3.19.2021

Chocolate Banana Smoothie

Smoothies can taste like dessert, yet still be healthy for you. This chocolate banana smoothie recipe is a great mid-afternoon pick me up.

chocolate banana smoothie

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

Almond butter is quite possibly my favorite nut butter. I use it all the time, from muffins for breakfast to swoodles for dinner, and everything in between.

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.

chocolate banana protein shake

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:

While smoothies can totally taste fresh + healthy, they can also be perfectly satisfying for that sweet tooth. Yum!

delicious dessert smoothie

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 1.5 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.

chocolate banana smoothie

Chocolate Banana Smoothie

This chocolate banana smoothie is based on a classic ice cream flavor. Yet I've upgraded this smoothie for maximum flavor and nutrients. It's like drinking a dessert! Almond butter adds a boost of protein while cacao powder adds in powerful antioxidants. 
4.85 from 45 votes
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Course: Breakfast / Smoothie
Cuisine: Plant-Based / Vegan
Servings: 1 smoothie
Calories: 373kcal
Author: Jen Hansard

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Blend spinach and almond milk in blender until smooth.
  • Add bananas, almond butter, and cacao, and blend again.
  • Pour into a cup and enjoy.

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Notes

Nutrition

Calories: 373kcal | Carbohydrates: 65g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Sodium: 354mg | Potassium: 1284mg | Fiber: 13g | Sugar: 30g | Vitamin A: 2964IU | Vitamin C: 29mg | Calcium: 410mg | Iron: 3mg
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Mom of 2, ran across the Grand Canyon and lover of smoothies, coffee & tacos. I transformed my family's health with a realistic plant-based diet. I also found myself again along the way.

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  1. Lisa says:

    Super good! It’s my guilt-free chocolate dessert treat

  2. Judy Juengling says:

    Delicious! Sometimes I add Medjool dates for extra sweetness (and calories!).

  3. Vida says:

    I love love love this smoothie!! Rich and creamy. Thank you!

  4. Marie says:

    Seriously so good. Sometimes I get tired of tropical or berry-heavy smoothies, so this is a fun departure. Like dessert for breakfast! 🙂

  5. Sarah Mitchel says:

    I’m not a big chocolate person, so I like how I can control how much cacao to use. I did less cacao and more vanilla extract to make it perfect for me.

  6. Kim says:

    You had me and chocolate & banana! I love this one… it’s so, so good!

  7. Amanda says:

    My kids can’t get enough of this recipe!

  8. Emily says:

    Delicious! Thank you!

  9. Carol Cerros says:

    Looks like my stars didn’t save, definitely is a 5-star winner for us chocolate lovers. Thanks again!

  10. Carol Cerros says:

    Dang girl – this one is so rich and creamy, and satisfying. I’ve been working on eliminating chocolate; snicker, M&Ms, all the bad but wonderful tasting items that we eat when we are stressed, and this smoothie definitely has taken that place. I also cutback to one banana since trying to cut down on sugar in all areas and a bit more almond butter; yummy! Thank You so much for sharing!!

    • Simple Green Smoothies says:

      Love that this is helping you eliminate those sugar candy cravings, Carol! Thanks so much for the rawkin feedback! 🙂

  11. Angela says:

    Wow. Needed something chocolatey after dinner and this hit the spot. I just used one banana and otherwise followed the recipe. Delicious!

    • Simple Green Smoothies says:

      Way to rawk a healthy dessert Angela! Using 1 banana instead of 1 1/2-2 is a great way to cut back on natural sugar if needed. Rawkstar move!

  12. Judy Elledge says:

    I have your Simply Green Smoothies. Did a 10 day challenge with one smoothie a day. Lost 5 pounds!

  13. Josephine De Borja says:

    What a perfect snack between my lunch and dinner time. Will definitely add it to my favourites!

  14. Erin says:

    I make this recipe at least once a week, seriously. It is a nice break from a green smoothie, and is super filling. I usually add in a scoop of collagen powder, or Protein Smoothie Boost.

  15. Nydia Rodriguez says:

    Delicious – thank you!

  16. Vanessa says:

    Thank you for the recipe. I added chia seeds. My toddler loved it!! Will definitely make again.

    • Jen Hansard says:

      Awesome! I love hearing that. Smoothie for the win! Woot! Woot!

  17. Damla says:

    I added also 1 teaspoon chia and it was delicious. Thank you for the recipe.

  18. Erin says:

    Just got bananas, can’t wait to make this after my workout tomorrow!

  19. Jen C. says:

    Delicious! I added some honey.

  20. Rebecca Conner says:

    Wow, that was delicious!

  21. Nunya says:

    With all that is happening all you can do is talk about a chocolate smoothie? Very disappointing.

    • Thia says:

      Shame on you for putting others down for trying to stay positive during trying times! I personally think it’s important to focus on these positives!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Hi Thia, we do try to focus on the positives out there. That said, I think we are all hurting right now and processing our pain in different ways. We could all use a little more empathy and understanding.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Hi Nunya, I’m sorry you feel disappointed. This is a green smoothie + plant-based diet website and those are the things we will continue to write about. Just because we do not discuss current events or news of the day here does not mean we aren’t aware of what is going on in our world and it certainly doesn’t mean our hearts don’t hurt over it. Please continue to come here for delicious green smoothie recipes and other rawesome plant-based meal + snack recipes.

  22. TanIa Allan says:

    Made it for my kids (7 and 9) and they loved it!

