5 Nourishing Chocolate Protein Shakes

Quick, protein-packed smoothies I drink every morning: chocolate edition 

Here are 5 healthy, balanced chocolate smoothie ideas you can add in your Monday to Friday morning, or post-workout, routine. Each smoothie is filled with whole foods coming from fruits, veggies, nuts, seeds, and grains and paired with a chocolate pea protein powder, which is what makes these morning shakes nutritious and filling everyday breakfast ideas.

Watch the video right here and grab the recipes below, enjoy!

To make my smoothies and shakes I use the Ninja Foodi Power Blender & Processor

Grab your favorite chocolate protein powder: I personally like pea protein powder and use the chocolate pea protein powder by Nuzest, on Amazon. Other high protein ingredients I’m using, coming straight from whole food sources, include: hemp seeds, cashews, walnuts, brazil nuts, chia seeds, and oats.

I occasionally use a peanut butter protein powder, which is included in one of the recipes below, but it can be swapped with natural peanut butter which is also a good source of protein (see notes under 4. Chocolate Peanut Butter). 

Fruits and vegetables also have protein but in smaller amounts and may add in around one or up to a few grams of protein per serving. Even though that may seem small, protein from fruits and vegetables really add up throughout the day! They shouldn’t be discounted. 

If you're curious to see the total protein amounts per smoothie (and the numerous other nutrients they have) I highly recommend Cronometer.com, a free nutrition app, so you can see both the macronutrients and micronutrients you’re getting from all these varied and colorful whole foods!

1. Chocolate Blueberry

You'll notice most of these recipes serve two because I make these smoothies and shakes for both my husband and myself. If needed, simply cut the recipe in half to make a single serving.

double blend / serves 2+ 

  • 1.5 cups frozen blueberries
  • 2 bananas
  • 1 clementine
  • 6 brazil nuts
  • 1/2 cup cashews 
  • 1/4 cup hemp seeds 
  • 2 cups coconut water
  • 3 scoops chocolate pea protein powder
  • ice

2. Chocolate + Greens 

double blend / serves 2 

  • 2 bananas
  • 2 kale leaves
  • 1 clementine
  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1/2 cup walnuts
  • 2 cups coconut water
  • 3 scoops chocolate pea protein
  • Ice

3. Chocolate Kiwi

serves 2+ 

  • 1 banana
  • 2 clementines
  • 2 kiwi
  • 1 avocado
  • 2 tbsp hemp seeds
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • Ice
  • 2 cups coconut water
  • 4 scoops chocolate pea protein

4. Chocolate Peanut Butter

serves 2+ 

  • 2 bananas
  • 4 brazil nuts
  • large handful of walnuts
  • 1/2 cup full fat oat milk
  • 1.5 c+ coconut water
  • 3 scoops chocolate pea protein powder (linked in my bio)
  • 2 scoops PBfit protein powder
  • ice

Adding the peanut butter protein powder boosts the total protein without adding more fat which also allows for more varied nutrients by adding in other fat-dominant ingredients like Brazil nuts and walnuts. However, if desired, you could swap out the peanut butter powder with real peanut butter and cut the walnuts to balance out the total fat content. The total protein count will however be lower. 

5. Easy Chocolate

serves 1 

  • 1 banana
  • 1 clementine
  • 3 brazil nuts
  • 1.5 cups coconut water
  • Ice
  • 1-2 scoops nuzest chocolate pea protein