Now that the hot weather here in Florida has come into full swing, my cravings for something cold have been tremendous! Of course I would love to reach into the freezer for a scoop or three of ice cream, but we all know that isn’t reality. To save my waistline and all of the added calories that I would consume from eating delicious frozen sweet treats, I decided to whip up a chilled protein smoothie.
I love protein smoothies and all of the crazy creations that you can make – just let your imagination go wild! Chocolate and coconut have always been a favorite of mine, so I decided to take the taste of a classic Almond Joy and make it into a healthy treat. For this smoothie, coconut oil was my main component for both flavor and an addition of healthy fats. I can’t preach enough how important it is to keep healthy fats in your diet, especially when it comes to a diet that may be lower in carbohydrates. You can choose any type of protein powder that you like and if you prefer a plant based protein powder – that will work just as good! Here’s what you’ll need:
2 cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1 scoop chocolate protein powder
1 tablespoon coconut oil
2 teaspoons cocoa powder
1/3 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
1-2 cups ice
- Place almond milk, protein powder, coconut oil, and cocoa powder into the blender.
- Add ice and blend on high until all ingredients are fully combined.
- Pour into a glass, top with coconut flakes and enjoy!
With this smoothie, you can also add instant coffee or a shot of espresso for an added energy boost! I also tend to add extra unsweetened coconut flakes to the smoothie for added flavor – so yummy. For more protein smoothie recipes, be sure to check out our bananas foster and avocado-nut smoothie recipes.