Chocolate Protein Smoothie (Healthy)

As a chocolate lover, I love making this protein smoothie. 

If you are also a chocolate lover but need more protein in your diet, this chocolate protein smoothie is exactly what you need in your life!

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Chocolate Protein Smoothie

Chocolate Protein Smoothie (Healthy)

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Indulge in a Chocolate Protein Smoothie, a rich and creamy blend of cocoa and protein powder, perfect for satisfying your sweet tooth while fueling your muscles.

  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 1x

Ingredients

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  • 1 handful of spinach
  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • 12 tablespoons of cacao or cocoa powder
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder

Instructions

  1. To a blender, add the spinach and protein powder first, followed by the rest of the ingredients.
  2. Process until completely smooth. For about 2-3 minutes.
  3. Serve and enjoy!

Notes

*For smoothie benefits, recipe notes, and more, scroll down!

  • Author: Ella Waterworth
  • Prep Time: 3 minutes
  • Cook Time: 2 minutes
  • Category: Smoothie
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 smoothie
  • Calories: 232
  • Sugar: 8.2g
  • Fat: 5.2g
  • Carbohydrates: 22.6g
  • Fiber: 9.2g
  • Protein: 28.3g

Why You Will Love This Chocolate Protein Smoothie

Chocolate Protein Smoothie served in a glass cup surrounded by strawberries

Chocolate smoothies are a favorite to many, for a good reason, well, because they have chocolate!

But this protein shake doesn’t just have a lot of protein in it, it contains so much more than protein.

Here’s an overview of why you will love this smoothie:

  1. Delicious Dessert-Like Taste: The combination of strawberries and cacao powder creates a rich, dessert-like flavor, reminiscent of a decadent chocolate-covered strawberry or a creamy pudding, making it a treat you can look forward to.
  2. Classic Flavor Combo: It plays on the classic and beloved combination of strawberries and chocolate, offering the perfect balance of fruity sweetness with the depth of chocolate, appealing to both fruit and chocolate lovers.
  3. Nutrient-Dense: Packed with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants from the spinach and strawberries, plus the added health benefits of cacao powder, this shake is as nutritious as it is delicious.
  4. High in Protein: This smoothie serves as an excellent source of high-quality protein, supporting muscle repair and growth, making it ideal for post-workout recovery or as a substantial snack.
  5. Rich in Fiber: Thanks to ingredients like spinach, strawberries, and cacao powder, it’s high in dietary fiber, promoting digestive health and keeping you feeling full and satisfied longer.
  6. Versatile and Customizable: Easily adaptable to suit dietary preferences and goals, you can swap ingredients to make it vegan, increase or decrease the protein content, or adjust the sweetness to your liking.
  7. Quick and Easy: This shake is incredibly simple to prepare, requiring just a blender and a few minutes of your time. It’s a hassle-free way to enjoy a nutritious and satisfying meal or snack, perfect for busy lifestyles.

I recommend that you also try my weight loss chocolate smoothie if you are trying to lose weight and my chocolate date smoothie.

And of course, try my cocoa and strawberry smoothie and my chunky monkey smoothie!

Smoothie Variations And Recipe Notes

Chocolate Protein Smoothie

If you are feeling extra, you can add additional ingredients to the smoothie, or swap some.

Here are some of my suggestions:

  • No Protein Powder: If you don’t like protein powder, add 1/2 cup of cottage cheese instead. You can also try my chocolate cottage cheese smoothie.
  • Extra Sweetness: In my personal opinion, the sweetness is more than enough, especially if you use a sweetened protein powder. However, you can increase the sweetness by adding 1 teaspoon of honey or maple syrup.
  • Nut-Free: Use oat or soy milk instead of almond milk if you are avoiding nuts. 
  • Swap The Greens: You can use kale instead of spinach.
  • Ultra Thick Smoothie: Add 1/3 cup of ice cubes to make the smoothie cooler and extra thick!

Recipe Equipment:

I have only tried 2 blenders to make this smoothie:

  • NutriBullet 600.
  • AMZChef Blender 1800 W.

I have not tested this recipe with other blenders.

If you try the smoothie with other blenders and the recipe works, let me know in the comments below!

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Ella Waterworth
Ella Waterworth

Founder & Recipe Developer at Smoothies N Cookies

Ella Waterworth is the founder of Smoothies N Cookies and she is a professional smoothie recipe creator. She gained extensive knowledge of creating smoothies by working for Smoothie King for several years.

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