Chocolate Protein Shake

Protein shake recipes are a must when trying to eat more protein.  This chocolate smoothie includes bananas, peanut butter, and chocolate protein powder.

protein shake recipesMy dad might be the whitest person I know.

And I’m not talking about his skin color, although it applies in that sense as well.

My kids just took this color-code personality test at school.  Did you ever take this test?  The colors represent different personality types.  Red is strong, dominant, independent, a take-charge leader.  Blue is mostly emotionally driven.  White is a peacemaker, non-confrontational, easy-going type.  Yellow is all fun, and focused on socialization.

The Lizard is a red-white, which sounds sort of impossible, since they are basically opposites, but it definitely didn’t surprise me.

The Fruitarian is white.  ALL white.  As in, I think there are 40 questions on the test, and 37 of them were white.  Did I mention he’s a middle child?  He’s one of the few people I know who can compete with my dad in white-ness.

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I’m a blue, by the way.  Robb says I should take the test again, just to be sure.  {He’s hinting that I’ve become more red with age.  But he’s wrong.  Obviously.}

Robb is pretty darn white himself, but The Lizard is convinced that he is red.  He cited some specific, and to be honest, rather compelling reasons why.  Most of them center around Robb’s nickname when dealing with the kids:  “The Hammer.”

Some time ago, The Hammer decided to pump up and strengthen his general sense of manliness with some weight lifting.

Which required protein powder.

Which required recipes.

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Seriously?  Have you ever tried to drink protein powder mixed in water?  You can’t plug your nose and gag it down!  Even the “good stuff” is terrible.  And thus, I have been on a quest to make whey protein palatable.

This recipe is by far my best effort.

I’m not going to lie.  There is no secret ingredient in the world that can mask that chalky aftertaste, but trust me when I tell you this is as close as you are going to get.

And, double bonus, drinking this shake made me feel full, and curbed my cravings for chocolate dipped Pecan Sandies for several hours.

Because not even this amazing shake can stop that craving forever!



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Chocolate Protein Shake
A chocolate banana shake made with protein powder.
Recipe type: beverages
Serves: 2
  • 1½ cups chocolate milk (or regular milk + 1 big squirt of chocolate syrup)
  • 2 scoops chocolate protein powder (I used Muscle Milk)
  • 1 banana
  • 1 T. peanut butter (I prefer creamy)
  • 3-4 ice cubes
  1. Place all ingredients in a blender. Blend until smooth.

9 thoughts on “Chocolate Protein Shake

  1. john@kitchenriffs

    Protein powder really does taste awful! But this looks like a good recipe for it – loads of good flavors going on. Almost makes me want to start lifting weights myself. 😉 (Don’t worry, I’ll lie down until the feeling passes! Although I actually do push ups, even though I hate them.) Anyway, fun post – thanks.

  2. Rachel R.

    Do you know if this will work with vanilla protein powder + extra chocolate? (ALl I have at the moment is vanilla, because I wanted to be able to put it in fruit smoothies.)

    Also, I am glad to know it is not just me who thinks protein powder is gross. I was starting to think there was something wrong with me, because everyone else seemed to like it just fine.

    1. Jen Post author

      I’ve never tried it that way, but I don’t see why it wouldn’t work. Maybe I’ll have to experiment with a vanilla version!

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  4. Maerwhyn

    So I’m joining the protein bandwagon because I’m pregnant and my midwife wants me to get extra protein, but I don’t need all the extra calories and fat that are in energy bars and things. Thanks for this recipe, I was craving a chocolate smoothie that didn’t have all the junk that you find in the commercial ones. As a tip, I used vanilla powder as well, but wanted extra chocolate flavor, so I added about a tablespoon of cocoa powder. Extra punch of chocolate without the sugar of syrup. Thanks for the recipe!

  5. joshua meyers

    Nice recipe Jen! I know it can be a challenge to create a palatable protein shake recipe. I’ve found what made the biggest difference for me was finding a protein powder I liked. For me it is Optimum Nutrition’s 100% whey, it’s a high quality protein that mixes easily and tastes good without a lot of added sweeteners. Cheers.


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