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Our favorite chocolate protein shake recipes

Getting your quota of protein while keeping your menu interesting can be taxing. That said, you are in luck because chocolate may be the key food to add your daily nutrition.

According to Science Daily, studies show that consuming dark chocolate that is at least 70% cacao, may reduce stress and inflammation, improve your memory and mood, as well as boost your immune system. Researcher Lee S. Berk of Loma Linda University states that in preliminary findings, “These studies show us that the higher the concentration of cacao, the more positive impact on cognition, memory, mood, immunity, and other beneficial effects.” Chocolate is also known to be rich in antioxidants. Clearly these comments are preliminary and difficult to prove  without very expensive well controlled clinical trials and these findings have not been approved by the FDA. Chocolate is considered a comfort food and there are few negatives as long as the sugar content is controlled.

If chocolate can benefit your brain’s ability to focus and reduce the time spent nursing sore muscles after a workout, then imagine the benefits of combining this wonderful food with the all mighty and important protein.  It’s a simple way to ingest this vital nutrient while also satisfying a sweet tooth. A chocolate protein shake can be the perfect post-gym reward that can serve as a source of nutrition as well as tasting great.

There are lots of inventive ways to get your protein and dessert fix by creating different recipes with SFH Pure Whey Protein Chocolate Powder. Each shake consists of a scoop of whey protein which supports wellness and provides the body with essential nutrients. Here are some to check out:

Chocolate Banana Shake
Chocolate covered frozen bananas are a favorite treat for many. This extra creamy and chocolaty recipe from The Healthy Foodie is a protein packed alternative that you can have as a treat and a post workout meal.

Ingredients:
1 Banana, preferably frozen
1 cup almond milk
2 scoops of SFH Pure Whey protein powder, chocolate flavor
2 tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa or cacao powder
½ teaspoon of espresso powder (optional)
4 ice cubes

Instructions:
Combine ingredients in a blender. Process until smooth or until the right consistency is achieved. Top with chocolate chips for garnish if wanted. Go Bananas!

Chocolate Almond Joy Smoothie
If you are overjoyed by the thought of sinking your teeth into one of these candy bars and you are cuckoo for coconut, then this shake recipe from Performance Inspired is for you. The benefit of this chocolate smoothie? It will melt in your mouth, not in your hand.

Ingredients:
½ cup non-fat Greek yogurt
½ cup chocolate almond milk
2 scoops SFH PURE Whey protein powder, chocolate flavor
2 tablespoons almond butter
1 teaspoon coconut extract
4 ice cubes

Instructions:
Blend the ingredients together until creamy, adding more liquid if necessary. Top with almond slices, dark chocolate shavings, or unsweetened coconut flakes for an extra treat.

Black Forest Shake
Chocolate and cherries are a match made in heaven, so why not combine them in a shake? This recipe is inspired by the traditional German dessert, Black Forest chocolate cake, except this recipe from The Daily Burn is better for you.

Ingredients:
1 cup almond, soy, or skim milk, plain and unsweetened
2 scoops SFH PURE Why protein powder, chocolate flavor
1 banana, preferably frozen
4 ice cubes
1 cup dark sweet cherries, frozen and pitted

Instructions:
Combine all ingredients in a blender until your desired consistency is achieved. Top with additionally dark sweet cherries and chocolate chips for extra flavor or get indulgent and add a dollop of whipped cream.

Peanut Butter & Chocolate Shake

E.T. was no dummy. These are two great tastes that taste great together. If your idea of the perfect snack is a peanut butter cup, then you will love this nutritious shake version from All Recipes.

Ingredients:
1 cup almond, soy, or skim milk, pain and unsweetened
1 banana
2 tablespoons of peanut or almond butter
2 scoops SFH PURE Whey protein powder, chocolate flavor
1 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder (add more to taste)
1 tablespoon honey
6 ice cubes

Instructions:
Add ingredients into a blender and blend until the correct consistency is achieved. Add more cocoa powder for a darker chocolate flavor. You’ll go nuts for it.

Peppermint Dark Chocolate Shake
Not just for the holidays anymore. While chocolate and peppermint cocoa may traditionally be a winter pairing, that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a cool, refreshing version year round. This recipe from Fit Foodie Finds is the perfect way to satisfy your craving for something sweet and minty fresh.

