Healthy Chocolate Banana Smoothie

Enjoy a healthy breakfast or snack with this simple and delicious chocolate smoothie recipe that’s sweetened using bananas. It’s refined sugar-free, gluten-free, and vegan too.

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Healthy Chocolate Banana Smoothie

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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!

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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.
Healthy chocolate banana smoothie in a blender container.
  • 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.
A side view of two tall glasses filled with chocolate banana smoothies on a blue knitted cloth.

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Overall, this chocolate banana 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.
Healthy chocolate banana smoothies in two tall glasses with bananas and a small jar of cocoa powder behind them.

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Healthy Chocolate Banana Smoothie

Healthy Chocolate Banana Smoothie

Yield: 2 (makes 4 cups)
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Enjoy a healthy breakfast or snack with this simple and delicious chocolate smoothie recipe that’s sweetened using bananas. It’s refined sugar-free, gluten-free, and vegan too.

Ingredients

  • 1½ cups unsweetened almond milk (or your choice of milk)
  • 1 cup (packed) baby spinach
  • 2 frozen ripe bananas
  • 2 (heaping) tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds (optional, but recommended)
  • ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 3-4 ice cubes

Instructions

  1. Place all the ingredients in a high-powered blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Once blended, taste and adjust according to preferences such as adding more milk for a thinner smoothie or more cocoa powder for a stronger chocolate flavour.
  3. Best served immediately.

Notes

  • Nutritional information represents one serving for a total of two servings.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 181 Total Fat: 5g Saturated Fat: 0g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 3g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 16mg Carbohydrates: 34g Fiber: 7g Sugar: 15g Protein: 5g
Nutritional values are estimated based on the ingredients used by the author; your ingredients may differ. These values are calculated using Nutritionix.
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