This chocolate smoothie is decadent, rich, and healthy too! It packs in 1000 calories and 39 grams of protein into a regular-sized portion. This weight gain smoothie is the ultimate treat.
Why you’ll love it:
This 1000 calorie protein smoothie it the ultimate treat! It’s super decadent and smooth like a shake, but it’s made with healthy ingredients. Frozen banana, coconut milk, peanut butter, and plant-based protein powder blend into a smooth chocolatey drink.
If you’re looking for a smoothie to help you gain weight (or maintain it), this smoothie checks off all the boxes! High in calories? Check! Healthy? Check! Delicious? Checkity check!
If you wanted to pack in even more calories, you could make it into a smoothie bowl and top with nuts, granola, coconut, or berries.
High Calorie Smoothie Ingredients:
Frozen banana – A frozen banana is crucial for this weight gain smoothie! It’s what thickens it and makes it ice cold, but not icey. I just peel a ripe banana, cut it in half, drop it in a Ziplock bag, and freeze it overnight. If you don’t have a high-speed blender, cut it into chunks so your blender doesn’t have to work hard to blend it.
Peanut butter – Adds plant-based protein and plenty of calories! If you can’t have peanuts, you can swap it with almond or cashew butter.
Canned coconut milk – Be sure to use coconut milk from the can and not the carton. Canned coconut milk is high in calories with one cup boasting a whopping 500 calories! Coconut milk from the carton is low in calories which is not what we want here.
Almond milk – Coconut milk adds the calories and almond milk thins the smoothie to a pourable consistency. You can use any type of regular or plant-based milk here.
Cocoa powder – Use Dutch processed cocoa powder for an ultra rich shake! It’s darker, smoother, and ultra chocolatey.
Chocolate protein powder – I used a plant-based chocolate protein powder, but any kind works! Be sure to use a brand you know you like, since they all taste a bit different.
How to make a 1000 calorie smoothie:
Smoothies are super duper simple! There’s no reason to overthink it.
In the base of a high-speed blender, combine the frozen banana, peanut butter, protein powder, and coconut milk. Blend until super thick and creamy.
Add the almond milk and blend again until it’s a thick, pourable consistency. Pour into a glass and enjoy! For some extra pep and calories, add a dollop of whipped cream!
High Calorie Ingredients for Smoothies
High calorie smoothies are easy to make! If you want to make your own version, you need to start with high calorie ingredients.
It’s best to use whole foods or natural ingredients that don’t contain a bunch of added sugar or processed ingredients. Here’s a few ideas to get you started:
- Avocado – A medium sized avocado boasts 240 calories, 3 grams of protein, and 22 grams of fat. It also gives your smoothie an ultra-creamy texture without affecting the taste.
- Nut butter – A quarter cup of peanut butter packs 380 calories! If you can’t have peanuts, alternative nut butters pack in plenty of calories too.
- Oats – Old fashioned oats add texture and a slightly oatey flavor to smoothies. One cup of rolled oats contains 300 calories.
- Full-fat yogurt – Avoid sweetened yogurt and opt for unsweetened Greek yogurt for both protein and calories. One cup of full-fat Greek yogurt contains 220 calories.
- Chia seeds – Chia seeds absorb moisture so it’s best to add them in small amounts, however they do add nutrients and calories. One ounce of chia seeds contains 130 calories. Flax seeds are a great option too!
- Protein powder – Make sure to check the ingredients and opt for protein powders with less added sugar. One scoop of protein powder brings in roughly 120 calories.
Smoothie Making Tips:
- High calorie smoothies don’t have to be massive! The key is finding nutrient-dense, high calorie foods that pack in calories. Nobody wants to drink a smoothie the size of a small child.
- If the smoothie is too thick, add a splash of almond milk. Smoothies are very forgiving. If you blend in a splash more liquid, it will thin it out some.
- Technically, you can store smoothies in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours. I don’t recommend it though because then they lose their cold, creamy texture. Weight gain smoothies are best enjoyed fresh.
- However, if you can’t finish it all and oftentimes I can’t, I pour it into popsicle molds and freeze it for later. Now you have chocolate smoothie pops!
The best smoothies for weight gain contain a high amount of calories, healthy fats, and protein with minimal added sugar. If your smoothie isn’t sweet enough, look to natural sweeteners like bananas and berries.
Look for high-calorie ingredients that are nutrient dense. Try bananas, avocadoes, nut butter, chia seeds, full-fat yogurt and milk, plant-based protein powder, or old fashioned oats.
Yes, if you add enough calories to your smoothie, you may gain weight while drinking smoothies. Look for ingredients that provide nutrients and aren’t just empty calories.
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High Calorie Chocolate Smoothie
- high-speed blender
- 1 frozen banana, cut in half
- ¼ cup peanut butter
- 1 ½ tablespoons dark cocoa powder (Dutch processed cocoa powder)
- 3 tablespoons chocolate protein powder
- ¾ cup canned coconut milk
- ¼ cup unsweetened almond milk
- In the base of a high-speed blender, combine the frozen banana, peanut butter, cocoa powder, protein powder, and coconut milk.
- Blend until thick and mostly smooth.
- Add the unsweetened almond milk and blend until creamy and pourable. Pour into a glass and enjoy!
- If the smoothie is too thick, add a splash of almond milk and blend again.