Get your chocolate fix in smoothie form! This healthy chocolate smoothie is smooth, rich & chocolatey, yet full of good-for-you ingredients and super-satisfying too. It's the best way to start the day!
Is there a better way to start the day than with chocolate? I don't think so! And this healthy chocolate smoothie is incredible. It truly tastes like dessert and is really kid-friendly.
The taste and the texture is just the best. It's velvety smooth, thick, creamy and so satisfying and like my other vegan smoothie recipes, you can feel good about it because it's packed with healthy ingredients.
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(For detailed measurements and instructions, see the printable recipe card).
This healthy chocolate smoothie is super simple to make. Here's what you'll be needing and why:
- Banana - Preferably frozen but if you only have fresh just add a big handful of ice cubes along with it. Adds sweetness, thickness and creaminess to the smoothie.
- Cooked sweet potato - The flavour works so well with chocolate (did you try my sweet potato chocolate pudding?), and it makes the smoothie extra velvety and creamy. It also adds lots of extra nutrition and sweetness. Yam is fine to use instead, as is pumpkin. Details about how to cook sweet potatoes are included a bit further down.
- Cocoa powder - Or cacao powder. To make it chocolatey.
- Flax seeds or ground flaxseed - Flax is such a good source of healthy fat and fibre. You could use chia seeds instead or you can omit if you don't have either of them.
- Non-dairy milk - Any variety will do. My cashew milk or oat milk work well, as does any store-bought milk.
- Maple syrup or a date - Totally optional, for extra sweetness if you want it. The banana and sweet potato are already pretty sweet though so blend everything else up first then taste and add only if necessary.
You will also need a blender. A high-speed blender is such a good investment if you make a lot of smoothies. They come out so deliciously smooth!
How to make a healthy chocolate smoothie
Making this vegan chocolate smoothie is as simple as adding everything except the date/maple syrup to a blender and blending it up until smooth. Then taste and add the optional date/maple syrup if you need a little extra sweetness. Then serve!
Want some frozen bananas on hand for making this vegan chocolate smoothie? Be sure to let your bananas get super ripe and spotty, then peel them and break each one into 3 or 4 pieces and lay them out on a lined baking tray. Pop them in the freezer and when hard transfer them to a container or freezer bag.
Cooking sweet potato
- To cook in an oven - If the oven is on for something else, I cut my sweet potatoes in half and lay them cut-side down on a lined baking tray and cook until very soft. They take about 40 minutes depending on the size. Then they will keep in an airtight container in the fridge for a week.
- To cook in a microwave - If you want a quicker option you can pierce the sweet potato a few times with a sharp knife and microwave on full power until cooked through. Depending on the size they can take anything from 5 to 10 minutes.
- To cook in an Instant Pot - They also cook really well in an Instant Pot. I follow this method.
This healthy chocolate smoothie is great as it is but you can switch it up by reducing the milk to make it extra, extra-thick, then serve it as a smoothie bowl or soft-serve with all the toppings you fancy!
Try using pumpkin instead of the sweet potato, or adding some extras like vegan yogurt, some greens, coconut, cinnamon, a shot of espresso, nut or seed butter or a handful of oats, cacao nibs, nuts or seeds for extra staying power. A spoonful of extra cocoa or some chocolate chips to make it even chocolatier would be awesome too!
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If you love smoothies that taste like dessert you might also enjoy my:
Healthy Chocolate SmoothieAuthor:
- 1 cup / 240 mls non-dairy milk
- 1 frozen banana , or a fresh one and a handful of ice
- ½ cup / 100 grams cooked sweet potato or yam , or pumpkin
- 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
- 1 tiny pinch fine salt
- 1 tablespoon flaxseed or chia seed (OPTIONAL ) , or use both
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup or 1 date (OPTIONAL)
- Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth. If you don't have a sweet tooth omit the maple syrup/date.
- Taste and add a drop more maple syrup or a date if more sweetness is needed. Blend again to incorporate.
- Serve immediately.
For my tips about how to freeze bananas and how to cook sweet potato, see the post above.
This recipe was originally published on March 29th, 2016. I've updated the post with new photographs and information and now I am republishing it for you. The recipe itself remains the same. I hope you enjoy it. Thank you for following A Virtual Vegan!