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This cinnamon roll protein smoothie is made with banana, cinnamon and protein powder and is a delicious way to enjoy your post workout smoothie.
*This recipe originally appeared in 2014, but has since been updated with new photos by Ellie.
I asked you all on Instagram which recipe you wanted to see, and you chose this cinnamon roll protein smoothie.
I’ve been on a huge cinnamon kick lately. If a recipe needs a little something extra, I just add cinnamon (like this tequila sour). Rather than adding cinnamon to a smoothie, I wanted to make cinnamon the star of the show. So, I present to you this cinnamon protein smoothie. This smoothie legit tastes like Cinnabon, and I’m not just saying that. You know when people claim that their kale smoothie tastes like a brownie and you’re thinking that’s impossible? Yeah, well this LEGIT tastes like a cinnamon roll. Speaking of Cinnabon, how do they do it? You walk through the mall’s food court and, while there are several different restaurants, the smell of Cinnabon’s cinnamon rolls/sticks/deliciousness trumps them all. This smoothie is basically a cinnamon roll minus the dough plus a blender, and a little bit healthier too.
Cinnamon roll protein smoothie ingredients
There are a few key ingredients you need in order to whip up this banana cinnamon smoothie. However, the first thing you need is a quality blender. Up until two years ago, I always purchased low-quality, cheaper blenders because I didn’t want to splurge on something like a blender. Well friends, I’m here to say that it’s well worth it! I bought this KitchenAid blender and it’s held up so well and blends anything and everything so easily. Other things you’ll need in order to make this smoothie include:
If you have a favorite protein powder, feel free to use it in this recipe. I used vanilla-flavored protein powder and thought it worked perfectly.
You can go a few different routes with the yogurt in this recipe. You can use plain Greek yogurt if you want a thicker smoothie and/or if that’s what you have on hand. Alternatively, you can use dairy free yogurt if you’re looking to keep this smoothie vegan. Almond, coconut or soy-based should yogurts will all work well in this recipe.
Personally, I prefer using milk over water because I think it A) makes the smoothie a little thicker and B) adds a little extra flavor. I tend to use unsweetened almond milk, however, you’re more than welcome to use water instead if that’s your style.
Banana, cinnamon, ice
Aka the good stuff! Substitution: if you want to keep this smoothie banana-less, you can use 1/2 cup raw cashews instead. Ideally, the cashews will be soaked, which makes them blend up more easily and easier to digest too, but if you’re in a pinch, regular raw cashews will be fine. The ice will make the smoothie extra cold and again, a little bit thicker. As for the cinnamon, play around with the amount you use. I found 1/2 teaspoon to be enough, but you can absolutely add more if you prefer.
I hope you love this cinnamon smoothie as much as I do!
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Cinnamon Roll Protein Smoothie
- 1 banana
- 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
- 1/4 cup plain yogurt*
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 6 ice cubes
- Place ingredients into a blender and pulse until everything is smooth.