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Chocolate “Protein” Milkshake

It’s the chocolate protein shake that tastes like a chocolate milkshake…

Healthy chocolate protein shake recipe with NO protein powder. It tastes like a chocolate milkshake! Recipe:

And because there’s actually no protein powder in the recipe, you don’t get that chalky aftertaste present in most chocolate protein shakes.

You just feel like you’re drinking a chocolate milkshake.

Healthy Chocolate Milkshake

Yes, a chocolate milkshake. Hopefully I didn’t worry you with my last post.

Today also happens to be National Chocolate Milkshake Day!

chocolate protein milkshake

Chocolate “Protein” Milkshake

(serves 2)

  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder (10g)
  • 1 cup Mori-Nu firm tofu (Click for: Soy-Free Version) (240g)
  • 1 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • scant 1/4 tsp salt
  • up to 2 cups milk of choice (480g) (less for a thicker shake.)
  • sweetener of choice: such as 2-3 tbsp liquid sweetener or sugar, or stevia extract to taste
  • optional, for an even richer shake: 2 tbsp peanut butter or other nut butter, or 1 tbsp veg or coconut oil (If using the nut butter option, it will be even higher in protein!)

Combine everything in a blender, and blend until super-smooth. If you don’t have a blender, perhaps you could try using soft tofu and skipping the blending step, but I’ve not tried this. You can also try another type of tofu; however, Mori-Nu has less of an aftertaste—and my testers and I found that you can’t taste it at all in this recipe! As for the milk, Silk almondmilk works well, and I’m sure many other types of milk will also be good, but I can only vouch for the Silk because it’s what I’ve tried.

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Do you ever use protein powder?

And do you have a favorite brand or flavor? I’ve never found a favorite brand, so I rarely use it. There’s a small packet of SunWarrior chocolate sitting in my kitchen I haven’t tried yet. Maybe that’ll be the one; but if not, I’m perfectly happy to continue without. Contrary to popular belief, it’s quite easy to get enough protein on a vegan diet. Here’s a list of some High-Protein Vegan Foods.

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Published on September 12, 2012

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  1. Abby says

    At first I though you where now going to be ” Peanut covered Katie” But, I guess that thought slipped away when I saw this!
    The only way I like protein powder, is by eating the powder all by its self. 😀

    • leah says

      hi katie! i just discovered ur website and im obsessed with it! ur really awesome! I already tried out a bunch of recipes. just made this milkshake for myself and my husband drank three quarters of it! Thank u!

  2. Jasmin says

    I use vega protein powder sometimes…. but it’s so expensive and I’d rather get most of the nutrients from whole food sources anyway. This shake looks delicious. And I’m super excited because I found Mori-Nu tofu! Can’t wait to try out all the tofu recipes!

  3. Sarah the official CCK drooler @RomneyRyan2012 says

    hey, awesome! I have everything so I’m gonna make it and be back with results! Do you think I could use banana instead of the syrup as a sweetener? I’m trying to reduce my the amount of sugar I use and I just had some syrup in my breakfast which was your cinnamon roll boatmeal. It was AWESOME. I put half the batter in then layered some apple slice tossed with cinnamon and then the rest of the batter and that was topped with the remaining apples. After it cam out of the oven…oh gosh. It powered me through English!
    And I think I drank a gallon of your caramel apple milkshake the past few days. My way of saying hi to fall!!!

  4. Laura says

    I use plain, unflavored/unsweetened brown rice protein in my green smoothie every morning. It is gritty and bland if just blended with milk, but the texture doesn’t bother me once mixed with fruit & greens, and it does make the smoothie more filling.

  5. Moni Meals says

    This looks great!! I do use protein powder. Sun Warrior and a few others.
    I can’t wait to try this and the texture looks amazing!
    Happy national chocolate milkshake day Katie!

  6. Olivia @ OmNom Love says

    I don’t like protein powder either. It just ruins smoothies and milkshakes. Your chocolate milkshake just looks fabulous! And the protein content is unbelievable, too. I have some tofu in the freezer that I might just have to thaw out for this. 😉

  7. Nancy says

    I don’t use protein powders on a daily basis, but I do really like Peaceful Planets Pea Protein Powder. I have only purchased it in French Vanilla so far…and yes, I do love chocolate but wanted to use this in recipes so opted for a more neutral flavor. I have used it in some of your protein bar recipes and they came out great! It’s very tasty as a shake blended with banana & almond milk. It is green in color, but doesn’t taste like peas to me, which is good because I don’t like peas! Also no added sugar or GMO’s:)

  8. Andie says

    This looks amazing! Such a great and yummier-looking version than protein powder! My mom makes me drink protein smoothies because I’m vegan too, (she’s not) but now I can add in the tofu instead! Yay! haha. And i love that it’s chocolate 🙂

  9. L. says

    Just whipped this up!

