Fool your mind into eating well with this rich and delicious healthy chocolate smoothie recipe. It is packed full of protein, peanut butter, and banana for natural sweetness with no guilt.
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Confession: I have THE biggest sweet tooth.
I mean, if dessert was a socially acceptable option for every meal, that’s what I would get.
So having a delicious and healthy smoothie that tastes like dessert is an absolute necessity.
Eating healthily doesn’t mean living off of just carrots and celery. Today we have so much access to food alternatives, as well as creative ways to pair foods so that you’re never bored but always feel good.
I first created this healthy chocolate smoothie recipe a couple of years ago when my sweet tooth was out of control. I desperately needed something that felt super sweet and unhealthy, but still made my body happy. A local vegan spot had a cookie monster smoothie, and after trying it I thought that I could do better. And I was right! Even today when we go, Evan never hesitates to tell me “yeah, but your smoothies are better.” He’s just the greatest.
With summer fast approaching, we are all examining our diets and working to eat a little bit better. While I’m not a fan of restrictive diets, I understand sugar in the amounts that I’m fond of isn’t all that good for me. If you found your way to this recipe, you probably feel the same. This smoothie is rich, indulgent, and gives Steak ‘n Shake a run for their money.
Chocolate chips – vegan chocolate chips work great in this smoothie for a touch of sweetness and texture. You can also use cacao nibs which are a bit healthier and work just as well.
Peanut butter – almond butter or cashew butter will work great in this smoothie. I love the strong peanut butter taste, but that’s not for everyone. You can also omit the peanut butter altogether if you are more calorie-conscious.
Protein powder – vanilla works great as a sort of blank slate for the chocolate and peanut butter flavors. If you like this smoothie I definitely recommend playing around with different protein powder flavors.
Whipped cream – this is an ingredient I typically don’t add to the smoothie but it was fun for the photos. It gives this healthy smoothie a bit of a dessert feel, so it may be a good idea if you’re trying to fool guests into thinking it’s a chocolate shake.
Almond milk – for this smoothie, any plant-based milk will do. My favorite is the Silk unsweetened vanilla almond milk (linked below in this post) for taste and calorie content, but you can use your favorite or what you have on hand.
Recommended Items for this Healthy Chocolate Smoothie Recipe
My current favorite protein powder. It has 27g of protein per serving (just one scoop) and tastes like a piece of vanilla cake. I’m planning to make a birthday cake smoothie with this protein powder because it’s just that good.
A long-time favorite protein powder for me. Delicious taste and fits into a raw vegan diet. It has 22g of protein per serving, so you don’t need much for it to make you feel full.
I’ve had this protein powder before and I loved it! It’s also the protein powder one of my favorite health food restaurants in Georgia uses (the inspiration for this smoothie) so it’s in the front of my mind when it comes to vanilla protein powders.
Cacao nibs are a tasty and guilt-free way to add a little chocolate flair to healthy desserts and smoothies. I’ve never been a fan of eating them by themselves, but I love the texture they give my smoothies. They contain a lot of antioxidants and provide a nice healthy boost to smoothies.
This is my favorite almond milk that I use for my coffee and smoothies. The vanilla provides flavor and sweetness without a ton of sugar or calories in the milk. It has just enough taste to pair perfectly with almost anything you add to it.
Healthy Chocolate Smoothie Recipe
Below is everything you need for this simple healthy chocolate smoothie recipe. All you have to do is add all the ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth. Unlike some recipes I post, this smoothie can easily be blended in any functioning blender.
1.5 Cups plant milk
1 Tbsp cacao powder
1 Tbsp chocolate chips or cacao nibs
2 Tbsp peanut butter
1 frozen banana
1/2 Cup ice
I also put together this fun reel for Instagram that I wanted to include in this post. The measurements shown are doubled, making two smoothies. You can follow me on Instagram to easily save this recipe on your phone in the future.