Protein intake is a popular subject with our SGS community, particularly adding protein to shakes or smoothies. This chocolate protein drink is the creme de la creme, when it comes to a tasty, protein-packed simple shakes. And you can rest assured that this chocolate banana protein yumminess contains only plant-based, whole food ingredients!

chocolate protein shake
Table of Contents
  1. Can I Really Make a Protein Shake at Home?
  2. Mushroom Protein Powder = Magic
  3. How to Make a Chocolate Protein Shake
  4. Ingredient swaps
  5. More protein forward smoothies
  6. Chocolate Protein Shake Recipe

Can I Really Make a Protein Shake at Home?

You sure can! And this chocolate banana protein shake will taste way better than the one you’d buy on your way home from the gym. Store bought protein shakes often use cheap proteins like whey or pea, as well as tons of additives + chemical sweeteners to try and make them taste good.

Even if you’re not short on time, a protein shake or smoothie is still a great meal replacement option. It’s pretty amazing what you can pack into a smoothie— like superfood mushrooms from Four Sigmatic.

Chocolate Protein Shake

Mushroom Protein Powder = Magic

Now before you say, “mushrooms in a shake???” Let me explain. Certain types of mushrooms are adaptogens. Adaptogens are substances that aid the body and mind in adapting to as well as managing stress.

Stress over a long period of time can cause what’s known as adrenal fatigue. This is one of the most common struggles of the American mom, which is why we’ve made an adrenal fatigue diet smoothie for it too. The adrenal glands excrete chemicals (like hormones) that help our bodies and minds deal with stress.

Fueling your body with whole food plant-based recipes like this chocolate protein shake gives it nutrients to help fight stress naturally.

One of our team members, Lindsey, went back to college and is using this chocolate shake recipe to thrive. By boosting it with Four Sigmatic Superfood Protein Powder, it’s possible to enjoy breakfast as well as give her brain + body a healthy boost. (She’s also hoping that her classmates will ask her about her daily smoothie so she can share all about her love of smoothies. Ha!)

Plant-based protein options

I only recommend products I personally love and feel our community can benefit from. That’s one reason why I love Four Sigmatic products— they back my plant-powered passion.

If you’re looking for a plant based protein powder, yet mushrooms aren’t really your thing, then give my homemade protein powder a try. It’s got 3 ingredients: organic hemp hearts, organic chia seeds, and organic flax seeds. It also adds 10 grams of protein to any smoothie, boosting that smoothie to the perfect meal replacement.

Smoothie toppings that are tasty and delicious with Four Sigmatic superfood protein | Simple Green Smoothies

How to Make a Chocolate Protein Shake

To make this plant-powered thick and delicious shake, all you need are a few ingredients:

  • Almond milk: plant-based milk
  • Bananas: one of the easiest ways to flavor and thicken a shake
  • Dates: these natural sweeteners are rich in fiber
  • Cacao powder: this adds a rich chocolate flavor and a little caffeine to rev your engine
  • Plant-based protein powder: boost your protein intake


Now, if you wanna make this chocolate banana protein shake real fancy like I did for this photoshoot, then drizzle it with these additional superfoods:

  • Almond butter
  • Hemp hearts
  • Cacao nibs
  • sliced bananas

Honestly, you could add a little less liquid than the recipe calls for, then scoop this shake out with a spoon to really enjoy those toppings.

Ingredient swaps

Smoothies offer so many easy swap options, so don’t shy away from this chocolate protein shake if you can’t do one of the ingredients! Instead, try one of these substitutes:

  • If you need less natural sugar in this shake, then swap out 1 banana for 1/2 cup of frozen cauliflower. Still super creamy, yet lower in sugar
  • If you have a nut allergy, then swap out the almond milk for oat milk or coconut milk. Also use a seed butter as a stand-in for the almond butter instead.
  • No dates on hand? No problem! Swap in a tablespoon of maple syrup (vegan option) or honey (vegetarian option) to keep the natural sweetener flowing.
Ingredients used in a Chocolate Protein Shake include plant-based items

More protein forward smoothies

I don’t like to sip the same smoothie every day, so I’ve got several different smoothie recipes I utilize for workout recovery:

Don’t forget to rate + review this smoothie once you make this smoothie; I want to know how it turns out!

