Vanilla Shakeology Recipes

One of our steadfast go-to’s, Vanilla Shakeology, is consistently delicious and a blank canvas to blend up creative recipes. Such as, mixtures with fruits, vegetables, spices, and herbs. Yes, it even masks vegetables like spinach. Vanilla Shakeology and Vegan Vanilla Shakeology (our preference) imparts a delicious, creamy base that tastes like the healthiest dessert you’re going to find! Here are our best Vanilla Shakeology smoothie tips, Shakeology flavor preferences, reasons we drink Shakeology, and of course, Vanilla Shakeology Recipes.

vanilla shakeology recipes

Shakeology is designed as a healthy meal or snack replacement delivering nutrients from top quality superfoods (responsibly sourced) from around the world. There is no better way to get all these nutrients in your day since most of the ingredients aren’t even available at grocery stores. 

Outside of the 9 essential amino acids and complete protein, you also ingest an array macronutrients, micronutrients, antioxidants, prebiotics, probiotics, and digestive enzymes that isn’t available elsewhere in one convenient package. At Ryan and Alex Duo Life, we are all about fueling our minds and bodies so that we are ready for everything in life. Shakeology fuels our every day. And, these Vanilla Shakeology recipes taste like dessert. 

our top ten favorite vanilla shakeology recipes

1. The Lime Crush

Adding lime to our Vanilla Shakeology has been a game changer. The taste transports us to the tropics and it’s our all-time favorite!

  • 2 cups almond milk or water
  • 8 ice cubes
  • 1 scoop Vanilla Shakeology
  • 1/2 medium banana
  • 1/2 cup of diced beets
  • The juice from 1/2 a lime


2. The Classic

Our go-to and could drink this over and over again. Add in the veg for a hidden serving of greens. 

  • 2 cups almond milk or water
  • 8 ice cubes
  • 1 scoop Vanilla Shakeology
  • 1/2 medium banana
  • 1/2 tbsp. peanut or almond butter
  • 1/2 cup of frozen kale or spinach (optional)


3. The Strawberry Summer

A family favorite. To spice it up, add in some mint leaves from your herb garden!

  • 2 cups coconut water or almond milk or water
  • 4 ice cubes
  • 1 scoop Vanilla Shakeology
  • 1/2 medium banana
  • 1 tsp. chia seeds
  • 4 leaves of fresh mint (optional)


4. The Apple Pie Of My Eye

A festive shake, perfect for autumn.

  • 2 cups almond milk or water
  • 8 ice cubes
  • 1 scoop Vanilla Shakeology
  • 1/2 cup of apple sauce or 1 small apple
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 medium banana (optional, adds a creamy texture)


5. The Immunity Booster

When you need a pick-me-up, blend up this immune system boosting concoction and start feeling the energy and health come back.

  • 2 cups almond milk or water
  • 4 ice cubes
  • 1 scoop Vanilla Shakeology
  • 1/4 cup non-fat yogurt
  • 1/2 cup frozen berries


6. The Sleep Elixir

Some days, your body just needs a good rest. This smoothie is loaded with healthy ingredients high in magnesium, calcium, and protein to ease your body into a restful night’s sleep.

  • 2 cups almond milk or water
  • 4 ice cubes
  • 1 scoop Vanilla Shakeology
  • 1/2 of a medium banana
  • 2 tsp. peanut or almond butter
  • 1 cup of frozen spinach
  • 1/2 tsp. chia seeds


7. The Cucumber Agua Fresca

Refreshingly refreshing. We love this one and the subtle flavor of the cucumber.

  • 2 cups coconut water or water
  • 8 ice cubes
  • 1 scoop Vanilla Shakeology
  • 1 cup chopped cucumbers
  • The juice from 1/2 a fresh lime


8. The Oatmeal Raisin Cookie

For a heavier meal reminiscent of oatmeal, we love to make this for breakfast. The oats add a fullness to the shake without modifying the texture!

  • 2 cups almond milk or water
  • 8 ice cubes
  • 1 scoop Vanilla Shakeology
  • 1/4 cup of dry oats
  • 1 tsp. raw honey
  • 1 tbsp. raisins
  • 1/2 tsp. crushed walnuts (optional)


9. The Mango Lassi Latte

An all-around classic with a delicious, flavorful tangy taste.

  • 2 cups almond milk or water
  • 4 ice cubes
  • 1 scoop Vanilla Shakeology
  • 1/2 cup of frozen or fresh mangos
  • 1/2 medium banana
  • 1/4 cup plain or Greek yogurt
  • 1 tsp. raw honey (optional)


10. The Fresh Start

A detoxifying shake to kick off your week to its strongest start.

