Healthy Cocoa Banana Almond Smoothie

I don’t actually remember buying a truckload of bananas, but I keep finding more in the fruit bowl. What to do with a mysteriously never-ending supply of bananas? I already did bread so I considered doing cake, cookies or muffins, but I was in the mood for something quick. I decided to throw together a simple and healthy smoothie!

This would have taken me a total of 5 minutes if my blender didn’t decide to stop working. Thank goodness we keep a backup! You never know when you’re gonna have a blending emergency…

I like to use almond milk in smoothies but you can use regular milk if you prefer. I absolutely love Almond Breeze or Trader Joe’s brand almond milk. The only kind I haven’t liked so far is Silk because it’s a bit thick for my taste. If you haven’t tried almond milk, you should! It’s really yummy (if you like almonds), dairy free and nutritious!

Concocting smoothie recipes is so fun because you pretty much just throw stuff into the blender until you get a result you like. I figured adding cocoa to anything makes it better, and let’s be honest – cocoa and banana?Β  Yes please!Β  I like using unsweetened cocoa powder, but you can really use any kind you want.

Stay tuned for more banana recipes! I’ve got plenty of bananas left, and I seriously think they’re multiplying.

Cocoa Banana Almond Smoothie
Makes three 8 oz. servings (103 calories per serving)

1.5 cups ice
1.5 cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk
2 very ripe bananas (if your bananas aren’t very ripe with lots of brown on the peel, you may need to add some sugar to get your desired sweetness)
2 tbsp cocoa powder (feel free to add more if you like it more chocolatey!)

Throw all the ingredients into a blender and blend to your desired consistency.

Pour into 8 oz. glasses or jars and enjoy!

Are you an almond milk lover? What kind of milk do you like?

18 responses

  1. I love the Trader Joe’s brand too! I’ve been using a bit in my mason jar oatmeal! PS – where did you get those cute straws?!

      • Absolutely! I split the banana in half (hubs doesn’t like ’em) and put one half in the freezer for the morning. Didn’t take me 5 minutes to finish it off! It’s extra good because I’ve been trying to avoid chocolate bars and such, AND I have been having leg cramps at night. Super chocolate AND extra potassium! I forgot to mention, I also love Almond milk. Yum!

  2. LOVE almond milk. Brew 1 cup of tea with a Lipton Chai Tea bag, add 1 cup of unsweetened vanilla almond milk (30 calories), add 2 packets of Stevia or a little honey = 2 tasty cups of Chai Tea Latte.

  3. If you’re not making your own almond milk, you’re missing all the flavor. It’s so easy. In a blender, whir 1 c. raw almonds in 4 c. water, add about 1 Tbsp. agave nectar and 1 tsp. vanilla. Then, drain it through a mesh bag and it’s OMG good. I have smoothie made from homemade almond milk, a frozen banana and a handful of freeze dried strawberries (Trader Joe’s carries them) every morning…it’s like having the BEST milk shake you ever tasted.

  4. I just found this on Pinterest. I love almond milk, it’s the only kind I drink. I make home made hot cocoa for breakfast every morning, and the almond milk gives it the best flavor! I’ll try this, it’s right up my alley!

  5. When I have left over ripe bananas that aren’t being eaten, I put them in the freezer to be used in smoothies/protein drinks. You don’t have to add as many ice cubes which can some times dilute the yummy taste! Making the coco banana almond recipe for breakfast now! πŸ™‚

    • Yes! I do that too sometimes but more often I get a craving for a smoothie and THEN realize the bananas have expired and end up tossing them in at room temp, but if you have the chance to plan ahead, freezing them is an awesome idea!! Thank you for sharing! πŸ˜€

  6. I made with vanilla almond milk (about one cup or more), one big banana and dark hershey’s syrup!! Yummy. Next time I will try ice or frozen banana πŸ™‚ Thank you for sharing!!

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