Healthy Homemade Chocolate Muscle Milk

Okay, I admit it.  I used to drink Muscle Milk.  You know, those ready-to-drink shakes advertising 20 grams of protein, vitamins and minerals?

Healthy Homemade Chocolate Muscle Milk

Yeah, they have protein, and yeah, they have some added nutrients, but are they 100% healthy?  No, they are artificially flavored and contain quite a bit of that fake sugar, sucralose.  So, naturally, I made a healthy replacement!  And did I mention that this is 100% healthy?

Healthy Homemade Chocolate Muscle Milk

A thick and creamy shake that is… wait, what did you say?  LOW-CARB?!?

Yup!  For the first time on Desserts with Benefits, a low-carb recipe  🙂

So you can drink this luscious chocolate drink and not have to worry about added sugars (or fake sugars)

Healthy Homemade Chocolate Muscle Milk

Is it just me, or is that a bite of delicious chocolate staring you down?  And how lovely, it’s within arms reach…  from ME!

Hah, sorry to torture you, maybe you can try grabbing it from the screen?  Okay, okay, I’ll stop.  This isn’t one of Willy Wonka’s inventions!  Ah, if only Wonkavision did exist…

Healthy Homemade Chocolate Muscle Milk

So, what’s better than that small square of chocolate  that I gobbled up just now?  A chocolate smoothie that can be made in just a couple minutes, with only 5 ingredients (unlike Muscle Milk, which has a whopping 40 ingredients!)

Healthy Homemade Chocolate "Muscle Milk"

Yield: 2 servings

Healthy Homemade Chocolate


  • 2 cups Unsweetened Vanilla Soymilk
  • 1 scoop Chocolate Whey Protein Powder (no sugar added)
  • 2 tbs Unsweetened Regular Cocoa Powder
  • ~13 drops Stevia Extract (to taste)
  • 1/16 tsp Xanthan Gum (optional, if you want that thick, creamy texture like Muscle Milk has)


  1. Put soymilk in the blender, then add the chocolate protein powder, cocoa powder and xanthan gum. Blend for 30 seconds or until the powdery chunks are gone
  2. Add 13 drops of stevia extract, blend again, and taste. Does it need more? If so, add it and blend again, if it doesn't, chug, chug, chug! (Just kidding, you should probably drink it slowly and calmy. Only if you can resist the urge, though, just like I did! Says the girl with the chocolate mustache...)


This recipe is: sugar free, low carb, high fiber, high protein, vegan!

Healthy Homemade Chocolate Muscle Milk

Healthy Homemade Chocolate Muscle Milk - healthy dessert blog

Compared to Chocolate Muscle Milk Light, this Healthy Homemade Chocolate Muscle Milk recipe contains:

-3 less grams of carbohydrate

-2 more grams of fiber

-2 more grams of protein

much more healthy goodness!


I’m not gonna lie to you guys, I used to think that drinking Muscle Milk would give me some nice, toned arms…  and boy, was I wrong!  You only get results with hard work and good nutrition, and however much effort you give is how much you will appreciate the outcome (aka, those nice, toned arms!)


So drink this shake and flex those muscles!

23 comments on “Healthy Homemade Chocolate Muscle Milk

  1. Hey! Cool idea! Vegan Muscle Milk will work so well for me!

    What’s also really cool is your nutrition facts! Where did you get them?! How did you do that?!

  2. Just wanted to let you know that the protein powder you are using is not vegan. Whey is a dairy by product. You make want to make a note on the recipe since you are categorizing it as “vegan.” It’s confusing. Great recipe though!

  3. love this! so nice to see a smoothie with no bananas too!

  4. Jessica | Desserts With Benefits

    I realized I forgot to put an asterisk (*) next to the protein powder to make vegan an option. You can use whatever protein powder you like, vegan or not.

  5. Love your simple, clean, delectable looking photos. Also, it’s always so helpful when you supply the nutritional chart for your stuff too.

