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Powder-Free Berry Protein Shake Recipe

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You don't need mystery protein powders to make a healthful protein shake. Almond milk, Greek yogurt, and pumpkin seeds give you the protein boost you need, while the berries provide powerful antioxidants — plus fresh fruit tastiness.

Read more in our story 8 Miracle Drinks to Boost Your Metabolism.

Photo Modified: flickr/ Katrin Morenz/ CC 4.0


  • 1 1/2 Cup almond milk
  • 1/4 Cup pumpkin seeds
  • 1/2 Cup purple grapes
  • 1 Cup greek yogurt
  • 1/4 Cup raspberries
  • 1/4 Cup blueberries


Serve it to yourself in a cocktail glass if you want to feel fancy!

Nutritional Facts


Calories Per Serving574

Folate equivalent (total)43µg11%

Riboflavin (B2)0.3mg17.5%

Berry Protein Smoothie

Published: May 2, 2016 · Modified: Sep 2, 2020 by Laura · This post may contain affiliate links.

This Berry Protein Smoothie is made with 6 ingredients in 5 minutes and results in a delicious & filling smoothie! It's perfect for an easy breakfast or lunch! Paleo, Vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free and no added sweeteners!

You all know I drink this green smoothie every morning as part of my breakfast. Well. this Berry Spinach Smoothie is another one of my faves. My love for smoothies knowns no bounds. They are the perfect, fast, easy, healthy meal option for my ladies (and gents) out there who need nutritious food in a hurry!

This particular berry smoothie is loaded with protein and is great for any and all dietary needs! It's vegan, paleo, gluten-free, grain-free and dairy free!

This vanilla protein powder and this superfood powder are absolute life-savers! I add a scoop of each of these to my lunch-time smoothie and I know I'm getting some serious protein + nutrients.

Mixed Berry Protein Smoothie

This mixed berry protein smoothie combines frozen berries, Greek yogurt, steel-cut oats, and protein powder for a healthy, delicious breakfast shake to start your day!

This is a sponsored post for Purely Inspired all thoughts and opinions are mine. Post may include affiliate links, which means if you click on a link and purchase something, you won’t pay anything extra but it will help support this blog.

Even during cold weather, protein shakes like this mixed berry protein smoothie are a great&mdashnot to mention delicious&mdashway to start your day. I mean, if I had my choice, I'd start my winter days with biscuits and gravy and a side of bacon every morning, but I feel like that wouldn't pair well with all the other holiday foods I'm indulging in.

Good thing I have a ton of yummy protein smoothies and protein shakes on my blog. My favorites include this pineapple peach green smoothie, low-carb chocolate peanut butter smoothie, and this pineapple coconut protein smoothie.

While I normally prefer peach or coconut&mdashor let's be honest, chocolate&mdashin my protein smoothies, I do enjoy a healthy serving of frozen berries like the one in this antioxidant-packed tropical berry smoothie.

Fortunately this mixed berry protein smoothie has a healthy serving of frozen berries along with Greek yogurt, steel-cut oats, Purely Inspired organic protein, and a bit of honey and vanilla to sweeten the deal.

You're basically giving your body the gift of quality protein and all kinds of good-for-your ingredients but it's totally disguised with delicious flavor. Best. Disguise. Ever.

Speaking of gifting, if you don't have a seriously good blender for making your protein shakes or smoothies, treat yourself to one. I love my Blendtec Designer Series Blender but it's quite the investment. I'd go for this Ninja blender the price is better and the reviews are great!

The recipe for this mixed berry protein smoothie calls for frozen mixed berries but you could totally mix it up by using a single berry like strawberry, raspberry or blueberry. Sometimes it's all about using whatever you have on hand in the freezer.

  • Swap out the fruit. We’re using berries here for a low carb protein smoothie, but if that’s less important, feel free to swap some or all of them for a different keto fruit. You’ll need 6 cups no matter what type you choose.
  • Swap out the milk. We’re using canned coconut milk to make the smoothie nice and thick, but you could also use heavy cream, almond milk, or even hemp milk.
  • Add nut butter. This is great for an extra thick smoothie and a bit more protein, too. Try almond butter, peanut butter, or for a nut-free option, sunflower seed butter.
  • Add seeds. Chia seeds or flax seeds add omega 3s and can thicken the smoothie more, or you can sprinkle them on top.
  • Add yogurt. A great way to add probiotics and even more protein, plus it ups the tart flavor. I like to make my own sugar-free yogurt.
  • Add chocolate. If you want a chocolate protein smoothie, add a few tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder, to taste.
  • Add avocado. It’s a great boost of healthy fats, and you won’t even taste it in a smoothie. Plus, it thickens as well.

Is a protein smoothie healthy for breakfast?

Many smoothies are loaded with sugar and unnecessary ingredients, so be sure to check the ingredients before you sip.

This keto protein powder smoothie is loaded with antioxidants, fiber, and healthy fats. It makes a great breakfast or snack that’s light and filling and made with healthy ingredients.

How can I add protein to my smoothie?

A great way to add protein to your smoothie is to add Multi Collagen in smoothies! It blends into smoothies easily, and can be used in any smoothie because it doesn’t add any flavor.

