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Get 27 Grams of Plant Protein In This Butternut Squash and Coconut Smoothie

By Trinh Le

If you're a plant-based athlete, there's no better (or enjoyable) way to fuel up for a workout or recover from one than with this butternut squash and coconut smoothie. It's a simply genius way to enjoy the rich taste and nutritional benefits of butternut squash.

This golden gourd supplies carbs, which are crucial both before and after a workout, plus a dose of vitamins A, C, and E. By blending butternut with LADDER Plant Protein, you also help ready your body for post-workout muscle repair.*

Our protein-packed smoothie contains just two grams of added sugar and takes only 15 minutes to make. Because it's a smoothie, you can add or leave out whatever you'd like. Other fruits and foods and that go well in butternut squash include:

  • Dates
  • Bananas
  • Mango
  • Power greens
  • Almonds
  • Cashews
  • Chia seeds
  • Hemp seeds

We blended coconut milk in our smoothie for a splash of creaminess, but feel free to substitute it for whatever milk you like. While you can also add coconut oil to the smoothie, we don't recommend it. Coconut oil is typically solid below 78 degrees F, and we assume you'll want to enjoy this smoothie well-chilled.

Get more than 20 grams of pea protein and help your muscles rebuild and recover faster with LADDER Plant Protein.


butternut squash and coconut smoothie

Butternut Squash and Coconut Smoothie Recipe

Prep Time: 5 min.
Chilling Time:
10 min.

Total Time: 15 min.


  • 2½ cups / 600 ml water, divided use
  • ⅔ cup / 85 g frozen butternut squash (or sweet potato) cubes
  • 1 cup / 170 g ice
  • ½ cup / 120 ml canned light coconut milk
  • 1 scoop LADDER Plant Protein - Vanilla
  • 2 medium pitted neglet noor dates
  • 1 Tbsp. all-natural almond butter
  • 1 Tbsp. unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 tsp. chia seeds
  • ½ tsp. ground cinnamon


  • Bring 2 cups (480 ml) water to a gentle boil in a small pot with a steamer basket over medium-high heat; add butternut squash (or sweet potato) to steamer basket. Steam for 10 minutes or until tender. Drain; place butternut squash (or sweet potato) in refrigerator. Chill for 10 minutes or until cool.
  • Place butternut squash (or sweet potato), ice, remaining ½ cup (120 ml) water, coconut milk, protein powder, dates, almond butter, coconut, chia seeds, and cinnamon in a blender; cover. Blend until smooth. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

The Nutrition Facts box below provides estimated nutritional information for this recipe.

butternut squash coconut smoothie nutrition facts


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