Chocolate Orange Protein Smoothie

4.38 stars average

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This Chocolate Orange Protein Smoothie is made with creamy banana, rich dark chocolate, juicy orange, and a pinch of cinnamon.

Chocolate orange protein smoothie.

My friends and colleagues often refer to me as the Smoothie Queen, and it is a crown I wear with pride. Smoothies are definitely my favorite way to start the day, and as such I am constantly experimenting and trying new recipes. This Chocolate Orange Protein Smoothie is a delicious way to start your day in a healthy way that will keep you full until lunch.


  • Orange: Naturally sweet, juicy, and tangy as well as high in vitamin C.
  • Banana: Creamy, naturally sweet, and a great source of potassium.
  • Greek yogurt: Higher in protein and lower in sugar than typical yogurt, it is also a bit thicker, making it perfect for smoothies.
  • Protein powder: Either chocolate or vanilla flavor works well in this smoothie, I used chocolate.
  • Cocoa powder: A great source of antioxidants, and chocolate is yummy.
  • Flax seed meal: Tasteless, but adds a ton of fiber, protein, and omega 3s.
  • Vanilla: Balances out the flavors and adds a touch of sweetness.
  • Cinnamon: Aromatic, sweet, and earthy in flavor. It adds just a little kick to the smoothie.

How to Make Chocolate Orange Protein Smoothie

Orange and banana in blender

Start your Chocolate Orange Protein Smoothie by peeling your banana and orange and putting them in the bottom of your blender.

Liz adding cocoa powder

Next, add the protein powder and cocoa powder to the blender.

Liz adding cinnamon

Add a sprinkle of cinnamon.

Liz adding flax seed meal

Then add the flaxseed meal.

Adding vanilla to smoothie

Follow with the vanilla.

Adding greek yogurt

And finish with the Greek yogurt.

Blending chocolate orange smoothie

Blend until the consistency is smooth. If it’s too thin, you can add some ice to thicken. If it’s too thick, add a bit of water.

Pouring chocolate orange protein smoothie

Pour evenly into two glasses.

Chocolate orange protein smoothies.

Garnish with an orange slice or fun straw, and enjoy your Chocolate Orange Protein Smoothie!


  • Make it dairy free. Use a plant-based protein powder and replace the yogurt with almond milk.
  • Change up the fruit. If you aren’t a fan of banana, you could use apple sauce or double up on the orange.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Is it okay to replace a meal with a protein shake or smoothie?

Yes, as long as you aren’t replacing all of your meals with shakes or smoothies. Starting your day with a smoothie is a great way to cut calories while still getting the energy you need.

When should I drink a protein smoothie?

It’s best to consume a protein shake or smoothie within 2 hours of a workout. It can be before or after you exercise.

Can I make this smoothie ahead of time?

You can make this smoothie in bulk and freeze it, or you can make single serve, ready-to-blend bags, as I explain here.

Chocolate orange protein smoothies.

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Liz drinking chocolate orange protein smoothie.

Whether for breakfast or an afternoon snack, for myself or for my kids, this Chocolate Orange Protein Smoothie is sure to please.

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Chocolate Orange Protein smoothie

Chocolate Orange Protein Smoothie

4.38 stars average
This creamy, protein-packed smoothie is made with rich dark chocolate, juicy orange, and a pinch of cinnamon.
PREP: 5 minutes
TOTAL: 5 minutes


  • 1 seedless orange (peeled)
  • ½ banana
  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 protein powder (chocolate or vanilla work)
  • 2 tablespoons dark chocolate cocoa powder (or regular)
  • 1 tablespoon flax seed meal
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • one or two handfuls of ice


  • Place all ingredients in a high speed blender and puree until smooth. Add some ice if too thin, add water if too thick.

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Calories: 363kcalCarbohydrates: 51.1gProtein: 37.4gFat: 5.7gSaturated Fat: 2.4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3.3gTrans Fat: 0gCholesterol: 15mgSodium: 103mgFiber: 9.3gSugar: 28.1g
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45 responses to “Chocolate Orange Protein Smoothie”

  1. Kate Avatar

    A bit too sweet i find protein powder chocolate and 2 tbsp cacao very intense and heavy in chocolate taste . I would reduce the cacao powder if i am putting protein chocolate .

  2. Amy @ Amy's Healthy Baking Avatar
    Amy @ Amy’s Healthy Baking

    Oh Liz, you’re such a sweet friend!! This smoothie looks absolutely amazing, and I’ll drink anything with “chocolate” in the title. Maybe a little too frequently… ;) And that protein boost is definitely a necessity during the holiday season! Pinned!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Well if you like chocolate in the title you’ll like my recipe today. ;)

  3. Joanne Avatar

    This is such a fabulous smoothie! i love how it has both citrus and chocolate so you get the best of two flavor worlds.

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Thank you my friend!