It’s funny to think about now, but, for the longest time, I couldn’t stand protein shakes. It always seemed to me they were intentionally bad for some reason.
I can even remember trying Dustin’s shakes on occasion and thinking, “Who would want to drink this?”
Now that I understand the reason for having a high protein breakfast as well as the benefits provided by a protein shake, however, I recognized I would need to incorporate these shakes into my diet. Somehow.
At first, I tried a protein shake, blended in the blender with vanilla whey protein powder, water, and ice.
Um. Ick. I distinctly remember thinking this tastes just like chemicals. No thanks.
The second morning, I offered to try to make the shake more palatable. So, I added a pinch of cinnamon and nutmeg.
After several trials and errors, I came up with a pretty tasty shake.
Eventually, I got the idea to add some almond milk, peanut butter, and a banana to the shake from a local shake store.
But, more importantly, I realized that all protein powder is not created equally. To have the best protein shakes, you’ll want to make sure you get a good quality protein powder (like this one), as this will significantly help or hinder the flavor of your shake.
Chocolate, Banana, And Peanut Butter Protein Shake
Over the years, since I created this delicious Chocolate, Banana, Peanut Butter Protein Shake, I’ve come up with some new faves as well. If you’d like more protein shakes and smoothie recipes, check out the following:
- Green Protein Smoothie
- Almond Butter, Coffee, And Chocolate Shake
- Orange Protein Shake
- Strawberry Protein Shake
- Banana Protein Shake
- Blueberry Shake
- Peach Protein Shake
What’s your favorite shake recipe?
Are you looking for a nourishing protein shake that is delicious and satisfying all at the same time? This Chocolate Banana Peanut Butter Protein Shake is the absolute best you’ll ever taste!
- 1 cup almond milk
- 1 tbsp creamy peanut butter
- 1 ripe banana can be frozen, broken into large chunks
- 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 scoop chocolate whey protein powder
- 5-10 ice cubes depending on how thick you like it
- optional: 1 tsp. honey
Add all ingredients in blender, starting with the almond milk.
Blend until smooth.
If too thick, add more milk. If too thin, add some more ice.
This protein shake is by far the #1 shake we have in our home. It's sweet, creamy, chocolatey, and full of satisfying goodness. Plus it's so simple to make. We often have it as a quick pre-workout meal or even as a sweet treat to end the day.
If you like it even sweeter, you can opt to freeze your bananas instead of using fresh bananas. That way, you can opt to not add any ice into the shake, which will make the flavor more intense and less watered down.
I also like to add a sprinkle of dehydrated espresso powder for a little flavor boost to the chocolate. And don't forget that cinnamon - it's seriously life changing.
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This post was last updated on September 4, 2015 to include new images and a recipe video.