chocolate protein shake
4.77 from 91 votes

Chocolate Protein Shake

Blend up a creamy, cold chocolate protein shake smoothie made with plant-based superfood protein powder for a delicious meal or snack, or before/after a workout. Includes adaptogens to help ease inflammation.
Prep: 5 mins
Total: 5 mins
Author: Jen Hansard
Course: Breakfast, Smoothie
Cuisine: Plant-Based, Vegan
Serves: 1 smoothie


  • 1.5 cups almond milk chilled
  • 1 serving homemade protein powder
  • 2 tbsp cacao powder unsweetened
  • 1 medjool date pitted
  • 1.5 bananas sliced or halved, frozen if desired
  • Ice optional

Suggested Toppings


  • Blend all ingredients, except for toppings, until smooth. Add ice to make smoothie colder, if desired.
  • Divide between two glasses or jars. Top each with a drizzle of almond butter and sprinkle with hemp hearts and cacao nibs. Drink immediately.


  • Nutrition info doesn’t include optional toppings, which will add another ~100 calories per serving
  • For powder, I suggest using Four Sigmatic Adaptagens or my Homemade Protein Powder
  • To cut down on the natural sugar, swap the banana with avocado


Calories: 399kcal, Carbohydrates: 74g, Protein: 16g, Fat: 10g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 3g, Sodium: 492mg, Potassium: 1193mg, Fiber: 18g, Sugar: 38g, Vitamin A: 149IU, Vitamin C: 15mg, Calcium: 547mg, Iron: 7mg
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About the Author

Jen Hansard

I went from exhausted mama to running across the Grand Canyon, riding & hiking to the top of the tallest waterfall in North America with my kids. How? I fell in love with the smoothies and plant-based meals you can find on my blog.

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  1. 5 stars
    Another yummy smoothie… Thank you for sharing these delicious recipes. This one I like the most.

  2. 5 stars
    Delish!! Creamy like a dessert. The dates gave it such richness. I absolutely loved this smoothie.

  3. 5 stars
    Wow! This one is decadent! I used a mushroom and cacao powder I had for it. The banana and date really make it a treat! Love this one.

  4. 4 stars
    Nice color. Nice chocolate taste. I think I will like the taste better if I use coconut milk instead of almond milk next time.

  5. 5 stars
    Since I love chocolate- this was my favorite! I used coconut milk instead of almond milk and followed instructions from there. I did use the Simple Green Smoothie protein powder. I did add some kale microgreens I had in fridge but no toppings. Super delicious!
    Thanks for opening my eyes, and stomach, to trying new smoothies!

  6. 5 stars
    Chocolate protein shake! One of my faves to make! This one is dear to my heart as I make this chocolate shake often and then add cold brew coffee and about a quarter cup to half cup of almond milk. If you’re a coffee nut like me, it’s a great way to start your day or give you a little pump before you work out. The only thing I didn’t have to add on this chocolate smoothie was cocoa nibs… Ran out! But I did add hemp hearts and almond butter… Also added some to the shake since it was only requesting a teaspoon for toppings. And of course having a vitamix blender helps make things much smoother quicker and easier. The chocolate smoothie was a great one to finish with! Who doesn’t love chocolate!

  7. 5 stars
    Omg! This was out of this world! Chocolatey goodness! You definitely saved the best for last! I added rolled oats and the protein boost and let it sit in the frezsee a bit to chill. I remembered after the fact that I had meant to blend almond butter instead of the protein boost, but it worked out anyway. It was so sweet, thick and yummy! I can’t have cacao too often, so this will have to be an occasional treat.

  8. 4 stars
    OK, I added Kale because Kale. I used Banana milk, Flax Milk & Oat Milk instead of Almond Milk due to the oxalates in almonds. I cut back to 1/3 of the cocoa also because of oxalates and added Carob Powder instead of the rest. I added a tbsp of Help Seeds. I used half the amount of maple syrup instead of the date, also because of the oxalates in dates. I used a few ice cubes. It was pretty good, a little bitter maybe because of the kale? I liked it, though.

  9. 5 stars
    This one was so good! I used frozen bananas and skipped the ice. My kids stole it from me so I had to make myself a new one! A family fav we will repeat over and over. Thank you!

  10. 5 stars
    I really liked this smoothie because I love anything chocolate. I added yogurt for my protein and collagen.

  11. 5 stars
    All the chocolate you ever need at one time. Added some cauliflower to replace a banana and maple syrup to replace the date. SooooooooGOOD.

  12. 5 stars
    This was one of my favorite recipes I really enjoyed the cacao powder there it didn’t make me feel too bloated And the taste was Yummy! Thanks