If you’ve been looking for a quick breakfast to perk up your mornings, well here you go. This is a Chocolate Banana Breakfast Smoothie, people. This is a healthy, real-food breakfast that you can have ready in well under 5 minutes. But that’s not why you should make it. You should make it because it’s full of CHOCOLATE. Who doesn’t love chocolate for breakfast. But it gets even better. There is absolutely no – as in zero – added sugar in this smoothie. And it’s gluten free too. And did I mention the chocolate??
Ever since I got my Vitamix (forever to be known as the greatest Mother’s Day gift ever given) I’ve been enjoying the heck out of smoothies for breakfast. You really can’t beat the convenience of a morning smoothie. Not to mention how incredibly easy it is to squeeze in about 17 servings of fruits and veggies in one meal. Alright, that’s an exaggeration, but I know for a fact that I can fit in a minimum of 3 servings without even trying. There’s no way I’d be eating that much fruit for breakfast unless it was in the form of a smoothie.
This Chocolate Banana Smoothie has become the recipe I turn to when I need a little mid-week pick up. I wake up in the morning and remember that I have this ready to go downstairs and suddenly my morning is a little brighter. But don’t just think of this as a breakfast recipe – it also makes a drool-worthy afternoon snack or after dinner treat. Call it a milkshake and watch the kids come running.
It tastes like you’re indulging in something decadent, but without any of that unpleasant guilty feeling. It’s even got a nice boost of protein from a scoop of Greek yogurt, so if you do enjoy it for breakfast you won’t feel like you’re running on empty an hour later.
Chocolate Banana Breakfast Smoothie
Makes 1 large smoothie (which is how I like it)
- 1 medium sized ripe banana (one with a few brown spots is perfect)
- 1 Tablespoon cocoa powder
- 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt (you can use vanilla for a sweeter version if you don’t mind the sugar)
- 1/4 cup milk
- 1 cup ice cubes
- 1 teaspoon flax meal (optional)
Add all ingredients to a blender. Secure the top and blend until smooth.
Personal Note: If you want to drink this on the go, there’s no need to buy a special cup. I’ve found that a travel coffee mug works perfectly if you stick a straw through the hole in the lid. You can a pack of 150 straws at the dollar store for a buck.