Our chocolate smoothie recipe makes an ultra-creamy drink that will satisfy your sweet tooth without added sugar! It has a caramel-like sweetness and a delicious balance of chocolate and banana flavor.
The drink is lip-smacking and versatile so that you can have it for breakfast, snack time, or even serve it as a dessert. Best of all, our chocolate smoothie takes minutes to make and calls for only simple ingredients.
Is Chocolate Smoothie Healthy?
Chocolate may give an impression of a sweet and calorie-dense treat, but our chocolate smoothie is a relatively healthy option.
First of all, the drink contains micronutrients from the main ingredients, including chocolate, banana, milk, and cocoa powder. They are packed with vitamin B6, B12, potassium, phosphorus, and many other healthy nutrients.
Here’s what you’ll need to make this chocolate smoothie:
Chocolate: The high-quality dark chocolate (60-70%) gives that signature-rich, chocolate-y flavor to the drink. We chopped it with a knife so that the chocolate could incorporate well into the smoothie.
Banana: If you want a super cold and thick smoothie, then store your banana in the freezer overnight. Using frozen fruits results in a creamy consistency without the need for added ice. Also, go with ripe bananas since our aim is to create a healthy drink with no added sugar in it.
Milk: Both regular dairy milk and non-dairy milk work well in this recipe. We used unsweetened milk since ripe bananas lend perfect sweetness to this smoothie.
Heavy Cream: A tablespoon of heavy cream makes your chocolate smoothie extra creamy and delicious.
Cocoa Powder: To make the chocolate flavor even more prominent, add a bit of high-quality cocoa powder.
Ice: Ice helps to make a chilly texture. Omit the ice if you prefer an extra thick consistency.
Mint Leaves: Use mint leaves to add a touch of freshness and for decoration.
Our chocolate smoothie has a silky and creamy texture that is delicious on its own, but there is still room to be creative. Make your own chocolate smoothie version with optional toppings and add-ins. A few great ideas include chia seeds, nuts, granola, nut butter, and cacao nibs.
Storing and Freezing
To store: Our chocolate smoothie can be stored in the fridge for about 3 days. Remember to whisk the drink well before serving.
To freeze: Place the smoothie into an airtight container and store in the freezer for up to 6 months. When ready to enjoy, thaw the drink overnight in the refrigerator, or place the frozen smoothie into a blender and blend until you have the desired consistency.
How Long Does Chocolate Last?
Generally, the storage life of chocolate depends on many factors and differs for each variant. The rule of thumb is that the higher the cocoa content, the longer it lasts.
Dark Chocolate: When stored properly, dark chocolate lasts for 2 years unopened and a year once it’s opened.
Milk Chocolate: When milk’s involved, the chocolate shelf life is cut by half. Unopened milk chocolate can stay fresh for a year, but this reduces to about 8 months once it’s opened.
White Chocolate: Since it’s pretty much dairy and cocoa butter, white chocolate has the shortest expiry date among all types. It lasts for only 6 months if sealed. You should finish the chocolate within 4 months after opening it.
As you can see, storage plays a critical role in preserving the chocolate’s quality and shelf life. For best results, store your chocolate either at room temperature (if it’s below 60 °F) or in the refrigerator.
Keep chocolate well-covered to prevent it from absorbing nearby odors. Placing the chocolate in a heavy-duty plastic bag and closing it tightly is always the best option for retaining maximum taste and freshness.
Tuyet Pham is an award-winning Saigonese chef who believes that joy is the secret ingredient to delicious food. At Healthy Recipes 101, Tuyet personally tests and simplifies every recipe, ensuring maximum flavor with minimal effort. With a background at prestigious French restaurants P’TI Saigon and Le Corto, Tuyet knows how to make every dish exceptional.
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Natalie Butler is a registered dietitian nutritionist with a passion to help others live their best life through food, fitness, safer beauty and a healthy lifestyle. She has expertise with a variety of diets and diseases and believes that there is no one-size-fits-all approach for health.
Make for people who love chocolate and want a healthy drink to satisfy their sweet cravings.