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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. Catherine J Jackson

    January 9th, 2019 at 12:47 pm

    do you have the calorie count for this?

  2. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    January 24th, 2019 at 2:34 pm

    Hey Catherine,

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

  3. Rashida Fogel

    January 9th, 2019 at 3:20 pm

    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.

  4. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    January 24th, 2019 at 2:45 pm

    Hey Rashida,

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

    Rawk on!!

  5. allison

    January 24th, 2019 at 1:53 pm

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

  6. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    January 24th, 2019 at 2:47 pm

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

  7. marion

    January 24th, 2019 at 1:54 pm

    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!.

  8. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    January 24th, 2019 at 2:49 pm

    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.

  9. Elizabeth

    January 24th, 2019 at 2:21 pm

    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!

  10. Patricia

    January 28th, 2019 at 6:49 am

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

  11. Ken Hess

    January 28th, 2019 at 8:07 am

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

  12. Bonnie Good

    January 28th, 2019 at 9:24 am

    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.

  13. Aimee Dewar

    January 28th, 2019 at 10:02 am

    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!

  14. Ann

    January 28th, 2019 at 10:28 am

    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.

  15. Cory

    January 28th, 2019 at 2:31 pm

    Love! Love! Love!

  16. Kelly

    January 28th, 2019 at 2:41 pm

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

  17. Windy

    January 28th, 2019 at 4:02 pm

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

  18. Bethany Vines

    January 28th, 2019 at 4:10 pm

    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.

  19. Clare Skinner

    January 28th, 2019 at 5:34 pm

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

  20. 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!!

  21. Karen M-A

    January 28th, 2019 at 6:53 pm

    Love this one. Chocolatey goodness.

  22. 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!

  23. 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!

  24. 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!!!

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