Can I use a different sweetener, or skip it?

I like using a keto simple syrup so that it blends easily into the smoothie, but you could also use a powdered sweetener like powdered monk fruit allulose blend. You may need to increase the liquid in the recipe to compensate if you do this. Check my keto sweetener guide for other alternatives.

The smoothie is not sweet enough for most people without any sweetener added, but you can certainly try it (and add some in later if you change your mind!).

Can I add more protein?

Yes, each scoop of the collagen protein powder has 9 grams of protein, so you can add more if you wish (but always refer to the label for serving size suggestions). With my protein smoothie recipe below, we’re using 9 scoops for 6 servings, which comes out to about 1.5 scoops per serving.

How to make a protein shake without protein powder?

It is simple to add a spoon of powder in milk and blend it to make yourself a protein shake. But, it is not impossible to get protein-rich fruits and other ingredients for real and blend it into a protein shake for a perfect start of the day.

It tastes equally nice, maybe better too. A protein shake without protein powder contains protein-rich ingredients that can not be powdered. So, it is a healthier option, as well.

So here are the 5 best protein shake without protein powder recipes.

Oat and Berry protein shake

Oats are the all-time favorite breakfast choice with around 5 grams of protein in 1oz. And, berries are one of the healthiest fruits on earth with around 1.1 grams of protein in each cup.

These two are one of the best combos, and the shake is a perfect blend of taste and nutrients.

What will you need?
½ cup plain Greek yogurt
½ cup frozen blueberries
¼ cup frozen raspberries
5 frozen strawberries
2 tablespoon oats
1 cup milk/ unsweetened cashew milk
That’s all you need
How to make it?
  1. Blend all these ingredients in a blender.
  2. Pour it into a glass, top it with a few blueberries and half a spoon of chia seeds.

Almond and Peach protein shake

Milk has around 8 grams of protein per 100 grams. And, a handful of almonds has around 6 grams of protein. Peaches are tasty, and a small peach has about 1.2 grams of protein. So, this shake is a great choice.

If you prefer vegan, you can have cashew milk instead.

What will you need?
1 cup frozen peaches
1/4 cup vanilla Greek yogurt
10 raw almonds
1 cup milk/ unsweetened cashew milk
Just these 4 ingredients
How to make it?
  1. Blend all the ingredients in a blender.
  2. Pour the protein shake into a glass, and top it with some crushed almonds.

Cherry and Avocado protein shake

This protein shake is not very sweet but is a healthy and tasty choice but still its a protein shake without protein powder.

An avocado has about 4 grams of protein, a cup of cherries has around 1.6 grams of protein. And, the secret and special ingredient to this recipe- Chia has the highest protein content, with up to 5 grams of protein in 2 tablespoons.

What will you need?
1 cup frozen cherries
1 cup milk/ unsweetened almond milk
1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
1/4 medium ripe avocado
2 tablespoons chia seeds
All you need
How to make it?
  1. Blend all the ingredients in a blender.
  2. Pour the delicious homemade protein shake into a glass, top it with some cherries and a pinch of chia seeds.

Banana and Peanut shake

A large banana has around 1.5 grams of protein and 2 tablespoons of roasted sunflower seeds have around 5 grams of protein. And, a tablespoon of peanut butter has around 4 grams of protein, that is all you need to make a protein shake without protein powder.

What will you need?
1 large, banana, (ripe and peeled)
1 cup milk/ unsweetened almond milk
1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
2 tablespoons sunflower seeds (roasted)
1 tablespoon peanut butter
very healthy
How to make it?
  1. Blend all the ingredients in a blender.
  2. Pour the protein shake into a glass, top it with some roasted sunflower seeds.

Blueberry and Coconut shake

Blueberries and coconut are both rich sources of protein. Chia is a great option to garnish any protein shake or smoothie. It also adds to its protein content.

What will you need?
1/2 cup blueberries
1/2 cup yogurt
1 cup of coconut water
2 tablespoons of shredded coconut
1/2 tablespoon chia seeds
Easy one
How to make it?
  1. Blend all the ingredients except the chia seeds and shredded coconut in a blender.
  2. Pour the protein shake into a glass, top it with chia seeds and shredded coconut.

So, these were the recipe for protein shake without protein powder.

Try these and tell us how do you like it in the comments section below.

Recipe: Berry Protein Smoothie

Serving in this recipe: 1

Calories: 251.5
Total Fat: 5.6 g 8.6%
Saturated Fat: 0.2 g 0.9%
Cholesterol: 0 mg 0%
Sodium: 329.6 mg 13.7%
Total Carbs: 32.5 g 10.8%
Dietary Fiber: 5.5 g 22%
Sugar: 15.4 g
Protein: 21.7 g 43.3%
Vitamin A: 0.3% Vitamin C: 20.2%
Calcium: 26% Iron: 37.2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

27 High-Protein Smoothie and Shake Recipes With No Protein Powder

High-protein shakes and smoothies are pretty much the perfect on-the-go breakfast: Fast, easy, and portable. Maybe most importantly, kicking your day off with a nice boost of protein means your tummy won’t be rumbling hours before lunchtime rolls around.

