Chocolate Protein Shake


5 from 14 votes
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Learn how to make this thick and creamy chocolate protein shake recipe in seconds. With over 30 grams of protein, it leaves me satisfied for hours!

Need more high-protein drink recipes? Try my coffee protein shake, cinnamon roll protein shake, peanut butter protein shake, or Snickers protein shake next. 

chocolate protein shake.

Friends, meet my go-to post-workout treat that tastes like a thick shake- my simple chocolate protein smoothie recipe.

It’s super thick and creamy and will convert anyone who despises protein shakes.

Table of Contents
  1. Why I love this recipe
  2. Ingredients needed
  3. How to make chocolate protein shakes
  4. Arman’s recipe tips
  5. More easy smoothie recipes
  6. Chocolate Protein Shake (Recipe Card)

Why I love this recipe

  • Hello, McDonald’s thickshake. There’s rich chocolate flavor in every sip that tastes like it’s sinful.
  • It’s not diet-y. The best trick I’ve found to maintain weight loss isn’t to take things out of my diet but to make my favorite treats a bit healthier…like my protein shakes.
  • Ready in seconds. Just add everything to a blender and blend until smooth. It doesn’t get easier. 
  • 30 grams of protein. Making it the perfect post-workout treat, on-the-go breakfast, or guilt-free snack.
chocolate protein shakes.

Ingredients needed

  • Frozen bananas. Adds some natural sweetness and thickens the shake. 
  • Milk. I used unsweetened vanilla almond milk, but you can use any dairy or non-dairy milk. 
  • Protein powder. Use whichever protein powder you enjoy the flavor of, as it’ll be a big component of the recipe. I tested a few, and my favorites were pea protein and whey protein powder. Also, for a richer chocolate flavor, use chocolate protein powder.
  • Chia seeds. For protein, fiber, and healthy omega-3 fatty acids. If you don’t like the texture of chia seeds, you probably won’t notice them blended up in the shake. That said, you can use flaxseeds instead.
  • Cocoa powder. I used dark cocoa powder for its rich, smooth flavor. You can use cacao powder, which has a higher antioxidant content, but you’ll want to increase the amount of sweetener since it can be quite bitter. 
  • Ice. To give the shake a creamy texture without extra calories.  
  • Chocolate chips. Optional garnish. 

How to make chocolate protein shakes

I’ve included step-by-step photos below to make this recipe easy to follow at home. For the full printable recipe instructions and ingredient quantities, scroll to the recipe card at the bottom of this post.

Step 1- Blend. Place all the ingredients in a high-powered blender and blend until smooth.

Step 2- Serve. Pour the mixture into a glass, decorate it with chocolate chips, and enjoy!

how to make a chocolate protein shake.

Arman’s recipe tips

  • Taste as you go. My #1 tip for getting the perfect shake is to give it a taste test. That way, you can add anything as needed until it’s perfect. 
  • Freeze the banana beforehand because it makes it even creamier and keeps the shake ice cold. 
  • Tweak the blender settings. For a creamy shake, start blending on low. Gradually increase until it’s on high, let it run for 10 seconds, then reduce the speed to low right before serving. 
  • For a sweeter shake, feel free to add a pinch of maple syrup or honey.


  • Make it more satisfying. I find adding healthy fats and fiber is a great way to make my shakes even more filling. Nut butter (my go-to is almond butter!) and frozen avocado are great options.  
  • Boost the superfoods. Add a few tablespoons of oats, Greek yogurt, or hemp seeds for a more nutrient-rich shake. 
  • Add a dash of sea salt. Not only does it amplify the other ingredients, but it adds essential minerals!
chocolate protein shakes in a glass with a straw.

More easy smoothie recipes

chocolate protein shake recipe.

Chocolate Protein Shake

5 from 14 votes
Learn how to make this thick and creamy chocolate protein shake recipe in seconds. With over 30 grams of protein, it leaves me satisfied for hours!
Servings: 1 serving
Prep: 1 minute
Cook: 1 minute
Total: 2 minutes


  • 1 small banana frozen
  • 1/4 cup protein powder I use chocolate protein powder
  • 1/2 cup almond milk unsweetened
  • 1 teaspoon chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder I use dark cocoa powder
  • 8 ice cubes


  • Place the frozen banana, almond milk, protein powder, chia seeds, cocoa powder, and ice in a blender and blend until smooth.
    how to make a chocolate protein shake.
  • Pour the mixture into a glass and enjoy immediately.


For a sweeter protein shake, add a teaspoon of maple syrup or honey.
TO STORE. Protein shakes are best enjoyed fresh, but if you have any leftovers, store them in the fridge in an airtight container for 1-2 days. Give it a good mix before serving in case there’s any separation. 
TO FREEZE. Freeze any leftover shake in an ice cube tray, then store the cubes in a freezer-safe bag for up to 6 months. To re-blend, add the cubes with a splash of milk to a blender and blend until smooth.


Serving: 1servingCalories: 197kcalCarbohydrates: 27gProtein: 30gFat: 4gSodium: 211mgPotassium: 535mgFiber: 6gSugar: 14gVitamin A: 139IUVitamin C: 9mgCalcium: 278mgIron: 3mgNET CARBS: 21g
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Author: Arman Liew
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Arman Liew

I’m a two time cookbook author, photographer, and writer, and passionate about creating easy and healthier recipes. I believe you don’t need to be experienced in the kitchen to make good food using simple ingredients that most importantly, taste delicious.

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  1. 5 stars
    I still like your peanut butter protein shake better, but this is FAB for a chocolate fix!