Thick and creamy, this dark chocolate coconut smoothie tastes like a drinkable Mounds Bar and packs 32 grams of protein into one giant glass!
Protein smoothies are the best! Especially ones that are healthy AND delicious! I make protein smoothies for breakfast all the time, and today’s recipe is one of my very very favorite ones!! For other yummy smoothie favorites, check out here and here. This one’s packed with dark chocolate (my favorite) and tastes like a drinkable Mounds Bar! Even better, I love that it’s got 32 grams of protein and only 237 calories, and the serving size is HUGE! I literally don’t have a glass or tumbler at home that’s large enough fit the entire thing…it’s so awesome.
I’m going to share my secret to getting super thick and creamy smoothies with you…don’t tell anyone, ok?? The trick to getting that milkshake-like thickness is freezing your yogurt slightly before adding it to the blender. Makes sense, right? A milkshake is made thick by that frozen ice cream, so yogurt that is left in the freezer for a couple hours will be oh so much thicker than yogurt used straight from the refrigerator! You don’t want it frozen totally solid…about 1-3 hours in the freezer will do the trick. What I do is, stick the cup of yogurt in the freezer right when I wake up in the morning, and by the time I run, shower, and am ready for breakfast, the yogurt is at the perfect frozen consistency to make the thickest, creamiest smoothie ever!
I don’t have any fancy nutritional facts to show you, but just using the information on the products I used in my smoothie, here’s the average calorie and protein info that is in the entire recipe below:
Ice: 0 calories, 0 protein
1 container Dannon Light & Fit Toasted Coconut Greek Yogurt: 80 calories, 12 grams protein
1 scoop Sprout’s Chocolate Protein Powder: 90 calories, 18 grams protein
2 Tablespoons Dark Cocoa Powder: 20 calories, 2 grams protein
Coconut Extract: 0 calories, 0 protein
Vanilla Extract: 0 calories, 0 protein
Stevia: 0 calories, 0 protein
Instant Coffee: 0 calories, 0 protein
¼ teaspoon Xanthan Gum: 2 calories, 0 protein
So Delicious Unsweetened Vanilla Coconut Milk (1 cup): 45 calories, 0 protein
Totals: 237 calories, 32 grams protein
My products may be different from the ones you use, and that’s ok! Use what you like, and just know that the calorie/protein totals may be slightly different, depending on what items/brands you use.
One last tip: Feel free to use your favorite variety of milk (Cow’s, Almond, Coconut, Soy, etc) in this recipe! I like to use refrigerated Unsweetened Coconut milk in mine; just know that the variety of milk you use may affect the sweetness and the thickness of the smoothie. I always recommend starting by adding the least amount of sweetener and Xanthan Gum to the blender your first time making this, and then partway thru the blending, stop the blender to taste the smoothie, and add more sweetener/xanthan gum/milk to taste.
- 10-20 ice cubes (depending on the size of your ice cubes)
- 1 container Dannon Light & Fit Toasted Coconut Vanilla Yogurt (or other coconut yogurt), slightly frozen
- 1 scoop Chocolate or Vanilla Whey Protein Powder
- 2 Tablespoons Unsweetened Dark Cocoa Powder*
- 1-2 packets Stevia (or liquid Stevia to taste)
- ¼ teaspoon Coconut Extract
- ¼ teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- ½ teaspoon instant coffee granules (optional)
- ⅛ to ¼ teaspoon Xanthan Gum
- ¾ to 1 cup Milk**
- Combine all ingredients in a high-powered blender, and blend until smooth. It may be necessary (even 2-3 times, depending on the type of blender you use) to stop the blender, scrape down the sides with a rubber spatula, add additional liquid or xanthan gum if needed, and then restart to complete blending.
- Makes 1 large serving
**Use your favorite variety of milk in this recipe! I use refrigerated Unsweetened Coconut milk; the variety of milk you use may affect the sweetness and the thickness of the smoothie. I always recommend starting by adding the least amount of sweetener and Xanthan Gum to the blender your first time making this, and then partway thru the blending, stop the blender to taste the smoothie, and add more sweetener/xanthan gum/milk to taste.
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