[vegan, gluten-free, palm oil-free, soy-free, no added sugar]
Nutritious Chunky Monkey protein mylkshake brings you a fountain glassful of summery yumminess. It’s made from banana, my favorite protein powder, and cashew drink, topped with crushed walnuts and chocolate chunks. This protein mylkshake is a near-genius way to combine the healthiness of a protein smoothie and the deliciousness of home-made nice cream. It’s so delightful, you’ll want it for breakfast, lunch, snack, and dinner!
Becoming a Protein Shake Fan
I’ve been eating clean for the past couple of months. I’ve kept a close eye on what I’ve put in my mouth. That might seem alarming, considering the serious eating disorder I struggled with in the past. I did think long and hard about it, though. First and foremost, I want to eat in a way that’s beneficial to me in every way possible.
But I felt that I had to stop and think about how I was eating. When I started to exercise in a more goal-oriented way three months ago, my diet felt so carb-heavy. It needed to be geared more toward greasing and muscling up my body!
Enter: protein powders. Now, for quite some time I’d been aware that as a vegan with an active lifestyle, getting enough protein from food requires careful planning and tracking. Especially if you’re looking to increase muscle mass, you need to get 1.2–1.7 grams of protein per weight kilogram from food. For a 60-kg female, that’s 72–102 grams of protein per day. Reaching these numbers without protein supplements can be challenging.
The protein powders I had previously experimented with had tasted like chalk and artificial sweeteners. But then I found Women’s Best. It’s a European sport nutrition, beauty, and apparel brand. Their products have been designed for active women and can be easily ordered online. The brand’s protein powders might not be the most inexpensive ones out there, but the taste is in a league of its own. I fell in love with Women’s Best instantly. If I didn’t use to be much of a protein shake drinker before, I sure am one now!
Hot Summer Days Call for Nutritious Chunky Monkey Protein Mylkshake
Not only was I not drawn to the taste of vegan protein powder before discovering Women’s Best, I also didn’t think that a smoothie could replace a meal. I used to associate protein shakes with something unappetizing that you were more or less forced to consume after working out. If I wanted to eat light and healthy, I’d much rather make myself a salad from fresh ingredients.
I think of summer as a high salad-eating season. When it gets really hot and humid, I don’t feel like eating anything apart from salad made from cool, crisp ingredients – except for ice cream, maybe. Yes, ice cream! That’s it! Why not get the best of both worlds: creamy, chilly ice cream and all of the health benefits of a protein shake? Why not combine them into velvety milkshake that would be drinkable liquid but also thick enough to be eaten with a spoon? And so I thought of nutritious Chunky Monkey protein mylkshake!
I didn’t hesitate to put my idea into practice. It was also the perfect occasion to test the new mini food processor that I had just unboxed. I had spent the afternoon on our sunny backyard terrace immersed in the latest novel by my favorite crime author, Clare Mackintosh – and sweat! It was getting close to dinner time, but it was so hot outside that a large glass of milkshake for dinner sounded tempting. And so I made myself one. It was the best decision I’ve made in a long time. Nutritious Chunky Monkey protein mylkshake sure lived up to my expectations!
How to Make Nutritious Chunky Monkey Protein Mylkshake
Without further ado, let’s get down to business. I want another glass! That’s how heavenly nutritious Chunky Monkey protein mylkshake is. It’s the divine union of homemade nice cream and protein shake.
Anyone who’s made nice cream at home knows that the easiest way to go is with frozen, overripe bananas. That’s what you’ll start with even here. For this recipe, you’ll need two medium bananas that have been sliced into pieces before freezing. Remove the bananas from the freezer about half an hour before making the mylkshake in order for them to thaw a bit and make it easier on your food processor.
Process the bananas until smooth and creamy. Use either a food processor or a blender. Just remember to let your machine rest between processing, scraping down the sides if necessary. Add the syrup of your choice (I used MyProtein sugar-free maple syrup), vanilla extract, and protein powder. Keep processing until fully incorporated. It’s a good idea to strew the protein powder evenly in the processor bowl, so it won’t all dust up when you start the machine.
In order to make nutritious Chunky Monkey protein mylkshake liquid enough, finish off by adding plant-based drink to it. I added 1/3 cup of cashew mylk. Depending on the liquidness of other ingredients, that might be too much. Because of that, add only a small amount (one tablespoon is good) of plant drink a time, process for a couple of seconds, and check the consistency. Stop adding, when you’re happy with the result.
In my opinion, the taste of cashew drink is perfect for this mylkshake. I love Alpro Cashew Original drink that’s low in sugars and fats but has a rich, creamy taste. Compared to the almond and soy drinks of the same brand, I find the texture thicker and nuttier. That’s not to say that other plant drinks wouldn’t work just as well for this recipe, so feel free to experiment. Just remember to add your mylk of choice gradually, so you won’t end up with a watered down shake.
Pour the mylkshake into a fountain glass. Top with crushed walnuts and dark chocolate chunks. You can press down some of the nut and chocolate chunks, if the pile on top gets too tall. Now, what’s left is grabbing a straw and a spoon and enjoying! You’ll love it! Just keep in mind that your nutritious Chunky Monkey protein mylkshake will make a melted mess if you let it sit in the sun for too long. Only make it when you’re ready to eat it.
Chunky Monkey Protein Mylkshake
- Food processor or blender
- 2 overripe, frozen bananas
- 1 tsp sugar-free syrup or maple syrup
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 scoop Women's Best Cookies & Cream protein powder about 3 tbsp
- ¼–⅓ cup cashew mylk or other preferred plant drink
- 1 tbsp crushed walnuts
- 1 tbsp dark chocolate chunks
- Chop the overripe bananas into pieces and place in the freezer the previous night. Remove them from the freezer and let thaw at room temperature for 30 minutes.
- Add the bananas in the food process and blend until smooth. Add the syrup, vanilla, and protein powder and keep processing. Drizzle in the cashew mylk one tablespoon a time until reaching desired consistency. You might not need as much cashew mylk as stated in the recipe. The mylkshake should be thick but pourable.
- Pour the mylkshake in a large glass or mug and top with crushed walnuts and chocolate chunks. Serve and enjoy right away!