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Chocolate Strawberry Protein Smoothie

    Thick, creamy, and protein-packed, you are going to love this naturally sweetened Chocolate Strawberry Protein Smoothie!

    Holding a chocolate strawberry protein smoothie.

    Strawberry season is fleeting, lasting just several weeks, which is why we tend to go crazy buying, eating, and freezing as many as possible. I then use them year round for all sorts of delicious recipes, especially smoothies! Made with creamy yogurt, cocoa powder and a pinch of cinnamon, this Chocolate Strawberry Protein Smoothie is one of my favorite ways to start the day any time of the year. Lucky for me, my freezer is now filled with local Michigan strawberries to make sure that happens.

    Ingredients

    • Strawberries: You can use fresh or frozen strawberries, but they are naturally both sweet and tart for delicious flavor.
    • Banana: An easy go-to fruit for naturally sweetening smoothies without adding sugar.
    • Yogurt: Low-fat plain yogurt helps the smoothie to be nice and creamy without adding unnecessary sweetener. For added protein, use Greek yogurt.
    • Protein powder: I used vanilla protein powder, but use whatever you have that is your favorite! Whey based or plant based is fine.
    • Cocoa powder: Adds rich, deep chocolate flavor to the smoothie.
    • Flax seed meal: While flavorless, flax seed is a great source of fiber, antioxidants, and Omega 3s.
    • Vanilla: Balances out the flavors and sweeteners.
    • Cinnamon: Adds just a hint of warmth and diverse flavor.

    How to Make Chocolate Strawberry Protein Smoothie

    Adding strawberries to blender

    Start your chocolate strawberry protein smoothie by hulling your strawberries and adding them to your blender.

    Addnig banana to blender

    Next peel your banana and add it to the blender.

    Adding yogurt to blender

    Then add your yogurt and vanilla.

    Adding cocoa powder to blender

    Followed by the cocoa powder and cinnamon.

    Adding protein powder to blender

    Then add your favorite protein powder.

    Adding flax seed to blender

    Finish with your flax seed meal and some ice to thicken.

    Blending chocolate smoothie

    Blend until smooth, adding more ice as needed to reach desired consistency.

    Chocolate strawberry protein smoothie.

    Pour evenly into glasses, serve, and enjoy your Chocolate Strawberry Protein Smoothie!

    Switch it up

    • Make it vegan. Use a plant based protein powder and swap the yogurt out for almond milk or a dairy-free yogurt substitute to make this smoothie vegan.
    • Swap the strawberries. This smoothie would work just as well with raspberries or blackberries.

    Frequently Asked Questions:

    What fruit can you add to a chocolate protein shake?

    What’s wonderful about chocolate is it goes with just about anything! All sorts of berries, mango, orange, or cherry taste great in a protein shake.

    Can you mix two different protein powders?

    With the flavors in this smoothie, you could use vanilla, chocolare, or strawberry flavored protein powders. Or a combination of whatever you have!

    How do I freeze strawberies?

    If you are also wondering how to freeze your fresh produce to use all year round, follow my easy guide to freezing berries and fruit of all kind.

    Chocolare strawberry protein smoothies.

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    Liz drinking chocolate strawberry protein smoothie.

    The perfectly sweet way to start your day, give this Chocolate Strawberry Protein Smoothie a try and let me know how you like it!

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    Chocolate Strawberry Protein Smoothie

    Chocolate Strawberry Protein Smoothie

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    Thick, creamy and protein-packed, you are going to love this naturally sweetened Chocolate Strawberry Protein Smoothie!
    PREP: 5 mins
    TOTAL: 5 mins
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    Servings: 2

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    Instructions
     

    • Place all ingredients in a high speed blender and puree until smooth and creamy. Add more ice until you’ve reached desired level of thickness.

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    Nutrition

    Calories: 250kcalCarbohydrates: 32gProtein: 22.2gFat: 5.7gSaturated Fat: 1.8gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3.9gCholesterol: 42mgSodium: 92mgFiber: 6.8gSugar: 17.6g

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    32 Comments

    1. Now that’s a lot of strawberries! It’s far too easy to eat them since they’re so sweet and delicious, so I’m sure you didn’t have a problem. I really need to start canning! And this smoothie sounds like such a creamy, satisfying breakfast or snack!

    2. Love that you didn’t do something extra sugary with the strawberries!! It always feels wrong messing with perfectly ripe and sweet fruit. This smoothie sounds perfect and I’m sure the strawberries sweeten it just right. Also, thanks for the protein recommendation, I never know where to start with that stuff.

        1. I am sorry to report that we didn’t love this. I think there were just too many flavors in there, and the strawberry flavor did not come through at all. Actually, no particular flavor came through. To me, it was a weird, unrecognizable flavor. I would in the future leave out the banana and cinnamon, and probably the vanilla, so that what I taste is strawberries and chocolate.

          1. So sorry you didn’t like it Susan!! We eat this quite a bit and my boys love it but everyone has their own taste! Also, the sweetness of your berries makes a huge difference. Were you using locally picked berries that were ripe?

            1. The berries were definitely ripe and tasty, but they were definitely not local – they were Driscoll’s, which I picked up at the grocery store. They actually tasted as good as they looked. My banana was not over-ripe, either. Not only is everyone’s taste different, but I’ve noticed that a lot of things taste better since I got off a couple of meds. I’ll chalk this up to my taste buds.

    3. Oh the strawberries in NY are at their peak as well. So juicy good!! Love this smoothie…especially the quick indulgent chocolate addition to make any morning brighter :)

    4. I’ve starting having a protein smoothie almost every single day and am getting tired of my current recipe rotation. Adding this to the mix! PS. I didn’t know bob’s made protein powder (!!)

    5. I’m laughing because my response to “what are you going to do with all those strawberries” would be the same! We pick a ton when they are in season here (December-February lol) and we just end up eating them “Straight Up”! This smoothie sounds so good, I’m all over it!

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