A delicious banana chia smoothie recipe that packs some hidden protein – I got you…
Today I want to talk about my love for Diary Queen. Well, more specifically, my love for their banana thickshakes. Oh how I dream of the day we visit the states again and I get my hands on one of these delicious cups of banana-ery goodness. Just for the record – they aren’t healthy. But I’m pretty sure you already knew that. They are so delicious that Adam and I even considered driving to another state to get one when we were in Vermont last year and realised they didn’t have any Diary Queens!
Now I’m not going to fool you and tell you that this banana chia smoothie tastes as delicious as a thickshake filled with ice-cream. But it does come pretty darn close. And it’s actually good for you. Plus I get to enjoy this smoothie regularly unlike my beloved banana thickshakes (the nearest Diary Queen to where I’m currently sitting is 7,182 miles – thanks google). So with all that going for it, I think it’s safe to say this banana chia smoothie is a a winner in our household.
I really can’t take the credit for this recipe because Adam actually came up with it when he was trying to get me into protein powders and I flat out refused to consume any kind of protein shake. I just can’t do it. Mix it with food or smoothies and I’m so in (hello no bake peanut oatmeal butter protein bites). Mix it with water and I feel sick just thinking about it! The vanilla protein powder in this recipe not only boosts the protein up (duh) but also adds an extra flavour boost that tastes like ice-cream. That’s how you know it’s good!
I’ve had this smoothie with both cows milk and coconut milk and both were delicious. I’m sure other milks would work too but just know they haven’t been tried and tested by yours truly. If you try other milks though be sure to let us know in the comments how you went! I also recommend you freeze your bananas first – it makes it extra cold and also thickens the smoothie. YUM!
Happy healthy smoothie making!
- 1 Banana
- 250ml Milk (use what you prefer)
- 1 Tbsp Chia Seeds
- ½ Tsp Honey
- 1 scoop Vanilla Protein Powder
- ½ Tsp Cinnamon
- Handful of Ice
- Put all ingredients in a high performance blender and blend for 30 seconds until smooth
- Pour, serve and enjoy!
- You can halve the recipe if only making for one
- I’ve used Cows Milk and Coconut Milk before, but feel free to use any milk you enjoy
- Can sub honey out or replace for rice malt syrup, maple syrup etc