Chocolate Weight Loss Smoothie

Plant-Based Recipes / Chocolate Weight Loss SmoothieThis weight loss smoothie recipe will help your boost your metabolism using plant-based whole foods. The #1 question I get at Simple Green Smoothies is… Will a smoothie help me lose weight? There are TONS of smoothies and shakes out there claiming to do this, but forget the labels […]

This weight loss smoothie recipe will help your boost your metabolism using plant-based whole foods.

The #1 question I get at Simple Green Smoothies is…

Will a smoothie help me lose weight?

There are TONS of smoothies and shakes out there claiming to do this, but forget the labels and ads… and think about what’s gonna work for YOU.

When it comes to a weight loss smoothie, it’s gotta hit 3 things for me to call it a winner:

  1. It must be affordable to continue doing this every single day.
  2. It has to deliver the results it promises: boost my metabolism, keep me full and not hangry, actually nourish my body, etc).
  3. It’s gotta taste great (and not be loaded with tons of sugars, artificial flavors or “fake sugars” to trick your tastebuds and ravage your cravings). I want to crave this day after day and feel better when I have it!

The recipe I’m sharing here helped me lose 7 pounds when I was a young exhausted mom of 2 under 4…with no energy and a few post baby (by a few generous years) extra pounds I needed to lose. They say “you’ve gotta exercise to lose the weight”, but when you’re too tired to do that— you’ve gotta try something else. And this is the secret sauce to jump start my energy levels and my weight loss journey.

Chocolate weight loss smoothie recipe

Homemade metabolism boost shake

Today, I want to share a weight loss smoothie that I’ve been using as a breakfast meal replacement smoothie. And yes, it’s a green smoothie because these are the BEST way I’ve found to lose weight naturally AND feel great while doing it.

Unlike most “weight loss smoothies” (which require expensive powders, artificial ingredients and taste chalky and nasty… and leave you hungry) this one is the complete opposite. It truly tastes good and is good for you. You can drink they smoothie every morning for breakfast, which is a great way to set a healthy routine for your day.

I’ve also had this for lunch as a meal replacement smoothie too. Some days I just don’t have time to make lunch and a quick smoothie is the way to go. Other days, I’ll sip this down while doing dishes, driving the kids to practice, running errands, after a long trail run, you name it— the beauty of a smoothie is you can “eat and run.”

Weight Loss smoothie as a meal replacement

Top weight loss foods to blend

If leaning up if your goal, the ingredients you use in your smoothie can work against you… or for you. I’m gonna break down the ones I used in this smoothie to help you see WHY I used them to hit my summer body goals: turn my fat into muscle and have the energy to workout.

Spinach: Full of phytonutrients and fiber to minimize any blood sugar spikes from the natural sugars in the smoothie. 

Almond milk: Contains a little bit of protein and promotes a creamy smoothie base. 

Banana: Adds a little natural sweetness to give you an energy boost.

Almond butter: Curbs your appetite and helps your digestive system

Cacao powder: Boosts your energy levels and metabolism

Hemp hearts: Have twice as much protein as chia seeds.

Cinnamon: helps regulate your blood glucose levels. The last thing you want from your smoothie is a sugar rush, which can give you quick energy and then have you crash real hard. 

Cayenne pepper: Helps curb your appetite and boost you metabolism naturally.

Chocolate Weight Loss Smoothie

This weight loss smoothie uses all natural ingredients to kick start your metabolism and burn fat. We're using all plant-based ingredients to keep you full until your next meal and get you the results you want.
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Course: Breakfast / Smoothie
Cuisine: Plant-Based / Vegan
Servings: 1 smoothie
Calories: 406kcal
Author: Jen Hansard


  • 1 cup almond milk, unsweetened
  • 1 cup fresh spinach
  • 1/2 banana
  • 2 tbsp cacao powder
  • 2 tbsp almond butter
  • 1 tbsp hemp hearts
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • cayenne pepper


  • Add leafy greens and liquid to blender, blending until all chunks are gone. 
  • Add in remaining ingredients and blend until smooth.



  • If you prefer your smoothies extra cold, feel free to pour smoothie over a glass of ice. 
  • Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to enjoy. 