"Many people fall short on protein at breakfast," Alissa Rumsey, M.S., R.D., tells SELF. "Protein helps with satiety so you stay full for longer, and research shows that it is better to spread your protein intake evenly throughout the day, rather than having protein be the focus of just one large meal." In other words, protein isn’t just for lunch or dinner—try to get at least 15 to 20 grams in your first meal of the day, Rumsey recommends.

While a scoop of protein powder is one great way to achieve that, not everyone’s a fan of the powdered stuff—be it the taste, texture, cost, or ingredient list. Great news for those folks: There are plenty of other tasty ways to make high-protein shakes and smoothies.

"It's simple to add protein to a smoothie without using protein powder," says Rumsey. "Try a 6- or 7-ounce container of plain Greek yogurt (15 to 20 grams of protein) or a half-cup of cottage cheese (12 to 13 grams of protein).” If you’re not a fan of dairy, “Silken tofu is a great smoothie add-in that gives the drink a creamy consistency,” Rumsey says. “You can also add a few tablespoons of nuts and seeds,” along with a cup of soy milk (about 8 grams of protein).

And with all the creative ingredient combos out there, the delicious flavor possibilities are endless. (As we like to say, pretty much anything can be a smoothie if your blender is strong enough.) Here are a few quick and easy high-protein smoothie recipes to help you get your blend on, powder-free.

Blueberry Protein Shake


  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 8 oz unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 cup blueberries fresh or frozen
  • 1 cup ice



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This Post Has 7 Comments

Blueberries are one of my favorite fruits too! I could definitely use one of these this morning.

Love the idea of a blueberry protein shake! I love blueberries so much that every time I get a batch, they disappear into my stomach before they can make it to anything else. Ha!

haha agreed! I usually eat them all before they even make it to the fridge!

I’m guilty of just mixing up milk and some protein powder and calling it a day but then I get bored. I love the idea of adding fruit to it!

We’re big fans of blueberries in this house too. I can’t wait for them to be in season again!

Hi Jennifer,
Recently I have decided to go vegan and change my eating lifestyle. At the same time, I am trying to lose weight ,while eating healthly and obviously being active. I like this post however, the instructions on the vanilla protien poweder for me were vague. I go to the gym and use different types of protiens. So if you can clarify for me which vanilla powder, or do you make your own? Which powder do you recommend, because not all powders are vegan!

6 Protein Shake Recipes with Protein Powder for Weight Gain

Our busy lives and routines give us very little time to take care of our bodies and give it proper nourishment. In spite of knowing the importance of a proper diet in maintaining our health and wellbeing, due to time constraints, most of us don’t spend much time in our kitchens. The only alternative that seems feasible is to eat raw fruits and vegetables, boiled eggs, omelet or salads with some basic seasoning. This becomes boring after some time. So, most of us are in dire need of some easy to make, tasty, nourishing and filling food recipes to keep ourselves going.

If you have tried protein shakes, then you must agree that protein shakes are perfect for a tasty, nourishing and filling food. What more, it is also very easy to make with almost the same ingredients and make slight alterations to create many variants of protein shakes to make them all the more exciting. If you are on diet, you can also substitute protein shakes for breakfast to keep you satiated for longer durations. In this article, we shall look How to Make 6 Different Protein Shakes.

Banana Berry Protein Shake

Mr Breakfast would like to thank xo-amanda-xo for this recipe.

From Corey

Rating (out of 5):

Great job. Tastes great.

Comment submitted: 5/1/2018 (#20559)

From dweeb

Rating (out of 5):

Tasted good. I liked it.

Comment submitted: 5/4/2016 (#19907)

From Fortune H.

Rating (out of 5):

Regular breakfast is for normies. Love it!

Comment submitted: 8/30/2015 (#19526)

From Buzzbee

Rating (out of 5):

Excellent recipe. Quick and easy.

Comment submitted: 5/4/2015 (#19397)

From Breakfastbuff

Rating (out of 5):

Love this drink! Just a question though: Is the egg supposed to be raw if you decide to use that instead of protein powder?

Comment submitted: 1/23/2015 (#19226)

From Missdiane

Rating (out of 5):

Great smoothie - healthy and filling. I use frozen berries, then you won't need the ice cubes.

Comment submitted: 3/13/2013 (#15372)

From Andrew

Rating (out of 5):

Amazing! Super fast to make and healthy too!

Comment submitted: 4/16/2012 (#13812)

From Smooth J.

Rating (out of 5):

I am so not a breakfast person, so I spent ages trying to find something I would eat. This is quick, easy and delicious, and perfect for me!

Comment submitted: 2/7/2012 (#13528)

What can we add if yogurt is a problem? I am lactose intolerant and use almond milk, yogurt is an enemy of my stomach.


  1. Daren

    I completely agree with you, about a week ago I wrote about this in my blog!

  2. Gedalyahu

    Merry Christmas congratulating,

  3. Dunstan

    and another variant is?

  4. Viktilar

    I think this is a good idea.

  5. Megedagik

    In my opinion, you are making a mistake. Let's discuss.

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