10 Easy Protein Shake Recipes You Can Make Without a Blender

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10 Easy Protein Shake Recipes You Can Make Without a Blender

During my last trip to Cambodia, for a week-long workshop of writing and photography, some of my group members mentioned they crave a smoothie in the morning for a boost of energy. You can find tons of fresh fruits in Siem Reap. But since the food industry there is far behind that in the US, you probably can’t find a smoothie stand when you need it. We started chatting about how to make smoothies while traveling. Someone even mentioned inventing a portable blender just for trips.

Smoothies and protein shakes are not a big thing in China the way they are in the US. But I got to know more about it from my husband, after moving to Austin from Beijing. The first time I heard that you could add peanut butter into a smoothie, I thought, ew, how strange is that! But now, the peanut butter smoothie is one of my favorite drinks!

My husband and I both enjoy protein smoothies. Not only do we drink them after a short run or before yoga, we serve them for breakfast too. A protein shake is very filling and will hold us over a few hours until lunch, without feeling hungry. Not to mention that it boosts energy immediately and works even better than coffee.

The only problem is, I hate to clean the blender. My husband and I enjoy different flavors when it comes to drinks. So we always use a hand blender to mix drinks separately. This means, cleaning the hand blender twice, plus any cutting boards, bowls, and cups used. Not something I enjoy doing on a busy morning. Or any time of any day.

When I learned about the Thermos® shaker bottle, it sounded like a blessing – now I can mix my favorite drinks in a single bottle without using a blender.

10 Easy Protein Shake Recipes You Can Make Without a Blender

I started right away and tweaked 10 of my favorite smoothie recipes into protein shakes that I can make without a blender.

Making drinks couldn’t be easier. All I have to do is:

  1. Add liquid to the Thermos® bottle. This can be water, milk, or juice.
  2. Add solid contents, such as protein powder, sweeteners, spices, cacao powder, and fruit puree.
  3. Place the green stationary mixer into the bottle, twist on the lid, and put on the locking ring. Then shake! Shake! Shake!

Voila! You will have a yummy and nutrition-packed smoothie in a minute.

10 Easy Protein Shake Recipes You Can Make Without a Blender

The bottle is designed to evenly combine liquid and all types of protein powder. But I found out it works well with cacao powder, peanut butter powder, pumpkin puree, and even tahini!

You can bring the shaker bottle with you on the way to work, to the gym, or on a trip. It is lightweight, seals in liquids very well, is pretty cool looking, and you can clean it up with a quick rinse.

10 Easy Protein Shake Recipes You Can Make Without a Blender

Want to mix a drink on the go? Simply pack your protein powder and your preferred flavorings and supplements in the bottle. You can mix them with water or a juice / milk base you pick up at a convenience store. There are endless options to mix your favorite flavors. For example, you can pack cacao powder, flaxseed meal, and peanut butter powder (my favorite!) into a small ziploc bag and stuff it into the bottle.

This method is extremely helpful when traveling. We pack a few dry ingredients and the bottle into our bag. This way, we can have a quick, delicious, and healthy meal at any time during the day, no matter whether we’re waiting at the airport or driving for a few hours.

10 Easy Protein Shake Recipes You Can Make Without a Blender

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10 Easy Protein Shake Recipes You Can Make Without a Blender

Now here is the list of quick protein shakes that you can make with the Thermos® bottle. The options are endless and this list is designed to provide some inspiration. Please DO tweak them according to your tastes and try out different types of ingredients. Happy shaking! 🙂

Note: to make a protein shake, add ingredients into the Thermos® bottle in the order listed in the recipes below, place the green stationary mixer into the bottle, seal and lock the lid, and shake until the ingredients are blended.

1. Vanilla coffee shake

  • 1 cup low-fat milk (or plant based milk)
  • 1 cup fresh brewed coffee
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein
  • Honey (or agave syrup, or other prefered sweetener) to taste

Slightly adapted from Body Building.

2. Peanut butter shake

  • 2 cups low-fat milk (or plant based milk)
  • 1 scoop protein powder
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter powder
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup (or honey, or agave syrup)
  • (Optional) 2 to 3 drops vanilla extract

3. Pina colada shake

  • 2 cups pineapple-coconut juice
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein
  • (Optional) 2 to 3 drops vanilla extract

4. Orange grapefruit shake

  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 cup grapefruit juice
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein

5. Matcha shake

  • 2 cups low-fat milk (or plant based milk)
  • 1 teaspoon Matcha powder
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein
  • 1 tsp maple syrup (or honey, or agave syrup)

6. Pumpkin pie shake

  • 1 and 3/4 cup low-fat milk (or plant based milk)
  • 1/4 cup pure pumpkin puree
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons maple syrup (or honey, or agave syrup), or to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

Slightly adapted from Eating Well Living Thin

7. Lemon ginger shake

  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/8 teaspoon ginger powder
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 1 tablespoon honey (or agave syrup), or to taste

8. Tahini chocolate shake

  • 2 cups low-fat milk (or plant based milk)
  • 2 tablespoons tahini
  • 1 tablespoon cacao powder
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 1 tablespoon honey (or agave syrup), or to taste

9. Cranberry shake

  • 2 cups fat free milk (or plant based milk)
  • 1/4 cup cranberry sauce
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon powder

10. Apple Cinnamon Shake

  • 2 cups fat free milk (or plant based milk)
  • 1/4 cup apple sauce
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon powder

Other optional add-ins

You can add one or some of the ingredients below to vitamin, fiber, and more nutrition.

  • Ice cubes
  • Flaxseed meal
  • Chia seed
  • Whey protein powder
  • Goji powder
  • Maca powder
10 Easy Protein Shake Recipes You Can Make Without a Blender

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Reader Questions and Reviews

  1. Tricia @ Saving room for dessert says:

    We love a good protein shake – thanks for the great ideas and especially the cool bottle – I need one!

  2. sue | theviewfromgreatisland says:

    This is so cool Maggie, my daughter makes smoothies every morning and I think this would make it so fun and easy!

  3. Robyn @ Simply Fresh Dinners says:

    This is a genius idea. I take a break from smoothies in the summer because I’m sick of cleaning the blender so this is for me. Thanks, Maggie!

  4. Chris Scheuer says:

    This is a great idea as we are so often on the run. I hate cleaning the blender several times too.

  5. Austin says:

    I work away alot and bringing a blender is not something I like doing these are great. I’m always on the go and not always eating right this helped so much

  6. Michelle @ Vitamin Sunshine says:

    This is amazing Maggie– definitely a few I want to try. I love that bottle too– going to get me one 🙂 I also hate cleaning the blender! And my husband always wants the same smoothie, over and over again, adn I like some variety!

  7. Alison Becker says:

    Maggie,
    I enjoyed reading your article about 10 protein shakes you can make without a blender. I too travel a lot for work and just recently partnered with a friend from high school who invented a portable blender that doesn’t require electricity. Now when I travel, especially to exotic places with amazing fruits, I can make a fresh fruit smoothie.

    You should check it out. Revablend.com

    Alison

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