This delicious protein smoothie bowl tastes like dessert but is loaded with protein, vitamins, and minerals. A great vegan plant-based bodybuilding recipe for building lean muscle.

A creamy frozen chocolate smoothie bowl topped with hemp seeds and pomegranate.

I know I should be posting holiday recipes, but I just got home from a great workout and had this recovery protein smoothie bowl that was so delicious I just had to share it with you right away. It tastes just like a chocolate milkshake but is filled with superfood goodness instead of sugar.
I used to have a major sweet tooth and could never imaging not craving chocolate. Now that I take better are of myself by avoiding sugar and sticking to a high protein plant based diet I don’t have sugar cravings at all. Part of the road to success in cutting out sugar for me was replacing sugar with nutritious treats like this one when I did want a sweet treat.

Chocolate Protein Smoothie Bowl Ingredients

Protein smoothie ingredients on a cutting board including protein powder, cacao, banana slices, and spirulina.
Spirulina, raw cacao powder, and hemp seeds just a few of my favorite superfood smoothie additions. They all add vegan protein an myriad health benefits.

Best Protein Powder for Smoothies 

 Chocolate hemp smoothie bowl close up.

There’s a huge variety when it comes to choosing a protein powder. Just peruse the Whole Foods supplement section. It can be overwhelming. I like to use plant based proteins and go with vanilla so that I can add cacao powder if desired. There are also unflavored unsweetened protein powders available. My current favorite is Garden of Life organic raw protein, which is linked in the recipe card below. 

Cacao smoothie bowl.

Yield: 1

Chocolate Protein Smoothie Bowl

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Total Time 7 minutes

This delicious protein smoothie bowl tastes like dessert but is loaded with protein, vitamins, and minerals. A great vegan plant-based bodybuilding recipe.

A creamy chocolate smoothie bowl topped with pomegranate seeds and hemp seeds.


chocolate protein smoothie

  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1 peeled and sliced frozen banana 
  • 1 tablespoon natural peanut or almond butter
  • 1 tablespoon cacao powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon spirulina
  • 1-2 scoops vanilla  protein powder 
  • small handful ice


  • 1 teaspoon hemp seeds
  • 1 tablespoon pomegranate arils


  1. Place all ingredients through ice in a blender or food processor. Blend until smooth. Add more ice to thicken, or milk to thin.
  2. Top with hemp and pomegranate.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 570Total Fat: 19gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 10mgSodium: 157mgCarbohydrates: 47gFiber: 10gSugar: 21gProtein: 61g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated by Nutritionix. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee accuracy. If your health depends on nutrition information, please calculate again with your favorite calculator.