PALEO CHOCOLATE BANANA PROTEIN SMOOTHIE
(GRAIN FREE, GLUTEN FREE, DAIRY FREE, PALEO, VEGAN FRIENDLY)
Over the past couple years of blogging, this is the single most requested recipe! I drink this smoothie every single night without fail. Even if I get home late, I drink this before bed. It’s a great way to get in some extra nutrients and I absolutely love how it tastes. It’s thick, creamy, a little sweet, and very chocolaty. I have included everything you need to know about how to make this smoothie! I also love Dairy Free Mint Chocolate Smoothie!
The best thing about this smoothie is that it’s customizable. You can make it more or less thick, extra creamy, more chocolaty, less chocolaty, etc. We first start with a frozen banana. I chop up the bananas into 1 inch slices and add them to a Ziploc bag in the freezer. If you only have fresh bananas, the flavor will remain the same but it won’t be nearly as creamy. I suggest using ripe bananas or brown bananas. This is the sweetness in the smoothie. It also won’t taste quite as cold or frozen. For the milk, I rotate between unsweetened almond milk and unsweetened macadamia nut milk. For a VERY thick smoothie, add only 1/2 cup of milk. For a more runny smoothie, add up to 1 cup. I usually start with 1/2 cup, blend, and then add more if necessary. The spinach adds some add health benefits and nutrients, but you really cannot taste it! I use fresh spinach instead of the bagged chopped frozen spinach. For a thicker smoothie, I’ll take a handful of fresh spinach and add it to a Ziploc bag in the freezer. This adds a little thickness and creaminess to the end result. Totally optional! When I forget to freeze the spinach, I just use fresh and it tastes great. I usually add 2 spoonfuls of dark cocoa powder for an extra chocolaty smoothie. Again, feel free to tailor this to your taste. I love using unflavored collagen in this smoothie to add some extra protein. I have had great results with THIS brand for a Paleo option (use code ORGANICALLYADDISON for 20% off your first purchase) and THIS brand for a Vegan option. Both are great! Depending on the day, I’ll add one or two scoops of this.
This smoothie not only tastes great, but it’s filled with some great vitamins and nutrients. It has a serving of fruit, a serving of leafy greens, about a third of your daily calcium, and some added protein. I truly look forward to drinking this every single night! I love to make a super thick smoothie because it resembles soft serve ice cream. I hope you love this!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Course: Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Servings: 1 smoothie
1 frozen banana
1/2 to 1 cup dairy free milk
1 large handful spinach (about 1 cup unpacked)
2 TBL cocoa powder
Protein powder, optional
Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth, about 15-20 seconds.