This healthy chocolate banana smoothie is a breeze to make! It’s only 4 ingredients and tastes rich, creamy, and decadent. Naturally gluten-free, vegan, dairy-free, and refined-sugar-free.
Why you’ll love it:
This chocolate banana smoothie is pure bliss! Frozen bananas give it an ultra-creamy texture and dark cacao powder makes it super chocolatey and decadent. It’s only four ingredients and it has no refined sugar or processed ingredients!
It’s a “treat” you can feel good about! I love this banana chocolate smoothie, can you tell?!
Chocolate Smoothie Ingredients:
As promised, this chocolate smoothie recipe only needs four ingredients:
Frozen bananas – Be sure to use FROZEN bananas! This is what makes the smoothie thick and creamy. Always use ripe, yellow bananas for smoothies. Green ones taste chalky and slightly bitter. I keep frozen bananas in my freezer at all times. Simply cut a banana into thick slices and freeze, at least overnight, in a zip top bag.
Cocoa powder – For a dark and intense chocolate flavor, use Dutch process cocoa powder. It has a smooth flavor compared to natural cocoa. You can find it right next to the regular cocoa powder. Hershey’s labels it dark cocoa powder.
Almond milk – My favorite liquid base for smoothies! It’s low in calories and creamy with a mild flavor. I recommend unsweetened to avoid excess sugar but any version works.
Medjool Date – For added sweetness! Dates contain zero added sugar. They have a caramel-like flavor that I personally love, but if you don’t like them, swap with maple syrup instead.
How to make a chocolate banana smoothie:
It’s super easy! Just place all the ingredients in the pitcher of your high-speed blender.
If you don’t have a high-speed blender, I highly recommend investing in one. You don’t have to buy a top-of-the-line blender for a million dollars to get a good quality one.
Work within your budget! I highly recommend Ninja brand if you can’t afford a Vitamix. Sometimes, if you buy an older model, you can get a great deal.
Blend until thick, creamy, and ultra smooth. If the smoothie’s too thick, add a splash more almond milk and blend for a few more seconds to incorporate. I like my smoothies thick!
Pour into two small glasses or one large glass and enjoy! I top my chocolate smoothies with whipped cream and a few cacao nibs. Coconut whipped cream would be delish too!
Smoothie Making Tips:
- Freeze bananas ahead of time. If you make smoothies a lot, I recommend freezing several. They’re great for smoothie bowls, chocolate smoothies, and smoothies without frozen fruit. Cut them into chunks first, throw them in a zip top bag, and freeze. Use within 6 months.
- Start with less liquid. I add less liquid to begin with, because the blender can blitz the ingredients better that way. The result is a super smooth blend. If the smoothie is too thick for you, add a splash more liquid at the end.
- If you don’t like dates, swap them out. Dates have a caramel-like flavor to them. If you’re not a raving fan like myself, maple syrup and honey both work great too.
- Milk – Any kind of milk works here! Whole, cashew, soy, rice, or oat milk are good options. Just choose a milk you like the flavor of and you’re all set.
- Sweetener – I love to use dates for their nutritional profile, but they do have a distinct flavor. You can use other sweeteners if you like. Try honey, maple syrup, or stevia if you can’t have added sugar.
- Nut butter – A scoop of nut butter adds protein and a rich, nutty flavor! Try peanut, almond, or cashew butter.
- Oats – Add 1/3 cup of rolled oats for texture and whole grains!
Toppings aren’t just for smoothie bowls! I love to top my smoothies too. Here are a few ideas for a chocolate smoothie:
- Cacao nibs
- Mini chocolate chips
- Crushed nuts
- Coconut chips
- Chocolate shavings
- Whipped cream
Yes! This chocolate banana smoothie is made from whole foods with no refined sugar, dairy, or gluten. Bananas are high in fiber and antioxidants, while low in calories. Cocoa powder and dates are also a rich source of antioxidants.
Chocolate and banana is a classic combination for good reason! The bitterness of dark chocolate pairs well with the natural sweetness of bananas.
Yes, a good option for a chocolate smoothie without banana is using an avocado for creaminess or ice to thicken. Avocados aren’t sweet though, so it’s important to add a sweet ingredient to balance the bitterness of the cocoa powder. Dates and nut butter are good options.
More Smoothie Recipes:
- 1000 Calorie Chocolate Smoothie
- Peanut Butter Powder Smoothie
- Mixed Berry Smoothie (3 Variations)
- Strawberry Banana Smoothie
Chocolate Banana Smoothie (No peanut butter)
- high-speed blender
- 2 cups frozen banana chunks (about 2 1/2 small bananas)
- 1 ½ tablespoons Dutch processed cocoa powder
- ¾ cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1 date, pitted or 1-2 tablespoons of maple syrup
- Combine all ingredients in the base of a high-speed blender. Blend until thick, creamy, and smooth. If needed, add a splash more almond milk.
- Pour into a glass and enjoy!