Chocolate Protein Shake



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This chocolate protein shake has plenty of chocolate flavor, the perfect texture and loads of protein! And it’s so easy to whip up.

Want to know how to make a protein shake that will be a crowd pleaser?! This is your recipe because who doesn’t love chocolate?! This shake is healthy enough for breakfast but honestly tastes like a good ol’ fashioned milkshake!

Two chocolate protein shakes.

For this shake we’re combining chocolate protein powder with cocoa powder for a rich, chocolatey flavor. And I highly recommend topping it with a little coconut whipped cream if you’re looking for more of a treat.

Milk, whipped cream, flax seed, frozen banana, chocolate protein powder and cocoa powder measured out to make a chocolate protein shake.

Here’s What You Need

  • banana – I recommend using a frozen banana because it will give you that thick and creamy shake texture.
  • chocolate protein powder – Since this is a chocolate protein shake, I like using chocolate protein powder. In terms of which protein powder to use, I love use Nuzest protein powder. It’s plant-based, has a short ingredient list and great nutrition facts! Use my code eatingbirdfood for 15% off your order.
  • cocoa powder – for an extra chocolate boost. Cacao powder also works.
  • milk – I like using an unsweetened vanilla almond milk for this protein shake, but any milk will work. Coconut milk would be great if you want a little coconut flavor with the chocolate. You can even make your own almond milk if you’re feeling fancy.
  • chia seeds or flaxseed – adding chia seeds or flaxseed to your shake is totally optional, but does add a little extra protein, fiber and healthy fats.
  • coconut whipped cream – optional, but highly recommended!
Add even more protein by adding Greek yogurt and chia seeds or flaxseed. 
Pouring chocolate protein shake from a blender to a glass.

How to Make a Chocolate Protein Shake Taste Better?

If you’re used to having a protein shake that’s just chocolate protein powder mixed with water, the blended protein shake recipe I’m sharing here is already going to taste much better!

I think the frozen banana really helps make the texture more appealing (and add a little sweetness) and the added cocoa powder gives it more chocolate flavor. That said, here are some tips for making a chocolate protein shake taste better:

  • pick a good protein powder: to be perfectly honest, some protein powders taste better than others. Many have a chalky texture or weird aftertaste. Find a protein powder that actually tastes good and your shakes will automatically taste better. I’m a big fan of Nuzest.
  • use milk: using milk instead of water will make your protein shake more creamy and make it taste more like an actual milkshake.
  • add peanut butter: I personally loving adding a scoop of peanut butter to my protein shakes. It adds more protein and the combo of chocolate and peanut butter is my fave. It reminds me of peanut butter cups!
  • add mint: love mint chocolate chip? Try adding 1-2 drops of peppermint extract or 4-5 fresh mint leaves to this shake. Or try my mint chocolate chip smoothie.
Two chocolate protein shakes.

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5 from 7 votes

Chocolate Protein Shake

This chocolate protein shake has plenty of chocolate flavor, the perfect texture and loads of protein! And it's so easy to whip up.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1


  • 1 scoop chocolate protein powder, (25g)
  • 1/2 Tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 1 frozen banana,, in chunks
  • 3/4 cup milk (I used almond milk)
  • 1/2 Tablespoon chia seeds or flax seed,, optional
  • handful of ice
  • Coconut whipped cream, optional


  • Add all ingredients into your blender except the whipped cream.
    Ingredients for chocolate protein shake in a high powered blender.
  • Blend until smooth. Add a little whipped cream on top (optional) and serve.
    Chocolate protein shake in a high powered blender.


Serving: 1 | Calories: 282kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 587mg | Potassium: 703mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 14g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Drink
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate protein shake
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  1. will be making this soon i never had chocolate protein shake before perfect for hot days in Singapore sorry i took a break from commenting on your recipes as busy with work will dm you if i make this and let you know how it goes Thanks Ramya

    1. Maybe start with 1/2-1 Tablespoon? You might need to add more liquid if its too thick.

  2. 5 stars
    Ohhhh M GGGGG, this is soooo delicious. I didn’t have my salad mix on hand for lunch today so decided to give this a try and it really does taste like a chocolate milkshake. I didn’t make it all fancy and out any whip cream on it, I’m just drinking it straight out of Vitamix Blender Bottle! Looking forward to trying another one and the other protein shake recipes!

    1. Woo!! So glad this shake was a hit, Monica! Thanks so much for trying it and coming back to leave a review. I so appreciate it!

  3. 5 stars
    Hi, really good content those who are eager to make a body healthy and strong with our shakes. Some friends are not like shakes so they can try vegan protein powder (plant-based proteins) i am using this vegan protein very good resultVegan way

    1. Of course! I am so glad you are loving this recipe, Christin. Thank you for sharing your review + star rating, I appreciate it!

  4. 5 stars
    Really enjoyed this. Whey protein has been making me sick so this is my first shake with the vegan Orgain protein powder in chocolate (was available locally). We used flax instead of chia, and I swapped half of the almond milk for coffee for my husband’s shake.

    I’m looking forward to trying mint when mine comes in and the chia seeds because I like the crunch sometimes. Thanks!

    1. YUM! I am so glad you enjoyed this recipe, Amy. Thanks for coming back and sharing your review & star rating, I truly appreciate it!

      1. 5 stars
        Pretty good. I used 20g Vega protein powder instead of a 25g. I’m fairly picky with trying things but I tried this and it was fairly good. But after eating it, It leaves an after taste kind of but it’s what happens it’s pretty good.

        1. Hi Ivan – I am so glad you’re enjoying this protein shake and it turned out great for you. Thank you for coming back and sharing your review + star rating, it means so much to me!