Enjoy a chocolate covered strawberry in smoothie form for breakfast when you make this delicious chocolate strawberry banana smoothie recipe. Cocoa powder adds tons of rich chocolate-y flavor to this simple but healthy smoothie recipe.
If you are a chocolate lover like me, any excuse to have chocolate for breakfast is a good one! This chocolate strawberry banana smoothie is a healthy and delicious option for breakfast anytime of the year. Cocoa powder adds rich chocolate flavor and tons of antioxidants to this delicious vegan smoothie recipe.
Why You’ll Love this Recipe
- A healthy smoothie recipe with simple ingredients like frozen strawberries, bananas, and cocoa powder that will get your day started off right.
- Easily adapt this recipe to add more nutrients by mixing in fresh greens, protein powder, chia seeds, and more. Strawberries are rich in vitamin C which is great for healthy skin.
- This chocolate strawberry smoothie recipe is vegan, egg free, and dairy free. You can easily make it nut free as well by using both soy milk and soy yogurt.
Ingredients You’ll Need
- Frozen Strawberries: since I like thick and frosty smoothies, I usually use frozen strawberries. (Plus strawberry season is so short!) However, you can use fresh strawberries for this smoothie if you’d like.
- Banana: banana adds some sweetness as well as creaminess to this smoothie. Also, banana and strawberry are a great flavor combo! Use frozen banana for a thick smoothie and fresh banana for a thinner one.
- Cocoa Powder: to add chocolate flavor to this smoothie, I like to use unsweetened cocoa powder. I almost always have some in the pantry. You can also use chocolate protein powder instead of cocoa powder for that chocolate flavor.
- Soy Milk: My favorite plant milk to use unsweetened, plain soy milk in my smoothies since it has more protein than other plant-based milks. However, you can use any non-dairy milk that you like such as almond milk, oat milk, coconut milk, hemp milk, or cashew milk.
- Yogurt: add extra creaminess as well as gut healthy probiotics with some plant-based yogurt. I like to use a plain, unsweetened cashew yogurt in my smoothies.
- Ground Flaxseeds: add an extra 4 grams of fiber and some heart healthy omega 3 fat to your smoothie with a couple tablespoons of flaxseeds. You can’t taste them but they offer so many benefits.
Optional Smoothie Add-Ins
- Spinach: sneak in a serving of vegetables with your smoothie by adding a handful of fresh spinach or other greens to your smoothie before pureeing. It won’t be a pretty color – but it will be good for you!
- Add Protein: instead of cocoa powder, use your favorite chocolate protein powder to add both flavor and extra protein to your banana strawberry chocolate smoothie. Use 2 tablespoons chia seeds instead of ground flax in your smoothie for an extra 6 grams of protein.
- Healthy Fats: instead of ground flaxseeds, add some extra fiber and healthy fats to your smoothie with a couple tablespoons of chia seeds or hemp hearts. Almond butter or peanut butter would also be delicious.
- Add sweetness: if you want a sweeter smoothie, add up to 2-3 tablespoons maple syrup or agave nectar or 1-2 pitted dates to your smoothie before blending.
How to Make a Chocolate Strawberry Smoothie
Step One: Add all of your ingredients to a high-speed blender and puree until smooth. You can also make this in a single serving blender too.
Step Two: Divide into two glasses to serve. I like to garnish mine with some hemp hearts and a few cacao nibs.
- Start slow: for best results, start your blender on a low speed and gradually increase the blending speed as the ingredients start to break down. (This is especially helpful if using frozen fruit.)
- Adjust the texture: Use frozen strawberries and frozen bananas for a thick, frosty smoothie. If you use fresh fruit, you’ll have a thinner smoothie so adjust the liquid if needed.
- What to serve with your smoothie: I love to pair this creamy strawberry chocolate smoothie with some toast, a granola bar, a slice of chocolate walnut banana bread, or a handful of this grain free granola.
Yes! Just leave out the banana and add an extra 1/4 cup of yogurt OR 1/2 cup of frozen cauliflower rice OR 4 oz silken tofu. You may also want to add a date or some maple syrup for sweetness when leaving out the banana.
There are so many delicious fruits that you could add. I really like strawberries as you’ll see in this recipe. Other options include: cherries, raspberries, banana, and blueberries.
You can store leftover smoothie for 1-2 days in the refrigerator. To store for longer, pour leftover chocolate strawberry smoothie into an ice cube tray and freeze. Once frozen, transfer smoothie cubes to a bag. To make your smoothie, just blend with a splash of milk.
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Chocolate Strawberry Banana Smoothie
- 1 blender
- Add all of your ingredients to a blender and puree until smooth. Divide between 2 glasses to serve.
- Add Protein: add your favorite chocolate protein powder instead of cocoa powder for extra protein.
- Adjust Sweetness: If you like a sweeter smoothie, add up to 2-3 tablespoons of maple syrup or agave nectar. You could also sweeten this smoothie with 1-2 pitted dates.
- Thick Smoothie: Use both frozen strawberries and frozen banana for an extra thick and creamy smoothie.