Cocoa Raspberry Protein Shake

There is something sweet and elegant about the combination of raspberries and chocolate. I love drinking this protein shake after hitting the gym. Although the jury is still out on whether timing protein intake around resistance training in fact leads to greater strength gains, evidence does suggest that our overall daily protein intake plays an important role in building muscle and strength (1, 2). My experience with plant-based protein powders has confirmed they aren’t the most appealing supplement (so gritty!). Over time I have mastered masking the unpleasant flavor and texture by making shakes like this one. Simply toss all the ingredients in a blender and you are done!

cocoa raspberry 2


  • 1 scoop pea protein isolate (vegan protein powder)
  • 1 cup frozen raspberries, organic if possible
  • 1 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cup water
  • handful of ice cubes


PCOS Powers:

  • raspberries = low glycemic load, high in antioxidants, high in fibre, may help lower inflammation and prevent cancer
  • cocoa = high in antioxidants, may lower LDL cholesterol, can reduce high blood pressure, and may act as an antidepressant
  • pea protein = helps decrease high cholesterol and manage insulin resistance, helps build lean muscle mass


  1. Saris, W. H. M., et al. “Protein Supplementation Augments the Adaptive Response of Skeletal Muscle to Resistance-Type Exercise Training: A Meta-Analysis.” American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 96.6 (2012): 1454-64.
  2. Schoenfeld, Brad Jon, Alan Albert Aragon, and James W. Krieger. “The Effect of Protein Timing on Muscle Strength and Hypertrophy: A Meta-Analysis.” Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition 10.1 (2013): 53-65.

8 Comments Add yours

  1. roger says:

    Very impressive. Love the write up and the info. Didn’t know rasps and cocoa were such good anti-oxidants. i’m happy given I start every day with rasps and end every day with cocoa! Keep ‘re coming!

    Date: Sat, 23 Jan 2016 16:05:40 +0000 To:

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    1. Thank you! I will! YES, they are amazing and it helps they taste great too. Can’t go wrong.


  2. Never had any protein powder, but I would love to try it in your Cocoa Raspberry Shake. That combo makes me drool 🙂

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  3. I start my day every morning with a vegan shake. I’m definitely trying this one! Thank you for posting!

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  4. It has been a long time since I have had protein powder (I like getting my protein from natural sources) but I love how pink this is!! Looks great.


    1. Thank you! I also love the color. I like this particular protein I linked to because it is 100% all-natural (asides from the processing into powder form) and GMO-free, pea protein. Do you have protein ideas for breakfast asides from oatmeal? 🙂


    2. I don’t know if you eat tofu, but tofu scrambles are great. Otherwise, I have made bean scrambles for breakfast too:

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  5. Tanuj says:

    I am a hardcore non veg, but your blog might change me to vegan! ☺


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