Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Chocolate-Banana-Almond Smoothie

When I was home taking care of my mom in November, there were only a few things she would eat. However, she usually wouldn't turn away smoothies or anything with chocolate. So to bulk up her nutrition intake, I put the two together and "created" this smoothie! 

At first I thought I was soooo original, but I have since seen similar smoothies on other websites. Alas, I am not as original as I first thought, but I love how easy it is to be creative with smoothies.

What you need:
1 frozen banana (peeled & chopped into large pieces before frozen)
3/4 to 1 cup almond or regular milk 
1 heaping T Nutella(c) or chocolate almond spread (I got mine at Trader Joe's)
1/4 t vanilla extract (optional)
1/2 mug of chopped ice
chocolate chips & walnuts for topping (optional)

Put all of the ingredients but the ice & toppings into the blender. The reason I put the a range for the milk amount is because you never know how thick "1 banana" will make the smoothie. So I feel it out more so than measure. Once everything is blended, add chopped ice to your liking to thicken the smoothie up a bit. This also makes it taste more like a milkshake than a smoothie.

Top it with your favorite toppings and your done! Mmmm, is this breakfast or dessert? I say both!

Want to make it even healthier? Use 1 tablespoon cocoa powder and 1 heaping tablespoon almond butter instead. Adjust the sweetness to taste with a touch of honey.


  1. Sounds delicious! Sorry to hear about your mom.

  2. Thanks, Kristina. It is great! And thanks for your comment about my mom.