Whip up this Chocolate Protein Shake for a refreshing and delicious kickstart to your day! Or have this shake as a tasty pre- or post-workout snack. In this recipe, chocolate and peanut butter collide for the ultimate flavor duo!
Each sip of this chocolate shake is refreshing and provides a great source of protein. The protein in this shake will fuel your body and keep you feeling full till your next meal.
This Chocolate Protein Shake recipe is...
- Made with 7 ingredients
- Easily made dairy-free
- Naturally gluten-free
- A great source of protein
- Made with your favorite protein powder
- Enough for a single serving
How to Make Chocolate Protein Smoothie
- Add ingredients to your high powered blender.
- Blend until smooth and creamy.
- Pour in a glass and enjoy!
Full directions on how to make Chocolate Protein Shake are in the printable recipe card below.
Tips & Tricks for Chocolate Protein Shake
I recommend using a blender for this recipe. If you don't own one, you can use a shakeable blender cup instead. Just know that your ingredients may clump depending on the type of protein you mix in. And if you're using a blender cup, the ice, of course, will not get blended up.
You can use any brand or flavor of protein powder you like. Just know that some protein powders are meant to mix into hot drinks. If you accidentally use one of those kinds, the protein powder may clump a bit.
As for the flavor of your protein powder, try to choose one that goes well with peanut butter and chocolate flavors. For example, vanilla, chocolate, or peanut butter flavored protein powders would taste great. Alternatively, you may want to purchase a tasteless protein powder.
Variations To Chocolate Protein Shake
Swap Out Peanut Butter
The peanut butter adds some sweetness and more protein to the shake. But you are more than welcome to swap it out with another nut butter—or even Nutella!
If you want, go ahead and add in some fresh fruit for a fruity twist to your shake. Fresh strawberries, raspberries, or even bananas could be a delicious addition to this drink.
Dairy-Free Protein Shake
If you need your shake to be dairy-free, simply use almond milk or any other plant-based milk alternative.
Chocolate Protein Shake FAQs
What does the cocoa powder do in a protein shake?
The cocoa powder not only adds chocolate flavor to your shake but can also balance the flavor of the protein powder you mix in. If your powder has flavor, you will find the cocoa is a great compliment.
Can I double this recipe?
Go right ahead and make as much as you would like of this shake recipe. It is best served fresh, but if you happen to have extra leftover, you can store it in the fridge for up to a day. Just make sure to mix well before drinking!
What is the difference between a smoothie and a shake?
Smoothies use yogurt for the creamy base. Shakes use ice cream or, in this instance, milk for their base. Shakes also usually have a thinner consistency than a traditional smoothie.
Chocolate Protein Shake
- 1 cup milk
- ¼ cup peanut butter or almond butter
- ¼ cup protein powder
- 2 tbsp cocoa powder
- 1 tbsp sugar or substitute ½ tbsp stevia, add more to taste
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- ½ cup ice cubes
- Place all the ingredients in a high-speed blender.
- Blend until well combined.
- Pour it into a large glass.
- Serve immediately!