Enjoy all the flavors of a classic cinnamon roll with these high protein breakfast shake! Quick, easy and deceptively filling, this thick and creamy protein smoothie is completely sugar free, gluten free, low carb, paleo, vegan, dairy free and gluten free!
This cinnamon roll protein smoothie has been on repeat over the last 7 days and I have one thing to thank for it- F45 training.
For those of you who are unsure of what F45 is, it’s
physical torture a circuit like workout. As the name suggests, it goes for 45 minutes (except for Saturday, which goes for one hour) and is a mix of cardio, weights and core work. My favorite part is the names of the workouts- Renegade, Quarterbacks, Athletica, Romans, Firestorm and Hollywood.
I did Hollywood on Saturday and I did NOT feel like a million dollars or like a celebrity.
I felt dead and gross.
Wait, maybe the name is fitting.
This cinnamon roll protein smoothie was supposed to be my breakfast after Saturday’s “Hollywood” class, but let’s just say the workout took it out me- What was supposed to be a Saturday lunch turned into a VERY early brunch.
This healthy Cinnamon Roll Breakfast Shake is high protein, completely sugar free and can be made low carb with a few tweaks! Texture wise, it is thick, creamy and full of cinnamon flavor, with a creamy whipped topping on top, for something a little bit fancy! This protein smoothie is perfect for a filling and satisfying breakfast or the perfect post-workout snack to get you to brunch, lunch or dinner! Because of the ingredients used, it’s completely paleo, vegan, gluten free, dairy free, grain free and low calorie!
Let’s quickly chat key ingredients!
As this recipe is a high protein recipe, the protein powder is a key proportion. I’ve tried this with a new cinnamon bun protein powder, which compared to many other flavored protein powders, tastes legitimate! However, it is a casein blend, so my vegan and paleo friends won’t be able to use this! As such, this brown rice vanilla protein powder, this vanilla casein protein powder and this vanilla paleo protein powder are all fantastic options. Furthermore, I’ve often spoken about how whey based protein powders are something I rarely use, as they become sticky and/or dry (in baked goods). This time, whey protein DOES work in this recipe! However, it still won’t be as thick as the other protein powders.
To produce the ‘cinnamon roll’ flavor, you’ll need to use a good quality FLAVORFUL cinnamon to it. Not all cinnamon is created equal, and some really have zero taste. My favorite cinnamon is without a doubt this Saigon Cinnamon which really comes out in recipes calling it for it! While it is a large canister, it is completely worth it! For satiety, the final key part of the protein shake is the nut butter! I prefer using cashew butter or almond butter, as they are mild tasting. Peanut butter works too, but it is very overpowering- Ensure you are a massive peanut butter fan if you do! For my friends with allergies, sunflower seed butter, soy nut butter and wow butter are all suitable alternatives too!
While most thick and creamy smoothies rely on frozen fruits, bananas, or oatmeal for texture, we’ll be doing something a little different here- You can either use ice cubes or for some slow releasing carbs, some frozen pre-cooked sweet potato! This pairs really well with the cinnamon and also is mild tasting!
HACK! Don’t want to use any protein powder? You can totally still enjoy this breakfast shake! Omit the protein powder, but ensure you use at least one full frozen banana (preferably two) or a full cup of frozen cooked sweet potato. As the protein powders are sweetened, ensure you add a tablespoon or two of your favorite granulated sweetener of choice!
Make this healthy protein shake meets protein smoothie meets breakfast and come join me for some F45 class.
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Cinnamon Roll Protein Shake
- 1/2 cup ice cubes
- 1 scoop vanilla protein powder can use a cinnamon roll flavor
- 1 teaspoon Saigon cinnamon
- 1-2 tablespoon granulated sweetener of choice optional
- 1-2 tablespoon almond butter
- 3/4 cup milk of choice
- 1/4 cup frozen pumpkin cubes optional
- 1 serving whipped topping of choice I used homemade coconut cream whipped with cinnamon
- In a high-speed blender, add your ice cubes, protein powder, cinnamon, granulated sweetener of choice (optional) and nut butter. Pour over your milk of choice. If using frozen banana/sweet potato, add now.
- Blend until breakfast shake is thick and creamy. Pour into a tall glass and top with whipped topping of choice and a sprinkle of cinnamon.
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So Laura and I did the Insanity work out a little bit way back when we lived in Atlanta. By “did” I mean I managed to make it through most of one class before collapsing in a heap of sweat and broken dreams. Haha! So I think I can kinda imagine what that Saturday workout did to you. But if this breakfast shake was waiting for you, then it made everything all better, right? 🙂
I took a barre class yesterday that’s making it very difficult for me to walk up stairs. I think those workout names alone make me want to take those classes!
I will definitely be making this cinnamon shake — my favorite spice!
This looks amazingly frothy 🙂
My current workout regime is: avoiding working out as much as possible until I feel super guilty, then dragging my unfit body to crossfit, dying there slowly for an hour+ and then being sore for the next 4+ days – sleep – repeat ;-P
Btw F45 looks like Crossfit on Speed!
Delicious, Drink it everyday before school for breakfast!