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Chocolate Banana Smoothie

This Chocolate Banana Smoothie is a healthy, filling breakfast or snack, loaded with wholesome ingredients for a boost of protein, vitamins, calcium, and fiber!

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This post is sponsored by Almond Breeze,
but as always, all opinions are my own.

Check-in time! How's it coming with those healthy eating New Year's resolutions? Are you still holding strong? Or have you fallen off the wagon? Whatever your answer, no guilt allowed...because it's never too late to redeem yourself with a healthy and delicious smoothie. Especially if it happens to be a Chocolate Banana Smoothie!

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So how exactly does one achieve a healthy smoothie that tastes like, well, dessert? It's all about the right combo of ingredients, my friends...

Smoothie Ingredients

  • Oats. Like many of my other favorite smoothie recipes on the site, this smoothie starts with oats, which are finely blended and incorporated into the smoothie to thicken its texture and boost its nutrients.
  • Chia seeds. These tiny little seeds pack a powerful nutritional punch, with a nice dose of fiber, protein, calcium, and vitamins!
  • Frozen bananas. The next time you have overripe bananas that seem destined for pitching, peel them instead! Then break 'em into chunks and pop 'em in the freezer. Frozen banana chunks naturally sweeten a smoothie while eliminating the need for ice.
  • Almond Breeze Almondmilk. I love using almond milk in my smoothies, and Almond Breeze Almondmilk is my favorite. It's made with real almonds, but it also boasts 50% more calcium than dairy milk, as well as a good amount of Vitamin D and E. But just as important is what it doesn't have (NO dairy, lactose, soy, gluten, cholesterol, saturated fat, or MSG)!

Chocolate Banana Smoothie in a glass with two straws.

  • Greek yogurt. Why not add another boost of protein? Feel free to use whole milk, low-fat, or nonfat Greek yogurt...whichever floats your boat.
  • Almond butter. You may also substitute peanut butter (or sunflower seed butter, or cashew butter, or your favorite nut butter), if you wish.
  • Unsweetened cocoa powder. Hence, the chocolate in this Chocolate Banana Smoothie. ๐Ÿ˜‰
  • Honey. An optional way to add a bit of extra sweetness, should you so desire.
  • Pure vanilla and pure almond extracts. It's amazing how just a teensy splash of each adds so much depth of flavor to this drink. That being said, vanilla and almond extracts will really come through in an unbaked recipe like this, so it's especially important to use high-quality extracts that won't end up tasting like alcohol. And don't use too much almond extract, in particular, because its flavor can be very overpowering.Aerial close-up of banana slices garnishing Chocolate Banana Smoothie.

My goal with this smoothie was to cram in as much good stuff as possible, to power y'all through until lunchtime or to provide the perfect mid-day boost or post-workout fuel. As a bonus, it tastes amazing, too!

Side view of Chocolate Banana Smoothie in glass with straws.So for a thick, rich, decadent smoothie that's loaded with nutrients, look no further than this Chocolate Banana Smoothie! It's a fan favorite around here.

Don't you just love it when a recipe is as wholesome as it is yummy? ๐Ÿ™‚

More Healthy Smoothies

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Chocolate Banana Smoothie

This silky, decadent Chocolate Banana Smoothie is a healthy, filling breakfast or snack, loaded with bananas, Almond Breeze Original Almondmilk, almond butter, Greek yogurt, oats, and chia seeds for a boost of protein, vitamins, calcium, and fiber!
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
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Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 3 (8-ounce) smoothies
Calories: 324kcal
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Ingredients

  • ยฝ cup oats, quick or old-fashioned
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 2 bananas, broken into chunks & frozen
  • 1 cup Almond Breeze Original Almondmilk
  • ยฝ cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 3 tablespoons creamy almond butter
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon honey, optional
  • ยผ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • โ…› teaspoon pure almond extract

Instructions

  • Measure oats and chia seeds into blender. Blend until ground into a fine powder. Add the frozen bananas, Almond Breeze Original Almondmilk, Greek yogurt, almond butter, cocoa powder, honey (if using), vanilla, and almond extract. Blend on high power until completely smooth, scraping the sides of the pitcher halfway through if any ingredients are sticking. Serve immediately.

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Nutrition

Calories: 324kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 128mg | Potassium: 589mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 50IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 265mg | Iron: 2mg
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  1. 5 stars
    Thanks for this awesome recipe! I replaced the greek yogurt. honey and almond milk with unsweetened cashew yogurt, maple syrup, and pumpkin seed milk, and omitted the almond extract. It was delicious and filling.and I will definitely try some of your other smoothie recipes!!!

    1. You can tweak this smoothie to you liking, Camilla! Just keep in mind that eliminating the almond butter and adding an extra tablespoon of honey will change the flavor and make it sweeter. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. This is a great smoothie, I subbed the cocoa powder with chocolate protein powder just for a few more calories and protein (I'm on a weight gain journey)
    tastes great, it is thick and filling. Thank you

  3. 5 stars
    Hi,
    Thank you for this smoothie recipe. I am enjoying it now. I replaced the honey with 1 T. almond milk and 1 T. Truvia. Very delicious and smooth, almost a pudding or a mousse. Thanks, again.
    - Deenie G., Rhode Island

  4. 5 stars
    This is amazing!!! ๐Ÿ˜‹ I skip the last 3 ingredients, as it is sweet enough for me. Thanks for sharing!

  5. MMMM... I love chocolate and banana and when you all all those other healthy elements like chia seeds and Greek yogurt, I just want one even more! Yum.

  6. 5 stars
    This was absolutely delicious and so easy. Itโ€™s sweet enough without any sweetener if your banana is ripe and I love the nutty chocolate flavor. I usually use peanut butter but gave the almond butter a try and I really enjoyed it in this smoothie. I subbed a regular banana plus 1 cup of ice for a frozen banana, used vanilla Greek yogurt and almond milk. Also halved the recipe and was a perfect serving for myself, very filling and such a treat. Thank you!

  7. This was a delicious smoothie,even without the almond butter. I didnโ€™t have it on hand. Itโ€™s definitely a keeper.

    1. Do you have to do a anything w the chia seeds first (soak them? Or??) or just put them in as is? They are a new thing to me. Thank you.

  8. This was such a delicious smoothie! Had to get creative to accommodate available ingredients; I used leftover already cooked steel cut oats, substituted cacao powder (for cocoa) and pure maple syrup (for almond/vanilla) and added in frozen blueberries - turned out fantastic. Iโ€™ll definitely be making this again, and again.

    1. I haven't tried that, Shelly, but I think it sounds like a great idea! If the consistency is affected, you may just need to add a little extra milk to thin it out a bit. ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Hey, I tried the recipe minus the yogurt and almond butter as they were not in the cupboard. Even without these two ingredients the smoothie was excellent and exactly what I was looking for. Thank you so much for creating and sharing this recipe ... It will be a staple in my home.

    1. I'm so happy to hear that you enjoyed this smoothie, Tish, and that you'll be making it again! ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. What brand of blender did Santa bring? He brought me an American Girl doll and wardrobe from the 50's, which is my era.

    1. Hi Helen! Well aren't you lucky...an American girl with a 50s wardrobe sounds like a very special gift. ๐Ÿ™‚ Santa was kind enough to bring me a Vitamix blender...and so far, I love it! ๐Ÿ˜‰