Protein-Packed Vegan Nutella Smoothie + Vega Giveaway! |

Non-Dairy Nutella Protein Smoothie

Protein-Packed Vegan Nutella Smoothie + Vega Giveaway! |

Thank you to Vega for sponsoring this post!

If I had a nickel for every time someone asked me “But where do you get your protein?”…wait, let’s scratch that and start over. That phrase makes me sound like I’m thirty going on eighty.

When I first explained to some of my family and friends that I was switching from omnivore to vegetarian and then from vegetarian to vegan, they asked the question that most veg-folks hear over and over (and over) again: “But where will you get your protein?”—it’s not a bad question, although it can be a tired one. Protein deficiency is not something I’ve ever worried about because I’ve always loved whole foods and incorporated lots of legumes, nuts, seeds, and tempeh, for example, at my meals. But I’ve certainly found myself in carb-heavy eating patterns before—cereal at breakfast, veggie pizza at lunch, pasta for dinner—and I definitely didn’t feel my best.

A few months ago, when Aaron started his plant-based weight-training program, he started eating a lot more food in general to fuel his workouts, but with a focus on hitting certain macro levels. What has worked well for him is high protein, moderate-high complex carbohydrates, and lower fat, and while optimal ratios will vary from person to person, I learned in meal planning for his fitness goals that I also feel more energized and even-keeled eating in a similar way. Whereas paying attention to protein is something I used to dismiss, I now make it a point to include it at every meal.

Aaron usually drinks a couple of protein shakes every day, and I’ll typically enjoy one either in the morning or as an afternoon snack. We go through a lot of protein powder, and one of our favorite brands in terms of the taste and nutritional stats is Vega. Aaron is big on their Vanilla Performance Protein because it has 26 grams of protein per serving and he says it tastes like cake, and I really like their Vega One Nutritional Shake, especially in the Vanilla Chai and Chocolate flavors. The Vega One was especially awesome these last couple of weeks during our move, when I was way too tired to make a proper meal and didn’t want to rely too heavily on takeout that was going to be expensive and not-so-great nutrition-wise. Each serving of Vega One has half of your daily vitamins and minerals, 15 grams of protein, 6 grams of fiber, 3 servings of greens, 1 billion probiotics (comparable to a cup of yogurt), 1.5 grams Omega-3s (equivalent to 2.3 servings of salmon), and the same antioxidants as 2.7 cups of blueberries. And it actually tastes good!

Protein-Packed Vegan Nutella Smoothie + Vega Giveaway! |

I think Aaron’s on to something in saying that the Vega shakes taste like cake, which is why for my latest smoothie I blurred the line between protein shake and dessert to create an extra creamy, extra dark chocolate, dairy-free nutella smoothie that is 100% acceptable for breakfast on those days when you must. have. chocolate. [thank you, hormones]

Protein-Packed Vegan Nutella Smoothie + Vega Giveaway! |

And see those crunchy chocolate-covered things on top? Those are Cocoa-Kissed SaviSeeds, or sacha inchi seeds, and they are a complete source of protein and a powerhouse of Omega-3s, with 17x more per ounce than wild Sockeye salmon. I’ve been pacing myself and enjoying a small handful most days, but Aaron just discovered them and warned me that he’ll be eating the entire bag. So, I think this means I need a new SaviSeed hiding place, or perhaps just a way to buy them in bulk.


Non-Dairy Nutella Protein Smoothie

Protein-Packed Vegan Nutella Smoothie + Vega Giveaway! |

Non-Dairy Nutella Protein Smoothie

Gluten Free, Vegan,

Serves: 1-2

Prep Time: 5 mins

A truly nutritious way to enjoy the nutella flavors of dark chocolate and hazelnuts, packed with protein, healthy Omega-3 fats, fiber, and half of your daily recommended amount of vitamins and minerals.

Protein-Packed Vegan Nutella Smoothie + Vega Giveaway! |

Non-Dairy Nutella Protein Smoothie



  • 1 cup unsweetened non-dairy milk
  • 1/2 cup cold, filtered water
  • 1 large frozen banana
  • 1 scoop Vega One Nutritional Shake, Chocolate flavor
  • 1/4 cup raw hazelnuts
  • 2 tablespoons raw cacao powder
  • large handful ice cubes
  • pinch of sea salt
  • pinch of ground coffee beans (optional)
  • small handful chopped Vega Cocoa Kissed SaviSeeds, for topping

Cuisine: Gluten Free, Vegan Servings: 1-2

Prep Time: 5 mins

A truly nutritious way to enjoy the nutella flavors of dark chocolate and hazelnuts, packed with protein, healthy Omega-3 fats, fiber, and half of your daily recommended amount of vitamins and minerals.


