Chocolate Blueberry Smoothie
Published Jun 13, 2023, Updated Aug 28, 2023
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Inspired by Daily Harvest, this chocolate blueberry smoothie is packed with antioxidant-rich blueberries and cacao powder, frozen banana and leafy greens. It’s vegan, easy to make and can be prepped in advance!
It has a powerhouse of nutrients, a hint of chocolate and a burst of natural sweetness. Plus, you can’t go wrong with the chocolate + blueberry combo. It’s chef’s kiss!
Why You’ll Love This Smoothie
- Can easily be meal prepped in advance!
- Packed with nutrients like antioxidants, protein and essential vitamins and minerals.
- Perfect for an on-the-go breakfast or mid-afternoon snack.
- unsweetened almond milk – the liquid base for this smoothie. Almond milk is my favorite dairy-free milk to use, but coconut milk, or any other non-dairy milk will work great.
- frozen blueberries – often labeled a superfood, blueberries are low in calories, high in nutrients and incredibly good for you. They are among the most nutrient-dense berries. They’re high in antioxidants as well as fiber, Vitamin C, Vitamin K and Manganese. Both regular blueberries and wild blueberries work great.
- frozen banana – a good source of potassium and what makes this smoothie nice and creamy. Here’s my full guide on how to freeze bananas.
- medjool date – adds some natural sweetness and a subtle caramel-like flavor.
- kale & spinach – these leafy greens are packed with nutrients and are a great way to sneak some veggies into your diet.
- almond butter – adds protein, healthy fats and a nice nutty flavor to this smoothie.
- cacao powder – what gives this smoothie a delicious chocolatey flavor and is also rich in antioxidants.
- sea salt – a pinch helps to balance out the sweetness and enhance the overall flavor of the smoothie.
How to Make
This chocolate blueberry smoothie recipe comes together so quickly.
Just add all of the ingredients into a high-speed blender and blend until smooth. Top with fresh blueberries & enjoy.
How to Meal Prep
If you’re often on the go or like to plan your meals in advance, this chocolate blueberry smoothie is perfect for meal prep.
Simply place all of the smoothie ingredients into a freezer-safe, airtight container (I like to use wide mouth mason jars). PS: you can use fresh blueberries and bananas for this!
When ready to enjoy, fill the mason jar with milk (or add milk to your blender) dump the ingredients into your blender and blend until smooth, adding additional milk if needed. Pour into a glass, top with fresh blueberries and enjoy!
pro tip! If you're having trouble removing the contents from the jar after freezing, run a utensil around the edge to release everything.
Substitutions & Notes
- Blueberries: If you don’t have blueberries on hand you can use different berries like blackberries, raspberries or strawberries. Just be mindful that the overall flavor will change depending on what type of berry you use.
- Nut butter: Substitute almond butter with any other nut butter of your choice, such as cashew or peanut butter. You could also use a seed butter, like sunflower or tahini, if you have a nut allergy.
- Leafy greens: Feel free to swap the greens. If you don’t have kale or spinach on hand, other leafy greens like Swiss chard or collard greens will work. You could also add frozen cauliflower or zucchini for a veggie boost without an added flavor.
- Protein: For a protein boost, consider adding a scoop of your favorite protein powder.
- Cacao: If you don’t have cacao powder, regular unsweetened cocoa powder will work in a pinch.
- Sweetener: You could swap the medjool dates for another natural sweetener like honey or maple syrup. You could also use stevia or monkfruit if you want to reduce the sugar content.
- Add a nutrition boost: add cacao nibs, chia seeds, flax seeds or hemp seeds for a nutritional boost.
Tips For Success
- Fully blend the greens: To ensure you don’t have any leafy chunks in your smoothie, try blending the greens with the almond milk first until they’re fully incorporated. Then, add the remaining ingredients and blend again.
- Use ripe bananas for extra sweetness: If you’d prefer your smoothie a bit sweeter naturally, use super ripe bananas. The riper the banana, the sweeter it’ll be.
- Layer your blender correctly: When adding your ingredients to the blender, start with the liquids first, then add soft foods, and finally, add frozen or hard foods last. This sequence helps the blender run more efficiently and it’s easier on the blade.
- Thaw your smoothie cup: If you’ve prepped your smoothie and frozen it in a cup, let it thaw for a few minutes before blending. This will make it easier for the ingredients to release from the container and it will also be less strain on your blender’s motor.
- Clean your blender quickly: As soon as you’re done blending, rinse your blender immediately. Smoothie ingredients can stick to the sides and harden, which is tougher to clean once it’s set. A quick rinse as soon as you’re done blending will save you some scrubbing later.
More Smoothie Recipes to Try
- Peanut Butter Green Smoothie
- Cinnamon Oatmeal Cookie Smoothie
- Orange Banana Smoothie
- Strawberry Cheesecake Smoothie
- Sweet Potato Smoothie
- Peanut Butter Cup Smoothie
- Key Lime Pie Smoothie
- Mint Chocolate Chip Smoothie
- Chocolate Covered Strawberry Smoothie
- Easy Blackberry Smoothie
- Snickers Protein Smoothie
- Tropical Green Smoothie
- Avocado Smoothie
- Banana Smoothie
Chocolate Blueberry Smoothie
- Place all of the smoothie ingredients into a freezer-safe, airtight container. (I used a mason jar, but you could use Stasher bags or freezer bags.)
- When ready to enjoy, fill the mason jar with milk (or add milk to your blender) and dump the ingredients into your blender.
- Blend until smooth, adding additional milk if needed. If you have trouble removing the contents from the jar after freezing, run a utensil around the edge to release everything
- Pour into glass, top with fresh blueberries and enjoy!
Enjoy Right Away
- Put all of the ingredients into a blender and blend well. Top with additional blueberries & enjoy. PS: I recommend using frozen blueberries and banana if you’re making it to enjoy right away.
Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.