Coach McKelvey’s BEST Protein Smoothie Recipe

Updated: December 14, 2017

Protein Shake vs Protein Smoothie

Are you getting tired of mixing protein powder with water and choking it down? This is a recipe that I have been using for the last 2 years to make my protein shakes into a PROTEIN SMOOTHIE!

Morning workouts – I drink this smoothie for my post-workout.

Mid-day workout – I have this smoothie with my breakfast.

Evening workouts – I drink my smoothie with my dinner.

I call this the “I Can’t Believe There’s Kale” Smoothie.

There is a small amount of prep required for this smoothie. I like to use frozen bananas. When they are frozen they act as ice cubes, EXCEPT they don’t water down the smoothie.

Once a week I go to the store and buy a bundle of bananas. I slice each banana into four pieces (it’s easier on the blender) and put them on a baking sheet lined with wax paper. Once they are all sliced, I put the tray in the freezer. Now I have bananas ready for my smoothies for the entire week.


  1. 1 cup of milk (dairy, almond, or soy)
  2. 1 frozen banana
  3. 1-2 tbsp of peanut butter
  4. 1 scoop of chocolate protein powder
  5. 1 leaf or 1 cup of kale
  6. Cinnamon too taste
  7. Honey to taste

Consistency can be an issue. It depends on the type of milk you use, the size of the banana, and the amount of peanut butter. Once I get my smoothie all blended up, I either use a little bit of water to make it a thinner consistency or ice cubes to make it thicker.

Disclaimer: I use this recipe with a fairly high-powered blender (Nurti Ninja Blender-iQ), so the quality of your blender my cause you to have to modify the recipe.

Experiment with it a couple times and you will have it down perfect!

I hope this makes drinking protein a little easier and helps you substitute a healthier snack into your diet.

Let me know what you think about this recipe. Enjoy!

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