Chocolate Strawberry Smoothie


Jump to Recipe Plant-Based Recipes • Smoothies • Chocolate Strawberry Smoothie Blend up this Chocolate Strawberry Smoothie for breakfast or a tasty snack. If you’re a chocolate lover, this is a great smoothie for you. Feel free to boost it with your favorite protein powder. I recommend using an unsweetened powder that has simple + […]

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Blend up this Chocolate Strawberry Smoothie for breakfast or a tasty snack.

If you’re a chocolate lover, this is a great smoothie for you. Feel free to boost it with your favorite protein powder. I recommend using an unsweetened powder that has simple + pure ingredients.

Why I Prefer Naturally Sweetened Smoothies

Sugar gets a really bad rap. And it’s true, we all probably take in too much sugar in our daily diet. While I’m not a fan of processed sugar, I am a fan of natural sugars contained in fruit.

I never limit how much fruit I consume because it is so healthy and I’d be giving up loads of fiber and nutrients. That being said, we have a formula that works. Enough fruit to be tasty without going overboard.

Banana super star when it comes to adding natural sweetness. They are also low glycemic meaning that eating (or blending one up) won’t dramatically affect blood sugar. Thanks to the fiber and pectin in bananas, they also keep your digestive tract humming along.

If you do find that your smoothie isn’t sweet enough for your taste, check out our guide to natural sweeteners that can give a smoothie a little sweet boost without added processed white sugar.

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Cacao Health Benefits

Cacao is another superstar in this chocolate strawberry smoothie. Raw cacao powder is what I prefer to use, though cocoa powder (it’s different!) can be substituted without sacrificing flavor.

As a superfood, cacao has more antioxidants than blueberries – 40x more to be exact! Cacao is also one of the best plant-based sources of protein pound for pound. It’s also high in calcium and magnesium, for healthy bones, heart, and brain. The flavonols in cacao yield anti-inflammatory benefits that also help to protect the heart.

Do you ever eat chocolate when you’re feeling a little sad and it makes you feel better? It’s not in your head! Cacao is a source of neurotransmitters serotonin, tryptophan, tyrosine, and phenylethylamine which help elevate our mood by combatting depression, a sense of wellbeing, and happiness. The minerals in cacao (and the caffeine too!) can give you a boost of energy and help prevent fatigue, thanks especially to magnesium.

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Chocolate Strawberry Smoothie

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


This smoothie is also known as Chocolate Dipped Strawberry. If you’re a chocolate lover, this is a great smoothie for you. Feel free to boost it with your favorite protein powder. I recommend using an unsweetened powder that has simple + pure ingredients. Serves 1.



  • 1 cup fresh spinach
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 cup strawberries
  • 1/2 banana
  • 2 Tablespoons cacao powder


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


Use at least one frozen fruit to make smoothie cold.

Keywords: chocolate strawberry smoothie, chocolate, strawberry, green smoothie


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  1. Ronna Acevedo says:

    I’m a sweet tooth girl, so this smoothie was perfect! I loved it. Great way to get the chocolate goodness I love but still get my heathy breakfast.

  2. Marla says:

    LOVE LOVE LOVE – Bananas, Strawberries and Chocolate……….how can you go wrong. Will make this again over the weekend

  3. Robin says:

    Chocolate! Yay!

  4. Judy Charanduk says:

    Wow! This was so good.
    Flavour profile surprised me …
    Not usually a fan of chocolate.
    I was sad when I finished it but happy to have discovered this recipe and will make again and again.
    Big THANX!

  5. Adrianne Cleary says:

    I don’t have access to the cocao powder, I used cocoa, not as much tho because it’s so overwhelming.
    Delicious smoothie! Loving this challenge!!

  6. Kim Aumonier says:

    Not the prettiest smoothie, but tastes good!

