4 YUMMY CHOCOLATE PROTEIN SHAKE RECIPES

Healthy chocolate protein shake's you'll love

Chocolate shakes don't have to be unhealthy. You know the kind I am talking about - loaded with sugar, full fat milk or ice cream.

In fact they can be both healthy and extremely tasty. Did you know raw cacao (unrefined chocolate) is very good for you and is packed with antioxidants.

They are also a great addition to breakfast or as a pre or post workout smoothie.

So in the name of good health and amazing taste, here is four of my favourite chocolate protein smoothies I like to make.

Firstly, you have to choose your protein wisely. A lot of protein powders are loaded with sweeteners and other ingredients you have probably never heard of or can't pronounce.

A good option therefore, is a plant based protein powder. Its great for vegans and vegetarians and it is less likely to be mixed with other nasties.

I use hemp or pea protein as it is one of the best plant based proteins and contains all of the 9 amino acids - important for muscle growth especially if you are body building.

I also recommend going for the unflavoured kind of protein. You can therefore make different flavoured smoothies without being bound to a particular taste.

What you'll need before you start......

  • A blender

  • A liquid base. I use almond or soy milk for a creamy consistency

  • A thickener. Banana is usually a good choice to thicken a smoothie

DIRECTIONS:

  • Blend all of the recipes for around 1 minute

  • Add more liquid for your preferred consistency

YIELD:

  • You should get a 16-20 oz serving from all these chocolate protein shake recipes

  • Just double up on ingredients if you want to make enough for 2 or in batches.

1. CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER SMOOTHIE

RECIPE:

  • 200 ml of almond or soy milk

  • 1 teaspoon of raw cacao

  • 1 medium sized banana

  • 2 tablespoons of peanut butter

  • 1-2 scoops of vegan protein powder

  • 4 teaspoons of honey (optional)

  • 4 ice cubes (optional)

2. CHOCOLATE COFFEE SMOOTHIE

RECIPE:

  • 100-150 ml of almond or soy milk

  • 1 teaspoon of raw cacao

  • 1 medium sized banana

  • 1-2 espresso shots or 50-75 filtered coffee (cooled)

  • 1-2 scoops of vegan protein powder

  • 4 teaspoons of honey (optional)

  • 4 ice cubes (optional)

See more coffee smoothie recipes here

3. CHOCOLATE COCONUT SMOOTHIE

RECIPE:

  • 200 ml of almond or soy milk

  • 1 teaspoon of raw cacao

  • 1 medium sized banana

  • 2 tablespoons of coconut flakes (sprinkle more on the top when blended)

  • 1-2 scoops of vegan protein powder

  • 4 teaspoons of honey (optional)

  • 4 ice cubes (optional)

4. CHOCOLATE WALNUT CHIA SMOOTHIE

RECIPE:

  • 200 ml of almond or soy milk

  • 1 teaspoon of raw cacao

  • 1 medium sized banana

  • 2 tablespoons of walnuts (sprinkle more on the top when blended)

  • 1 tablespoon of chia seeds

  • 1-2 scoops of vegan protein powder

  • 4 teaspoons of honey (optional)

  • 4 ice cubes (optional)

Sources

https://foodfacts.mercola.com/cacao.html

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/hemp-protein-powder#protein

https://fitbits.com/faq/pea-protein/pea-protein-incomplete/

About the author

Gavin is the owner of Tru Foo Juice bar. He has over 3 years experience of running a juice bar and creating juice and smoothie recipes for the consumer market.

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