There’s absolutely no better way to start your day off than with this chocolate coconut protein breakfast shake. It’s thick, it’s creamy, and it kind of tastes like a candy bar! The flavors of cocoa powder, almond butter, and shredded coconut blend perfectly with the tangy and probiotic-rich Greek yogurt. You get everything you need from a nutritional perspective while also getting to enjoy the rich flavor of chocolate in the morning.
We use skim milk for this recipe because it’s naturally protein- and calcium-rich. This isn’t a dairy-free recipe anyway because of the yogurt, but feel free to swap in your favorite milk replacement if you prefer them to cow’s milk. If the shake sounds so good and you have to have it on your dairy-free diet, use coconut yogurt instead of Greek yogurt!
Obviously, these substitutions will change up the nutritional profile of the dish a bit. It’s important to make good choices at the grocery store, looking for sugar-free options and opting for organic nut milks if you can. You’ll also want to choose a milk that has a high protein content, so look for blended nut milks, soy milk, or protein-enriched coconut milk.
The Secret to the Thickest Breakfast Shakes
I don’t know about you, but I like my breakfast shakes thick. I’m talking so thick that a spoon can stand up in the middle of it! I’m sure that a thicker milkshake isn’t actually any more satiating than a thinner one, but there’s something about it that makes me think that it’s more filling. Thick milkshakes make me snack less and run into fewer grumbly-tummy issues before lunch, so that makes them a winner in my book!
So what’s the secret? It sounds really silly because it’s so simple, but it really works. An hour or two before you make your chocolate coconut protein breakfast shake, toss the yogurt into the freezer. That’s it! It doesn’t need to be fully frozen, but that short amount of time really helps thicken up the consistency of the shake.
If you don’t have an extra hour in the morning, I totally get it. Some mornings, I have time because I wake up early to work out. On other days, I find myself running so late that I almost don’t have time to make a breakfast shake much less freeze my yogurt!
Never fear, we have a hack for that, too. Add 10 to 20 ice cubes (depending on their size) to the shake. You’ll have to blend the shake for a bit longer, but the ice will thicken things up while adding zero calories and fat to the dish. That means you get to have your cake and eat it, too (almost literally in this case).
So there you have it – a super filling, protein-packed, delicious chocolate coconut protein breakfast shake. It’s quick and easy to make, and it’s so rich you won’t feel like you’re eating diet food. Sounds like a win-win scenario to me!
Yields: 1 servng | Serving Size: 8 ounces | Calories: 288 | Total Fat: 17 g | Saturated Fat: 7 g | Trans Fat: 0 g | Cholesterol: 6 mg | Sodium: 97 mg | Carbohydrates: 23 g | Fiber: 5 g | Sugar: 16 g | Protein: 17 g | SmartPoints (Freestyle): 10
- 1/2 cup skim milk
- 1 tablespoon almond butter
- 1/4 cup plain fat free Greek Yogurt
- 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon honey
- 2 tablespoons unsweetened shredded coconut
- Blend all ingredients together in a blender until smooth. Serve cold.
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