Calories: 406kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 11g | Monounsaturated Fat: 13g | Sodium: 354mg | Potassium: 779mg | Fiber: 11g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 2935IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 497mg | Iron: 6mg
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About Jen Hansard

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. Brihony says:

    Hi I’m in Australian just wondering if I can use hemp powder and what would you use to sweeten choc weight loss smoothie.

  2. Sheryn says:

    Delicious! I did not expect this to taste so good, it was nicely filling too – perfect for lunch 🙂
    I didn’t have any hemp hearts though so I swapped with chia seeds, is that ok nutrition-wise? I think it made my shake a bit lumpy as it soaked over night, but that’s ok.
    Thank you for this great recipe!

  3. Les MacDill says:

    My wife and I discovered this recipe while determining what we could do with a massive amount of organic hemp hearts what was mistakenly shipped to me (it was supposed to be erythritol). I am a Type 2 diabetic, so I have to be very careful of what I consume in the way of carbs and sugar. That said, we both really liked this smoothie! It has everything we could want and need for a breakfast or midday treat. I don’t typically want either, but now we just whip up a batch and put it in the refrigerator. Problem solved.


    • Simple Green Smoothies says:

      So awesome Les!!! Way to be resourceful with that accidental shipment. 🙂

  4. Amanda Stead says:

    Hi, I have a thyroid condition and am often told to avoid spinach and other goitrogens as they can interfere with the production of thyroid hornomes. I know that cooking goitrogens removes the issue but would this work as well in this type of smoothie or can you suggest an alternative? I would feel uneasy about eating them every day. Thank you

    • Simple Green Smoothies says:

      Hey Amanda – you can swap greens any time. We use spinach quite a bit just because it’s mild and easier for everyone to get used to when first rawkin green smoothies. Check out our article Ultimate Guide to Leafy Greens for great swap ideas for your greens. And def check-in with your doc to be sure the ingredients are best for your thyroid. 🙂

  5. Kim Sluyk says:

    Hi! I just made this for the first time. It’s good! I prefer it colder, so think I will add ice next time. I had it for dinner. I don’t normally have smoothies for dinner, but we had lunch out and I wanted to do something lighter. Is this smoothie better for you in the morning? I just did your 7 day cleanse and have been checking out your other smoothie recipes. I am considering doing this recipe and the fat burning smoothie, 2 smoothies a day for weight loss – 1 for B, 1 for L. Is that a good plan? Does it matter which one I do for which? Thank you!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Hey Kim! You can def add ice but you could also freeze your bananas and spinach and that would make your smoothie creamy and cold. 🙂

      Because this smoothie contains cayenne pepper, which gives your metabolism a kick, I think I’d drink it in the morning. But, you really can drink it any time during the day. Many folks drink a smoothie for breakfast as well as one for lunch, that’s actually what we do during our 7-day summer and winter reset cleanses. And it doesn’t matter which smoothies you drink, as long as you’re drinking one! We have so many, it really depends on what you’re looking to get out of your smoothie. We have smoothies that are anti-inflammatory, cleansing, and packed with antioxidants. Take a look around our recipe page for those and more.

      Hope you enjoyed our 7-day challenge. We’ll be doing a 10-day smoothie challenge starting on June 15 and our summer 7-day reset starts July 6. You should join us for those!

  6. Mayra Rios says:

    I don’t have almond butter can i substitute with something else? I have chia seeds and not the hemp hearts so I will be try that out. For the meantime that you reply I will try without the almond butter. Hope to get a response from you soon thank you.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Hey Mayra! You can sub with another nut butter if you have some. Or, you can use one serving of protein powder instead of nut butter. We have a brand new and awesome powder called Protein Smoothie Boost that a lot of people are loving! Here’s a link for more info: https://simplegreensmoothies.com/smoothie-boost

  7. Lakia Womack says:

    I stumbled across this recipe and I decided to give it a try but my gosh the cinnamon and cayenne was too much for me. I may have been a little heavy handed because it’s spicy. I don’t taste any sweetness at all but I’m going to chug it anyway.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Hey Lakia! Just the smallest amounts of cinnamon and (especially) cayenne will work great in this smoothie! Def give it another try with less of those, and I think you’ll like it more. Also, using a banana with brown spots will give it a little bit more sweetness. 🙂

