Peanut Butter Cup Protein Shake

By Ann Fulton

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A high-protein meal replacement that pulls double duty as dessert?  Sign me up!  This thick, creamy shake has actually served me quite well over the years. 

Because of my penchant for a nightly bowl of ice cream–truly one of the hardest habits for me to break–I’m always on the hunt for healthier options that truly satisfy.  For years, when I find myself stuck in the routine of buying my favorite flavors–who can resist the pull of a 2-for-$5 sale?–the one thing that can successfully break the cycle is versions of this original recipe.

When Healthy Skoop sent me a tub of their chocolate protein powder to test out in conjunction with a project with Stonyfield, a recipe that I’ve literally made hundreds of times seemed like the perfect starting point. The chocolate flavor was pronounced enough to create the taste I was looking for without the need to add additional chocolate or sweetener. The powder also incorporated well without the lingering chalkiness characteristic of some other protein powders.  Lately, I’ve been enjoying this milkshake-like smoothie as a post-workout protein boost, but I promise you, it’s an equally awesome dessert! 

I like that this product is sourced from real food.  I also love that it tastes great.  Over the past few years, I decided not to share recipes that incorporated protein powder, simply because there’s such a range of taste and overall quality.  The right protein powder can really enhance the flavor and nutritional profile of a recipe.  The wrong one can detract from them.

Here’s the lowdown: Healthy Skoop is a plant-based protein with 20 grams of
protein from brown rice, pea and hemp. It offers the antioxidant equivalent of 4 servings of fruits and veggies, 1 billion probiotics, 1 gram of omega-3s, and 50% of the recommended
daily allowance for 12 key vitamins and minerals.

Healthy Skoop is also a company with a conscience, donating 3% of every purchase to Project Produce, an initiative that gets fresh produce in school cafeterias,
giving kids the opportunity to eat healthier foods for lunch, fueling their bodies and

Peanut Butter Cup Protein Shake
Yield: 1 (16-18-ounce) serving or 2 (8-9-ounce) servings
  • 1/2 cup (120 grams) milk of choice (I like unsweetened almond or almond-coconut milk)
  • 1/2 cup (120 grams) low-fat vanilla yogurt (regular or Greek)
  • 1 slightly rounded scoop (22 grams) chocolate protein powder
  • 1 medium frozen banana (110-120 grams, peeled), sliced into chunks
  • 1 tablespoon (16 grams) peanut butter
  • 1 level cup ice cubes
  1. Add everything except the ice to a blender and stir to incorporate the powder. (This keeps the powder from poofing up and sticking to the sides and lid of the blender. Adding the powder before the banana and peanut butter helps, too.) Blend well and scrape down the sides as needed.
  2. Add the ice cubes and blend until very creamy. Pour into one or two glasses and enjoy.
  • If your blender is not a high-speed model, you may wish to crush the ice cubes slightly before blending.
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Peanut Butter Cup Protein ShakeHealthy Skoop’s plant-based protein in chocolate and Stonyfield’s Low-fat Smooth & Creamy French Vanilla Yogurt offer a double punch of healthy protein in this easy shake that tastes a lot like a chocolate peanut butter cup!Peanut Butter Cup Protein ShakeMy family likes spoonable shakes–they seems more ice-cream-like…and I get brain freezes when I drink cold things through a straw.😛  If you prefer to sip yours, simply add a little less ice.  

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  1. Mary Lou Keller

    Hi Ann, I went to the website for Healthy Skoop, and saw a few different options, what is the one you used in your recipe? I am curious..


    1. Ann Post author

      Hi Mary Lou, The one I have been using says “plant-based protein, all-in-one nutritional shake” on the label, and the flavor is chocolate. Depending on the size of the screen you are using, you may be able to see it on the photo below the recipe. Hope this helps!

  2. Carolyn Spicknell

    Ann, got all the ingredients together and made your Peanut Butter Cup Protein Shake – delicious! I’ve been a bit skeptical of protein shakes in general, but we agree, Healthy Scoop is very good, and combined with your other ingredients provided a yummy, nutritious shake that my husband and I split. We both find it very satisfying! Thanks for sharing.

    1. Ann Post author

      Coincidentally, I just made a double batch for my sons and I to share. Thanks for letting me know, Carolyn. I’m really glad you enjoyed!