1tablespoonmaple syrup or 1 medjool date(optional - see recipe note)
1tablespoonchia seeds(optional but adds some extra nutrition)
5ice cubes, if using a fresh banana, none if your banana is frozen
Add all ingredients except maple syrup or 1 date to a blender.
Blend until velvety and smooth. This takes 1 minute on the smoothie setting with my Blendtec. If your blender isn't a high powered one it will probably take a little longer.
Taste a little bit to check sweetness and add either some maple syrup or a medjool date if necessary. Blend again to incorporate.
Maple syrup or a medjool date are optional ingredients. If your banana is very ripe it will probably add enough sweetness on its own.I served my healthy chocolate smoothie with a sprinkling of cacao nibs for extra texture and nutrition.