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17 Best Protein Milkshakes to Fuel Your Day

Thick, creamy, smooth, and delicious, these protein milkshakes are the best way to fuel up for the gym or recuperate after a hard session with the weights.

They’re also ideal for anyone needing a quick and easy protein-rich snack on the go.

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If you’re used to chalky, gritty, flavorless, and just plain gross protein milkshakes, you might be hesitant to try these recipes.

But trust me on this one – protein shakes don’t have to be any of those things.

They can be just as decadently sweet and indulgent as any ice cream-filled shake you’re used to.

Try these recipes and see for yourself!

How to Make a Protein Shake

1. Banana Protein Shake 

This simple protein shake requires only a few simple ingredients.

You’ll need your protein powder, of course, and vanilla is best. Then, you’ll use unsweetened almond milk, Greek yogurt, a frozen banana, and cinnamon.

Toss in some ice to make it cold, and voila! It’s ready to enjoy.  

It’s full of banana and cinnamon flavors and takes just four minutes to make. Plus, it’s creamy enough to make it taste like dessert. 

2. Chocolate Protein Shake

Are you a serious chocoholic? If so, this is the protein shake recipe for you.

It features the rich, comforting flavors of chocolate and almond butter. And you’ll also add a frozen banana to make it sweeter and creamier.

It takes 10 minutes or less to whip up this delicious shake, and even your kiddos will love it. 

Anyone who appreciates chocolate will enjoy this one and crave it day after day.

3. Cookies and Cream Protein Shake

Believe it or not, you don’t have to have Oreos to make cookies and cream shakes.

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You can get the same taste with vanilla protein powder and chocolate Graham Crackers.


It’s the same great balance of chocolate and vanilla goodness without all the calories.

(Don’t get me wrong; Graham Crackers have calories, too. Just not as many as Oreos.)

Give it a try, and I bet you won’t even notice a difference. 

4. Vanilla Protein Shake

Sometimes, a simple vanilla shake is all you need. In that case, this recipe is a great choice. 

It combines milk, ice, and protein powder with a few sweeter ingredients. Honey, vanilla extract, and a banana, to be precise.

It’s naturally sweetened, unassuming, and delicious. 

5. Peanut Butter Protein Shake

Are you a bit of a Reese’s fanatic? If so, you’ll go nuts for this chocolate and peanut butter shake.

It features two whole tablespoons of rich, nutty peanut butter. So every mouthful is nutty to the max.

Combined with special dark chocolate cocoa powder, it’s unbelievably good.

It’s like eating a liquified Reese’s Cup, only healthier! So feel free to lick the glass clean.

6. Strawberry Protein Shake

Some days, I can wake up and eat healthily, no problem. However, there are other days when I just can’t do that (without complaining, that is). 

On those occasions, if my protein shake doesn’t taste like dessert, I don’t want it.

And that’s where this fabulous strawberry shake comes in. It’s cold, creamy, and full of strawberry yumminess. 

And thanks to the Greek yogurt base, it also has some tanginess underneath.

It makes it taste just like strawberry cheesecake. And that’s a healthy breakfast I can get behind.

7. Strawberry Cheesecake Protein Shake

Greek yogurt not your thing? You can get the same sweet-n-tangy flavor combo with cheesecake pudding mix.

It’s not quite as healthy, but it tastes just as good. 

And it’s still much more nutritious than a slice of strawberry cheesecake. So that’s a win in my book!

8. Strawberry Banana Protein Shake

Prefer seriously sweet to sweet and tangy? Check out this strawberry banana protein shake instead.

It’s still pretty, pink, cool, and creamy. But you’ll skip the Greek yogurt for this one.

Instead, you’ll use your favorite milk as a base and add a banana for extra creaminess and sweetness.

No tanginess here! Just pure, sweet, fruity flavor. 

9. Apple Pie Protein Shake

We’ve all heard the saying, “There’s nothing Americans love more than apple pie and baseball!” 

Unfortunately, chowing down on a slice of apple pie every time the mood strikes isn’t all that healthy.

This apple pie protein shake, though? That’s another story.