  • Add all of the ingredients except for the topping to the blender and blend on high speed until smooth.
  • Pour into your favorite glass, top with chopped SaviSeeds, and enjoy!

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  1. Nirvana says

    My favorite smoothie combination to bring in fall is Apple Pie! 3 apples, 1/4 cup cashews, cinnamon, ginger, almond milk, and dates; split between two people 🙂

  2. Becca says

    I love cacao nibs with strawberries!

  3. Calli says

    almond milk, banana, cacao and dark cherries!

  4. Maria Anne says

    Ooooh, I’d love to try Vega! I make smoothies a lot in the summer but they’re still never enough to keep me full until lunch. Adding some protein would help that for sure!
    Now that it’s turning into fall, I’m really liking oatmeal/banana/cinnamon/maple smoothies. So good! Maybe add some pumpkin in mm!!

    NMaria Anne

  5. Caitlin says

    we are still loving the banana chocolate chip “milkshake” smoothie.

  6. LK says

    Berry mix with a dab of almond butter!

  7. Katherine E says

    My ultimate favorite smoothie combo is frozen pears, ground chia seeds, spirulina powder, vanilla protein powder (I use sunwarrior), and homemade pistachio butter. It tastes like a pistachio milkshake! so thick and decadent but healthy and perfect for a post workout fuel!

    1. Elizabeth says

      How do you make a pistachio butter? Pistachio nuts has a lot of high quality protein (also many vitamin B6 and copper, but this is not much important for me).

      I could use this butter to make a sandwiches.

  8. Sophia says

    Lately I’ve been doing apple pie-inspired smoothies to get in an Autumn mood, but you can never go wrong with chocolate smoothies that have greens hiding in them either.

  9. Lu Ann says

    As a tea lover, I enjoy smoothies that can include tea easily! frozen bananas…strawberries…almond milk/butter…hemp seeds…chia seeds and whatever tea I’m feeling that day 🙂

  10. Lauryn says

    This is a genius recipe idea!! Lately, I’m loving Vega One French Vanilla with banana, almond milk and blueberries — so refreshing! I want to create a pumpkin pie smoothie next 🙂

  11. Jacky says

    Strawberries, almond milk, almond butter, and protein powder!

  12. The “dirty monkey smoothie”! Recipe on

  13. Meghan says

    I have been loving strawberry mango and kale smoothies lately. So delicious and fresh! Can’t wait to try this recipe when I’m craving something sweet!

  14. Beth R. says

    Favorite smoothie? I love a mixture of cherries and lime, chocolate with banana and peanut butter, or blueberries with banana and almond butter.

  15. Cindy says

    My kids like banana with blueberry or strawberry but I like apple walnut oatmeal the best. I’m wondering about the protein powder. I’ve never looked into the brand you use but I have read that many have dangerous levels of arsenic and toxic heavy metals. I’m willing to take your recommendation on taste (I’ve tried other organic brands without the arsenic/metal issue and taste wise it was barnyard-y.) but just wondering if you’ve looked into the arsenic/metal issue. You do such excellent thorough research, I feel like this is almost a stupid question but yet here I am still asking. 🙂

    1. Amanda says

      I have looked into that! You know me well. haha Vega is one of the brands that’s considered low for heavy metals and arsenic according to Natural News lab results. We also like Plant Fusion (another option that scores low) as far as taste/texture, though I find it to be really, really sweet.

    2. Amanda says

      Also this is another article in support of Vega.

  16. Emma says

    It’s a shame Vega haven’t made it over here yet! I love their blog and Brendan Brazier is actually speaking at London VegFest next week! I’ll have to ask him if there are plans to bring Vega to England…
    I have protein smoothies pretty regularly too. I do get a good amount of protein in my diet anyway but when I’m feeling too lazy to cook a super balanced meal or not having a very hungry day, it’s good to use the protein powders and know I’m still getting some decent nutrition in.
    Your shake looks divine!

    1. Amanda says

      I hope you get Vega in England soon, Emma! I’m the same way with using protein powders–they’re especially great when I know I won’t be sitting down to a well-balanced meal.

  17. Marie says

    I’m in a rut: Banana, greens, frozen berries, ginger, spirulina, hemp powder, maca powder. It’s yummy, but I need to mix it up!

    1. Amanda says

      I get in ruts too. Maybe other people’s comments about their smoothie combos will give you an idea for a new one to try? 🙂

  18. Ashley P says

    Lately I have been loving bananas, an orange, and some greens!

  19. I’ve been going really simple with just one green and one fruit and then my protein powders! But I have been topping them with cereal or granola 😉

  20. Laura says

    Does Vega have soy in it?

    1. Amanda says

      Vega One is soy-free! I’m not sure about the other products, but I believe most are a combination of pea, sacha inchi,
      hemp seed, and sprouted whole grain brown rice proteins. They’re gluten-free as well and no artificial colors/flavors.

