High-Protein Vanilla Smoothie

This high-protein vanilla smoothie is so delicious! It’s truly the tastiest vanilla bean smoothie recipe you’ll ever sip.

Wondering how to use vanilla beans? How about a healthy vanilla bean protein shake? Try this vanilla bean smoothie recipe that’s high in protein, great for weight management, and perfect for kids and breakfast time (and anytime, really!). 

This delicious vanilla bean shake is high in protein due to edamame, not protein powder, and also contains a fiber boost. Oh, and the vanilla flavor in this vanilla bean smoothie recipe is amazing!

This vanilla protein smoothie boasts 27 grams of protein, along with 11 grams of fiber (more than 40 percent of the daily value) per serving.

That’s a lot of nutrition in one glass! I bet you’ll love this high-protein smoothie as much as I do. The green smoothie is a fun recipe to serve up to adults and kids alike.

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My latest kitchen obsession has been with adding protein to foods that aren’t traditionally super high in the filling nutrient. This high-protein vanilla smoothie gets a really big protein boost from edamame, aka soybeans. Let’s take a look at all the ingredients!

Banana: The frozen banana makes the smoothie creamy.

Edamame: Most of the protein in this vanilla protein shake comes from the edamame. I often add Greek yogurt to smoothies, which also boasts protein.

Almond butter: This adds protein, fiber, and healthy fat.

Vanilla bean: The real vanilla bean in this high-protein vanilla shake adds a subtly sweet taste. Wondering how to use vanilla beans? If you’ve never shopped for vanilla bean before, it’s pretty simple—although I had to research what type to buy.

You might see Grade A and Grade B beans in the store. Choose Grade A, which is recipe grade. Grade B is what you’d use to make your own vanilla extract. I like Vanilla Products USA Prime Gourmet Tahitian Vanilla Beans.

Milk: Although this smoothie is made with milk, you can substitute almond milk––or if you want things a little sweeter, vanilla almond milk––if you’d like to turn this vanilla weight-loss smoothie into a vegan vanilla almond smoothie.

Step-by step instructions

I’ve been making high-protein smoothie recipes like my berry almond cocoa smoothie, my pumpkin pie smoothie, and my healthy coffee smoothie almost every morning. So I decided to power up a morning edamame smoothie with protein! 

How to make a vanilla bean smoothie? Making this high-protein vanilla smoothie is so easy. First, in a high-speed blender, add banana, edamame, and almond butter. Then, with a knife, slice vanilla bean horizontally, then scrape seeds with a spoon and add to blender. Add milk, blend, and enjoy!

I have no doubt that this ready-in-minutes breakfast (or healthy snack!) will quickly become one of your favorite vanilla smoothie recipes.

Recipe FAQ

What if I don’t have vanilla bean?

If you can’t get your hands on any vanilla bean, no problem! Just substitute about ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract!

How do I use vanilla bean?

When you get your vanilla bean pod, simply slice it lengthwise with a knife. You’ll then see lots and lots of tiny vanilla beans. Scoop these with a spoon, and add them to your vanilla protein smoothie recipe.

Is this high-protein vanilla smoothie vegan?

It’s not, but making it vegan is a simple fix. Simply substitute in soy milk or almond milk instead of the regular milk.

More high-protein smoothie recipes

If you want more high-protein smoothie recipes to try, blend up a: 

More recipes with vanilla

In addition to vanilla smoothies, you can make so many things with vanilla! Want more recipes with vanilla? Try:

More recipes with frozen banana

And here are a few other recipes you can make with frozen bananas:

Have extra brown bananas in your kitchen? Here are more delicious ways to use up brown bananas.

high-protein vanilla smoothie

High-Protein Vanilla Smoothie

This high-protein vanilla smoothie is so delicious! It's truly the tastiest vanilla bean smoothie recipe you'll ever sip.
Prep Time 7 mins
Course Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 1 smoothie
Calories 604 kcal



  • In a high-speed blender, add banana, edamame, and almond butter.
  • With a knife, slice vanilla bean horizontally, then scrape seeds with a spoon and add to blender.
  • Add milk; blend, and enjoy!


Calories: 604kcalCarbohydrates: 62gProtein: 33gFat: 29gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 8gMonounsaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 12mgSodium: 105mgPotassium: 1713mgFiber: 14gSugar: 31gVitamin A: 538IUVitamin C: 20mgCalcium: 512mgIron: 5mg
Keyword High-protein, Smoothie, Vanilla bean
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Blender / Food Processor | Breakfast / Brunch | Drink | Fast / Easy | Gluten Free | Low Sodium | No Added Sugar | No Bake | Pescatarian | Recipes (Organizational) | Snack | Vegetarian |

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