“So chocolatey! I added a dash of cayenne to turn up the heat and boost the fat-burn …”~ London
Keto Chocolate Shake, a fat-burning Keto smoothie recipe, is a decadent and indulgent treat that will satisfy your chocolate cravings while keeping you on track with your ketogenic diet. The combination of rich cocoa and creamy almond butter creates a smooth and velvety texture that’s perfect for dessert or a post-workout snack.
Unsweetened cocoa powder is a good source of antioxidants and minerals, such as magnesium, which can support heart health and reduce inflammation. The healthy fats from the MCT oil or coconut oil provide an energy boost and help maintain ketosis, while the protein powder aids in muscle recovery and growth.
Everything You Need
The Keto Chocolate Shake smoothie ingredients are:
- almond milk
- whey protein powder
- cacao powder
- almond butter
- MCT Oil
Almond Milk – Almond milk is a popular nut-based milk replacement that is naturally lactose-free, dairy-free, and completely vegan. It has a surprisingly diverse set of nutrients, including significant amounts of vitamin D, vitamin E, and calcium. Almond milk is also a heart-healthy beverage for those interested in lowering their cholesterol.
Almond Butter – Almond butter is made from roasted, ground almonds and is often used as a substitute for peanut butter. It is high in monounsaturated fats, omega-3 fatty acids, and vitamin E. Almond butter can help lower cholesterol, reduce the risk of heart disease, and improve the health of artery walls.
MCT Oil – MCT oil is a supplement made from medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs), which are a type of fat found naturally in coconut oil, palm kernel oil, and dairy products. MCTs are unique because they are more easily absorbed and metabolized by the body compared to long-chain triglycerides (LCTs) found in most dietary fats. This rapid absorption and metabolism provide a quick source of energy, making MCT oil popular among athletes, those following a ketogenic diet, and individuals seeking to improve cognitive function or support weight management.
Cacao – Cacao powder, commonly used as a base ingredient for chocolate, is made by grinding up coco beans and removing the fat. Its main health benefit comes from an abundance of polyphenols, a naturally occurring group of antioxidants. Cacao powder is a heart-healthy ingredient, known to reduce high blood pressure, improve blood flow to your brain, lower the risk of stroke, and improve Type 2 diabetes symptoms.
Whey Protein Powder – Whey protein powder is the most highly studied nutritional supplement readily available, providing great nutritional value and numerous health benefits. In addition to high quality protein, it also contains bioactive peptides called lactokinins. Whey protein powder promotes muscle growth and maintenance, helps lower blood pressure, can lessen the effects of Type 2 diabetes, and reduces inflammation.
Stevia – Stevia is a sugar substitute made from the leaves of the stevia plant. It is about 200 times sweeter than traditional refined table sugar, but contains no carbohydrates, calories, or artificial ingredients. However, many users find the aftertaste bitter and displeasing.
A standard blender is all that is required to make these delicious smoothies. If you are making it for just one person, we recommend using the truly amazing personal NutriBullet Ultra as it is super-quick to set up and very easy to clean.
If you are making them for more than one person, we recommend a higher-end Vitamix blender that can process larger loads more efficiently.
For overnight storage, we recommend using a glass or BPA-free airtight container with a resealable lid.
How To Make The Keto Chocolate Shake Smoothie
The Keto Chocolate Shake smoothie is very easy to make:
- Step 1: Place almond milk, chocolate protein powder, cacao powder, almond butter, MCT Oil, Stevia, and ice into a blender and secure the lid.
- Step 2: Start the blender on its lowest speed and steadily ramp up to its highest speed. This will reduce wear and tear on the motor and blades, facilitate a more consistent blend, and help prevent food splatter onto the lid and sides.
- Step 3: Blend for approximately 30 seconds or until a smooth consistency is achieved.
- Step 4: Pour into a glass for immediate refreshment or place in the refrigerator in an airtight container to enjoy later.
Recipe Tips And Substitutions
Soy milk or coconut milk can be substituted for the almond milk and still keep this delicious smoothie keto-friendly.
Regular peanut butter butter can be substituted for almond butter without significantly changing the keto profile
Add a pinch of cinnamon to spice things up a bit
- Place almond milk, chocolate protein powder, cacao powder, almond butter, MCT Oil, Stevia, and ice into a blender and secure the lid.
- Start the blender on its lowest speed and steadily ramp up to its highest speed. This will reduce wear and tear on the motor and blades, facilitate a more consistent blend, and help prevent food splatter onto the lid and sides.
- Blend for approximately 30 seconds or until a smooth consistency is achieved.
- Pour into a glass for immediate refreshment or place in the refrigerator in an airtight container to enjoy later.
- Soy milk or coconut milk can be substituted for the almond milk and still keep this delicious smoothie keto-friendly.
- Regular peanut butter butter can be substituted for almond butter without significantly changing the keto profile.
- Add a pinch of cinnamon to spice things up a bit
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 386Total Fat: 34gSaturated Fat: 15gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 84mgSodium: 562mgCarbohydrates: 66gFiber: 4gSugar: 45gProtein: 54g
Smoothie Frequently Asked Questions
What kind of chocolate can I use in a Keto Chocolate Shake Smoothie?
Shake Smoothie, it’s best to use unsweetened cocoa powder or cacao powder, as these options are low in carbs and sugar. You can also use a sugar-free, keto-friendly chocolate protein powder to add both flavor and protein to your smoothie. Avoid using regular chocolate or sweetened chocolate products, as they can be high in carbs and sugar, which are not suitable for a ketogenic diet.
Can I add any other flavors or ingredients to enhance my Keto Chocolate Shake Smoothie?
Can I add any other flavors or ingredients to enhance my Keto Chocolate Shake Smoothie? Absolutely! You can add various flavors and ingredients to enhance your Keto Chocolate Shake Smoothie while keeping it keto-friendly. Some popular additions include natural sugar-free sweeteners like stevia or erythritol, a pinch of sea salt to balance the sweetness, or extracts such as vanilla or almond. You can also mix in nut butters, like almond or peanut butter, for added creaminess and healthy fats, or add spices like cinnamon or chili powder for an interesting twist.
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