This dark chocolate protein smoothie is DECADENT and loaded with protein! It is perfect for breakfast, a healthy dessert, or a meal replacement. No matter what time of the day you try it, you will love this dark chocolate protein smoothie!
My easy, delicious meal-on-the-go smoothie!
When I need to load up on protein but don’t feel like a heavy meal, this is my go-to smoothie. It has 45ish grams of protein and tastes rich, decadent, and delicious. It is packed with nutrients, healthy fats and is low sugar. The parts of this recipe, specifically the hemp seeds, add lots of beneficial nutrients and minerals. With only five ingredients, this super easy smoothie is perfect for when you’re in a rush. All you need to do is add it to a blender and blend it!
When you are craving something chocolatey, this smoothie will satisfy that craving without a bunch of extra sugar and preservatives. Typically, store-bought smoothies are loaded with unnecessary sugars and don’t contain the protein needed to get you through the day. But with this smoothie, you can have the delicious taste all while knowing exactly what is in it. Besides satisfying your cravings, this smoothie is not pricey to make.
How to make my dark chocolate protein smoothie.
I share in the short video below how quick and easy it is to make my dark chocolate protein smoothie. You won’t believe how fabulous it is (and it is healthy to boot)!!
Can I make the dark chocolate protein smoothie without bananas?
Absolutely! The banana in this recipe adds sweetness to this smoothie as well as thickens the texture of the smoothie. While I fully recommend bananas in this smoothie, some people are not huge fans, but there are some substitutes, too! Avocado is a good substitute for bananas in a dark chocolate protein smoothie. It adds the same creaminess and thickness that a banana gives. The only difference is that it doesn’t add any sweetness. You would need to add something a little sweeter to counterbalance. Another possible substitute for banana is yogurt, it will thicken up the smoothie and add some more creaminess.
Is my dark chocolate protein smoothie healthy?
Absolutely! Without any added sugar, this smoothie is the perfect healthy meal replacement. The sweetness comes from the banana and the decadent dark chocolate comes from the cocoa powder. This recipe is SO simple! Also, with all of the protein added you will be able to stay full and happy.
What type of protein should be used for this dark chocolate smoothie?
I use multi-collagen protein. always add a collagen peptide protein to my smoothies. My favorite is Ancient Nutrition Multi Collagen Protein, which has 20 grams of protein per 2 scoops. This smoothie has two scoops, which adds 20 grams of protein to the smoothie. This collagen is flavorless and blends completely in the smoothie (no clumping).
What type of milk was used in this smoothie?
I used Almond Malk almond milk, which is free of fillers, oils, gluten, dairy, and gums/thickeners. The only ingredients are filtered water, organic almonds, and Himalayan pink sea salt. One cup of Almond Malk adds 4 grams of protein to the smoothie. If you can’t find Almond Malk, Elmhurst is another filler-free almond milk. When I have time, I make my own almond milk. You can learn my easy method in this blog post.
My recipe for almond milk is SO easy and SO delicious! It only requires almonds, filtered water, vanilla extract, and Torani Sugar-Free French Vanilla Syrup. This almond milk will go very well in this smoothie. It will add some extra sweetness and flavor to your smoothie. It is super easy to make and free of preservatives. You should give it a try for this smoothie!
Why use hemp seeds for the dark chocolate protein smoothie?
I LOVE using hemp seeds to add protein to smoothies! They don’t really add taste (they are slightly nutty), but they do add a whopping 10 grams of protein per scoop. Besides being protein-packed, hemp seeds are a great source of magnesium, which is great for your heart! They also contain a nice amount of fiber and are rich in many other minerals and nutrients. These seeds are super nutritious and are the perfect addition to your smoothie. Each tablespoon of raw hemp seeds contains the following nutrient breakdown: Calories: 180. Protein: 10g. Fat: 14g. This smoothie has two tablespoons of hemp seeds, adding 20 grams of protein.
Where can you get hemp seeds?
You might be surprised to know that you can get hemp seeds at most stores. Besides just ordering them on amazon, they have them at most of your local grocery stores. But I would recommend that you do a google search to find which places near you have them. They are such a great addition to your smoothie and so many other meals. Once you try these, you’ll be adding them to so many meals!
What should you use for a rich chocolate flavor?
Dark cocoa gives this smoothie its dark chocolate flavor. Adding this cocoa powder will help to crush any of your chocolate cravings. Add one more gram of protein from the tablespoon of 100% cocoa (I use Ghirardelli), and 1.3 grams of protein from the banana. Dark chocolate also has antioxidants and health benefits. Remember though, that the cocoa must be 70% or higher for health benefits.
How much protein is in this dark chocolate smoothie in total?
As I mentioned earlier, the hemp seeds in this recipe provide 20 grams of protein. The dark cocoa provides 1 gram and the banana provides 1.3. The almond milk adds 4 grams and finally, the scoops of the collagen protein powder add 20 grams of protein. All of these combine to make this smoothie have 45 grams of protein. This amount of protein will set you up to stay full and have plenty of energy. Extra protein does a great job of curbing hunger and keeps you feeling great.
Let me know how you enjoy this fabulous dish in the comments below. As always, thank you so much for stopping by. Be blessed and stay savvy!!!
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- 1 banana (frozen is best)
- 2 scoops collagen protein
- 1 TB cocoa
- 2 TB hemp seeds
- 1 cup almond milk
- Add frozen banana to blender cup.
- Add milk first, then remaining ingredients.
- Blenad for 45 seconds until smooth.
Nutrition InformationYield 1 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 452Total Fat 14gSaturated Fat 2gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 11gCholesterol 5mgSodium 89mgCarbohydrates 42gFiber 6gSugar 22gProtein 47g