don’t skip the frozen banana in this recipe for best results. (You can use a regular banana if you want but it’s just not the same!)
I’m in love with this smoothie! The flavour is seriously so amazing, just like a Reese Peanut Butter Cup! You only need a few simple ingredients to make it. Toss ’em all in a blender, blend until ultra-smooth and creamy. Drink it all up. You won’t regret it. In fact, you’ll be drinking this one on repeat. That’s a promise.
- ¾ cup + 1-2 tbsp unsweetened almond milk (start with ¾ cup, slowly add a little more to reach desired consistency)
- 1 serving (42 g) Vega Performance Protein in Vanilla or Chocolate
- 2 tbsp (14 g) nutritional yeast
- 2 tbsp (30 g) natural peanut butter
- 1 medium (125 g) frozen banana
- optional: ½ tsp turmeric
- optional: a few ice cubes
- optional: pinch of sea salt
- Place all ingredients in a blender and mix until smooth.