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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!

    Chocolate and Strawberry smoothie in a glass

    Strawberry season is a beloved time of year here in Michigan and I’m happy to report that the berries are super sweet this year! Thanks to plenty of rain and a warm spring, every strawberry I taste is juicy and sweet with a hint of floral aroma in the background

    Strawberries at Krupps - The Lemon Bowl

    Strawberry season is fleeting, lasting just several weeks, which is why we tend to go crazy buying, eating and freezing as many as possible. Whether you’re looking to freeze strawberries, blueberries, corn or any other fruits & veggies, don’t miss my step-by-step guide to freezing summer produce.

    Strawberry Flats - The Lemon Bowl

    This year we bought several big flats of berries from Krupp Farms just 15 miles down the street. When I went to pick out a flat they asked what I planned to do with the strawberries. Umm… eat them? By the fistful?

    Chocolate Strawberry Protein Smoothie a healthy breakfast recipe

    Of course, I soon realized he was asking if I planned to add a bunch of sugar and turn them into jam or shortcake topping but no – I can’t imagine the need for adding sugar to these sweet little jewels. Instead, I turned them into a protein-packed chocolate smoothie that is 100% naturally sweetened.

    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.

    Your straw is waiting.

    Chocolate and Strawberry smoothie in a glass

    Chocolate Strawberry Protein Smoothie

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


    • 1 cup hulled strawberries (fresh or frozen)
    • 1 ripe banana
    • 1 cup plain low fat yogurt (I use Stonyfield)
    • ½ cup protein powder (I use Bob’s Red Mill)
    • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
    • 2 tablespoons flax seed meal
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla
    • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
    • ice to taste


    • 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.

    Recipe Video


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

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    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.

            2. 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 :)

            3. 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 (!!)

            4. 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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