Chocolate Protein Smoothie 2.0 — Smart In The Kitchen

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Chocolate Protein Smoothie, All Grown Up

Recipes change and evolve, just like people. Taste buds change, health goals change, budgets change, schedules change and time deficits change. One of the constants in my weekend routine has been this chocolate smoothie, mostly because it’s darn good and tastes almost like a chocolate milkshake. And also my husband frequently requests it, so there’s that. I can tell you that every time I make it, it turns out just a bit different because I don’t measure the ingredients. But it always tastes good. Since I’m trying to increase my protein intake, I wanted to tweak this to pack in as much protein as possible. This is the updated version with ingredients carefully measured so I can share nutritional values in the recipe. A similar version of this recipe appears here and on page 210 of my cookbook.

Which fruit mixes well with chocolate protein powder?

The options are almost endless, but the best additions are banana or date. Pitted cherries or figs would be good, but you don’t really need any extra sweetness. You can also add a small handful of greens and it won’t alter the rich flavor.

What is the benefit of a chocolate protein smoothie?

There are many benefits to drinking a protein smoothie. Here are a few:

  • Recover and hydrate from exercise
  • Stay satiated and full
  • Support health and nutrition goals

Looking for more smoothie recipes?

Chocolate Protein Smoothie

For the chocolate addicted among us.

Course: Breakfast, Snack

Keyword: protein smoothie, smoothie

Servings: 2 smoothies

Calories: 171kcal


  • 1 1/2 cups water or unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 scoop chocolate protein powder preferably organic
  • 1/2 banana fresh or frozen
  • 1/4-1/2 cup plain 2% Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 heaping tablespoon unsweetened creamy or crunchy almond butter or peanut butter or nut butter of choice
  • 1 Brazil nut
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 scoop ice
  • Cacao nibs optional, for garnish and crunch


  • Add all ingredients, except cacao nibs, to a high-speed blender and mix until smooth. Add more ice if you like a thicker smoothie or more liquid if you want to thin it out!

  • Garnish with cacao nibs if you’d like!


  • For sweetness, add one or two pitted dates or an entire banana. But I think
     it’s sweet enough as is.
  • I typically add water to my smoothies because we all need more water in our lives! Use slightly less to create a thicker consistency.
  • I like MALK almond milk or my homemade almond milk.
  • I use 365-brand grass-fed chocolate whey protein.
  • If you want a more intense chocolate flavor, add a tablespoon of cacao powder.


Serving: 1cup | Calories: 171kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 21mg | Sodium: 95mg | Potassium: 264mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 56IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 222mg | Iron: 1mg

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