This is one of those, seems-too-easy to put on the blog kind of “recipes.” Especially because I do not consider myself an expert on protein shakes. But it’s because they’ve never been YUMMY ENOUGH FOR ME. Always team chew-my-calories over drinking them. Always. UNTIL NOW.
I kept seeing this cute girl, Sydney over at Yay for Today on Instagram post about her protein shakes with powdered peanut butter STIRRED in after it’s blended for some chunky peanut butter texture in there… I couldn’t bare to waste any macros trying it out, but also couldn’t get it out of my head.
Reverse back like six months and my protein-loving brother (think “the hulk”) has always raved about this Chocolate Peanut Butter Dymatize protein powder he uses in his nightly “protein ice cream”. He uses an ice cream maker and swears it’s as good as the real stuff. And he’s not weird and food-ignorant… he’s normal -promise.
So with the collision of Byron’s protein-powder testimony, Sydney’s chunky instagram stories, and my need to cut some carbs where I can (as I’m STILL working to shed a little layer of summer eating grrr)– it was time.
Guys, I have fallen in love with this shake. With this particular protein powder. Done the same, every time. I even decided I had to weigh my ice because it was always so hit and miss for me before! I’d see other people enjoying theirs, but then I’d make one and it’d be too watery… or too frothy… or taste like nothing. Or worse, like protein powder. And I’m sipping or spooning, hoping it’s gonna get better as I go. And then annoyed I’ve spent the macros and I’m just all cold and didn’t get to eat anything.
But not this one! I’m obsessed.
A few key factors to making this the best protein shake
- The xanthan gum to make it thick and creamy! If I had an ice cream maker like my brother, this wouldn’t be necessary… and I’m sure the flavor would be amazing because there would be no dilution from the ice. But I don’t… and the xanthan gum is key to helping it thicken up and get creamier… more like a dessert, less like a supplement- ew. I linked the exact bag I bought from Amazon. I just leave my 1/4 tsp in the bag for easy shake-making!
- The Califia Farms toasted coconut almond milk really is the best. But if I’ve run out, I use whatever almond milk. Still good. I wouldn’t order it from Amazon, but linked it so you could see what it looks like. I just get it at any normal grocery store.
- This Dymatize Iso 100 chocolate peanut butter protein powder. I love this stuff. It’s not super chocolatey which I would think I’d be disappointed by. But the flavor is so good and creamy peanut-buttery. It reminds me of peanut butter frozen yogurt which used to be my ALL TIME FAVE!! They have another one that’s not “ISO 100” – I haven’t tried it so I don’t know if the flavor is the same. And Costco online sells it too! But theirs is sweetened naturally with Stevia. I’ve GOT to try that when mine runs out because that would obviously be an even “healthier” choice. But sorry I’ve got to make sure it still tastes good. :/ And this is certainly not sponsored… I wish it were ha!– Just my favorite.
- The right amount of ice! It might vary for you, but just finding your sweet spot so it’s not always a crapshoot is key. Mine has been between 150-160 grams of ice.
- The Blend: I like to blend on low, then medium, in my Vitamix for about a minute and a half total. I’ve noticed if I blend too high, it gets all big and frothy. Some people like that… I HATE frothy. Feels like backwash to me. SAWREYYYYY – no one will ever want a protein shake again oops. But if you’re into frothy, go CRAZY. I can’t say I’ve ever tried it in a more basic blender… so I hope it would be fine in whatever you have! But I love my Vitamix and have for years.
- Some cocoa powder and mostly the powdered peanut butter: I use PBFit STIRRED IN AFTER!!!!!! DON’T BLEND IT IN! It gets lost. Not as special. This is huge. massive. monumental. a must. Of course real peanut butter would be delicious, or cookies, or peanut butter cups…or Ben & Jerry’s– BUT– if you have room for all of that, you probably don’t need to be eating a protein shake in the first place so let’s assume you want to keep it light. 12-15 grams of powdered peanut butter will only cost you 50 calories of mostly carbs and protein… and will add JUST enough texture and reward to keep you loving through every bite so you’re depressed when you hit the bottom of your giant, metal tumbler.
