The Chocolate Almond Butter Smoothie tastes just like a chocolate almond butter mug! It’s packed with healthy fats, protein and tons of delicious flavor.
Easy Chocolate Protein Smoothie
i love smoothies I think they’re a great way to add nutrients to your meal or snack. There is also so many different sorts. Tropical, berry, peanut butter, green, chocolate… and the list goes on.
This Chocolate Almond Butter Smoothie is one of my favorites. It tastes like almond butter cups with dark chocolate sea salt, except you can just eat it for breakfast. Although if all you want is almond butter cups for breakfast, there’s no judgment from me! 😉
This delicious smoothie is quick, healthy, dairy-free, paleo-friendly and so delicious!
- Milk: I use almond milk, but you can use regular whole milk, non-fat milk, or any other non-dairy milk of your choice.
- Protein powder: Look for a whey protein powder made from grass-fed chocolate milk. Or any you would like! Alternatively, to keep your smoothie dairy-free, use a vegan variant of chocolate protein powder.
- Banana: Frozen banana is key! You can freeze your own banana or buy pre-frozen bananas from the store.
- Chocolate: A little chopped chocolate gives the smoothie a richer, chocolatey flavor. It’s optional, but worth it!
- Almond butter: I use creamy almond butter. Feel free to use whichever brand you like the most.
- Honey or Maple Syrup: For a bit of natural sweetness.
- Cinammon: Cinnamon gives the smoothie a subtle sweet zest and an extra layer of flavor.
How to make a Chocolate Almond Butter Smoothie
This delicious chocolate smoothie recipe comes together in 5 total minutes!
- Combine and mix: In a high speed blender, blend all of the smoothie ingredients. Blend until smooth and creamy.
- Garnish and serve: Pour the smoothie into your serving glass of choice, garnish with sliced banana and a dollop of almond butter, if desired, and serve immediately.
Want to skip protein powder?
Get the chocolaty flavor with a tablespoon of cocoa powder!
Would you like to use a different nut butter?
Do it! Everyone will do!
Do the bananas need to be frozen?
As annoying as that is, we’re going with a yes to using frozen bananas. Frozen bananas add such a creamy element to this smoothie. Without them, the smoothie won’t be as thick and creamy.
You can freeze bananas whole (so they keep longer) or sliced. If you slice them, you’ll probably want to use them up within a few days.
Is almond butter good for protein shakes or smoothies?
Total! Not only does almond butter add to the overall flavor of the protein shake, but it also adds a good amount of protein on its own.
Along with the protein, almond butter also provides a boost of antioxidants and healthy fats.
Does almond butter thicken a smoothie?
Yes. Almond butter adds a rich nuttiness to a smoothie, gives it a nutritional boost, And contributes to its thick, creamy texture.
There really are no cons!
Tips and Variations
- Use frozen bananas. The frozen banana is the key to a thick, creamy chocolate banana smoothie. Fresh bananas just don’t give the same texture.
- If you freeze your own bananas for smoothies, freeze them when they are nice and ripe for the ultimate sweetness.
- Serve immediately. Smoothies taste best fresh out of the blender!
- Don’t want to use protein powder? Try swapping it out for 1 scoop of collagen peptides and 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder.
- If you prefer a thicker smoothie, add less milk or mix in avocado or frozen cauliflower.
- For a thinner smoothie just add more milk.
- For an extra boost of nutrients Mix in a handful of flax, chia, or hemp seeds.
- Make a peanut butter and chocolate smoothie. Substitute peanut butter for the almond butter if you prefer. I can attest that this tastes remarkably similar to a peanut butter cup.
This Chocolate Banana Smoothie is great on its own or with extra banana slices and a dollop of almond butter!
You can also thicken it up a bit and make it a smoothie bowl topped with fresh berries, banana, granola, coconut flakes, chopped nuts, you name it.
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- 1 Cup Almond milk
- 1 Spoon chocolate protein powder
- 1/2 frozen banana
- 1 tablespoon creamy almond butter in addition to garnish
- 1 teaspoon honey or maple syrup Optional
- 1 teaspoon Chia seeds
- prize Cinammon
- 1 tablespoon chopped chocolate optional but recommended!
Place all ingredients in a high power blender.
Blend until smooth and creamy.
Garnish with additional almond butter and enjoy.
- Cocoa powder for protein powder
- Omit sweetener (honey)
Calories: 343kcalCarbohydrates: 32GProtein: 25GFat: 15GSaturated Fatty Acids: 2GCholesterol: 50mgSodium: 226mgFiber: 5GSugar: 18G