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Layered Banana Split Protein Smoothie

Protein-packed banana split smoothie that tastes like ice cream! Try it topped with a drizzle of peanut butter or coconut whipped cream. Great post-workout!

Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
20 mins

Hello from beautiful Scottsdale, AZ! Can I just say how good it feels to be in warm weather without a scarf, coat or mittens? I’ve been craving warm sunshine on my skin since early October.

Don’t worry though, I’m sure the rest of the country will catch up soon. March is nearly here, which for me means patio season, rooftop bars, farmer’s markets, biking along Lake Michigan, running outside, berries and ALL THE SMOOTHIES…

banana split smoothie in two glasses

My love for smoothies has been wicked strong since way back in 2010 when I was a youngin’ in college. When I first started learning about nutrition and fitness, I was adamant about gaining some muscle and learning how to refuel my body after a workout. Smoothies with a little protein powder or greek yogurt were an easy way to get protein, vitamins and nutrition in!

Smoothies aren’t just for breakfast though; I’ll often have one an hour or so before bed. I especially love when you can make them taste like ice cream, which is exactly what today’s smoothie reminds me of.

Specifically I’m wondering if you remember Neapolitan ice cream? It’s a little difficult to find now, but I loved it when I was a kid. A scoop of all three wonderful flavors: strawberry, vanilla, and chocolate. Oh hells yes. My version calls for banana in the middle because I kind of wanted it to be like a banana split.

carton of almondbreeze almondmilk cashewmilk blend

This smoothie is made in partnership with Almond Breeze. Most of you already know I bake with their almond milk all the time, but this time I wanted to their new extra creamy vanilla cashewmilk almondmilk! It’s ridiculously good and perfect for smoothie-makin’. Oh and I LOVE the flavor. It’s very subtle creamy cashew goodness.

There are a few tips to making this smoothie beautiful & delicious:

-Use frozen bananas. They make a difference in the thickness of the smoothie and are critical. I like to peel my bananas, then place them in a ziploc bag and freeze overnight.

-Use a vanilla protein powder or one that you really love! I haven’t tested this recipe without protein powder so I’m not sure how it would turn out if you didn’t use it. I think you could use greek yogurt and reduce the amount of almondmilk.

-Use Almond Breeze’s Almondmilk Cashewmilk blend or their regular unsweetened original Almondmilk to add to the creaminess.

-Don’t worry about it being perfect. You can also make this into a smoothie bowl and swirl everything together!

banana split smoothie in two glasses

More healthy smoothie recipes you’ll love:

Triple Cherry Berry Watermelon Smoothie

Green Goddess Smoothie

Superfood Cacao Nib Green Smoothie

Mocha Banana Protein Smoothie Bowl

Refreshing Watermelon Pineapple Smoothie

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Layered Banana Split Protein Smoothie

Course Breakfast, Dairy Free, Healthy Snack, Protein Shake, Smoothies, Snack, Vegan Friendly
Keyword banana split smoothie
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Serves 2
Layered banana split protein smoothies perfect for after a workout or as a late-night treat. They taste exactly like a banana split! Great drizzled with a little peanut butter or topped with coconut whipped cream.

Ingredients

  • For the chocolate layer:
  • 1 frozen ripe banana
  • 2 tablespoons  vanilla protein powder
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons cocoa powder (or raw cacao powder)
  • 1 teaspoon chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup Almond Breeze Unsweetened Vanilla AlmondMilk CashewMilk Blend
  • For the banana layer:
  • 1 frozen ripe banana
  • 2 tablespoons  vanilla protein powder
  • 1 teaspoon chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup  Almond Breeze Unsweetened Vanilla AlmondMilk CashewMilk Blend
  • For the strawberry layer:
  • frozen strawberries
  • 2 tablespoons protein powder of choice
  • 1/4-1/3 cup  Almond Breeze Unsweetened Vanilla AlmondMilk CashewMilk Blend

Instructions

  1. Make the chocolate layer first: In a blender, add in frozen banana, protein powder, cocoa powder, chia seeds and milk. It should be THICK. Divide between 2 medium glasses and place in the freezer.
  2. Rinse the blender, then make the banana layer by adding frozen banana, protein powder, chia seed and milk. Blend until thick, smooth and creamy. 
  3. Gently layer banana smoothie onto chocolate smoothie, gently spooning it around the inside edge of the glass. Place glasses back inside the freezer.
  4. To make the strawberry layer: Blend strawberries, protein powder and almond milk together. Again, you want this to be pretty thick, but you may need to add in more almond milk to make it blend. 
  5. Once strawberry smoothie is thick and creamy, gently spoon it over the chocolate layer. Place glasses back in the freezer again for a few minutes, then enjoy!
Nutrition
Servings: 2 smoothies
Serving size: 1 smoothie
Calories: 229kcal
Fat: 4.3g
Carbohydrates: 40.2g
Fiber: 6.9g
Sugar: 22.6g
Protein: 14.4g

Recipe by: Monique Volz // Photography by: Sarah Fennel

Blue Diamond Almond MilkThis post is in partnership with Almond Breeze! I love baking with their non dairy milks and enjoy sharing dairy free recipes with you! Thanks for continuing to support AK and the brands that help make this site possible!

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