Ingredients:
1 scoop SFH PURE Whey protein powder, chocolate flavor
1 cup almond, soy, or skim milk
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
¼ teaspoon pure peppermint extract
1 large banana, preferably frozen
Dash of sea salt
1 tablespoon of dark chocolate chips
Whipped cream or Greek vanilla yogurt

Instructions:
Combine all ingredients in a blender save for the yogurt/whipped cream. Blend until smooth. Top with the yogurt or whipped cream to treat yourself.

Chocolate Chai Pumpkin Shake
Another holiday favorite has become a perennial stable. Pumpkin spice and chai spice are often seen as flavors used in baked goods and lattes year round. They also make a great tasting protein shake as you can see from this delicious sounding recipe from PaleOMG. Don’t take our word for it, try this twist on a classic out for yourself. Variety is the spice of life!

Ingredients:
1 ½ cups of almond, soy, or skim milk, unsweetened
½ cup pumpkin puree
2 scoops SFH PURE Whey protein powder, chocolate flavor
3 tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 chai tea packet (loose leaf tea)
6 ice cubes
Sprinkle of cacao nibs

Instructions:
Place all ingredients except the nibs into a blender. For the chai tea, cut open a tea bag and pour loose leaf contents into the mixture. Blend until desired consistency. Top with cacao nibs for an extra treat.

Chocolate Birthday Cake Batter Shake
Did you always ask your mom if you could lick the spoon when she was making a chocolate cake? Now every day can be your birthday when you whip up a glass of this protein-packed chocolate shake from Dashing Dish.

Ingredients:
1 scoop SFH Pure Whey protein powder, chocolate flavor
½ cup fat-free cottage cheese
¼ teaspoon stevia sweetener
5-10 ice cubes
1 ½ tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1 cup almond, soy, or skim milk, unsweetened
¼ teaspoon almond extract
¼ teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions:
Combine ingredients into a blender. Use less ice if you want a thicker shake. For a thinner shake, add more ice and use water rather than milk. Top with sprinkles of your choice – Go shorty. It’s your birthday.

Mocha Buzz Shake
This has to be the most popular mix of flavors with all the Frappuccinos that cafes sell every day. Coffee and chocolate seem to be that winning combo of energy jolt and sugar high that helps people get through their day and satisfy a hankering for sugar. Do one better than that and get your caffeine and protein in one with this sweet coffee shop inspired creation from The Daily Burn.

Ingredients:
2 scoops SFH PURE Whey protein powder, chocolate flavor
½ cup almond, soy, or skim milk, unsweetened
1 tablespoon sugar-free butterscotch pudding powder
½ cup concentrated cold brew coffee
6 ice cubes
Instant coffee and chocolate shavings for garnish

Instructions:
Blend the milk and pudding powder for 2 minutes. Add in the cold brew, protein powder, and ice and blend until creamy. Add a dash of instant coffee and chocolate shavings as garnish and get your buzz on.

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Shake
When you think decadent, chocolate covered strawberries come to mind. This is a much more beneficial and more satisfying take on the classic dessert. This shake recipe from Chalene Johnson is high in protein and full of not-so-forbidden fruit. Mix it up for the perfect post-workout pick-me-up.

Ingredients:
½ cup frozen strawberries
½ cup almond, soy, or skim milk, unsweetened
1 scoop SFH PURE Whey protein powder, chocolate flavor
4 ice cubes

Instructions:
Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. For a thinner consistency, add more ice. Top shake with fresh strawberry slices.

Red Velvet Shake
This is the cake that created the cupcake frenzy. Rich red velvet cake is a favorite among foodies and this shake recipe from The Protein Chef is just as delectable as the actual dessert.

Ingredients:
¾ cup almond, soy, or skim milk, unsweetened
1 scoop SFH PURE Whey protein powder, chocolate flavor
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
2 1/2 oz. fat-free vanilla Greek yogurt
2 tablespoons red velvet cake mix
Whipped cream as garnish

Instructions:
Combine all ingredients except for the cream. Blend until the mixture is creamy or your desired consistency. Top with whipped cream for some extra eye candy.