The best Vanilla Protein Shake recipe is healthy, packed full of protein, and only takes 5 minutes to make! It tastes creamy and delicious. I love to drink it for breakfast, an on-the-go snack, or even for a healthy dessert!

If you love protein packed foods, try our Chocolate Protein Shake, Protein Bars, Green Smoothie or Protein Pancakes.

A mason jar filled with a Vanilla Protein Shake recipe and dusted with cinnamon.

Why I love this recipe:

  • Healthy – High in protein and fiber, this easy Vanilla Protein Shake will keep you full for hours.
  • Delicious – This shake satisfies my sweet tooth every single time. I love eating it for a quick breakfast, or even a late night dessert.
  • Quick – The best healthy meal or snack ready in just 5 minutes! Perfect for on the go too.

Ingredients Needed:

All the ingredients needed for the best vanilla protein shake: banana, cinnamon, almond butter, pitted dates, protein powder, almond milk, and ice.

How to make a Vanilla Protein Shake:

Combine Ingredients: Put all ingredients in the blender. Blend the protein shake to a smooth consistency.

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Enjoy: Pour the best vanilla protein shake in a milkshake cup and sprinkle with cinnamon.

Two images of a vanilla protein shake recipe being poured in a mason jar, then the shake sprinkled with cinnamon, ready to enjoy.

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A homemade Vanilla Protein Shake in a mason jar and sprinkled with cinnamon.
Prep 5 minutes
Total 5 minutes
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  • Add to blender and blend until smooth.


Protein Powder: This is our favorite Vanilla protein powder –recommended by a trusted personal trainer, and it tastes the BEST!

Macros Recipe Adaptation

Use only 1 Medjool pitted date.


385 kcal, Fat 16g, Carbs 36g, Protein 29g | MFP: Vanilla Protein Shake (TBFS Macros)


Calories: 477kcalCarbohydrates: 72gProtein: 26gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 62mgSodium: 410mgPotassium: 856mgFiber: 9gSugar: 54gVitamin A: 130IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 570mgIron: 1mg

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  1. 3 stars
    This recipe was so sweet I could barely drink it. When I entered it into my fitness app it was 534 calories and 70 grams of sugar!!! And this was with a carb free protein powder. Don’t fool yourself into thinking it’s healthy. You might as well just make a milkshake with ice cream. 1/2-1 date is fine. I’m not sure why people think using dates and maple sugar make something more healthy. It’s just sugar that costs twice as much.

  2. I haven’t made this yet but was looking at the nutritional information and it says 62g of sugar and 92g of carbs. That seems like a lot right? Maybe the calculations are off?

    1. We ran the ingredients again and got a more accurate number but it’s important to note these numbers are quite general and can vary widely depending on specific ingredients you choose, such as the type of protein powder and any additional ingredients like fruit or sweeteners. Different brands and varieties of protein powder can have significantly different sugar and carb content. So, it’s essential to check the labels of the products you’re using to get a more accurate count for your shake.

  3. 5 stars
    This is my new favorite smoothie recipe!! Delicious!! I use Native Path Collagen Peptides powder instead – my only tweak!

  4. 5 stars
    This is my new “go-to” shake. It’s the perfect blend of flavors. The dates work perfectly as a sweetener. I love it!

  5. I checked out the protein powder you are recommending and it is full of all sorts of bad chemical ingredients and artificial flavoring. I would not recommend that women use that product.

    1. Thank you for your feedback! We understand that everyone has different preferences and concerns when it comes to their nutrition, and we appreciate you sharing your thoughts with us. The protein powder we recommended has been a popular choice among many of our readers, but we understand that it may not be the best fit for everyone. We always encourage our readers to do their own research and choose products that align with their own personal values and goals. We appreciate your input and will take it into consideration when recommending products in the future.