Cocoa Almond Protein Smoothie

This healthy Cocoa Almond Protein Smoothie is made with Greek yogurt, almond butter, banana, and cocoa powder.  It’s full of protein and nutrition, and guess what?  It tastes like dessert!

You'll feel like you're indulging with this healthy Cocoa Almond Protein Smoothie! Over 25 grams of protein and it tastes like dessert!

Happy New Year!!! Are you making any new year’s resolutions this year? I’m not setting too many goals, other than figuring out how to balance being a mom of 3 (only a few weeks until baby girl arrives!) with all of my other work and household responsibilities. I do want to remember to slow down and enjoy each day. I have a tendency to get so wrapped up in my to-do lists that I sometimes forget to enjoy all of the little moments along the way.  I want to remember 2015 as a year filled with memorable moments with my kids and husband, not the year when I stayed on top of the housework and laundry.  (Because even if we tried, we could never keep up with the cleaning and laundry anyways, could we?)  😉

The new year is a time when many of us like to refocus on a healthy lifestyle and healthy eating. The problem is, if you go totally crazy and try to eat healthy 100% of the time, you’re setting yourself up for failure. We all need a treat now and then, so you’ll continue to find a balance of healthy and sweet recipes here in the coming weeks.

You'll feel like you're indulging with this healthy Cocoa Almond Protein Smoothie! Over 25 grams of protein and it tastes like dessert!

This Cocoa Almond Protein Smoothie fits into both the healthy and treat categories. You’ll feel like you’re indulging when you drink this smoothie, but it’s totally healthy. The ingredient list is short and free of added sweeteners. Even the cocoa powder, which gives this smoothie its delicious chocolate flavor, is full of health-boosting antioxidants.

Blend up one of these Cocoa Almond Protein Smoothies for breakfast, lunch, or a snack and you’ll get a boost of energy and filling protein that will last for hours. A single smoothie has over 25 grams of protein:

Greek yogurt – 15 grams

almond butter – 7 grams

milk (if using 2% cow’s milk) – 3.75 grams

banana – 1 gram

For a grand total of 26.75 grams!

My kids and I cannot get enough of this smoothie. I love that I can make it for us every day with absolutely zero guilt. Healthy smoothies that taste like dessert are just what we need to start the new year off right. Because who wants to go all cold-turkey on the sweets and only eat salads? Not me.

You'll feel like you're indulging with this healthy Cocoa Almond Protein Smoothie! Over 25 grams of protein and it tastes like dessert!

Why you’ll love this Cocoa Almond Protein Smoothie:

  • It has over 25 grams of protein per serving, all from real food ingredients. No protein powders here!
  • The chocolate almond banana flavor combination can’t be beat!
  • This smoothie is creamy, delicious, and will keep you full for hours!

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Cocoa Almond Protein Smoothie
Recipe type: Smoothie
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Serves: 1
 
A healthy smoothie made with Greek yogurt, almond butter, banana, and cocoa powder. Full of protein and nutrition, and guess what? It tastes like dessert!
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup plus 2 tbsp. milk (I use 2% cow's milk, you can use soymilk, almond milk, or whatever you prefer)
  • 2 tbsp. almond butter
  • ½ tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ¾ cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 medium banana, sliced and frozen
  • 2 tsp. ground flaxseed (optional)
  • ¾ cup ice cubes
Directions
  1. Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Enjoy!

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  1. This is one gorgeous smoothie, Kristine! Totally what I need after all the weeks of indulging!

  2. That’s so exciting that your new bundle of joy will arrive soon, Kristine! What a great way to start out the new year. This smoothie looks delicious! I love the chocolate and almond flavor. It’s almost like dessert for breakfast, but with a healthy twist. Pinned!

  3. Congrats for your baby girl!! I want to get more healthier this year but I see it more like a long term goal and not as a New Year resolution. I am not a smoothie girl but I can do this one! Love all the flavors in it. Pinned!

  4. This smoothie looks delicious! I love that it is healthy, but still looks like a milkshake! Happy New Year!!

  5. Can’t wait to give this one a try, Kristine as my menagerie and I love smoothies!

  6. Congrats on the upcoming baby! This smoothie looks wonderful and a great energy booster! pinned!

  7. I am totally craving this smoothie – almost like a healthy chocolate shake! Good luck in welcoming your third baby. So exciting!

  8. I love that I can be healthy and still have chocolate with this smoothie 🙂

  9. This is a beautiful smoothie! I hope you have a great start to the new year, and I love your resolution, it’s just perfect! You know the saying, “Babies don’t keep!” so it’s okay to let the housework go for a while and just love that new little one! 🙂

  10. I love breakfast that tastes like dessert! This looks really delicious, Kristine.

    • Thank you, Andi! I even added some uncooked old-fashioned oats to this smoothie when I made it for the kids and I yesterday and it was delicious!

  11. This look so great!! Congrats on your soon to be baby!! 🙂 Also, happy 2015!! 🙂

  12. This look so great!! Congrats on your soon to be baby!! 🙂 Also, happy 2015!! 🙂

  13. I love that you used almond butter! Congratulations on your 3rd!!

  14. I’m tying to het back on my smoothie kick for breakfast this year, and this looks perfect!!!

  15. This looks amazing! Congrats on the expected arrival of baby #3! You’ll find your new normal in no time at all right?! 🙂

  16. This smoothie looks so good! I just bought some almond butter so I will have to give it a try. Happy New Year!

  17. Happy New Year hon! I can’t wait to see your new bundle of joy. And I am with you. If you eat healthy every single minute, you will be doomed. This is a nice balance.

  18. These look delicious and I love that your protein smoothie doesn’t require protein powder!congratulations on the upcoming arrival also and good luck with your very wise new year aims

  19. I can’t get enough of shakes right now so this look great! I haven’t tried adding protein before so I need to look for it!

  20. i like the look/sound of this recipe! I can’t eat bananas, do have any other recommendations for fruit, or could I just leave it out?

    Thanks!!

    • Hmmm, the banana works really well in this smoothie, but if you can’t eat bananas I’d try a pear instead. If you try it, let me know how it works! 🙂

  21. LISHA HURLEY says:

    love the smoothie

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