Our chocolate strawberry smoothie recipe is a healthy formula for a delicious treat. It’s a fine blend of strawberries, chocolate, bananas, Greek yogurt, and ice.
Is Chocolate Strawberry Smoothie Healthy?
Not all smoothies are healthy, and the word “chocolate” in the title here probably raises some red flags. But there are a few things about our chocolate strawberry smoothie that make it healthy.
First of all, it has a plethora of micronutrients from the main ingredients: chocolate, strawberries, bananas, almonds, and Greek yogurt. You’ll get vitamins from the A, B, C, and E categories, as well as calcium, manganese, potassium, iron, magnesium, and many other minerals in varying amounts.
Many smoothie recipes suggest adding extra sugar. Ours, on the other hand, gets only 2.5 grams from the chocolate. Compared to the USDA’s suggested upper limit of added sugar for a 2000-calorie diet, this amount takes up 5%. It is a good choice if you have sweet snacks frequently.
Coming along with all these benefits is a decent amount of calories, 225 per serving.
Many chocolate products are vegan-friendly, but not all of them.
Dark chocolate is often made of the cacao fruit directly. It is allowed to ferment, cleaned, roasted, and ground with cacao butter until silky. Without additives coming from animal sources, it is a vegan-friendly product. Dark chocolate chips meant for cooking (not for consuming) are usually vegan.
Some dark chocolate is infused with butter made from cow’s milk, so it falls into the non-vegan category. Milk chocolate seems non-vegan, too, but some products use nut milk instead, making it purely plant-based.
The bottom line is, it’s difficult to tell if a chocolate product is vegan without carefully inspecting the ingredients list. It’s helpful to shop at stores that promote vegan products.
Ingredients for This Recipe
This chocolate strawberry smoothie recipe calls for strawberries, dark chocolate, cocoa powder, bananas, almonds, milk, greek yogurt, and ice.
Strawberries naturally contain both sugar and malic acid, a substance responsible for the sour taste of many fruits. Sweet smoothies taste nicer than sour ones, so we highly recommend using ripe, sweet strawberries. Choose those that are plump, vibrantly red, and have green, fresh crowns.
For chocolates, we use dark chocolate that is made of 65% cacao solids. We thinly slice it with a serrated knife, so the chocolate incorporates better into the smoothie.
We enhance the chocolate flavor with some cocoa powder. It gives the final product a chocolatey, slightly bitter undertone, but with none of the fats.
Besides strawberries and chocolate, we also include bananas, and with good reason. Bananas make the smoothie thick and add plenty of natural sweetness.
Since chocolate-dipped strawberries and bananas taste so great when topped with crushed nuts, we also add some crushed almonds. We leave some good chunks in there — as you drink, it’s fun to occasionally have something to chew on.
For dairy products, we use milk and Greek yogurt, which makes the smoothie thicker and silkier. If you’re aiming for a vegan smoothie, you can use plant-based alternatives.
The last ingredient is ice. Since our blender isn’t very good at breaking up hard ice, we choose ice nuggets. If yours is similar but you have no other choice but hard ice, smash it into finer pieces first.
Types of Chocolate You Can Use
You can use pure dark chocolate or semi-sweet dark chocolate, which comes with some sugar should still be acceptable nutritionally. We don’t recommend sweet chocolate, milk chocolate, or chocolate-infused products for this smoothie.
How Long Does It Last?
Since it contains ice, the smoothie will taste watered down after 30 minutes at room temperature. Leaving it for 2 hours at room temperature puts it at risk of being spoiled by airborne bacteria.
The fridge helps to extend its shelf life for up to 2 days, but its quality will be compromised (watered down and discolored).
For longer storage, consider placing the smoothie mix into the freezer.
Freezing keeps the smoothie for up to 3 months. It’s most convenient to store each portion in an individual container so you’ll have less trouble with the thawing process.
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.
Indulge in a guilt-free chocolate strawberry smoothie that's packed with nutrients and flavor. Perfect for a quick breakfast or snack.