The Most Delicious Protein Shake I’ve Ever Made

We found a protein shake that not only tastes good, we look forward to drinking it. Intrigued? We thought you'd be.

If you're serious about working out, losing weight, or getting stronger, then you already know the importance of having a lot of protein in your diet. Protein provides the building blocks for muscle growth. Muscle magazines recommend 1 to 1.5 grams of protein per pound of body weight per day. That can seem like a daunting number, and many guys turn to supplementation to get their daily intake.

The problem is: protein shakes suck. They don't taste good, they're chalky, they clump, they're expensive. I've tasted a number of brands and flavors over the last 8 years and some were better than others but none of them were great. I eventually came to rely on a brand called Optimum Nutrition, usually playing it safe with one of the variations of vanilla or chocolate. They always tasted okay, better than many of the other options but still not that enjoyable.

A few weeks ago Amazon was having a sale on a flavor by Optimum Nutrition called “Extreme Milk Chocolate.” It had 4.5 stars and almost a thousand reviews, so I thought I'd give it a shot.

I'm glad I did, it tastes great — almost good enough that I actually look forward to drinking it. Good flavor and good consistency when I used my hand blender. Extreme Milk Chocolate sort of tastes like cold hot chocolate, and as with all protein powders, tastes better with milk than water.

Then it happened. I got adventurous with some old standbys one day and threw in a banana and a tablespoon or two of peanut butter. And my face exploded.

There's a place here in Los Angeles called “Millions of Milkshakes” and they do one thing and one thing well. Along with being able to create your own concoction, they also have a bunch of milkshakes named for celebrities. My favorite? … the Miley Cyrus. I'm not proud of it's name but with Reeses Peanut Butter Cups and cookie dough it's so good it's not even worth the risk trying anything else.

Long a late night vice packing in extra calories and junk, I can now get similar satisfaction from a protein shake. This banana, peanut butter, and Extreme Milk Chocolate mixture tastes incredibly similar to the Miley, and where it lacks in ice creamy goodness, it definitely makes up for in its protein content.

If you're looking for a protein powder that actually tastes good, check out Extreme Milk Chocolate. Also do yourself a favor and pick up a hand blender like I have and your snack binging will easily be replaced with protein shakes.

Andrew is the founder and editor of Primer. He's a graduate of American University and currently lives in Los Angeles. Read more about Primer on our About page. On Instagram: @andrewsnavely and @primermagazine.


  • Reply June 1, 2011


    Might help if you posted nutritional content (namely the most important part: how much protein is in the drink).

  • Reply June 1, 2011


    Hey John,

    Sorry about that, it’s been updated. I’ve been drinking the ON flavors so long, and they’re all about the same, 24g protein.

  • Reply June 2, 2011


    Even better than just milk is heavy cream; it adds a sort of lightness to it. Since it’s the same stuff that makes whipped cream, it sort of makes sense.

  • Reply June 2, 2011


    I’ve been making this protein shake for a while now. I am using the same exact protein also — previously, I used Optimum Nutrition’s Double Rich Chocolate, which I think tastes better (more chocolatey). In addition to the peanut butter, banana and milk, I throw in some egg whites/eggs for added protein and nutrients. This doesn’t change the flavor, but gives a thicker consistency. Finally, since I use a regular blender to make the shake, I can add some ice to cool down the drink. This ends up being my breakfast (after my workout).

  • Reply June 2, 2011



    Great idea, I’ve never tried that.


    I believe I’ve tried the DR chocolate. I remember it being pretty good, I like how the EMC is creamier. Thanks for the tips!

  • Reply June 2, 2011


    Andrew, congrats on discovering the delight that is the banana/PB protein shake. Once you’re hooked, you’re hooked!

    For an even richer, cooler experience I add ice (a full tray, but I purposely make smaller cubes) and put it in a blender for about 30 seconds. I also use fresh ground almond butter…oh man, I think I’m gonna go make one right now!

  • Reply June 2, 2011


    For cost, taste, and content you all might want to check out Dymatize brand and if you want it at your door in two days for 5.95 shipping go with ( And no, not an employee of either.)

    My 15 year old son and I mix ours with almond milk and shake it in old glass peanut containers with the screw caps.

  • Reply June 2, 2011

    Jesse Hedeen

    Optimum Nutrition is good, but if it’s taste you’re after Oh Yeah makes a protein powder that will blow your mind. Try the vanilla creme with milk, peanut butter and ice. Need a shot of fiber and complex carbs? Through in some oatmeal and BAMM! Good stuff, great post!

    P.S. If you’re trying to get lean this might not be the best option because of the high amount of calories and sugar.

  • Reply June 3, 2011


    I play football and I am going try this thanks alot

  • Reply June 3, 2011


    Hah, this is exactly the shake I had this morning. I also recommend adding some instant coffee.

  • Reply June 16, 2011


    Replace the milk with a little bit of coffee and some cream (i use heavy whipping because i like how frothy it gets). It will blow your mind.

    This way, you get a little caffeine boost, and you don’t have the extra carbs/sugar you get from milk.

    1-2 scoops chocolate protein
    1 cup cold coffee
    1-2 tbsp peanut butter
    1 bananas

  • Reply June 17, 2011

    Andrew Carlson

    I just had this shake for like 2 weeks straight. LOVE IT.

  • Reply June 17, 2011



    Great tip with the coffee!


    So glad you liked it!

  • Reply June 20, 2011


    If you’re looking for something a little different, but equally delicious, go with:

    Vanilla Almond milk
    1 scoop of vanilla protein (I’m currently using Promasil by Rivalus)
    1 banana
    one or two tablespoons of raw almond butter
    and of course ice
    blend until smooth

    It is the best thing I have had in a long time.

    • Reply September 5, 2013


      swap out the ice for a frozen banana…i freeze a bunch of banana’s at a time for these. next level stuff right there. not sure if anyone will see this since it was posted 2 yrs ago haha.

  • Reply June 22, 2011


    That is surprising that it tastes that good with so few carbs. Will have to try it.

  • I’ve never actually liked protein shake for reasons you’ve mentioned earlier. Much prefer taking eggs but hmm, I’ve got to try this for breakfast tomorrow, though.

  • Reply July 19, 2011


    FYI, JIF has partially hydrogenated oils in it..very bad. Pick up smuckers natural creamy. Ingredients are peanuts and salt…that’s all. Or better yet, get trader joes peanut butter with flax seed oil for an added omega-3 boost to your shake.

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  • Reply November 9, 2013


    holy crap it tastes like ….. idk …. it’s unexplainable, you’re right! my faced exploded too!

  • Reply November 15, 2013

    The Protein Reviewer

    ON has some of the best tasting flavors easily.
    Check out for a full list of all brands and flavors, rated and reviewed.

  • Reply November 15, 2013


    I am having surgery for lap band in a couple weeks and have been researching protein shakes like crazy. Do you think this brand would be worth it in amounts of protein per serving and very importantly taste since i will be living off these for breakfast lunch and inner for 8 weeks. Some brands i was also recommended were total lean and unjury

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