HIGH PROTEIN CHOCOLATE SMOOTHIE
Who doesn't love chocolate??? Sneaking it in for breakfast feels almost sinful BUT this is NOT your average chocolate milkshake here!!! No guilt at all in having this for a meal or snack!!
This is the most delicious high protein smoothie that will keep you full till your next meal. In fact it is my new favorite breakfast and I just finished off one before I posted this. 🙂
WHY WHEY PROTEIN?
I just finished up my can of Whey Protein Powder that I bought from Whole Foods and this was my last recipe including it before I buy more or try a different brand. I shared the brand before in this post so check it out if you want to know more about what I've been using.
Before you check out the ingredients in this smoothie below I need to tell you a big secret I've been keeping. I absolutely HATE, detest, can not stomach eating cottage cheese, I will surely gag. In fact it is almost difficult to spoon it out to use in a recipe. BUT it is so super low in fat when you buy the low fat kind and super high in protein so I knew I must start incorporating this healthy ingredient in some recipes. This cottage cheese is what makes this smoothie so SMOOTH and thick and creamy!!
WHY COTTAGE CHEESE IN A SMOOTHIE?
Do you want to know the best part??? NO COTTAGE CHEESE TASTE IS NOTICEABLE AT ALL! Trust me, I would NOT lie to you!! I first experimented with cottage cheese in my Pumpkin Vanilla Smoothie, but used only a ¼ cup. It was terrific so I increased the amount and added the protein powder for this smoothie. If you are looking for a way to increase your protein and enjoy a chocolate shake that doesn't even taste like a protein powder shake this is the way to go. My friend Katie over at Dashing Dish has some fabulous creative smoothie combo's with cottage cheese. You can check her Giant List of Protein Shakes here.
MORE SUGAR FREE SMOOTHIES
I just added a few cacao nibs on top for a little crunch. They are unsweetened and do not have a bitter aftertaste. I found them also at Whole Foods market but I am sure you can also find them online.
Other Smoothies you might like:
- Banana Almond Chia Smoothie- dairy free
- Healthy Mango Milkshake
- Low Fat Pina Colada Smoothie- dairy free
- Peanut Butter Chia Smoothie
- Cranberry Banana Smoothie
- Pumpkin Vanilla Smoothie
HIGH PROTEIN CHOCOLATE SMOOTHIE (NO SUGAR ADDED)
High Protein Chocolate Smoothie (No Sugar Added)
- ¼ cup unsweetened almond milk
- ½ cup cottage cheese
- 2 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 scoop whey protein powder
- ½ teaspoon chocolate liquid stevia
- Add your almond milk, cottage cheese and cocoa powder to your blender first.
- Once well blended add the rest of the ingredients to your blender.
- Taste and adjust sweetener. Enjoy!
I tried this morning and what a different breakfast for me. Normally I have an egg beaters based breakfast but am very tired of those. I only used half of the sugar substitute and it is a bit too sweet for me. I will have again.
I use Slimfast powder instead of Whey. A lot less calories and Carbs. Absolutely delicious!! YUM.
I was truely amazed! I never would have thought that it would have turned out so smooth and creamy! Yum! No lumps from the cottage cheese and way more chocolaty than with the protein powder alone! I threw in some spinich for extra nutrition and couldnt taste it either.
Great recipe, which I found to see if others were doing the same as me. I too make cottage cheese smoothies as I low carb, and they are great.
Tip: I make zucchini/courgette spaghetti, which leaves the moist core of the zucchini. I chop these up and freeze them, and when you pop these in the cottage cheese smoothie, you get a great nutritious additive of fibre with no extra taste that will make it ice cold and delicious and help thicken it up.
Tip2: Adding a small piece of beetroot will colour the smoothie pink (don't use if you are making the chocolate version).
Tip3: adding psyllium husk powder or Fybogel will also add thickness to any shake.
There's so much you can add in these without adding sugar.
Hi - I was wondering if it matters if the whey protein powder is unflavored or vanilla?
No it fine's if it's different than suggested.
I was wondering if there is caffeine in the shake
What can I substitute for the almond milk? Skim milk? (Allergic to almond milk)
Any milk you like is fine.
Came across this as I was looking for some low-sugar options for breakfast that would still satisfy my chocolate need. While it was delicious, I decided to compare the cottage cheese vs. plain old low fat greek yogurt. While the yogurt was slightly higher in calories, it had twice the amount of protein as the cottage cheese and only a quarter of the sodium. So folks should keep that in mind if they also need to monitor their sodium intake.