Beat the Post-Run Chill With this Hot Chocolate Recovery Smoothie

With a few key ingredients, the classic hot cocoa can be transformed into a perfect post-run recovery beverage.

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The training weather outside is frightful – so after a chilly run, why would you replenish your body with a frosty smoothie? Warm your bones and recover better with this toasty drink, which has all the recovery nutrients you need in a cozy mug of hot cocoa. You can also make this smoothie before your workout – just keep it warm in an insulated bottle (such as the Velo Canteen, one of our holiday gift guide picks), and you’ll be able to start sipping as soon as you get inside.



  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 scoop protein powder
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter or almond butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 banana


Place milk in a small saucepan and heat until hot to the touch. Place warmed milk, protein powder, cacao powder, nut butter, cinnamon, vanilla and banana in a blender container and blend until smooth.