  21. My favourite combination atm is beets, apple juice, ginger, lemon and hemp seeds. Super healthy and energizing!

  22. Loving the kale, matcha, peach combo in my smoothies these days!

  23. Totally loving this incredible smoothie.. it looks so delicious! I love making any smoothie with peanut butter, banana, almond milk and a drizzle of honey…

  24. Lydia Claire says

    Banana, peanut butter & chocolate!

  25. Corrine says

    I like to mix orange, banana and strawberries with almond milk and some stevia.

  26. zosia says

    What smoothie combination are you loving lately?

    Banana, cocoa, stevia, protein powder, almond milk 😀

  27. Sadly, I’m not into many smoothies these days since the food processor I make them with scares or wakes the baby, but I do love protein oats! 🙂

  28. Jessy says

    What a beautiful smoothie! I’ve been loving the standard banana peanut butter smoothie: frozen bananas, peanut butter, coconut milk.

  29. Paige c says

    I am loving frozen berries and banana and peanut butter protein power

  30. Michelle says

    Loving green smoothies!

  31. Abby says

    I’m always a fan of adding a scoop of nut butter to my shakes for the extra nutrients and upping the creamy factor!

  32. Jamie H says

    Almond milk, frozen bananas, almond butter and strawberries!

  33. Sarah says

    To be plain, literally, I have been enjoying blueberries + banana or avocado + vanilla protein powder. Sometimes I add a handful of spinach or some greens powder to kick it up a nutritional notch!

  34. Amanda J says

    Cocoa Powder, banana and a bit of peanut butter

  35. Jordan says

    Pumpkin smoothies with vanilla protein powder, cinnamon, and almond milk are my favorite!

  36. Jennifer says

    I’ve been on a pumpkin spice kick so I’ve been loving pumpkin spice and cashew shakes. They are sooo yummy, and great to pair with protein powders too.

  37. Alicia says

    chocolate, flax milk and strawberries 🙂

  38. Terri Cole says

    I make a Mango Lassi green smoothie that I just love. I use frozen mango, frozen banana, almond milk, kale, a squeeze of lime, a pinch each of salt and cardamom and a splash of rosewater. Mmmmm….

    Thanks for the chance to win some Vega, I’ve been wanting to try it!

  39. Brittany Koelmel says

    Absolutly anything with banana, but recently Ive been adding cinnamon and its been super!

  40. HilLesha says

    I love a combination of cashew milk, Medjool dates, unsweetened Dutch-processed cocoa powder, hulled hemp seed, banana, and cinnamon. 🙂

  41. Sarah says

    I always love spinach, banana, pb, and vanilla protein powder

  42. Kelsey says

    My favorite smoothie combo is banana, strawberries, and pb2!

  43. Seth says

    I’m a fan of strawberry-banana, which is a classic, but easily my favorite.

  44. MelissaW says

    I’ve been wanting to try Savi Seeds. I usualy just put whatever fruit I have with some coconut water, very sexy, I know.

  45. Sophie says

    I like to add spices to my smoothies. Cardamom is my favorite!! A simple fruit combo like banana and apple or pear to bring out the spice flavor makes my whole day.

  46. Nicole says

    Frozen banana and chocolate vega protein powder with hemp hearts.

  47. lucy says

    lately it’s been banana, yogurt, frozen blueberries and dark cherries

  48. Jenn E says

    I recently purchased PB2 and a chocolate protein powder and have been making Chocolate Peanut Butter smoothies! So delicious! I love anything peanut butter!

  49. Shana says

    Vega is the ONLY protein powder that I like. It tastes decadent but has so many good for you ingredients-and none of the nasties 🙂

    1. Amanda says

      Vega has definitely nailed the flavor and nutrition. So many plant-based protein powders taste gritty and chalky–yuck!

  50. Stephanie says

    I love VegaOne smoothies! I blend it with frozen strawberries and a handful if spinach or kale almost every morning!

  51. Jessica caneal says

    I’m a fan of chocolate cherry!

  52. Vera K says

    I just finished a smoothie made of – strawberries, blueberries, a peach, a banana, a scoop of vanilla protein powder and apple juice.

  53. Juliana says

    I’ve been keeping it really simple with a frozen banana, almond milk, and almond butter

  54. melissa says

    my favorite smoothie is half a banana, a cup of spinach, a handful of berries, 4 oz of plain Greek yogurt, chia seeds, and half a cup of orange juice and water 🙂

  55. Adriane says

    I’m a fan of vega one! I have been making a lot of smoothies lately with it!

  56. Annette says

    Lately I’ve been enjoying coconut milk, spinach, pear, banana, and honey.


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