    • Colette Friedt Eirich says:

      Great recipe I added less cacao and my vanilla protein powder. I find my tummy is acting up with the extra spinach. Hope that goes away.
      Day 3 complete. Drank it and then remember to take a pic

      • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

        Hey Colette,

        If your body isn’t use to drinking a smoothie every day you might experience an upset stomach from all the fiber you are now consuming. Make sure to be drinking a lot of water to flush everything out and it should go away within a couple days.

  7. Meagan says:

    So yummy! I actually had to sub pomegranate to the strawberries but it was so delicious

  8. Robyn C says:

    I’m not a huge fan of chocolate smoothies, but I absolutely loved this smoothie. I will definitely reach for this when I have a chocolate craving!

  9. Sara says:

    I think this one may be my favorite! Adding it for a second time this weekend.

  10. Rachel says:

    Substituted coconut milk instead of almond milk, used cocoa powder instead of Cacao. Not one of my favorites, but willing to try it again when I have cacao powder in the pantry!

  11. Marie says:

    I had a long day at work and this was a great ‘pick me up’ at the end of the day! Very satisfying and loved the chocolate and strawberries combo. My boyfriend and I will make it a regular.

  12. alianora says:

    Used cocoa powder and this chocolate lover was very happy!

  13. Milagros says:

    I love chocolate but for my taste not for breakfast.

  14. Michelle says:

    My husband and daughter loved this one the most!

  15. Dora says:

    I much enjoyed enjoyed today’s Chocolate Dipped Strawberry smoothie. I didn’t have cacao powder but I did have chocolate almond milk, I used that instead. I also added some protein & chia seeds. Will definitely repeat this one.

  16. Sue says:

    Wonderfully delicious. Will definitely make this one again.

  17. Steph says:

    We only used 1/4 of the recommended cacao as we didn’t enjoy it in a previous smoothie, but even the small amount was too bitter 🙁 We ended up reblending with some raspberries and gulping it down. Day 3 of the Green Smoothie Challenge done!

  18. Chad T, says:


  19. Heather says:

    The sweet fruit balanced the unsweetened cacao powder beautifully. It was a very good smoothie.

  20. Giselle Ferguson says:

    Anything with chocolate I’ll try! I was so happy when I found the cacao powder. I really enjoyed this smoothie. I added a plant based protein powder since I had this smoothie as my meal. Super yummy and I can’t wait to have it again.

  21. Patricia says:

    Favorite smoothie so far!

  22. Dawn says:

    Super yummy, I’m new to smoothies and I’m loving them so far!!

  23. Bonnie Good says:

    This was delicious without being too sweet. A winner.

  24. DonnaA says:

    A little bit of cocoa can go a long way! Using almond milk filled me up more and I ended up eating less for the day! The next time I make this I think I will either use fresh strawberries or use raspberries instead. I liked it!

  25. Stephanie Nicholson says:

    This recipe is very tasty! It is a dark chocolate taste though, so be prepared for that.

  26. Cindy says:

    I think today’s is my favourite so far!

  27. Marlee says:

    I wasn’t as big of a fan of this one. I’m chalking it up to adding protein powder and making it too thick. But I couldn’t really taste the spinach so there’s that!

  28. Michelle Hunt says:

    I love this smoothie. As a sugar free lady, I will be using this recipe when I feel the need for a chocolate hit. Health benefits and satisfying cravings

  29. Ashlee Townsend says:

    This was absolutely delicious! I think the almond milk and using frozen strawberries made it extra creamy. Adding this to the regular routine!!

  30. Anita says:

    This was a very good smoothie. More like a desert. This one will be added to my favorites for sure.

  31. Tiffany Richardson says:

    Not my favorite! Which is shocking because I love all thing chocolate. Another poster mentioned super ripe starwberries and i think fresh berries in this one might make it better. The frozen ones were rather tart and clashed a bit with the cocoa.

  32. Kathy says:

    Chocolaty deliciousness. One of my favorites!

  33. Jenn L. says:

    Love love love this recipe!

