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Healthy Chocolate Banana Smoothie

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There are times that I just need something sweet, chocolatey, and refreshing. Those are the days I fire up my blender and make a healthy chocolate banana smoothie.

two vegan chocolate banana smoothies in glasses with green straws and strawberries, cocoa powder spilled on white background

Made with velvety almond milk and creamy banana, this dairy-free chocolate banana smoothie is perfectly sweet and refreshing.

We love this chocolate smoothie because it’s…

  • Super simple
  • Requires only 5 ingredients
  • Perfectly sweet
  • Wholesome
  • Low-fat
  • Delicious

Simple ingredients

With only 5 ingredients, my craving is filled easily within 3-minutes flat.

The simple ingredients are things that many of us likely keep on-hand.

  • banana
  • vanilla
  • cocoa powder
  • almond milk (or any plant milk)
  • ice
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How to make banana chocolate smoothies

This quick vegan dessert recipe is so simple, it can hardly be called a recipe at all.

Simply peel a banana and add it along with plant milk, vanilla, cocoa powder, and ice to a blender.

I love to use almond milk or even vanilla flavored almond milk in my smoothie but any plant milk will work just fine. Other great options are soy and rice milk.

vegan chocolate banana smoothie ingredients in blender before processing

Just a quick spin in a blender is all this recipe needs. You don’t need a high power blender, because any of them will do. More powerful blenders like my Vitamix will make these smoother but are not necessary.

vegan chocolate banana smoothie in blender

Freezing bananas

One thing that I like to do is keep frozen bananas in my freezer. When my local grocery store sets those bags of ugly ripe bananas out for $1.99, I grab them up. At home, I peel them and place in a gallon-sized freezer bag and put in the freezer.

We all know that the ugliest bananas are the sweetest, and that’s terrific in a smoothie like this because no other sweetener is needed. The banana takes care of it!

Another good thing about frozen bananas is that less ice is required to make a smoothie.

vegan chocolate banana smoothie in tall clear cup with green straw and strawberry

Though I don’t drink smoothies as meal replacers, they are terrific as a refreshing snack. Also, check out my Vegetable Fruit Smoothies.

*Originally published April 2015.

Nutrition per serving

There’s no reason to feel guilty about having one of these delicious chocolatey smoothies once in awhile because they are low in fat and high in flavor.

Only 0.4 grams of fat and 1.3 grams of protein!

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Chocolate Banana Frozen Smoothie

Yield: 1 serving
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Need a quick, sweet snack without all oil, fat, and sugar? Here ya' go! 0.4 grams of fat and 1.3 grams of protein. You're welcome!

Ingredients

  • 1 medium banana, I like mine frozen
  • 3/4 cup almond milk, plain or vanilla (or other plant milk)
  • 1 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • ice cubes, enough to get the consistency you like

Instructions

    1. Simply peel a banana and add it along with plant milk, vanilla, cocoa powder, and ice to a blender. See my tips for freezing bananas in the article above.
    2. I love to use almond milk or even vanilla flavored almond milk to my smoothie but any plant milk will work just fine. Other great options are soy and rice milk.
    3. Just a quick spin in a blender is all this recipe needs. 
    4. You don’t need a high power blender because any blender will do. More powerful blenders like my Vitamix will make these smoother but are not necessary.

Notes

Detailed instructions, in-process photos, and my personal helpful tips can be found in the article above.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 186Total Fat: .4gSaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgCarbohydrates: 37gFiber: 5gSugar: 21gProtein: 1.3g

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