Nutritious Chocolate Banana Avocado Smoothie
This healthy breakfast smoothie is made with spinach, peanut butter, chia, hemp seeds and almond milk. Dietitian-designed, it’s full of nutritious ingredients for a filling breakfast. Vegan, gluten-free, and can be made-ahead!
If you’ve been following along on Instagram, you know that I’ve been hooked on healthy breakfast smoothie recipes lately. This creamy green smoothie was so popular, that I’ve decided to share another one with you today.
This Healthy Chocolate Banana Avocado Smoothie tastes like a thick, creamy, chocolate shake. I think it would be a hit with kids, teens, and adults alike!
What Makes This Smoothie A Healthy Breakfast Option?
Despite tasting super decadent, you’d be shocked to know that this chocolate smoothie is packed with healthy fats, plant-based protein, fibre-rich carbohydrates, and tons of micronutrients.
This unique combination of nutrients helps to prevent rapid spikes and crashes in blood sugar, providing steady energy and keeping you full for longer.
As a dietitian, I try my best to share recipes that satisfy both your hunger and nutrition needs. Especially when it comes to breakfast, I want to make sure your first meal provides an energizing start to your day!
Plus, I find this recipe is naturally sweet enough with no need for any added sugars (I always make sure to use unsweetened nut milks and nut butters).
Each ingredient provides a host of nutrition benefits, which we get into more detail in below.
Want more smoothie recipe inspiration? Check out my roundup of easy, healthy smoothie recipes for more ideas!
Recipe Ingredients Needed
- almond milk, unsweetened (or other milk of choice)
- bananas, peeled + frozen (if possible)
- avocado, frozen (if possible)
- baby spinach
- raw cacao powder
- chia seeds
- hemp seeds
- creamy peanut butter or almond butter, unsweetened
- ground cinnamon
- vanilla extract
- Optional: unflavoured protein powder or unflavoured collagen powder (if desired)
My Favourite Blender
I use this Vitamix almost every day. I bought it about 7 years ago and it still functions perfectly. It makes a super smooth and creamy smoothie in seconds (not to mention many other meals, like soups)!
How To Store This Smoothie
This chocolate banana avocado smoothie will stay fresh in the fridge for 1-2 days. Simply pour it into a large jar with a lid and pop it in the refrigerator. If there’s any separation, give it a good shake before drinking.
If you’d like to make extra servings of this smoothie to keep for later, you can even freeze it in silicone ice cube trays or muffin tins.
Place them in the freezer, and pop out the “smoothie cubes” to be stored in a freezer-safe bag. Thaw in a glass for a few hours or the night before you want the smoothie.
As you can see, healthy smoothies can be a great addition to your breakfast meal prep routine!
Nutrition Benefits of Ingredients
Raw Cacao Powder Nutrition:
- An excellent source of antioxidants, which help to fight free radical damage in the body.
- A good source of essential minerals, like iron, magnesium, copper, manganese, potassium, and zinc!
- A fibre-rich carbohydrate – one medium banana provides 3g of fibre.
- Good source of micronutrients like potassium, vitamin C, vitamin B6, and magnesium.
- Rich in heart-healthy monounsaturated fatty acids and dietary fibre. Just 1 cup of avocado provides about 40% of your daily fibre needs.
- Good source of micronutrients like vitamin C, B6, K, E, folate, magnesium, and potassium.
- Great source of micronutrients, like vitamin A, C, K, folate, iron, and calcium.
- Packed with phytonutrients (plant compounds) that have antioxidant functions.
Peanut Butter Nutrition:
- Rich in heart-healthy unsaturated fatty acids.
- Source of plant-based protein, with 2 Tbsp providing 8 grams.
- Rich in micronutrients, like vitamin E, B6, niacin, manganese, copper, folate, and magnesium.
Hemp Seeds Nutrition:
- One of the best plant-based sources of omega-3 fatty acids, which play a role in heart health, brain health, and reducing inflammation throughout the body.
- Great source of plant-based protein, with just 3 tablespoons providing 10 grams of complete protein!
- Good source of vitamin E and minerals like zinc, iron, calcium, potassium, and magnesium.
Chia Seeds Nutrition:
- One of the best plant-based sources of omega-3s.
- Two tablespoons of chia seeds gives you 5 grams of plant-protein and 10 grams of dietary fibre (about 40% of your daily needs)!
- Rich in minerals like magnesium, calcium, and iron.
If you don’t have some of these ingredients on hand, here are some easy swaps you can make:
- Hemp + chia seeds can be used interchangeably if you only have one of them! Or you could try this with flax seeds.
