As far as recipes with protein powder go, I feel like I've practically tried my hand at everything. Plenty of pro-nuts, cakes, brownies, muffins, pancakes and more...but no protein shakes. Truthfully, I hardly ever drink them (gasp!). If I'm honest, I can't stand the taste of a simple protein shake made from whey powder and water. Bleh. I just would much rather eat something with protein than drink it. My secret is out. This is why I haven't ever once done a recipe for a smoothie or shake.
Well, today that changes. I may not love basic protein shakes, but you know what I do love? MILKSHAKES. Who doesn't? If you also don't like protein shakes (or maybe you do) and get down with some milkshakes, then you are going to love this Chocolate Cherry Protein Shake.
The base of this shake is Chocolate Fudge Micellar Casein. If you are like me, you like your milkshakes as a dessert after dinner - or maybe you like them for breakfast, which is totally fine, no judgment here. Casein is a "slow" protein, meaning you absorb it much slower than whey protein. Slow rate of protein breakdown is great for muscle recovery, aka when we are sleeping.
But don't let this shake foul you, it may taste like a milkshake but it is actually packed with antioxidants! First, it has cacao powder, not to be confused with cocoa. Cacao is made from un-roasted raw cocoa beans, high in antioxidants, no sugar, and even some fiber. I also snuck in some spinach to provide an extra boost of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, plus you won't even know it's there. Last but certainly not least, let's not forget about the cherries which are also packed with antioxidants, contain cancer-preventative compounds and also naturally contain melatonin which aids in sleep!
This shake is thick and creamy and you will hardly believe it yourself that it is actually SO GOOD for you! I may just have to start making this a nightly routine...
Chocolate Cherry Protein Shake
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1 shake
- 1 scoop Chocolate Fudge Brownie Micellar Casein Protein Powder
- 1 cup frozen Dark Sweet Cherries (140g)
- 1 handful spinach (25g, about 1 cup)
- 1/2 cup non-dairy milk of your choice (I used unsweetened cashew milk)*
- 2 tbsp cacao powder (10g)
*This makes for a very thick shake. If you prefer a thinner consistency, simply add more milk to your liking!
- Add all ingredients to blender and blend until creamy!
Nutritional Information (1 shake)
305 calories - 34.5 g Protein, 31 g Carbohydrates, 4.8 g Fat