Healthy Snacks: Chocolate Cinnamon Vegan Protein Smoothie

February 3, 2014

protein smoothie ingredients

I’m normally not one for protein drinks, but this cinnamon chocolate protein smoothie tastes more like dessert than anything else.  While it’s perfect for enjoying after a long run, I’ll occasionally make it for an afternoon snack when I know I’ll be having an especially late dinner.  Because the ingredients are so healthy, I feel that I’m really feeding my body as opposed to simply consuming something that will keep hunger at bay.

Garden of Life’s Raw Protein: Beyond Organic Protein Formula is hands-down my favorite of its kind. Made from the raw, organic sprouts of brown rice, amaranth, quinoa, millet, buckwheat, lentil, flax, sunflowers, pumpkin, and chia seeds, it also packs in probiotics, enzymes, and vitamins A, D, E, and K.  And it’s gluten free! Although filling, it seems to play nice with the ol’ digestive system.   Ever wary of added sugar, I especially like that there’s less than 1 gram of sugar per serving and no artificial sweeteners.

With that in mind—indulge guilt-free!  The banana gives the smoothie its creaminess and reduces the “chalkiness” often associated with protein drinks. Cinnamon helps regulate blood sugar levels while chia seeds add extra protein and omega-3 fatty acids.

protien smoothie

Chocolate Cinnamon Vegan Protein Smoothie


2 cups almond or coconut milk (or a mix of both)

½-1 scoop protein powder (1 scoop is about 3 tbs.)

1  tbs. chia seeds

1 banana (fresh or frozen for icecreamyness)

1 tsp. raw cacao powder

¼ tsp. vanilla extract

¼ tsp. cinnamon

stevia to sweeten (I used 1 packet)


Thoroughly blend all ingredients except chia seeds.  Pour smoothie into a glass and stir in seeds (after while chia seeds “glue” themselves to things—they’re not fun to clean off the blender!)

Also in Healthy Snacks: Watermelon Detox Juice

Amazing Tropical Fruit Smoothie

Southwestern Beet Chips


Photos: Mary Hood

Peaceful Dumpling Beauty Editor and creator of Bisou du Jour, Mary Hood Luttrell lives with her husband in Corpus Christi, Texas. Mary is a freelance writer and writing and blogging consultant. A lover of whole foods, Mary delights in learning new ways to prepare vegan dishes. Mary also enjoys reading and writing poetry, art journaling, running, and practicing yoga and ballet. Follow Mary on her blog Bisou du Jour, Instagram and Pinterest.


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