It features no crust, no added sugars, and no fatty butter. Instead, it’s a simple mixture of protein powder, water, cinnamon, ice, and half an apple.

So it has all the flavor of apple pie and none of the guilt. 


10. Chocolate Peanut Butter Apple Protein Shake

We’ve had all kinds of shakes on this list so far. Apple pie. Peanut butter. Chocolate.

But chocolate, peanut butter, and apple? In one shake?

Yes, really!

Give it a try, and I know you’ll love it. That hit of sharp apple really lifts the usually rich and decadent flavors of chocolate and peanut butter.

Better yet, it’ll satisfy your cravings without ruining your diet. 

11. Salted Caramel Mocha Protein Shake

Speaking of decadence: this shake knocks it out of the park in that respect.

It has it all – coffee, vanilla milk, cocoa, caramel extract, and more! 

It’s a sweet treat with enough salt for that delightful contrast. And with only 100 calories per serving, it’s easy to indulge. 

12. Pumpkin Pie Protein Shake

Looking for a new fall favorite shake? Try the pumpkin pie protein shake.

It’s just as sweet and pumpkin spice-infused as your PSL from Starbucks. Fortunately, it’s also much more nutritious, and it’ll save you some money.

The only downside? No caffeine. You should get a nice boost from the protein powder, though! 

13. Vanilla Chai Protein Shake

Do you prefer a vanilla chai latte to the typical pumpkin spice? If so, this recipe is the one for you.

And unlike the pumpkin pie shake above, this one even has caffeine! 

You’ll make it with chai, vanilla protein powder, and almond milk. Add your spices – typically nutmeg and cardamom – and ice, and you’re all set. 

It’s a healthier, inexpensive upgrade to a traditional Starbucks drink

14. Orange Protein Shake

This simple, four-minute shake is an excellent way to start the day. And you can whip it up with just a handful of ingredients and minimal effort. 

You’ll need vanilla protein powder, milk, Greek yogurt, and ice. Then, add a frozen banana and a de-seeded orange for flavor.

That’s it. That’s all this recipe requires. 

It takes the classic glass of morning OJ and dials it up to 11. 

15. Peach Protein Shake

This tasty, three-minute shake is perfectly peachy, quick and easy to make, and not overly sweet.

It has just a hint of sweetness but is more fresh and refreshing than sugary. 

As long as you like peaches, you’ll appreciate it. 

16. Raspberry Chocolate Protein Shake

This perfectly pink shake is a fun choice for special occasions.

Whip it up for Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, or just because it’s Tuesday. You’ll love it no matter what!

From the enchanting color to its yummy chocolate-covered raspberry flavor, it’s a cool, creamy, plant-based, protein-rich drink that’s pretty hard to beat. 

17. Lemon Cream Pie Protein Shake

Everything about this lemon cream pie shake is fantastic.

It looks fantastic; it tastes fantastic; it even smells fantastic! 

However, despite the decadent appearance, taste, and smell, it’s not bad for you. In fact, it’s the exact opposite of bad for you. 

It’s gluten-free, dairy-free, protein-packed, and vegan-friendly. And it’s also a good source of fiber!

Yeah, it’s incredible all around. 

17 Best Protein Milkshakes to Fuel Your Day

Thick, creamy, smooth, and delicious, these protein milkshakes are the best way to fuel up for the gym or recuperate after a hard session with the weights.


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NaTaya Hastings
NaTaya Hastings is a food and recipe writer for Insanely Good Recipes. She’s an educator, boy mom, dog mom, and whatever-stray-enters-the-yard mom. As a result, she's constantly cooking for both humans and animals.

Luckily, she enjoys it!

Though born, raised, and still living in Alabama, her specialty is NOT down-home Southern cooking. Instead, she loves to experiment with Asian, Mexican, Italian, and other ethnic cuisines. She has two mottos when it comes to cooking. “The more spice, the better!” and “There’s no such thing as too much garlic!”

She’s also pretty good with desserts. Especially the easy, no-bake ones.

Her favorite things are cuddling with her four giant dogs, traveling, reading, writing, and hanging out in nature. She’s also pretty excellent at Dominoes.

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