  8. Stephanie K says:


    Is is possible to make this smoothie without banana? Does the smoothie still have the same benefits or do I have to substitute it with something else?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Hey Stephanie! If you prefer to not use banana in your smoothie, you could use avocado (for the creaminess) and a few medjool dates (for the sweetness). You could also use mango (both creamy + sweet) but that option will contain more natural sugars. 🙂

  9. Mike V. says:

    I just made this smoothie today for the first time and the taste of cinnamon was a bit too much. I noticed that you say 1 Tsp of cinnamon but in the video u used 1/4 Tsp. Also i doubled the recipe so i can drink one the following morning, i dont know if me doubling the recipe just gave me a strong cinnamon flavor.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Hi Mike! This recipe does call for 1 tsp. of cinnamon but if that’s too strong for you, def try 1/4 or 1/2 tsp. and see if you like that better. I do think that if you made the smoothie ahead of time and put it in the fridge, that could be the reason. The longer a spice like cinnamon sits in a green smoothie, the stronger the cinnamon taste is going to be. Try making the smoothie ahead of time with all the ingredients except the cinnamon and then add that right before you drink it and see if that makes a difference.

  10. Dieta says:

    Love it….weight loss including chocolate….my husband is hooked….lol

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Isn’t this one good?! And you feel like you’re eating dessert! 🙂

  11. Joy Spencer says:

    The first time I made this, it tasted awful! I don’t know what I did wrong. I now have it every morning and love it.
    Who knew how delicious almond butter is compared to peanut butter! Loving this recipe!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      I agree, Joy. Once I tasted almond butter, I never wanted to go back to peanut butter!

  12. Joy says:

    I tried this today, it’s not as delicious as it sounds, I like the idea of the warm almond milk..I’m also hoping for the metabolism boost so I’m going to give it another try tomorrow. Thank you for the recipe!

  13. deborah says:

    This is in my regular rotation now. I am going to prep a lot of bags. It has a lot of my favorites and who doesn’t like chocolate and bananas together?

  14. Prerana Pathak says:

    Thank you so much for posting this recipe! This sounds super easy and doable. Im wondering what the serving size is?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      This recipe yields 2 cups or about 16 ounces, which is one serving of smoothie deliciousness!

    • unknown says:

      how much calories are in a serving?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      We don’t have calories listed for this one but you could use something like My Fitness Pal to help you figure that out. 🙂

  15. LEILA says:

    Right now, November in I prefer warm smoothies. I don’t feel like cold when its cold outside. So I use warm almond milk and let my vitamix run a little longer. Yummy and warm

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      That sounds so delicious! I am the same way I love drinking warm things during the cold months 🙂

  16. Janice says:

    Would it be ok to swap out the hemp hearts for flaxseeds? I have never used hemp hearts before, what is the difference, benefit -wise, between the two?

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      Hey Janice,

      You can totally swap the seeds if you would prefer that. The difference is flaxseeds have a lot more omega 3 fatty acid in them then hemp hearts and hemp hearts have a lot more protein in them then flaxseeds.

      Hope that helps!

  17. Lacey says:

    Can chocolate protein powder be a subsitute for cacao powder?

  18. Joanna Underhill says:

    Try as I might, I just do not love cinnamon. I’ve made this smoothie and it’s ok but I know I’d really enjoy it without the cinnamon. Any recommendations for a substitute with similar benefits?

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      Hey Joanna,

      You can swap the cinnamon for nutmeg if you prefer that!

  19. Tricia says:

    Would this recipe be considered a single serving or is it two? Thank you!

  20. Deborah says:

    My new Breakfast Smoothie, just so delicious. Wish there was more!
    Thank you.

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      It really is so delicious!!! SO glad that you love it Deborah!!

  21. Roxy Fredrickson says:

    This might be my new favorite! Yum!

  22. Patty says:

    I’m not a fan of chocolate in the morning. What is a good replacement for the cacao powder? Vanilla protein powder?