  34. Ana says:

    I was suffering from a migraine and craving my usual chocolate junk food but made this instead. So glad I did! Such a great and filling treat! I added oats and almond butter for a complete meal. It more than eliminated my craving, kept me full, and took away my icky headache and groggy feeling. My current favorite smoothie.

  35. Anita says:

    I will thaw the frozen strawberries next time. It was to cold since it’s winter in Minnesota, it was nice and thick and I did add some ground flaxseed.

  36. Brittany Gibson says:

    Chocolate lover here! I really enjoyed this smoothie, it is a chocolate lovers dream minus the sugar. It isnt all that sweet but did surprisingly satisfy my sweet tooth. This will be a go to smoothie in order to cut out candy bars and other sweet cravings.

  37. Rebecca says:

    I didn’t want to buy a big bag of cacao powder, since I didn’t think I’d use it for other things. I ended up just having this smoothie for lunch and replacing the cacao with chocolate plant-based protein powder. It was filling and tasted yummy although I think the chocolate flavor was more toned down than it would have been with actual cacao.

  38. Tanya says:

    This is a smoothie I could make regularly! My blender is able to really make this smooth and the flavor is great! Love this one!

  39. Julie says:


  40. Maxine says:

    This was delicious, I really like this one

  41. Sarah Biel says:

    I had this first thing in the morning and 2 tbsp of cacao powder was too much for me I think. I’ll likely try it again with a little less after a workout bc it has great potential to be tasty!

  42. Marci says:

    I’m giving up coffe while I’m participating in this challenge. The cacao powder provided the missed coffee flavor for me so this smoothie is my favorite.

  43. Aimee Dewar says:

    Hey, even my littlest (super picky) smoothie drinker drank it! I did have to quite a bit of extra liquid bc my blendtec didn’t like that all the berries and bananas were frozen.

  44. Cynthia says:

    Loved this smoothie! It was like a milkshake.

  45. Carolyn M Regan says:

    This Chocolate Strawberry smoothie was much better than it looked. The cacao turned it a very ugly brown. However, I loved the mix of the strawberry, chocolate and slight added flavor of the almond milk. It was super thick and I needed to add a little water to blend it but really good!

  46. Susi says:

    I love feeling decadent with the chocolate in this recipe!

  47. Valerie W says:

    One of my favorites, although I did use a little less cacao powder. With both frozen strawberries and frozen bananas, it was thick like a (healthy) milkshake.

  48. Sheera says:

    I don’t know if the fact that the ingredients were not frozen and that I waited a while before drinking my smoothie somewhat affected the taste but this was not my favorite. Didn’t really like the bitter after taste from the cocoa. I just saw that I’m not the only one who didn’t enjoy this too too much. I would make it again though just for the great health benefits from the cocoa and will tweak it a bit to make more enjoyable for my taste.

  49. Marilyn says:

    Ok I may be the only one but this was not easy to go down. There was nothing bad about it, just didn’t love it like the first two. Will def try again and see with different strawberries. But I did make it and drank it so that’s a win!

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      Hey Marilyn,

      I am sorry this wasn’t a win for you… That is why we love offering so many different recipes to everyone, so you know what you like and don’t like. After these 30 days you will have a list of favorites that will be able to keep you going with your daily smoothie habit 🙂

  50. Mireille says:

    I really enjoy this recipe, but you need to use super ripe and sweet strawberries for it to shine! Otherwise, it’s pretty tart. Defrosting strawberries a little helps to bring out their flavour too.

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      Hey Mireille,

      You are exactly right! If your fruit isn’t perfectly ripe you might have a bitter tasting smoothie on your hands. You can always add some honey to your smoothie if that happens so it doesn’t taste soo bitter.

  51. Marie-Claude Turbide says:

    Not my favorite… If i repeat this recipe I’ll add less cacao powder…

  52. Emily says:

    Strawberries! Chocolate! Yum!

