Today’s chocolate spinach smoothie recipe creates a no-cook breakfast or a quick post-workout beverage that is full of plant-based nutrients and antioxidants.
In contrast to the green hue of most veggie smoothies, the dark chocolate and cocoa make this smoothie look and taste like a chocolate milkshake, allowing you to hide a variety of healthy ingredients used in this smoothie. The result is so creamy, chocolate-y, and sweet that no one will ever guess it contains vegetables.
Is This Smoothie Healthy?
Having a fair share of healthy ingredients, including banana, spinach, dark chocolate, and cocoa powder, we believe that our chocolate spinach smoothie recipe is healthy.
According to our calculations, the nutrition for one serving of the chocolate spinach smoothie is as follows:
Saturated Fat: 3.7 g
Sugar: 18.4 g
Vitamin A: 11% RDI (Recommended Daily Intake)
Vitamin C: 13% RDI
Vitamin B6: 22% RDI
Vitamin K: 87% RDI
Magnesium: 18% RDI
Furthermore, this delicious blend of fruit, vegetable, and cocoa offers many health benefits.
Raw cacao is loaded with healthful elements. It contains fiber, antioxidants, magnesium, and iron in plenty. In addition, it includes “good mood” boosting phytochemicals that can help you begin your day on a cheerful note.
Spinach is an antioxidant-rich vegetable. These leafy greens include numerous essential vitamins and minerals, including vitamins A, C, and K, calcium, iron, and magnesium.
Packed with soluble fiber, bananas help support healthy digestion and are also a good source of potassium, vitamin C, magnesium, and antioxidants.
Though having the look and taste of a milkshake, our chocolate smoothie bowl is a healthy way to start your day, using only a few simple ingredients.
Spinach: This veggie is great for adding to smoothies because it’s tender, mild in flavor, and loaded with healthful nutrients.
Bananas: Our chocolate spinach smoothie recipe calls for bananas to get a creamy and naturally sweetened base. However, some individuals are allergic to bananas or simply dislike the flavor. You can substitute 1 cup of frozen mango for the banana in this spinach and cacao smoothie.
Dark Chocolate: For this smoothie, we use dark chocolate that is made of 65% cacao solids for a signature chocolate-y taste.
Cocoa Powder: Adds a slightly bitter taste to highlight the smoothie’s rich chocolate flavor.
Milk: To make the smoothie dairy-free or vegan, you can replace regular milk with plant-based types such as almond, soy, or coconut milk.
Honey: You can also sweeten with another unrefined sweetener, such as maple syrup. Agave also works in this chocolate spinach smoothie.
Ice: For a frosty and dessert-like texture.
Storage for the Leftover Smoothie
This chocolate spinach smoothie is best consumed out of a blender, or within 2 hours. Refrigerate any leftovers in an airtight container or jar, covered with a lid. You can keep it in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 days.
Alternatively, you can freeze the smoothie for up to 3 months. When ready to use, simply thaw the drink overnight in the fridge. If the chocolate spinach smoothie separates, give it a quick stir in the morning.
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.
Luna Regina is an accomplished writer and author who dedicates her career to empowering home cooks and making cooking effortless for everyone. She is the founder of HealthyKitchen101.com and HealthyRecipes101.com, where she works with her team to develop easy, nutritious recipes and help aspiring cooks choose the right kitchen appliances.
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.
Chocolate and spinach make the perfect combination in this healthy smoothie recipe.