- Oh and I like to eat mine out of a giant metal tumbler. Although I’ll be honest I really need to get my hands on a special long spoon. Hashtag dangit I dropped it in again. Feel free to eat yours out of a bowl and call it “pro-yo” or “protein ice cream”. It was a big dilemma for me… what to call it… but I felt like “shake” was the honest way to go since I’m eating it out of a giant metal cup that reminds me of being a kid… you know when you’d order a shake and they brought you your cup AND the leftovers that didn’t fit, in the big metal cup? THE BESSSSSSST THINGGGGGGG EVERRRRRRRR.
- And if there’s room OF COURSE TOPPINGS. Fat free whipped cream and granola are my personal faves. But if I have the room, I LOVE half a G2G bar (affiliate link to favorite protein bar) chopped up on it, my brother loves a PowerCrunch because they’re crisp and wafery, obviously all the crunchy sweet bits you could think of … would be good.
The best part
This has made cutting my carbs lower almost PAINLESS! Somehow it has completely taken over my dessert craving… and SOMETIMES I love it so much, I have to have it the next day as a post-workout snack as well. How many shakes are too many shakes? Don’t answer that.
My fingers are tired, ready for a shake.
Chunky Peanut Butter Chocolate Protein Shake
This is the BEST, creamiest protein shake. You’ll forget why you ever needed ice cream before! Tastes like a shake made from peanut butter frozen yogurt. SO GOOD.
- Prep Time: 5 min
- Total Time: 5 min
- Yield: 1
- Category: Dessert/Snack
- Method: Blend
- Cuisine: Shake
- 8 oz Califia Farms Toasted Coconut Almond Milk
- 1 scoop (32 g) Dymatize Iso 100 Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Powder (By far my favorite protein powder!)
- 1/2 -1 dropper of liquid stevia (optional… not a deal breaker if you don’t have it)
- Blurp of vanilla (maybe 1/2-1 tsp)
- 1/4-1/2 tsp xanthan gum (you can experiment a little… I do a little more than 1/4 tsp these days.)
- 150-160 g ice (it varies depending on what ice I’m using, and maybe the weather! But this is my range for getting it thick enough to be yummy, but not so thick that the ice has watered down the flavor so much that it’s not even tasty anymore. Boooo.
After it’s blended, stir in:
- 12 g pbfit or other powdered peanut butter
- 5 g cocoa powder (I like the Hershey’s dark, or the bag from Trader Joes… any will work.)
- To the jar of a blender, add first six ingredients (I like to keep it all in a special cupboard right above the blender to simplify the process! I even keep the 1/4 tsp measuring spoon in the xanthan gum bag.)
- Blend on low to let it get going, then gradually move it up to medium for about a minute and a half. You want to hear the crunching of the ice stop and let it get to a consistent hum. If it’s getting stuck at all, then I raise it to high for a bit to get it all nice and smooth. But I don’t like it frothy so I resist blending on high for too long. Obviously blend to your preference!
- Pour it into a big bowl or cup (I like mine out of an insulated metal tumbler for maximum cold factor.) Top with powdered peanut butter and cocoa and stir in JUST till it’s submerged but you want to leave it a little chunky! That’s the magic.
- The macros below stop there… BUT top with more yummy stuff if you want! When I have this for dessert, I add about 20 grams of fat free whipped cream and 15 grams of Purely Elizabeth granola. If I’ve got extra room, I add half a G2G bar, some Cocoa Bar in a Jar or mini chocolate chips! I swear it’s the only dessert I want right now!
- Macros are for shake with pbfit and cocoa powder but not whipped cream and granola.
- For easy logging, search “Lillie Eats and Tells Chunky Peanut Butter Chocolate Protein Shake” on My Fitness Pal.
- Serving Size: 1 shake
- Calories: 230
- Sodium: 464.9
- Fat: 6.1
- Saturated Fat: 0.4
- Carbohydrates: 11.1
- Fiber: 5.5
- Protein: 34.6
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