There are a few things I absolutely must have after a workout:
- a shower
- a playlist appropriate for chilling out, maxing, and relaxing all cool
- many, many ounces of water
- an easily digestible protein source
This chocolate-banana protein shake is one of my favorite ways to achieve that last item. Normally, it doesn’t make much sense to indulge in something chocolatey after you’ve killed yourself at the gym. Why undo all that hard work? However, in this case, chocolate is not only permissible, but necessary. It makes downing that shot of post-workout protein (so important to muscle growth) much easier.
My protein powder of choice is rice protein. I like the natural taste; it’s distinct, but in a good way! I prefer it over artificially flavored options. Rice protein also a good choice for vegetarians, vegans, or anyone who has trouble digesting animal milk.
This protein shake is thick and delicious. You’ll feel like you’re having dessert. It gets its sweetness from the banana, though you can certainly stir in a pinch of your favorite sweetener (agave, stevia, etc.) if you’d like. There’s also one ingredient that you might not expect: avocado. Don’t worry — adding avocado to your chocolate shake won’t make it taste like guacamole. It will just make the texture extra rich and creamy. Plus, all the healthy fats in avocado help your body absorb the rest of the nutrients in your shake.
This recipe makes enough for two. Keep the second shake in a mason jar and tuck it in the fridge for tomorrow.
- 1 ½ cups unsweetened almond milk
- 1 frozen banana
- ½ ripe avocado, pitted and peeled
- 2 heaping tablespoons (30g) plain rice protein
- 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
- ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- your favorite sweetener, to taste
- Plop all of the ingredients into a food processor or blender. Pulse until well-combined. Sweeten to taste if desired. Keep any leftovers in the fridge for up to two days.
- Servings: 2 | Calories: 220 | Total Fat: 9.0g | Trans Fat: 0.0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 293mg | Total Carbohydrates: 23.0g | Dietary Fiber: 6.4g | Sugars: 11.4g | Protein: 15.5g