Recipe: Chunky Chocolate Protein Shake

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Chunky Chocolate Protein Shake

If you’re a fitness junkie, protein smoothies & shakes might already be a staple in your diet. But that doesn’t mean they need to be a bland mix of powder and water. Instead, step outside the box and opt for something delicious (and chocolatey!) instead.

This Chunky Chocolate Protein Shake is not only tasty but healthy, too! It’s filled with ingredients to both replenish your fuel and boost your nutrient intake.

Organic cacao powder makes this smoothie taste like chocolate (without all the processed sugar, of course) as well as gives you a big antioxidant hit. In fact, cacao (not cocoa) has been shown to have even more calcium than cow’s milk! Cacao can be used in any chocolate recipe, like this one for cupcakes or this one for a berry mix.

Adding in the almond butter gives this protein shake a dose of healthy fats and at the same time keeps the texture creamy.

Really, this chocolate shake is both healthy and indulgent… and you skip the sugar high!

Recipe: Chunky Chocolate Protein ShakeIngredients

  • 1 banana, frozen
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 5 ice cubes
  • 3 tablespoons raw cacao powder
  • 1 tablespoon almond butter
  • 1 date
  • 1/4 cup oats
  • 3/4 cups almond milk

Chunky Chocolate Shake Directions

In a blender, combine everything but the almond milk.

Pour milk over top.

Blend on high until combined and smooth.

You may need to use a tamper as the smoothie is thick.

Note: If you don’t have a powerful blender, you may want to chop the bananas before blending them!

Makes one large smoothie or two small ones.


If you’re looking to supplement your time in the gym with outstanding fuel — this chocolate shake is perfect for you. It’s decadent, full of real, whole food ingredients, and it makes the perfect post-workout smoothie!

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Hi! – I’m Shelby. I blog over at I’m a Strength Coach, Nutrition Coach & Chronic Foodie. But most importantly, mama to two super cute little girls- and a pup! I enjoy sweaty workouts, tasty meals and trying my best to live holistically (though there's definitely a lot of trial and error there!). But most of all I love sharing knowledge on everything fitness & health related.
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Recipe: Chunky Chocolate Protein Shake