Protein Hot Chocolate Recipe

This hot chocolate is vegan, gluten free, and high protein
Servings: 2
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Time: 5 mins

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This protein hot chocolate recipe is warm, cozy, and packs a high protein punch! Using chocolate protein powder, the sugar is low but this healthy hot chocolate will give you the energy to stay on the slopes all day! And, with only two ingredients, you’ll have plenty of time for all the outdoor activities this winter!

Protein Hot Chocolate photo from the side in a mug

I will always remember walking through lit trees, bundled up in the middle of December while sipping hot chocolate. There is nothing better and nothing I look forward to more than browsing all the wonderful Christmas lights while drinking hot chocolate.

The only bummer about it, is hot chocolate often doesn’t make me feel great, probably because it’s milk which is good and then sugar with a little chocolate causing me to crash. That is where this protein hot chocolate comes in!

This protein hot chocolate is packed with 22 grams of protein and is just as easy to make as regular hot chocolate! So let’s get cozy!

Looking for more cozy winter drinks? Try these! Christmas Morning Chai, Vegan Coquito, and Gingerbread Latte.

Ingredients and Substitutions

All substitution options are a 1:1 substitution unless noted otherwise.

Flax Milk plus Protein: We love this plant based milk for its creamy texture and higher protein content. It makes for a creamy protein drink the whole family will love!

Substitutions: However, any milk of choice can be used! Good alternates include unsweetened almond milk, canned coconut milk, or cow’s milk.


Chocolate Plant Based Protein PowderThis is how we get that protein and chocolatey flavor! You could even add a little more cocoa powder if you’re feeling wild!

Substitutions: Any chocolate protein powder can be used, such as whey protein powder, pea protein, soy protein, etc. If using vanilla protein powder, add 1.5 tbsp cocoa powder or hot chocolate mix, or 2 tbsp chocolate syrup.


Additions: Adding some optional toppings is a great way to add even more fun to this hot beverage! Some optional topping ideas include whipped cream, sprinkles, marshmallows, and any other ideas your sweet tooth can think of. Additions can make this hot protein shake bring out flavors in different ways. Additions include a drop of vanilla extract, cacao powder, heavy cream, extra protein powder, (be careful, it’ll get chunky if you add too much).


How to Make This – Step by Step

Step one: Heat milk in jar for 2 minutes in the microwave

Step two: Add protein powder to milk, close jar and shake vigorously

Step three: Pour into mugs and enjoy!


Watch How To Make This – Step by Step


Joy Tip!

To make this hot chocolate how you like, try customizing it! Use your favorite protein powder and your favorite milk, vegan or not vegan. You could even use strawberry protein powder for a fruity take on it!

Facts and Common Questions

What is the best way to mix this?

We recommend using a large mason jar (or small one if only making one serving). Some other ways to make this – heat the milk in a small saucepan on the stove top on medium heat and then whisk in the protein powder, heat the milk in a measuring glass or mug, then add to a blender with the protein powder and mix, add milk and protein powder to an electric frother to heat and mix simultaneously, or heat milk in a mug, add protein powder, and mix well with a hand frother or fork.

Can you mix protein powder with hot drinks?

Protein powder can be mixed with hot drinks and actually dissolves quicker in hot liquids.  

How do you mix protein powder?

Protein powder can be mixed in many ways – by stirring quickly with a fork or whisk, by adding the powder and liquid to a sealed jar and shaking vigorously, by adding powder and liquid to a blender and blending until smooth, or by using a hand frother to mix in the powder to the liquid.


Want to Save it for Later? Here’s how!

Fridge: This will keep for 3 days in the fridge in a sealed container. When ready to enjoy, shake or remix it again and then heat it up.

Fun Fact!

It’s no secret that flax seeds contain lots of healthy omega 3 fatty acids, but in milk form they have some additional benefits. Unlike some other plant based milks, flax milk is soy and nut free. It is also packed with fiber, is low in sugar, and low in calories. Oddly enough, it was the oldest crop used to make clothing in the United States. One cup of Good Karma Omega 3 + Protein contains 8 grams of protein in addition to all the benefits mentioned above! (Source)


More Joyful Vegan Recipes!

Try one of these other tasty vegan drinks!

Lavender Milk Tea

Vegan Caribou Copycat Pumpkin White Mocha

Lavender Latte

Did you make this and love it? Leave us a review, we’d love to hear from you!

Protein Hot Chocolate

Servings: 2
Total Time: 5 minutes
This protein hot chocolate is warm, cozy, and packs a high protein punch! And, with only two ingredients, you’ll have plenty of time for all the outdoor activities this winter!
5 from 3 votes
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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate, high protein, hot chocolate, milk
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Cook Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Calories: 132 kcal


  • 2 scoops chocolate protein powder plant based
  • 2 cups flax milk omega 3 + protein


  • Head milk for 2 minutes in large jar or microwave safe glass
  • Add protein powder and cover.  Shake vigorously until well combined and frothy.  Or Stir with a whisk.
  • Enjoy!



Nutritional information is an estimate and for informational purposes only.


Calories: 132kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 35mg | Sodium: 449mg | Potassium: 229mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 1g | Calcium: 503mg
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  1. Emily

    5 stars
    This is a nice way to drink my protein powder on a cooler day, thanks!

  2. Hanna

    5 stars
    Orgain makes a “creamy chocolate fudge” flavored protein powder and it’s sooooo good as hot chocolate 🙂

    • Mika

      That sounds amazing, we’ll have to try it!


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