Vegan Weight Gain Smoothie
We are pretty familiar with weight gain smoothies over here! We often make them with ice cream, heavy cream, syrup, and other dessert type ingredients. This Vegan Weight Gain Smoothie is the most calorie bang for your buck.
If you want to use more fresh and whole ingredients in your smoothie, and cut back on your refined sugar intake, then this vegan weight gain smoothie is for you!
Vegan and Weight Gain
What does “Vegan” mean? A vegan diet is one that avoids all animal products, like meat, milk, eggs, and for some, honey. Someone may choose to adopt a vegan diet for health, religious, environmental, or ethical reasons.
Vegan food sometimes has a reputation of being “rabbit food,” because of the high content of vegetables. Many believe it is not possible to get enough protein or calories while eating a vegan diet.
However, it is possible to consume enough calories and protein while avoiding animal products. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics states that a well-planned vegan diet is healthful and nutritionally adequate.
What about when trying to gain healthy weight, or avoid unintended weight loss? Can a vegan diet be beneficial for this too?
The short answer is yes, when planned (just like any other way you would achieve these goals) a vegan diet can support these objectives. Consuming enough plant-based protein and fat with each meal or snack can help reach these goals.
Great sources of vegan protein include beans, whole grains, nuts, seeds, and tofu. Good sources of plant-based fat include avocado, olives, nuts, seeds, and oils.
Vegan Protein Powder
Vegan protein powder is made from multiple different sources including legumes, grains, nuts, seeds, and soy.
The process to make vegan protein powder varies depending on the food source, but is similar to the way whey and casein protein powders are made. The protein is isolated or concentrated, then extracted and dried.
The most common vegan protein powders are pea, hemp, brown rice, soy, or some combination of these. These powders are generally the easiest to extract, as well as the most palatable.
You can find vegan protein powders as commonly as whey, casein, or even collagen powders. Most grocery stores will have a section for dietary supplements and nutrition bars, but you can also find them at health food stores. Check out our Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie for another protein packed recipe!
If you don’t want or need the smoothie vegan, you can swap the vegan protein powder with any flavor of whey or casein protein powder you prefer.
Instead of peanut butter, you can try:
- Walnut butter
- Almond butter
- Cashew butter
- Hazelnut butter
- Sunflower seed butter (a great option for those with nut allergies)
Feel free to use whatever milk or dairy-free milk you prefer. Coconut milk is a great way to get even more calories into this smoothie, while keeping it vegan.
Prep ahead, have on hand
You can prepare this smoothie ahead of time and have it ready to go whenever you’d like to enjoy it as a snack or dessert.
The best way to prep this Vegan Weight Gain smoothie is by placing the main ingredients, minus the liquid and peanut butter, into a freezer safe bag or container. Cut the banana and avocado into chunks before freezing to allow for easier blending.
When you’re ready to make a Vegan Weight Gain smoothie, you simply pour the frozen ingredients into the blender with the peanut butter and milk of your choice, and blend! With this method, you can make up several prepped smoothies at once to have on hand. For more smoothie recipes to have on hand, check out our High Calorie Recipes Ebook!
Now we get to the Recipe
Vegan Weight Gain Smoothie
- 1 small banana
- 1/2 medium avocado
- 1 scoop vegan protein powder, vanilla
- 2 tbsp peanut butter
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1 tsp cinnamon optional
- sugar free almond whipped cream optional
- sugar free caramel syrup optional
- Add milk, avocado, banana, protein powder, ground cinnamon (optional), ice, and peanut butter in a blender and blend until smooth.
- Pour smoothie in a glass, top with sugar free almond whipped cream and sugar free caramel syrup for decoration if desired. Enjoy!
IMPORTANT: Be sure to blend until completely smooth to avoid choking.