Today’s recipe is an easy, delicious, and healthy smoothie that takes five minutes or less to make and is perfect for a quick breakfast or a delicious mid-day or after workout snack.
I hope you enjoy this recipe for Healthy Chocolate Banana Smoothies!
There are only six ingredients in this smoothie! Plus, one optional (but recommended) ingredient.
Frozen ripe bananas: I always keep a bag of bananas in the freezer to make smoothies. They give smoothies natural sweetness and creaminess.
They are a good source of fiber and potassium too.
Cocoa powder: Gives the drink a tasty chocolate flavour. It’s easy to add more or less according to your preferences.
It’s blends up well into the smoothie as opposed to melted chocolate, which could freeze and form clumps of chocolate.
Cocoa powder is also a healthier alternative than using chocolate syrups, which usually has added artificial sugar and ingredients.
Ground cinnamon: A small amount of this spice is added to the smoothie to give a hint of warming sweetness. It helps elevate the chocolate flavour.
If you prefer, you can substitute with a pinch of instant coffee or espresso powder to heighten the chocolate flavour.
Unsweetened almond milk: It’s smooth, slightly nutty, and dairy-free. A great option for those who are lactose intolerant or keeping to a vegan diet. Substitute with your choice of milk if you like.
Baby spinach: One of my grocery staples. I eat a lot of baby spinach.
It’s wonderful to add to smoothies (yay hidden vegetables!) because it’s tender, mild in flavour, and full of good-for-you vitamins and nutrients like vitamins A and C as well as iron and magnesium.
Chia seeds: I’m a big fan of chia seeds too. This ingredient is optional, but I really recommend adding it to this smoothie.
Why? These relatively flavourless little seeds are loaded with healthy benefits. They are high in protein, rich in omega-3 fatty acids, and contain vitamins like iron and calcium.
They also develop a gelatinous coat when soaked in liquid, which helps thicken the smoothie as well.
Ice cubes: Keeps the drink cool and refreshing.
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Overall, this smoothie is:
Healthy and delicious: It’s sweet from the bananas, has chocolatey notes from the cocoa powder, and hidden vegetables (i.e. spinach). The optional ingredient of chia seeds is packed with nutritional benefits too.
Refreshing: This smoothie has a creamy texture that’ll quench your thirst.
Super easy and quick to make: It takes about 5 minutes to make and is easy to whip up in the blender.
Perfect for breakfast or as a snack: It’ll make for a quick breakfast or to fill up your travel cup to go.
Refined sugar free.
Vegan and gluten-free too.
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