  23. Lisa Dugery says:

    So yummy! I will add this to my plan!

  24. Yas says:

    heya Jen!
    there are no hemp hearts where I live. what other protein rich alternative is out there?

  25. Jana says:

    I’ve made some smoothies similar to this one but I will try this one tomorrow. I don’t have any almond milk however. I rarely buy nut milks and usually use coconut water in my smoothies, but I will get some coconut milk in the carton for this. I’ve never been a fan of store made almond milk.
    I need something to kick start my weight loss again. I am walking more but not seeing any results from that.
    I’ll give this a go tomorrow!
    thanks Jen!!

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      Hey Jana,

      I have a feeling you will really enjoy this recipe!!

  26. Ronnie says:

    Great tasting and another recipe for keeps…

  27. Christina says:

    I need to make a trip to the store tomorrow and get me some cacao powder so I can make this. I have made several of your smoothie recipes and love them. I am sure I will love this one also.

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      We know you are going to love this recipe! Enjoy!!!!

  28. Beverly Doucette says:

    I didn’t get to make this yet, but I will starting tomorrow. I can tell from the ingredient list – cacao! – that it will become a go-to smoothie for me.

  29. Laura White says:

    Definitely fulfilled any chocolate need! The cayenne pepper was different but not bad. Overall I would make it again but not sure about drinking it every day.

  30. Hannah Rudnick says:

    So yummy and easy! I’ve been so dejected trying to get healthy and lose weight until I found this site! Thank you so much!!

  31. Lori J Lauscher says:

    I love this smoothie after a workout. The protein helps in recovery as well as curbs the appetite! No almond milk? Use a different nut milk. No spinach? Kale or chard work well, too. Yum.

  32. Julie says:

    Healthy and satisfying!

  33. Clare Skinner says:

    This ones nice and the bonus is that I already had the ingredients

  34. suzanne vienneau says:

    I am going to try this one tomorrow am. Looks tasty!
    Thanks for the great recipes

  35. Julianne says:

    I so need to make this for my morning breakfast! Sounds delish!

  36. Teri says:

    Great chocolate smoothie, especially over ice to cut the chalkiness. This is a nice alternative from tropical. Every morning I look forward to a Simple Green Smoothie. Thank you so much!

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      So happy you loved this recipe. We are always looking for different varieties with our smoothie recipes 🙂

  37. Angie Medbery says:

    After all the years that I have been following you, I haven’t seen this recipe for some reason and I am so excited to try tomorrow morning!! Thank you for sharing this yummy looking breakfast!


    Excellent Smoothie…… great flavor and healthy ingredients. This smoothie it keeps me satisfied. A few hours after I drink the metabolism tea for a morning refresher, I make this smoothie. I love it. Thank you so much Jen!!! 100% recommend this!

  39. Andy says:

    This was my first smoothie right after coming off Simple 7 and I think I’m going to stick to this one this whole week to see how it effects my body composition. So far it looks like a winner and definitely more of a meal replacement than the Simple 7 recipes. Although as a very active guy, I’m been very impressed how long I’ve stayed full on the green smoothies before needing another meal. We are moving in a couple weeks so the cupboard is a little bare and I had to make a couple substitutions this time around. Overall though, I am really enjoying the program and looking forward to picking up the app, upping the servings and incorporating into our family’s breakfasts. Thanks for all the hard work you put into trial testing for us! I’m noticing a real difference!

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      Hey Andy,

      That is great to hear that you are staying full on our recipes even though you are so active. I have a feeling you are really going to love this recipe. Good luck for this week!

  40. Wendy Car says:

    This was my first time trying hemp hearts. I love having another source of protein in my toolkit!

  41. Lady says:

    Love these meal replacement smoothies! They really help when you are on the go, they make me feel good about my choice are delicious and nutritious!

  42. Kathy Overstreet says:

    Love this smoothie – so luscious tasting!!!

  43. Darlene says:

    I have not tried this one yet. I usually have my smoothies for lunch with a piece of fruit or veggies, and I might have nuts. Work can be stressful. Having my smoothie then helps me not to grab unhealthy things at work. I even pass up donuts.

