You know I am really not one to make smoothies all that often – unless I’m at my parents house. My mom and I love frozen fruit smoothies, but if I am by myself I don’t tend to make them. But I had a random vanilla protein packet just hanging out in my cupboard from a one of those snack boxes I ordered and never got around to using it – mainly because it’s vanilla, because if I’m going to down a protein drink it’s going to be chocolate. So here is my little bit different vegan and gluten-free Vanilla Pear-Banana Protein Smoothie.
I think this protein packet had been in my cupboard for over six months – that is how much I could care less about a vanilla protein supplement. But I am in the middle of my 40 days running (yep, I am still doing it!) and was wanting something super-healthy to consume instead of just mindlessly munching. Which on most weekends is what I do. So I had the SunWarrior packet, which is a brand I have never tried before, and had a little look-see at what was in my fridge and freezer. Because this smoothie was a spur of the moment kind of smoothie and I had no shopping in mind, all I had were some frozen bananas in the freezer and some pears. Well, pear and banana smoothie it was.
I decided to use the cherry vanilla NuNaturals sweetener and vanilla almond milk to help up the vanilla flavor. I don’t know about you, but I can never – as hard as I try – get anything to taste like total vanilla. But with the vanilla protein powder it all came together perfectly and was just what I wanted after my sweat session! Toss your two frozen bananas, cored pear, one full dropper of sweetener, one cup milk and your protein packet into the blender and let whir away. Once done pour in a big cup and enjoy! This was the first time I have ever smoothie-uped a pear, but oh yum! And the SunWarrior protein powder wasn’t too bad either.
2 Frozen Bananas, chuncked
1 Pear, cored and chopped
1 Dropper NuNaturals Cherry-Vanilla Sweetener
1 C Silk Vanilla Almond Milk
1 Packet SunWarrior Vanilla Protein Powder
1. Freeze bananas – I keep frozen, chunked bananas in my freezer.
2. Toss everything into a blender and let whir away until smooth.
3. Pour in a large cup and enjoy!