You will love everything about this Chocolate Banana Smoothie from the creamy chocolate flavor, subtle banana flavor, and hint of almond butter. It is a great way to start the day and will keep you full all morning. You may also love these oatmeal smoothies or kale, spinach, and apple smoothies to get your day started right.
This healthy chocolate banana smoothie is the answer to the hundred degree mornings that we can seem to escape lately. It has been so hot and quite honestly, nothing seems appealing when you wake up and start sweating immediately. The only thing I can even think about having is something cool and refreshing like a smoothie and this chocolate version hits the spot. It almost tastes like a healthy chocolate milkshake but is actually good for you.
The key players in this chocolate smoothie are a super ripe banana, vanilla almond milk, oats, chia seeds, flaxseed meal, almond butter, unsweetened cocoa powder, and ice. The banana adds sweetness without needing any added sugar. The riper the banana, the sweeter the smoothie. The oats add fiber and whole grains to help keep you full. The chia and flax add fiber and protein and the almond butter adds healthy fats and some extra protein as well. Finally, the unsweetened cocoa powder adds chocolate flavor without added sugar. It’s simple to make and it’s a smoothie that will actually keep you full all day.
On a side note, My husband grew up eating chocolate banana licuados in the morning that were basically whole milk, bananas, chocolate syrup, and sometimes even a raw egg. While I will probably never add a raw egg, this recipe was inspired by those morning licuados. I wanted to make a healthier version that we could have in the morning and that I felt good about giving our daughters. While he still swears by those super sweet, creamy licuados; he was shocked at how much he enjoyed this cleaned up version.