Chocolate Protein Smoothie

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This chocolate protein smoothie is my go-to when I need an easy breakfast to keep me satisfied throughout the morning ๐Ÿ‘Š. It doesn’t hurt that it also satisfies my chocolate craving with minimal sugar ๐Ÿ˜. Hemp seeds are the hero of this recipe ๐Ÿ’ช. They’re a plant-based powerhouse ingredient that pack in 10 grams of protein per 3 tablespoons. Sometimes, I make this without protein powder and let the hemp seeds fuel me. I highly recommend starting your day with this naturally sweet, high-protein, chocolatey treat ๐ŸŒž!

Why You’ll Love Chocolate Protein Smoothie

Chocolate ๐Ÿซ for breakfast? Every kid’s fantasy is now an adult reality! This protein-rich smoothie is high in plant-based protein, thanks to magical hemp seeds (no, not that kind of magical ๐Ÿ˜‰), which keep you satisfied for hours. Bananas and fresh dates thicken up this beverage, so the texture is almost like a milkshake ๐Ÿ˜‹.

How to Prepare Chocolate Protein Smoothie

๐Ÿซ Add the banana, milk, hemp seeds, cacao, protein powder (if using), and date to a blender. Then, blend until nice and smooth, about 1 minute.

๐Ÿฅค You can refrigerate the smoothie or add ice to your glass. Enjoy and garnish with mini chocolate chips if you like.

Nonna’s Tip

The date is an optional ingredient, but it gives the smoothie a fudgy, thick texture that reminds me of a milkshake. You can find dates in the dried or fresh fruit section in the grocery store. I love Medjool for their caramel flavor.

Chocolate Protein Smoothie

Chocolate Protein Smoothie Variations and Substitutions

  1. To sweeten this up even more, add a small dash of maple ๐Ÿ syrup or your sweetener of choice.
  2. Try any plant-based milk ๐Ÿชด๐Ÿฅ› you like, such as oat, almond, soy, etc.
  3. Serving this to kids? Garnish with a few mini chocolate chips ๐Ÿซ.
  4. In addition to or instead of hemp hearts, try chia seeds.

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Best Served With

  • A protein smoothie is perfect fuel pre- or post-workout or as a breakfast or snack on the go ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™‚๏ธ.
  • To make this a full, protein-heavy breakfast, serve with a Yogurt Bowl or Chia Pudding ๐Ÿฅฃ.
  • Craving even more morning protein? Check out my Breakfast Casserole and Egg Bites.

Common Questions

What is cacao powder?

Cacao powder is the raw, unprocessed version of cocoa powder. It can be a bit more bitter than cocoa and usually contains zero sugar. It’s full of healthy minerals and antioxidants.

Can This chocolate protein smoothie be made with frozen bananas?

Yes, you can certainly make this with frozen or fresh bananas.

What are hemp seeds? what do they taste like?

Hemp seeds are a plant-based protein, chock-full of healthy fats, protein, and minerals. They are from the hemp plant. They’re pretty mild but contribute a slight nutty flavor to the smoothie.

Can i use any other seeds besides hemp seeds?

Yes, chia seeds are another great source of protein.

Chocolate Protein Smoothie

Chocolate Protein Smoothie

Chocolate ๐Ÿซ for breakfast? This is my go-to when I need an easy breakfast to keep me satisfied throughout the morning ๐Ÿ‘Š.
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Course: Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine: American
Servings: 1
Author: The Modern Nonna
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients 

  • ยผ ripe banana, or more if you like
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon hemp seeds
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cacao powder, or cocoa powder
  • 1 scoop protein powder, optional
  • ยฝ medjool date, pitted
  • mini chocolate chips, for garnish, optional

Instructions 

  • Add the banana, milk, hemp seeds, cacao, protein powder (if using), and date to a blender. Blend until nice and smooth, about 1 minute. You can refrigerate it or add ice to your glass. Enjoy and garnish with mini chocolate chips, if you like.

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Nutrition

Calories: 313kcal, Carbohydrates: 24g, Protein: 33g, Fat: 13g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g, Monounsaturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 50mg, Sodium: 371mg, Potassium: 355mg, Fiber: 5g, Sugar: 14g, Vitamin A: 194IU, Vitamin C: 3mg, Calcium: 434mg, Iron: 5mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine: American
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Hi! I'm Sneji. Nice to meet you!

I am more commonly known as โ€œThe Modern Nonnaโ€ on social media where I create easy home cooked meals with a modern twist. I was born and raised in Sofia, Bulgaria and learned how to cook at the best culinary school in the world โ€“ my grandmaโ€™s kitchen. I lived in Greece on the Island of Crete with my parents for a while and then moved to Toronto, Canada when I was in grade 5. I started to really cook and experiment with food 11 years ago when I was 21 years old. Everything I currently know is a reflection of some part of my lifeโ€ฆ

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