  53. Anne Coltman says:

    I love chocolate so this is one of my favorites! I could pro even get my picky child to drink it!

  54. Neal says:

    Probably my least favourite so far. That being said i had to make a few subs for things I had at home so the actual recipe might be a lot better. My version was a bit bland. Still drank it though.
    My subs – normal milk for almond ( was out of it), blueberries for strawberries, choc protein powder for cocao.
    Also my banana was not that ripe so maybe it was just bad ingredients ! I will try this one again

  55. Jada says:

    Not my favorite green smoothie. I did however make some changes. I added my berry flavored greens powder, vanilla protein powder, and used kale in place of spinach. A good smoothie, just not my favorite.

  56. Nicole says:

    Tastes like a milkshake! I would like to try this one with coconut milk, as the almond milk sometimes has a tangy flavor to it.

  57. Chilly says:

    Yummy!!& so deliciously I’m a fan of this…. will definelty make more again.

  58. Tina says:

    Chocolate smoothies have never been a favorite in our house. I used half the amount of cocoa powder and my milk kifer instead of almond milk with a bit of vanilla protein powder. As far as chocolate smoothies this is one of the better ones.

  59. Lolita Wallace says:

    My favorite so far!

  60. Claire Roantree says:

    how can you go wrong with chocolate and strawberries! The ratios in this recipe are delish!

  61. Tanya says:

    Gotta love chocolate & strawberries !!

  62. Latasha Ingram says:

    Lets just say I’m not a big fan of this smoothie. I’m struggling to drink this one and I happen to enjoy green smoothies! It’s the cacao powder that done it for me the after taste is what gets me. #greensmoothie #30daychallenge

  63. Cecilia Anderson says:

    Wow! Can I say yum! I added chocolate protein powder in replace of the cacao powder. This is so good!

  64. Kellyann Mitchell says:

    Just blended this one up to take with me for the day but I couldn’t help to steal a sip. Good Lord, this one is good!

  65. Jennifer says:

    This was soooooo good!! Normally, I’m not a big fan of chocolate green smoothies, but I really liked this one!

  66. Katie says:

    It’s crazy how much this really does taste like a chocolate dipped strawberry. After the first few happy sips I kept thinking of our local strawberry festival and sitting on the grass with my kids eating those fresh berries covered in dark chocolate. This is the super healthy and delicious memory in a glass jar.

  67. Pamela LaBouve says:

    I used kale because I was out of spinach, and since both of my fruits were frozen I needed to add a little extra almond milk, with that being said it was delicious!

  68. Antoinette says:

    My favorite so far!

  69. Shannon says:

    Delicious! My 9-year-old and I loved it.

  70. K D says:

    Favorite one so far! Used homemade almond milk (just almonds and H2O), and it was nice and creamy. Could only find cacao nibs at the store so I tossed them in the coffee mill. A little more textured than powder but in a good way. It’ll definitely be one of my freestyle smoothies this week!

  71. Olivia says:

    Love it

  72. Liz says:

    This smoothie was really lovely! My frozen strawberries aren’t the sweetest, but I imagine with nice froze strawberries (or fresh ones!) it’d be wonderful!

  73. Pam says:

    Mmm mmmmmm. This is good. I used a mixture of leaves from my garden (beetroot, lettuce, spinach and rocket) as well as some kale. I’m going to try it again without the rocket as that came through a bit too strongly.

  74. Sue says:

    Can’t wait to try this one, just a question, I’m sharing all of this with my daughter who is pregnant. My cacao powder comes with a warning for pregnant women, any suggestions for a cacao substitution?

  75. Holly Billings says:

    Subbed 1/2 as much frozen kale and switched 1/2 the strawberries for frozen mango and frozen cherries since we were almost out. Still delicious!

  76. Melinda Velasco says:

    Thus is my favorite one!!

  77. Emily says:

    Really helps with the sweet tooth! I love chocolate and this does not disappoint!!