  • 2 cups coconut water or water
  • 8 ice cubes
  • 1 scoop Vanilla Shakeology
  • 1 cup of frozen or chopped, fresh kale
  • 1/2 medium banana
  • 1/2 juice from a fresh lime
  • 2 tbsp. freshly chopped garlic


tips for the best vanilla shakeology experience

We have 6 years of experience formulating Shakeology shakes. We’ve found that there is a right and wrong way to make them, no matter the flavor. If you’re not happy with the flavor, don’t abandon ship. Follow these guidelines to make sure your Vanilla Shakeology or Vegan Vanilla Shakeology recipe turns out perfectly.

1. Add enough liquid

As you can see in our Vanilla and Vegan Vanilla Shakeology recipes above, we always recommend 2 cups. This is extremely important. It will be too thick and powerfully flavored if you use less. If your blender isn’t large enough, you should buy a new one. Remember, 2 cups or 16 ounces of liquid and you’re golden.

2. Ice makes a big difference

In the above Vanilla Shakeology recipes, we usually recommend 4-8 cubes. If they are small cubes, you might need 12. Ice adds to the flavor and further dilutes the Shakeology powder. You have added enough ice if many pencil eraser sized bubbles surface after you power down the blender. 

3. When in doubt, more banana (or peanut butter)

In our above recipes, we typically recommend 1/2 a medium banana. But, feel free to use the whole banana. Banana changes the consistency and flavor of your Vanilla Shakeology smoothie for the better. If your blender is getting full you can peel, cut, and freeze the bananas ahead of time and use them in place of ice. 

Peanut butter is also a great add to most Vanilla Shakeology recipes. We use real, organic peanut butter (the only ingredient should be peanuts). Some like PB2 powder, but we like having more healthy fat in our day and the thick peanut butter makes the consistency of the smoothie more shake-like. 

4. Water is good, milk is better

Water with Shakeology is still flavorful. However, if you make the Vanilla Shakeology recipe with almond milk, flax milk, or cow’s milk it will be richer. We recommend mixing half milk and half water. Coconut milk can create a weird consistency, almost like curdling. 

5. Use a blender

We always prefer to make our Shakeology shakes in a blender. The blender allows you to follow the above recipes and we like variety. However, when you are on the go, such as at the airport on business travel, mixing Vanilla Shakeology with water in a shaker cup is another great option. Again, remember to mix it with at least 16 ounces of water (cold water is ideal) and shake well. 

Pro Tip: If you regularly mix Shakeology with water in a shaker cup, you should buy the vegan flavor. It’s more miscible with water than the regular flavor containing whey protein. 


6. Next level your Shakeology with these smoothie additives

Get more smoothie additive ideas with our free download below.


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why you’d want to drink shakeology

You may have heard that your healthy lifestyle results are 80% based on nutrition. It’s true. There’s no better way to get all the nutrients and all colors of the rainbow each day than with Shakeology. There’s a reason why we brought 8 bags (25 lbs.) with us when we moved to South America!

When you’re on-the-go as much as we are, you never know where your next meal is coming from. It makes us feel better knowing that at least one of our meals, with Shakeology, is taken care of. 

Shakeology removes decision fatigue and ensures consistency in eating healthy.

You still need to eat healthy, whole foods. Each day, we focus on eating the quality, high nutrition foods that we should be eating. We’re not perfect every day, and even if we were, Shakeology fills in the nutrient, mineral, and vitamin gaps.

Shakeology insures our immune system is strong and our energy is up. 

Did you know that 97% of adults in the U.S. get enough protein and only 3% get enough fiber? Shakeology is not a protein shake. More often than not, we don’t need protein powder. What we need more fiber and digestive enzymes to help our guts get us healthy on the inside. When that happens, you’ll see results on the outside. 

Shakeology improves digestion and gut health.

Read more about Ryan’s digestion health story with Shakeology in our Improving Your Poop Health 101 article

flavor recommendations and more recipes

We love Vanilla Shakeology and Vegan Vanilla Shakeology, but we drink all the flavors. Vanilla Shakeology and Chocolate Shakeology are our favorites because they are most versatile. For example, unlike Strawberry and Café Latte Shakeology, you can add spinach or kale to Vanilla and Chocolate Shakeology without even tasting it.

Also, we buy the vegan flavors. It’s not that the regular flavors based on whey protein are bad. Instead, we prefer the taste and the vegan powder mixes better (no chunks) with water in a shaker cup. Since we are on the go often, we are making shakes without a blender 50% of the time. 

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