  44. Elizabeth J says:

    I loved this recipe. I had it for lunch and was surprised how full I stayed. I even walked passed the Oreo. I will definitely make this again.

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      Yay!! That is so awesome that you walked right by the oreos!!!

  45. Daphne C says:

    Just what I needed before starting my summer reset. I really love the viewpoint of the video as well. Thanks Jen for another great smoothie.

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      Thank you for your feedback Daphne! We are so happy that you enjoyed this video!

  46. Karen says:

    I’ve been making a chocolate smoothie very similar to this but I’m excited to try the cayenne in it. Also, thanks for telling us the benefits of all the different ingredients!

  47. Laura says:

    I have copied all 3 recipes and plan to implement them to see if I can lose another 12 lbs. This Chocolate Smoothie sounds wonderful (except maybe for the cayenne pepper, but I’m willing to try)

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      Yay!! I have a feeling you will love it. Feel free to add in less of the cayenne pepper if you are not sure of how you will like it. It gives it a little kick and I personally love that part about it 🙂

  48. Ashlyn says:

    Delicious! I didn’t put much cayenne since I don’t do hot well and I had to use chai seed since I didn’t have hemp hearts. However, I plan to find some and try again.

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      Way to make it work for you! It’s okay to add in less if you cannot handle how hot it is. You should be able to find hemp seeds at your local grocery stores. I get mine at Walmart.

  49. Sam says:

    Super yummy. Will be a regular breakfast for sure.

  50. Stephanie says:

    This was really good. I love that it’s super easy and fast to make, which is perfect for mornings since I’m running around getting four kids ready for school. Used chia seeds since I didn’t have hemp hearts but plan on getting those on my next shopping trip.

  51. Janelle says:

    Due to allergies I used wow butter and coconut milk and it was still very tasty

  52. Sherry says:

    I really wanted to love this smoothie but…… for some unknown reason, chocolate in a smoothie is just not for me. I tried only half of the cacao powder called for. It’s just not for me. 🙁

  53. Melissa Gilleland says:

    Love this smoothie! Definitely hits a sweet spot for me!

  54. JoAnna Koller says:

    Love this idea! Smoothies are the only way my picky kids will get veggies in, so the tastier, the better!!

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      My kids love these too!! I am so thankful for these delicious recipes!

  55. Susanna says:

    This is delicious! The video states 2Tbsp almond butter but the recipe says 1Tbsp. Can you clarify? Thank you!!!

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      Hey Susanna,

      Thanks for letting us know about that. I have updated the recipe on the blog because it should be 2 tbsp of almond butter.

  56. Amand says:

    Chocolate + weight loss – YES PLEASE!!

  57. Jan Morton says:

    I made it without the cayenne pepper (as I am allergic to all peppers….I know bummer!). Is there another herb/spice that could be added that would serve the same function? Thanks!

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      The only other substitute we have for cayenne pepper is paprika and you wouldn’t be able to consume that either. If you leave the cayenne pepper out your body will still benefit a lot from this tea.

  58. Dani says:

    Copying down these ingredients and will hit the store this weekend. Can’t wait! The list of items that are good for weight loss is super helpful too. Question…. Is cacao basically just cocoa?

  59. Jen Hansard says:

    I’m usually not much of a chocolate lover, but I love how I can adjust it in this recipe based on what I like. It’s a nice change up from my usually tropical smoothies.

  60. Jennifer A says:

    Chocolate and weight loss in the same title…how can you go wrong with that? After reading the ingredient list, I was drinking this smoothie within 10 minutes of the recipe arriving in my inbox. I blended it with ice to make it cold and LOVED it! Thanks, Jen, for another healthy and yummy recipe to add to my collection!

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      Yay!!! Love that you made this recipe right away. It really is so yummy!!!

  61. Dawn says:

    What is the calorie count on this?

  62. Heidi says:

    What are hemp hearts and where can I purchase them?

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      Hey Heidi,

      Hemp hearts are seeds that are full of protein! You can purchase these at most of your grocery stores. I personally get mine at Walmart.

      Hope that helps!

  63. Elle says:

    Green smoothies help me keep my weight in check! This one is a winner! I added ice to make it colder and thicker.

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