For about 200 calories you can enjoy this cool, creamy, and healthy Banoffee Pie Protein Smoothie! It’s a decadent-tasting breakfast or snack that blends banana, caramel, and a graham cracker crust in one delicious clean eating recipe!
Hey, hey! Welcome to your new favorite breakfast…just in time for the warm weather!
Do you know what a Banoffee Pie is? I’ve heard of the dessert for years, but I don’t think that I’ve ever actually tried a slice! According to the all-knowing Wikipedia, a Banoffee Pie is “an English dessert pie made from bananas, cream and toffee.” What’s not to like about that, right? And when my friend Jen shared these Chocolate Banana Toffee Layer Bars on her decadent baking blog last year, I was immediately reminded of the delicious flavor combination.
Instead of toffee, this protein shake uses caramel extract and an optional drizzle of caramel syrup to accomplish a similar flavor. Paired with bananas, it’s HEAVENLY! Plus, the frozen banana makes the base of this smoothie so incredibly creamy, that you’ll swear you’re enjoying an ice cream milkshake!
As an added bonus, this smoothie is a great way to use up overripe bananas that are sitting on your counter! When I have some excess bananas, I just peel them, slice them, and put them in individual baggies in the freezer. That way I always have some frozen fruit ready to go in the morning when I want to toss it in my blender!
Note: You can find caramel extract (or caramel flavoring) in the baking aisle of most grocery stores — right alongside the vanilla extract. If you have trouble locating it, just order some (the internet has everything)! I like to use Quest Vanilla Milkshake Protein Powder or Quest Salted Caramel Protein Powder because I think it has the creamiest, thickest consistency of any other brands that I’ve tried…but you can feel free to use YOUR favorite protein powder here (just make sure that it meets any of your specific dietary needs, such as dairy-free or gluten-free).
After enjoying this smoothie for breakfast for the last 3 or 4 months, I’m so excited to finally share it with all of you. I know that you’re going to LOVE it! Because really…who can complain with dessert for breakfast?!
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Banoffee Pie Protein Smoothie
- 1 scoop vanilla protein powder (I used Quest Vanilla Milkshake Protein Powder, which has 100 calories per scoop, but I have also used Quest Salted Caramel Protein Powder)
- ½ medium banana, peeled, sliced, and frozen
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk (Original or Vanilla flavored)
- ¼ teaspoon caramel extract or caramel flavoring
- Pinch of salt
- 1-2 cups ice
- For topping: ½ of a wholegrain graham cracker, crushed**
- Optional garnish: caramel syrup
- Add first 6 ingredients to blender and combine! Top with graham cracker crumbs and optional caramel sauce. Serve immediately.
**If you want to keep this recipe REALLY healthy, you can even make your own Whole Wheat Graham Crackers with THIS easy, one-bowl recipe!
Looking for other healthy breakfast options that taste like dessert? Try these: