Chocolate Smoothie Bowl

This Chocolate Smoothie Bowl is a delicious way to enjoy a cool and refreshing breakfast that’s packed with protein and fiber. Add your favorite toppings to make it extra tasty!

There’s nothing better than a creamy, flavorful smoothie on a warm day. This Chocolate Smoothie Bowl is made with frozen bananas and yogurt to give it a smooth texture, along with the high-protein addition of peanut butter. Cacao powder is the perfect way to get that intense chocolate taste without all the unhealthy added sugars. The Medjool dates are sweet enough! This smoothie bowl makes it feel like you’re eating a decadent chocolaty treat, but in fact, this recipe is quite healthy.

Chocolate smoothie bowls can be made gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegan, so they’re great for serving to the whole family. They also can be changed up with variations to the ingredients or toppings. Try a different version of this smoothie bowl every day of the week. I promise, you’ll never get tired of it. Let’s take a look at the flavorful ingredients we’ll be using.

Main Ingredients

  • Frozen Bananas. You can use store-bought frozen bananas or freeze them yourself.
  • Yogurt. Dairy-free or regular yogurt (I used coconut yogurt).
  • Cacao Powder. Don’t confuse it with the sweetened cocoa powder, which has sugar added.
  • Peanut Butter. Adds nice texture, extra protein, and flavor. Use other nut butter, if preferred.
  • Dates. Medjool dates are best because they are softer than regular pitted dates. If you want to skip the dates, you may want to add a little bit of maple syrup for sweetness or skip this ingredient altogether.
  • Toppings. I used cacao nibs, hemp seeds, and sesame seeds. Any fresh fruits, berries, nuts, or seeds can be used as toppings.

How to Make a Chocolate Smoothie Bowl

1. Place all of the ingredients into a food processor or a blender. Blend on low, scraping down sides as needed, until the mixture reaches a smooth consistency.

2. Transfer the mixture into the serving bowl and garnish with the desired toppings.

Add-ins and Substitutions

  • Different nut butters. I used peanut butter in my Chocolate Smoothie Bowl, but you could also try sunflower butter, almond butter, or even Nutella.
  • Substitute another sweetener. Dates are the main source of sweetness in this bowl, but if you aren’t a fan of them, try maple syrup, agave syrup, or honey. Or nothing at all, if you prefer.
  • Add fruit. Frozen strawberries or raspberries would be delicious in this smoothie bowl, though they will affect the smooth consistency a bit. Even an avocado would be a great add-in.
  • Add oats. For some added heft to this meal, oats can be ground up in this Chocolate Smoothie Bowl as well. Just keep an eye on the consistency to keep it from getting too thick.
  • Sprinkle in different spices and seeds. Cinnamon, turmeric, and chia seeds are some options to add. They offer flavor as well as fiber and anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Protein powder. Plant-based protein powders can be added for an extra dose of protein and to keep you full longer. Some also have probiotics.

Toppings for this Chocolate Smoothie Bowl

Here’s a short list of some popular and tasty toppings that can be added to your chocolate breakfast smoothie bowls.

  • Fruits. Banana slices, kiwi pieces, pineapple chunks, or diced pear.
  • Berries. Raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, or blackberries.
  • Nuts. Slivers of almonds, cashews, hazelnuts, or walnuts.
  • Seeds. Chia, hemp, sesame, sunflower, or pumpkins seeds.
  • Coconut flakes. Unsweetened or sweetened.
  • Cacao nibs. Or chocolate chips.

How to Store Leftovers

If you want to make this recipe the night before, then place the smoothie portion in an airtight container, like a mason jar, and it will stay in the fridge for up to 3 days. If it’s become more liquidy than you like, then run it through the blender with either some frozen bananas or some oats. Add the toppings and you’re ready to enjoy!

What to Serve it with

This Chocolate Smoothie Bowl is pretty filling and makes a healthy meal, but for a larger breakfast spread the whole family can enjoy, try serving this recipe with my Ultimate Breakfast Skillet or Breakfast Broccoli Bake. If you feel like pancakes, this Pancake Mix Crepes recipe will level up the usual flapjacks. And don’t forget these Grilled Portobello Mushrooms, which can be served up with omelets and hash browns.

I hope you love this Chocolate Smoothie Bowl as much as my family does. It’s so refreshing, creamy, and delicious, how can you say no? Enjoy!

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Chocolate Smoothie Bowl

Tania Sheff

This Chocolate Smoothie Bowl is a delicious way to enjoy a cool and refreshing breakfast that’s packed with protein and fiber. Add your favorite toppings to make it extra tasty!

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Prep Time 10 mins

Total Time 10 mins

Course Breakfast

Cuisine American

Servings 1 servings

Calories 639 kcal

Ingredients  

  • 2 medium ripe bananas, frozen
  • 1/2 cup coconut yogurt (or regular yogurt)
  • 2 tbsp. cacao powder
  • 1 tbsp. peanut butter (or other nut butter)
  • 3 Medjool dates

Instructions 

  • Place all of the ingredients into a food processor or a blender. Blend on low, scraping down sides as needed, until the mixture reaches a smooth consistency.

  • Transfer the mixture into the serving bowl and garnish with the desired toppings.

Notes

ADD-INS AND SUBSTITUTIONS

  • Different nut butters. I used peanut butter in my Chocolate Smoothie Bowl, but you could also try sunflower butter, almond butter, or even Nutella.
  • Substitute another sweetener. Dates are the main source of sweetness in this bowl, but if you aren’t a fan of them, try maple syrup, agave syrup, or honey. Or nothing at all, if you prefer.
  • Add fruit. Frozen strawberries or raspberries would be delicious in this smoothie bowl, though they will affect the smooth consistency a bit. Even an avocado would be a great add-in.
  • Add oats. For some added heft to this meal, oats can be ground up in this Chocolate Smoothie Bowl as well. Just keep an eye on the consistency to keep it from getting too thick.
  • Sprinkle in different spices and seeds. Cinnamon, turmeric, and chia seeds are some options to add. They offer flavor as well as fiber and anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Protein powder. Plant-based protein powders can be added for an extra dose of protein and to keep you full longer. Some also have probiotics.

TOPPINGS FOR THIS CHOCOLATE SMOOTHIE BOWL

Here’s a short list of some popular and tasty toppings that can be added to your chocolate breakfast smoothie bowls.

  • Fruits. Banana slices, kiwi pieces, pineapple chunks, or diced pear.
  • Berries. Raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, or blackberries.
  • Nuts. Slivers of almonds, cashews, hazelnuts, or walnuts.
  • Seeds. Chia, hemp, sesame, sunflower, or pumpkins seeds.
  • Coconut flakes. Unsweetened or sweetened.
  • Cacao nibs. Or chocolate chips.

Nutrition

Calories: 639kcalCarbohydrates: 139gProtein: 16gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 4gSodium: 92mgPotassium: 1892mgFiber: 22gSugar: 85gVitamin A: 258IUVitamin C: 36mgCalcium: 252mgIron: 6mg

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