The day banana cream pie became healthy enough for breakfast is now upon us! Frozen bananas are blended with vanilla Greek yogurt, a touch of spices and a serving of protein to help keep you full and satisfied.
There is nothing better than an ultra decadently-tasting treat that is actually nutritious and low in calories. Amiright?
I’m on a personal mission to turn all of my favorite desserts into nutritious smoothies. Not a fan of banana cream pie? How about a banana split? Or perhaps an oatmeal raisin cookie? Or better yet, a big ol’ slice of red velvet or carrot cake? Drool.
Using any frozen fruit can generally double as ice, so no additional cubes are needed. This helps keep the smoothie creamy even longer and prevents it from getting watered down. Not that my smoothies ever last long enough to get watered down, but you catch my drift.
I typically like to add at least half a serving of protein powder to my smoothies to round-out an overall balanced meal or snack. Adding a rich source of protein can help prevent any potential spike in your blood sugar from consuming a large amount of fruit in one sitting.
Even though the Greek yogurt adds a nice bit of protein, the addition of protein powder adds some extra sweetness and flavor. I used Snickerdoodle Select Protein in this shake which was the perfect compliment to the other “pie” ingredients! Any type of vanilla, cinnamon or plain protein powder will do the trick, though.
If you’re not adding a flavored protein powder, you may want to add an additional sweetener – honey, agave, Stevia, etc. Whatever your sweet little heart desires 🙂
Banana Cream Pie Protein Smoothie
- 2 small frozen bananas
- 1 cup 0% fat vanilla Greek yogurt
- 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- 1 serving protein powder of choice – I used Snickerdoodle Select Protein
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- Combine all ingredients in high powder blender and puree until smooth. Top with fat-free whipped cream and additional cinnamon. Enjoy!
Nutrition Facts per Serving (1/2 of recipe)
Calories: 218; Total Fat: 2 gm; Saturated Fat: 0 gm; Cholesterol: 13 mg; Sodium: 236 mg; Carbohydrates: 30 gm; Fiber: 3 gm; Sugar: 17 gm; Protein: 23 gm