Protein Hot Chocolate Recipe

Rich and creamy protein hot chocolate made with any protein powder! It’s made with simple, healthy ingredients and only takes 5 minutes to make. A delicious way to boost your protein intake with over 21 grams of protein per serving!

Prep: 1Cook: 4Total: 5 minutes
Servings: 1 1x


  • 1 ¼ cup milk of choice (I like coconut milk)
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 1 scoop chocolate protein powder 
  • ½ tablespoon maple syrup, or more to taste
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • To serve: marshmallows, chocolate shavings, or whipped cream (optional)


  1. Mix: In a medium saucepan, whisk the milk, cocoa powder, protein powder, maple syrup, vanilla, and sea salt. Whisk vigorously until combined.
  2. Heat: Heat the mixture over medium-low heat until warm and frothy (but not boiling), about 3-4 minutes. Continuously whisk the mixture while heating to ensure no clumps remain. Be careful not to overheat as protein powder can clump and change texture. If the hot chocolate is too thick for your liking, whisk in an additional 2-3 tablespoons of milk.
  3. Serve: Pour the hot chocolate into a mug and top with marshmallows or whipped cream if desired. Sip and enjoy!


  1. We tested this with beef isolate, whey isolate, and plant based protein powder. All worked great! You can also use a milk frother to create more froth after you’ve poured the hot cocoa into your cup.
  2. Make sure the hot chocolate doesn’t come to a boil. Protein powder will clump and become thick if the liquid is more than 140 degrees F. In my testing, I found that whey protein powder is more prone to becoming clumpy. 
  3. Some brands of protein powder may result in a thicker hot chocolate. Add more milk if desired!
  4. To remove any additional protein clumps, you can pour the hot chocolate into mugs through a fine mesh strainer.
  5. You can use chocolate collagen peptides for this recipe too!
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