I'm always on the lookout for quick + simple snacks before and after a workout. I don't have time to spend hours in the kitchen prepping complex meals after a long run! That's where this chocolate banana smoothie recipe comes in. It's super simple, as well as quick to make. It is 100% plant based, and will fuel me with the protein boost I need for a great run or gym session. A chocolate banana protein shake is going to empower your body with the right ingredients to maximize your activity--whether that's a gym, a mountain hike, or swim.
Why I love almond butter in smoothies
I use both roasted and raw almond butter. The roasted version has a stronger almond flavor. Raw has a milder flavor. Either work in this chocolate banana smoothie recipe. My favorite brand is Barney Butter which uses almonds from my home state of California.
Nuts in general are loaded with healthy fats, protein, vitamins, and minerals. Adding some almond butter to my smoothie gives me all of those plus it's extra satisfying, and can even be used as a meal replacement. Don't be afraid to add in an extra scoop or two if you're really hungry!
Another plant protein option
You can also boost the protein in your smoothie by using organic Protein Smoothie Boost. One serving adds 10 grams of protein! I created this protein powder because I wasn't happy with the 'clean' options on the market. After creating Protein Smoothie Boost, I realized that protein powders can be delicious WITHOUT gums, preservatives, and other additives. With just hemp protein, chia seeds, and flax seeds, I created a smoothie booster that blends seamlessly into this chocolate banana protein shake, as well as any green smoothie you blend.
Can a chocolate banana smoothie be dessert?!
1000% yes! On my site and in my books + ebooks, I have a bunch of dessert smoothies.
While I am not against having dessert-dessert, I sure love blending up a smoothie that tastes like a milkshake. Spinach in a dessert??? Yup. And I happily sip away knowing I'm ticking off all the boxes when it comes to a healthy, wholesome, satisfying dessert. This chocolate banana smoothie really does taste like a milkshake! Here are some more of my fave dessert-like smoothies:
- Vanilla protein shake
- Chocolate smoothie bowl
- Peanut butter chocolate smoothie
- Raspberry smoothie
- Rainbow blast smoothie
- Strawberry milkshake
- Red velvet smoothie
- Caramel protein shake
- Skinny mint smoothie
- Cinnamon date smoothie
While smoothies can totally taste fresh + healthy, they can also be perfectly satisfying for that sweet tooth. Yum!
How to make a Chocolate Banana Smoothie
There's so many ways to do a chocolate shake like this, but I'm gonna show you the healthiest and tastiest. It's been my fave for awhile now, so I have a feeling I'm gonna get you hooked on it too.
A few pro tips: use frozen bananas to up the creaminess + chill in this drink. If you want to keep the sugar down, then only use half the bananas. If you don't have a high powered blender, then no worries! Just be sure to blend the spinach + liquid first. Once there are no leafy chunks, then add the remaining ingredients. That ensures the smoothest smoothie possible.
Smoothie ingredient swaps
Smoothies are perfect ingredient swap recipes. If you're out of almond milk, then swap with oat or cashew milk. Any nut butter can be used in place of almond butter; just pick one with a simple ingredient list (nut butters don't need extra oil + preservatives, just the nuts and maybe some salt!). If cacao powder is hard to find, then swap out for 100% cocoa powder. Need a little extra sweetness? A bit of maple syrup turns this into an incredible dessert.
Now ready, set, blend! Then leave a rating + comment with how your chocolate banana smoothie turned out.
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- Blend spinach and almond milk in blender until smooth.
- Add bananas, Protein Smoothie Boost, and cacao, and blend again.
- Pour into a cup and enjoy.
- Use frozen bananas to make smoothie cold.
- You can swap Protein Smoothie Boost for 2 tbs almond butter or protein powder of your choice.