There are times that I just need something sweet, chocolaty, and refreshing. Those are the days I fire up my blender and make a healthy chocolate banana smoothie.
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.
- almond milk (or any plant milk)
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Just a quick spin in a blender is all this recipe needs. You don’t need a high power blender, because any blender will do. More powerful blenders will make these smoother but are not necessary.
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 needed to make a smoothie.
Nutrition in Bananas
Bananas are a good source of potassium, fiber and vitamin C. They are also an excellent source of vitamin B6.
Dietary potassium is important for cardiovascular health, as it seems to be linked to lower blood pressure. Potassium also plays a role in protecting against muscle wasting, osteoporosis and kidney stones.
Dietitians agree that the preferred source of potassium is from potassium-rich foods such as bananas as opposed to high-dose potassium supplements. Fiber is essential for protection against certain diseases and aids in intestinal health, helping to relieve and prevent constipation.
Vitamin C helps to control infections and is an antioxidant, warding off free radicals in the body. Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) is involved in converting food into energy in the body. It is needed for the nervous system to function correctly, and it is needed for healthy skin, hair, eyes and liver.–LiveStrong
Though I don’t drink smoothies as meal replacers, they are terrific as a refreshing snack.
Nutrition per serving
Only 0.4 grams of fat and 1.3 grams of protein!
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- 1 medium banana I like mine frozen
- 3/4 cup almond milk plain or vanilla
- 1 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- ice cubes enough to get the consistency you like
Add all ingredients to blender and blend until smooth. Doesn't get any easier than that! Enjoy!