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
- 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
- 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.
- 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.