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Chocolate Banana Almond Milk Smoothie

This Chocolate Banana Almond Milk Smoothie doubles as a filling breakfast and sweet afternoon pick-me-up. It’s so easy to make and incredibly creamy!

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Creating This Almond Milk Smoothie Recipe

I have been dragging all week. I was fighting a cold at the beginning of the week, didn’t sleep well for a couple of days, and had more things on my to-do list than I typically like.

When I have days like that, I totally rely on nutrient-rich afternoon snacks. When I’m craving something a little dessert-like after lunch, but a better-for-me-choice than a cookie, I like to make this Chocolate Banana Almond Milk Smoothie.

It has a natural sweetness from the almond butter and the bananas, but the creamy base features Silk Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk. Almond milk has been my preferred “milk” for several years now.

I love it on a bowl of granola and it makes a great addition to smoothie recipes, like this chocolate smoothie recipe, which is quickly becoming a household favorite.

I don’t need added sugar in my drink of choice. I love that Silk Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk has 0 grams of sugar per serving.

Switching from Vanilla Almond Milk to Silk Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk is a simple swap that makes it easy to be more mindful about making dietary choices when I’m recharging with a post-lunch snack.

I’m all about making little changes that overall are better for me without feeling like I’m skimping on flavor.

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What’s in This Banana Almond Milk Smoothie?

You’ll need 6 simple ingredients to make this healthy and satisfying almond butter smoothie recipe I bet you have most of them already. I usually have most of these laying around in our pantry or refrigerator.

The ingredients you’ll need for this chocolate smoothie recipe are:

  • Frozen banana
  • Almond butter
  • Almond milk
  • Chia seeds
  • Cocoa powder
  • Ice

For the complete ingredient list and detailed instructions, scroll to the bottom of this post for the FREE printable recipe card.

How to Make an Almond Milk Smoothie

This Chocolate Banana Almond Milk Smoothie is super simple to make — so easy that any of our kids could make it themselves! Just toss the frozen banana, ice, Silk Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk, chia seeds, almond butter, and unsweetened cocoa powder in the blender. Then press puree and blend until it is smooth.

Top it with a few slices of banana, sliced almonds, and a couple of mini chocolate chips for a fun garnish. In less than 5 minutes, you have a tasty afternoon snack that you can feel good about eating.

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Tips for Making Almond Milk Smoothies

Although I love making this as a banana almond butter smoothie, you could easily substitute the almond butter for peanut butter, if desired. The almond milk is mild enough in flavor that it wouldn’t compete too much with another type of nut butter.

For a thinner smoothie, add more almond milk to the mixture. And for a thicker texture, add less almond milk (you could also try adding more ice or frozen banana).

If you want to keep this banana almond milk smoothie recipe refined sugar-free, double check that you’re using unsweetened cocoa powder. Sometimes sugar gets snuck into cocoa powder, so read the ingredients list to be safe.

Lastly, this banana almond butter smoothie recipe serves four people. If you have leftovers, pour them into jars and freeze them. When you’re ready to eat the frozen pre-made smoothie, set it on the counter to thaw for a few minutes until it’s drinkable.

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More Easy Smoothie Recipes:

If you’re craving a tropical fruit smoothie, look no further than this Kale Pineapple Smoothie. I’ve also shared more detailed instructions on how to prep make ahead smoothies in this post!

Another way to sneak in your greens in with this Berry Mango Kale Smoothie. It tastes so fruity that you’d never guess there’s kale in it!

I love how tropical this Pineapple Coconut Kale Smoothie tastes. It reminds me of a healthy piña colada!

This Cranberry Cherry Mango Smoothie is made with cranberry juice, frozen fruit, and yogurt. So simple, but so good!

For something a little cozier, make a Pumpkin Oatmeal Smoothie. It’s lightly spiced and so refreshing on cool fall mornings.

What are your favorite better-for-you afternoon snacks?

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Chocolate Almond Banana Smoothie

Chocolate Almond Banana Smoothie

Yield: serves 4
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

This Chocolate Almond Banana Smoothie is a delicious and healthy afternoon pick me up.

Ingredients

  • 2 medium Bananas - peeled, sliced, and frozen
  • 2 tablespoons Almond Butter
  • 1 cup Silk Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
  • 1 Tablespoon Chia Seeds
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • 1/2 cup Ice

Instructions

  1. Place the bananas (reserve 4 slices to garnish prepared smoothie), almond butter, Silk Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk, chia seeds, cocoa powder, and ice in the jar of a blender.
  2. Puree ingredients on high speed, or on the "smoothie" setting (if available), until completely smooth.
  3. Divide mixture between 4 cups or glasses.
  4. If desired, garnish the top of each cup with Mini Chocolate Chips, Sliced Almonds, and Sliced Bananas for a nice presentation.
  5. Serve immediately with a spoon.

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Nutrition Information
Yield 4 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 145Total Fat 6gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 5gCholesterol 0mgSodium 3mgCarbohydrates 21gFiber 4gSugar 10gProtein 4g

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Michelle

Wednesday 28th of February 2018

I added 2 dates to give it more flavor and it was delicious!

Aimee

Sunday 11th of June 2017

Thank you for this recipe! I was craving something sweet, but not totally unhealthy. My small changes were regular Silk vanilla almond milk since that's what we had already and I added a tbsp flaxseed meal.

Katie

Thursday 15th of June 2017

You're welcome!

Eden Passante

Wednesday 1st of March 2017

This looks SO good! Banana and chocolate were made to be together!

Asma

Thursday 12th of May 2016

My go to is cocoa powder with a medium-ripe banana, half avocado, and tablespoon of peanut butter. In the blender with your liquid of choice (almond milk, coconut milk) and you're done.  The avocado gives it a mousse like consistency. 

Katie Goodman

Friday 13th of May 2016

yummy!

Crystal

Monday 11th of April 2016

I made this tonight (but used Califia Farms Toasted Coconut Almond/Coconut blend milk as that's what I keep on hand.)  OMG, so good!  My husband was skeptical, but he really liked it too. 

Katie Goodman

Tuesday 12th of April 2016

So glad you liked it!