  78. Vanessa Coutu says:

    I actually HAVE had this smoothie before — you shared it before with Kale…so basically the same thing. THIS. SMOOTHIE. IS. DELICIOUS. 😀

  79. Vanessa Coutu says:

    I don’t usually go for sweeter, chocolat-ey smoothies in the morning, but this is great suggestion for sweet tooth cravings! For me, this would be late evening or specifically, after a workout. I, too, would add protein for the extra benefits! Thanks Jen!!

  80. Rachel says:

    Ops!, forgot to rate recipe.

  81. Rachel says:

    I started today with this one because I was in a hurry this morning and I was not sure how to add the 1 and 1/2 orange for the citrus smoothie. The smoothie was a bit bitter and I added some Manuka honey, maybe next time I would use only a bit less of the cacao, but did like it. For the orange on the citrus smoothie though, does it mean squeeze an orange in a half or peel it and add it?
    Another question the challenge is to have a smoothie a day only or to replace a meal or is it up to us as long as we have a smoothie a day?

    • Kim says:

      Peel the orange and add the whole fruit to the smoothie. The challenge is to add one green smoothie a diet to your normal diet. You don’t need to replace a meal with a smoothie.

  82. Courtney Wells says:

    This is my second time doing this challenge and I still have my recipes from the last time a couple yreas ago! My husband always picks at me when I break them out for a break for the yuck!! This time I signed up for new recipes and begged him to take the challenge too. He finally caved and is doing it with me. He was very impressed with the flavor after yapping about the spinach!! This I alter cause I’m not a chocolate person. Instead I add peanut butter powder… It’s like a PBJ !! The rest of the recipe is great!! Tastes great

  83. Brian says:

    Tried this one first because I didn’t have any fruit frozen for the first two. Overall I liked the taste, but it was a little bitter for me. I will reduce the cacao next time.

  84. Liz says:

    Love this one! I started with it during the challenge because I already had all the ingredients ready, and it did not disappoint. I’m looking forward to trying the others!

  85. Anette Stahl says:

    Very refreshing! Since my frozen strawberries didn’t have much flavor I’ll add some dates next time! (or get better strawberries)

  86. Brandy Bowers says:

    Will need to try this one yet still. Need to have some yummy strawberries in house!!! Well at least purchase the frozen kind LOL

  87. Rachelle Roberts says:

    This is definitely a winner, it tastes like dessert for breakfast. One of my faves when I switch out strawberries for cherries. Yummm!

  88. Laura Collins says:

    Yum! Love it!

  89. Tina says:

    My Personal Fav, delicious!

  90. Sharron says:

    This smoothie is amazing! One of my favs that I will make again and again! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

  91. Kacey Baxter says:

    I am looking forward to this one! I am a dark chocolate addict, so hopefully this will give me a little daily boost. Can this be made with water instead of almond milk? Or will it affect the taste and consistency?

  92. Bethany says:

    I never know which fruits to pair with cacao. I’ll have to give this one a try!

  93. Nan says:

    My fav!

  94. Nancy A. says:

    Have to make this soon! Sounds delicious, love strawberries and as soon as I buy them, will be making this!

  95. Shirley says:

    Loved it, but oops, didn’t read the recipe correctly and used water instead of the almond milk, I’m sure I would have loved it more! Lol

  96. Katrina Piva says:

    Perfect for those days when you just want chocolate for breakfast… chocolate smoothie without the guilt!

  97. Laura McLendon says:

    This one is gonna be tough for me, strawberries and I don’t agree so I will have to figure out a good substitute..looking forward to it!!!

  98. Nikiesha says:

    This smoothie tastes really good

  99. Jen Hansard says:

    I never would have thought that chocolate and spinach could go so well together— you don’t even taste the spinach! It”s seriously like a Red Velvet MIlkshake that’s waaaay healthier for you! Bring on a healthy 2019!

  100. Kristi Peck says:

    this sounds interesting I will be trying it as I have a bag of cacao powder

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