  6. I absolutely love your blog. I just read it entirely after finding this recipe on tastespotting. I would love to be able to talk to you about how to switch over to eating the way you do. Just turning 25 last week, october 6th is my birthday too!, i realize that I must change the way I eat. I have already been a foodie for life (i watched the food network as a child not cartoons) and in the last semester of college a year and a half ago, an active pursuer to eat better. I have watched all the documentaries about the commercialized food industries and how corn (even though i love it in it’s vegetable form) has over taken the shelves. I am repulsed by processed foods however I still find myself slipping towards them. Your blog has energized me to actually “practice what I preach”.

  7. Jessica | Desserts With Benefits

    I can’t believe we have the same bday! I would love to talk to you too 🙂
    As for processed foods, when you find yourself in the aisles of the grocery store, don’t think about how good the item tastes, think about the food in its deconstructed form–look at it as a pile of ingredients rather than the actual food and just think, do you still want it? After researching about partially hydrogenated oils/trans fats, I realized that big companies don’t really care about their customers’ health, and they will put whatever ingredient that is cheapest in it to make it last longer. All they want is money for themselves.
    When I look at a Snickers bar (a great weakness of mine in the past), I just see a greedy business who wants my money, and I will not give them any to further produce their product. Although we are different people in different situations, I hope we can all strive for the same thing: a healthy, whole life that is accompanied by foods that nourish us in every way, body, mind and soul.
    I appreciate the time you spend here, and thank you so much for your inspiration, Brittany!

  8. Chocolate milk shake is my one the first choice among all milk shake which is too much tasteful compare to other milk shake items…Thanks for sharing..

    whey powder

  9. is there a substitute i could use for the protein powder? i don’t use protein powder but your recipes look delicious, and i would like to make them if i can!

    • Jessica | Desserts With Benefits

      Hmmm… you could try using 1 tbs regular cocoa powder, sugar-free sweetener (to taste… like Truvia, erythritol or stevia), and maybe dried soymilk powder (or dried nonfat milk for a non-vegan, non-low carb version). Protein powder provides a sweet and creamy texture, so I assume dried milks would provide a similar texture/flavor. If you blend this and it isn’t thick and creamy, add 1/16th tsp more of the xanthan gum and that should do it 🙂
      I’m crossing my fingers this works, good luck!

  10. Hey Jessica! Those looks really good! And really nice Nutrition Facts. Thanks for sharing this recipe (even though there’s torturing along the way.)

  11. I LOVE LOVE LOVE the multitude of pictures you took of the EXACT SAME SCENE that probably took you five minutes to set up with all the auxiliary straws and snowflakes and PERFECTLY BALANCED CHOCOLATE SQUARE. Its so DAMN CUTE that I think I’ll GO PUKE NOW. Ok i’m done, thanks for the recipes!

  12. This looks great! Where does one buy xanthan gum? Can I find it at a regular grocery store? If so, what would it be located by? Thanks!

  13. Can I use almond milk instead of soy milk and chocolate flavored rice protein (sun warrior) instead of whey protein?

  14. Hi Jessica! I was just wondering what you use to calculate the nutrition facts on this? Sorry if that question has been asked and answered a lot already. 🙂

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  17. Awesome recipe!

  18. You probably already know this lol, but you could just use some banana (possibly frozen) to replace the stevia and thicken the smoothie. 🙂

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  20. So, I tried this recipe twice, making several adjustments for health and nutrition purposes. First time I used almond and hemp milk as each offer varying vitamins and minerals and a good amount of protein without the worrisome GMOs or hormone disruptors that is typically associated with soy. I once again tried stevia, even though I have not liked it in the past. I didn’t like it this time either. But, instead of using the Xanthan gum I used chia to thicken the shake. It worked perfectly (and again – supercedes the Xgum in nutritional value.

    The second time I made it I cut back on the stevia and used my favorite natural sweetener…dates. Dates have amazing nutritional benefits including fiber. It was MUCH tastier.

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