I have a healthy solution for your candy cravings: Make a candy bar-flavored protein shake. Protein shakes are a great way to start your day or energize your afternoon. Many of them are fruit-based, but sometimes you just want something decadent. Instead of feeling deprived, try these delicious protein shake recipes. You’ll feel like you’re indulging while serving up a healthy protein drink. Even your kids will love these as afterschool snacks.
Quick tip for protein powder
Keep your pantry stocked with shake staples and you’ll be ready to whip up a healthy and delicious shake when the cravings come. The base of all these shakes is a good protein powder. Read the labels and know what you’re getting. Not all protein powders are created equal.
If you have an allergy or intolerance to dairy, pea protein is a healthy alternative to whey powder. Because it’s a “slow-digesting” protein, it may be able to keep you full longer and may also help you combat cravings more effectively.
1. Almond Joy®
Love almonds, coconut, and chocolate? Mix all three together to create a decadent Almond Joy® protein shake.
- 1/2-cup coconut-flavored Greek yogurt
- 1 scoop chocolate protein powder
- 1/2-cup chocolate almond milk
- 2 Tablespoons sliced almonds
- 1 handful ice
- Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
- Garnish with almonds and toasted coconut. Enjoy!
Source: Veggies By Candlelight
Don’t be turned off by the cottage cheese in this shake, you won’t taste it. It thickens the shake along with chia seeds. What you will taste is how good this is. Don’t let your kids know the secret!
Source: Kiwis and Kaleidoscopes
Butterscotch pudding mix gives this protein shake the flavor of a crunchy Butterfinger® candy bar.
Source: It Sux to be Fat
Turn the crispy crunch of this chocolate bar into a afternoon snack you can feel good about. The recipe calls for rice cereal, but you can substitute brown rice cereal for an even healthier alternative.
5. Peppermint Pattie
Source: Maybe I Will
Peppermint extract is the secret to making a candy cane-flavored protein shake. Substitute chocolate almond milk and you have Peppermint Pattie. It’s important to add only a little extract as a little goes a long way.
6. Chocolate Peanut Butter
Source: Chocolate and Sea Salt
Peanut butter and chocolate is a classic candy bar favorite and makes a delicious protein shake. For peanut allergies, substitute sunflower or almond butter.
Tip: Freeze the banana and omit the ice cubes. Substitute chocolate almond milk for a richer protein shake.