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Banana Chocolate Smoothie

Based on a favorite flavor of ice cream, this Banana Chocolate Smoothie will have your tastebuds dancing.
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You can go wrong with this combo! Based on a classic ice cream flavor – you know which one! We’ve upgraded this smoothie for maximum flavor and health benefits. It’s truly like drinking a dessert! Almond butter adds a boost of protein while cacao powder adds in powerful antioxidants, and bananas add in potassium, fiber, and natural sweetness.

Why I Love Almond Butter in Smoothies

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

I use both roasted and raw almond butter. The roasted has a stronger almond flavor. Raw is a more mild flavor. Either work in this 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. (Though you’ll want to add a little more almond butter if you’re really hungry!)

Can Smoothies Be Dessert?!

Of course! On our site and in our books and ebooks, we 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. And this smoothie really does taste like a milkshake!

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Banana Chocolate Smoothie

  • Author: Jen
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 1x
  • Category: Drinks, Breakfast
  • Method: Blending
  • Cuisine: Healthy


This smoothie is known as Simple Monkey. You can’t go wrong with this combo! Based on a classic ice cream flavor, we’ve upgraded this smoothie for maximum flavor. It’s like drinking a dessert! Almond butter adds a boost of protein while cacao powder adds in powerful antioxidants.



  • 1 cup fresh spinach
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 2 bananas
  • 1 Tablespoon almond butter
  • 2 Tablespoons cacao powder


  1. Place spinach and almond milk in blender. Puree until smooth.
  2. Add bananas, almond butter, and cacao, and blend again.


Use frozen bananas to make smoothie cold.

Keywords: banana chocolate smoothie, chocolate smoothie, banana, almond butter

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  1. Grace

    January 28th, 2019 at 6:18 pm

    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!!

  2. Karen M-A

    January 28th, 2019 at 6:53 pm

    Love this one. Chocolatey goodness.

  3. Karen M-A

    January 28th, 2019 at 6:54 pm

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

  4. Sandra

    January 28th, 2019 at 11:04 pm

    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!

  5. Kathy Overstreet

    January 29th, 2019 at 1:02 pm

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

  6. Megan

    January 29th, 2019 at 1:14 pm

    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!

  7. Amber

    January 29th, 2019 at 8:37 pm

    This smoothie was delicious. I will making it again

  8. Carys

    January 29th, 2019 at 10:39 pm

    I really like this one! A good chocolate flavor.

  9. Tanya

    January 29th, 2019 at 10:59 pm

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

  10. Atlanta

    December 24th, 2019 at 1:55 am

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

  11. SGS Rawkstar Jess

    January 15th, 2020 at 12:16 pm

    Kale yeah!

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