Creamy, decadent tasting healthy chocolate protein shake that you will want to make every day. Blended frozen bananas, creamy peanut butter, chocolate protein powder, and almond milk, make this smoothie super simple and packed with crazy nutrition. 5 minutes to make and it is both vegan and gluten-free!
I love a good protein shake that helps me get my protein in if I need it, especially post-workout. This Healthy Chocolate Protein shake is my go-to!
It tastes super creamy and chocolatey but is packed with over 20 grams of protein and feels like I am indulging in a milkshake.
It only requires a few simple ingredients and a little planning ahead (frozen bananas are a must!).
Why you will love this recipe
- Super easy and can be made in less than 5 minutes (if you have frozen bananas ready to go!)
- Filling and so satisfying! A great option to kick those sweet cravings!
- Kid-friendly – my kids actually prefer this rather than eating ice cream
- The BEST post-workout treat that is made from real ingredients right in your own kitchen!
Ingredients needed to make this amazing protein shake
How to make this Healthy Chocolate Protein Shake
- First things first, you must use frozen bananas. Super easy to do. Once the bananas look ripe (skin is turning slightly brown), peel and chop them up into pieces, place them into a freezer-friendly ziplock bag, seal it and freeze them for at least 4 hours. They will keep in the freezer for up to 30 days so you can prepare this way in advance to have on hand.
- When ready to make: Place all ingredients into a high-speed blender and blend for 30 seconds.
3. Pour into glasses. This recipe yields enough for about 2 people.
Recipe Tips and Variations
- Freeze your bananas in advance so you always have them on hand to make this speedy protein shake. I basically just cut the bananas into 1-2 inch pieces. A great job for the kids to help out with since they can break it apart using their hands and just place it into a freezer-friendly bag for you.
- Use a good quality protein powder – I prefer plant-based protein powders that you can find online or in most grocery stores for a decent price. Make sure it is made with as many whole ingredients as possible.
- Use any type of milk you like – I opted for almond milk in this recipe but you can use oat milk, hemp milk, or regular cow’s milk.
- Swap the creamy peanut butter with creamy almond butter – if you have a peanut allergy or you want to keep this recipe fully anti-inflammatory, then creamy almond butter works as a perfect swap for the peanut butter.
- Add in some greens – frozen avocado, spinach, or kale all work as nice additions to this recipe to help you get those green’s in. Note: Adding greens will result in a slightly green tint to the color of the shake but it will still be crazy good!