- Peanut butter can be swapped for almond butter or another nut butter. Try to choose nut butters without any added sugars or refined oils (I like when the only ingredient is the nut itself).
- Almond milk can be swapped for any other milk alternative, just make sure you use a plain, unsweetened version.
- If you’d like to add a plain protein powder, you can do so as well!
More Healthy Smoothie Recipes
- Banana Chai Smoothie With Vanilla
- Papaya Banana Coconut Smoothie
- Simple Cherry Smoothie With Yogurt
- Ginger Pear Green Smoothie
- Strawberry Oatmeal Smoothie
- Strawberry Pineapple Spinach Smoothie
- Simple Creamy Green Smoothie
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Get the Recipe: Nutritious Chocolate Banana Avocado Smoothie
- 2 cups almond milk, unsweetened (or other milk of choice)
- 2 medium bananas, peeled + frozen (if possible)
- 3/4 cup avocado, frozen (if possible)
- 2 cups baby spinach
- 4 Tbsp raw cacao powder
- 2 Tbsp chia seeds
- 2 Tbsp hemp seeds
- 2 Tbsp creamy peanut butter, unsweetened
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
- 5 ice cubes (if needed)
- Optional: 2 scoops unflavoured protein or unflavoured collagen powder (if desired)
- Place all ingredients into a high-speed blender, making sure to add the almond milk first (this helps with blending).
- Blend on high for about 2 minutes, or until smooth and creamy. If the smoothie is too thick, simply add a bit more almond milk until it reaches your desired consistency!
- Enjoy immediately or store for later!
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16 Comments on “Nutritious Chocolate Banana Avocado Smoothie”
This smoothie is so delicious and creamy and also very filling! I have it pre and post my work outs. I love that it also keeps in the fridge for 1-2 days.
Thank you so much Olga!! I’m so happy to hear you enjoyed this smoothie! And I agree – so good for after a workout! That’s when I’ve been enjoying it too 🙂
I tried this as an alternative instead of a normal chocolate shake since I’m diabetic and pregnant. I’m 20 weeks and have yet to get the typical symptoms so my taste, smell, and appetite have yet to change. I followed this recipe verbatim and I honestly thought it tasted extremely bland, and nothing close to an actual chocolate shake in any way. Pretty bummed about it, but I guess it’s not for everyone. Such a sad day.
I’m sorry to hear you didn’t enjoy this recipe! Because this recipe has significantly less sugar than a typical chocolate shake (which is made with ice cream), it’s inevitable that it will taste a bit different. That said – this is one of my favourite smoothies, and I know others love it to. But just goes to show that we all have different taste buds I suppose! My apologies again that you didn’t like it.
This smoothie is absolutely delicious! Smooth and creamy and very satisfying! Loved it! Just one question – what is the calorie count? I don’t see that listed anywhere.
Hi Cynthia! Thank you so much for sharing your experience – I’m so happy you enjoyed this recipe and that you found it satisfying. As for the calorie count – I intentionally don’t include them in my recipes as it’s my personal nutrition philosophy to focus on the whole food ingredients rather than on the numbers. I hope you can understand!
This smoothie was so creamy and delicious, and I can’t believe how nutritious! I had one for lunch today and I am saving the other half for breakfast tomorrow. I can’t wait to have it again, thank you for the recipe!
Hi Jade! I’m so happy to hear you enjoyed this one and love that you’re saving the other half for the next day! Thanks so much for sharing that :). Wishing you a wonderful week ahead!
This smoothie is so creamy! It’s really good already, but I’d like it to be a bit sweeter. Do you think I could add a teaspoon of honey to sweeten it up? I can taste a bit of the bitterness from the cocoa powder.
Hi Brittany! Thank you so much for sharing! Yes of course you can definitely add a bit more sweetener until it reaches your desired sweetness – honey, maple syrup, an extra date, etc. A riper banana can also make a difference :). Enjoy!!
It’s creamy, and full of flavour, satisfaction 10/10
Hi Paty! Thank you so much for sharing your experience. So happy to hear you enjoyed this one and that you found it satisfying :)!!
Hi Carrie! I absolutely love this recipe. The smoothie taste, and consistency is perfect. I drink it after my yoga and save some for later in the day.
Hi Nancy! Thank you so much for sharing your experience. It’s so appreciated! I’m so happy to hear that you enjoy this smoothie. So perfect for after yoga and an afternoon snack 🙂
This was delicious! I added a Medjool date in addition to everything else. Love your blog!
Thank you so much for the kind words, Kara!! It’s so appreciated. I’m so happy to hear you enjoyed this one – it’s one of my go-to smoothies as well 🙂