There are a ton of smoothie recipes that rely on yogurt or whey protein powders for their high-protein magic, but those options simply don’t work for those of us that live a dairy-free life, and so we’ve compiled our list of the 20 best dairy-free smoothie recipes that are protein-rich. Protein is an important nutrient for growth, healing and repair, and there’s no better way to consume it than first thing in the morning in a delicious dairy-free protein smoothie!
Thankfully, there are a ton of naturally dairy-free and vegan options you can use in your smoothie instead. Coconut yogurt, hemp seeds, chia seeds, nuts, nut and seed butters, fermented protein powders, spirulina, beans (yes beans!) and even vegetables can provide that high-protein boost.
Here are some of our favourite dairy-free protein smoothie recipes – all of them are the perfect candidates for tomorrow’s breakfast!
Acai Smoothie Bowl
Smoothie bowls are all the rage, and with good reason – they elevate smoothies to a beautiful new level, and they make a simple smoothie seem fancy and elegant. This dairy-free protein smoothie bowl recipe is packed with superfoods like coconut water, acai, hemp, chia and flax to help you start your day off with a big ‘ol bowl of nutritional goodness.
Goji Berry Orange Smoothie
When we think of protein, we often don’t consider goji berries – but these tiny fruits contain a range of amino acids, and they’re delicious! Along with the gojis, this dairy-free protein smoothie has chia and hemp to round out the amino acid power.
Cookie Dough Protein Smoothie
We can’t drink green smoothies all the time – sometimes we just want a smoothie that tastes like dessert! With almond milk, cashew butter, hemp seeds and oats, this dairy-free smoothie will satisfy your taste buds and keep your energy levels balanced until lunchtime.
Mango White Bean Smoothie
Don’t be afraid of using beans in your smoothie! White beans have a more neutral flavour, and they add a luxurious creamy texture to this dairy-free, vegan smoothie. Try it – you’ll be pleasantly surprised!
Vegan Energy-Boosting Smoothie
A complete meal in a glass that definitely lives up to its energy-boosting promise. This smoothie is packed with protein from hemp seeds, walnuts and a secret healthy ingredient (spoiler alert: it’s silken tofu), but it also contains anti-inflammatory fats, fibre and complex carbs to keep your blood sugar levels balanced. An all-around winner!
3-Ingredient Creamy Chocolate Shake
When you’re short on time, a 3-ingredient + high-protein dairy-free smoothie is just the thing to get you out the door without having to sacrifice a good breakfast.
Hormone-Balancing Almond, Maca and Cinnamon Smoothie
This smoothie is filled with adaptogenic herbs, hormone-balancing nuts and seeds and blood sugar-balancing cinnamon – but you’ll want to drink it solely because it tastes like a cinnamon cookie.
Avocado Blueberry Super Smoothie
A deliciously fruit and filling vegan smoothie that is so thick you’ll undoubtedly want to eat it with a spoon!
Green Cream Dream Smoothie
This dairy-free smoothie is stuffed to the gills with kale, but it doesn’t taste like a green smoothie because of the other goodies in it like banana, walnuts, coconut and avocado. One you can drink over and over without getting tired of it!
Peach Pineapple Chai Smoothie
Who knew one of our favourite grain + flour companies, Bob’s Red Mill, makes protein powder? Well, they do – and it works perfectly in this chai-flavoured smoothie. A tropical delight that will brighten your day, even in the dead of winter.
Berry Protein Smoothie
This smoothie is full of greens, but you’d never know it from looking at this vibrant purple glass. A great way to sneak in those extra greens without the picky partners or picky kids noticing…
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Green Vegan Protein Smoothie
A simple vegan smoothie with a variety of plant-based proteins that keeps your nutritional bases covered. Great for a meal or snack at any time of the day!
Strawberry Banana Oatmeal Protein Smoothie
Who needs to cook up a pot of oatmeal when you can have a heavenly frozen version in a glass?
Cashew Date Shake (Vegan + Paleo)
Is it a smoothie, is it a milkshake? Who can tell. All we know is this Paleo cashew date shake is delicious – and we highly recommend topping it with some coconut whipped cream.
Blueberry Banana Smoothie Bowl with Bliss Bites
Sure, this smoothie bowl is stunning. But what makes this recipe exceptional is it’s topped with three different kinds of Bliss Balls – blueberry, pineapple turmeric, and beet – to up the protein and wow factor.
Peach Apple Smoothie
A nut-free way to add protein to your smoothies: sunflower seeds and chia seeds. When paired with the other ingredients, all you’ll taste is the fruit. Sneaky nutrition at its best.
Chocolate Black Bean Brownie Smoothie
You’ve heard of black bean brownies, right? Well, this is kinda like that, except in smoothie form. Protein, fibre, chocolatey-ness (that’s a word, we swear) – this dairy-free smoothie has it all.
Rainbow Green Smoothie Bowls
The gorgeous, ocean blue-green colour of these smoothie bowls indeed comes from the sea – it’s the spirulina! Algae, pecans and hemp seeds create a perfect protein trifecta that will please your eyes and your body!
Peaches and Cream Protein Smoothie
Take advantage of peach season by blending them up with almond milk, cinnamon and your favourite vanilla protein powder.
Post-Workout Pineapple Smoothie
After a tough workout it can be easier to sip on a smoothie rather than down a full meal. This post-workout smoothie is rich in the nutrients you’ll need to recover after exercising and you can take it with you when you’re on the go.
What are your favourite high-protein smoothie recipes? Please share in the comments!