  23. Sarah Johnson says:

    I just got my first order of Protein Smoothie Boost and just made this recipe with it! I did it with half the bananas and adding in some avocado to keep the sugars down, but the cream factor high. It was amazing!

  24. Atlanta says:

    I made this before my run, I was hungry, and it hit the spot!

  25. Tanya says:

    My favorite!!! Classic flavors of chocolate & nut butter, combined with creamy banana – yum!!!

  26. Carys says:

    I really like this one! A good chocolate flavor.

  27. Amber says:

    This smoothie was delicious. I will making it again

  28. Megan says:

    So delicious! This was my first time using a nut butter in a smoothie, and it gave it a great flavor and texture! I will definitely make this again, but maybe with a little less banana or less cacao if I drink it for breakfast – it was a bit on the sweet side!

  29. Kathy Overstreet says:

    Absolutely, deliciously decedent!! Looked like a smoothie, but tasted like a shake and very healthy shake! Yum!!!

  30. Sandra says:

    The Simple Monkey was good for a dessert but not a smoothie I want in the morning. I prefer tropical smoothies. This is surprising since I love chocolate!

  31. Karen M-A says:

    Love this one. Simple Monkey is creamy and rich. Who knew good for you could taste so good!

  32. Karen M-A says:

    Love this one. Chocolatey goodness.

  33. Grace says:

    So, I cheated a little – I did not use the cacao!! 😉 I know, but I don’t care for chocolate so that is the only one ingredient I took out of this super yummy smoothie. The almond butter really added some creaminess to the whole thing, thank you for sharing this!!

  34. Clare Skinner says:

    Wow this was a real treat full of banana chocolatey goodness, great when you need a little pick me up.

  35. Bethany Vines says:

    Oh man! This was good! I almost chickened out and didn’t make it, but I’m so glad I did. I don’t like bananas, but I’ve been pushing myself through these recipes which usually call for just 1/2 a banana, and I’ve enjoyed them. When I saw 2 bananas for this one, though, and no other fruit to cover the flavor… I got nervous. I also hated the smoothie that had cocoa and strawberries (the only one I’ve hated), so I was hesitant to try cocoa again. So I started making this, but just added 1 banana and 1 TB cocoa to to start, tasted it, and liked the flavor. I added another 1/2 banana and 1/2 avocado with the other TB of cacoa to keep the banana flavor from being too strong. So yummy and chocolatey!! I think next time I’ll do 1 banana and 1 avocado to keep the banana flavor down even a little more, but it’s honestly not too strong. I also just realized I forgot the nut butter, so I’m looking forward to trying this one again soon!! I also may go back and try to cacao strawberry one again too. I used dark cacao with that one, which I normally love. Maybe that was my mistake.

  36. Windy says:

    One of my favorite I add chia seeds and refrigerated overnight…it makes a great breakfast pudding/smoothie ♥️♥️

  37. Kelly says:

    I love a “dessert” smoothie! I made this one with peanut butter instead of almond butter, so delicious.

  38. Cory says:

    Love! Love! Love!

  39. Ann says:

    I like some smoothies better than others, but this one was difficult to finish. I think the cacao powder is just too bitter. I also think that two bananas is a bit excessive. Will not be making this one again.

  40. Aimee Dewar says:

    This is hands down one of our favorites, especially for my youngest child. The flavor is so yummy and the color isn’t so green (which he has a problem getting past). Yummy!

  41. Bonnie Good says:

    I don’t typically like smoothies with milk (of any kind) so I was hesitant when I saw this one on my menu for today.
    Boy was I wrong…SO GOOD and CHOCOLATY! I added a little cinnamon as well.
    Goes to show you that you have to try everything at least once.
    This is a keeper especially when i am having a chocolate craving.

  42. Ken Hess says:

    Absolute best smoothie I have ever had!!!!!!!!

  43. Patricia says:

    Love the banana flavor! One of my favorites along this month long journey!

  44. Elizabeth says:

    This is one of my favorite smoothies so far! I only did 1 banana because I’m not a huge fan of bananas but I did add a little bit of cinnamon to it which added just a little something else. My favorite nut butter is Justin’s Nut Butter and they have a honey almond butter that adds a little bit of sweetness. I’m a fan!

  45. marion says:

    Well doesn’t this sound delicious! I tried for lunch even though it’s for next week. I just couldn’t wait and it did not disappoint! I’m not a fan of bananas so I used 1/2 banana and subbed avocado.
    Still delicious!.

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      Right?!?! It is so hard waiting sometimes for a recipe you know is delicious!

      So happy you were able to make that substitution so your smoothie was perfect for you.

  46. allison says:

    This is my “go to” green smoothie recipe. Add some cinnamon for some added yum.

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      Ooooo I will have to try adding that extra yumminess of cinnamon to mine next time =P

  47. Rashida Fogel says:

    I made the Chocolate Banana Smoothie 2 days ago. I waited to see what happens to my sweet cravings. I’m a known chocoholic amongst my family and friends. Wow, the smoothie was so tasty. Today my husband offered me chocolate cheese cake, one of my most favorite desserts. Told him I’d rather have the chocolate smoothie. He was totally blown over. I was able to have my sweet at a much less calorie count. We are all pleasantly amazed.

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      Hey Rashida,

      That is so awesome to hear that this smoothie has helped with your chocolate cravings. Yay!!

      Rawk on!!

  48. Catherine J Jackson says:

    do you have the calorie count for this?

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      Hey Catherine,

      Yes! If you look just under the ingredients list you will see the nutritional value there 🙂

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