    OMG it tastes like drinking a milkshake from McDonalds (well from what I remember) or maybe even baskin and robbins?

    Its THAT good.

    Your recipes never disappoint, girl!

  10. Leanne says

    I love SunWarrior protein powder. I love both their vanilla and chocolate flavor. I haven’t tried a lot of protein powders. I began using PP two years ago and the SunWarrior kind was my first pick = bingo! I have tried hemp protein since, which I love as well. It was a more nutty taste to it, kinda like very finely ground up pumpkin seeds I think… This shake looks amazing! I love tofu in shakes! I make ‘m often for my mum; yet I can’t tolerate soy very well 🙁 So I’ll make mine with yogurt or protein powders (doesn’t get as creamy though…) With Love, Leanne

  11. Ashley says

    I am curious what is on the edge of the glass? Some sort of sprinkles it looks like, but not listed in ingredients? I think it adds a special touch!

  12. Steph says

    BeachBody makes two vegan versions of their protein powder “Shakeology”. Dark Chocolate Vegan and Tropical Vegan (which tastes most like strawberries and banana). Love them both.

  13. Marci Jennings says

    LOVE Arbonne’s vegan protein powder in chocolate and vanilla! Brown rice, yellow pea, and cranberry protein is the basis of the protein and it is free of artificial sweeters and NO SOY, which is super important to me due to a history of hormone-driven cancers in my family. Best tasting protein shakes I have found, I might add;-). Love your recipes…keep it up!

  14. Laura M says

    This sounds delicious! Most of my protein comes from food sources (peanut butter & almond butter!) but I do use Designer Whey chocolate protein powder in my smoothies often.

  15. Barefootcookingirl says

    This looks delish! Can’t wait to try it! Maybe tonight!. In a future post would you mind giving us your thoughts on Tofu, Tempeh & Seitan? I hear some say you should limit soy products in your diet, some say not, the estrogen factor, etc. Thank CCK!

  16. Cheri @ The Watering Mouth says

    Yeah, sometimes protein powder bugs me because of the consistency but I started making these chocolate protein bars with oatmeal, only 5 or 6 ingredients and they are sooo easy and have none of that chalky-ness. It can be okay sometimes if you mix it right.

    I knew you were gonna add tofu to this one for the smoothness 😀 I know you so well!! 😀


    ps here is the recipe if you’re interested

    • Anna says

      Was wondering if someone would name Syntrax! The Chocolate Truffle flavor is amazing, and I love Vanilla Bean as well. It blends smooth with no aftertaste at all! I also mix them with plain yogurt to make protein packed “pudding” for dessert!

  17. Kristen says

    Completely agree- totally easy to get enough protein on a vegan diet. It actually kind of surprises me how often people ask that question though!! I rarely use the powders either… used to be in to shakes for breakfast or lunch but now prefer whole natural foods. Just wondering, do you ever worry about too much soy? I have heard mixed information about soy and phytoestrogens, estrogenic effects etc. Any weighing in on that? You use tofu in so many of your recipes, would be interesting to include health info on it.

  18. Kerry says

    I love Dymatize Elite Gourmet protein powder. Ive had the chocolate, swiss chocolate, vanilla, and cookies n cream. All were yummy! Its smooth, not chalky, and tastes just like the flavor its supposed to be. Ive had the Dymatize XT, I believe it is, and I did not care for that. Definitely was chalky. I have at least two protein powder drinks, mixed with water, daily along with almonds or natural peanut butter. I hope this helps.

    Also, thank you for this recipe. Sounds great. Ive not yet experimented with tofu but its definitely on the list of things to buy. Out of the two recipes Ive tried so far, the Flour-less Black Bean Brownies and Chocolate Chip Cookie Pie without Sugar, you havent disappointed! Both were amazing!!!

  19. Jen @ says

    Oh this looks absolutely divine. I am a chocolate addict as well. I was just telling my husband the other day about using tofu in smoothies and he thought I was crazy. I bet if I didn’t tell him he’d never know. Thanks for sharing this. I made your black bean brownies last weekend and shared them at a family reunion…they were a hit, but I’m sure you could’ve already guessed that! They freeze and thaw great by the way!

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