Chocolate Banana Chia Seed Smoothies — these creamy, delicious, protein-rich smoothies are perfect for an easy and healthy breakfast or snack any time of day.
I cannot get enough of chia seeds, I just love them. They are a super food, full of omega-3 fatty acids, protein, antioxidants and fiber and they are so versatile. Ever since I first tried chia seeds this past January, I’ve been having a lot of fun creating recipes using chia seeds. So far, I’ve shared my Coconut Almond Chia Seed Pudding and my Orange Creamsicle Chia Seed Parfaits. Today I’m sharing my Chocolate Banana Chia Seed Smoothies.
I’ve been wanting to use chia seeds in a smoothie, and thought I’d start with adding them to one of my favorites, the chocolate banana smoothie. Chocolate banana smoothies are so delicious, easy to make and are my go-to smoothies because I tend to have the ingredients on hand to make them – cocoa powder, frozen banana chunks, vanilla Greek yogurt and milk. I thought chia seeds would be a wonderful addition and they most certainly are.
I typically buy a bunch of bananas a week. Sometime they all get eaten, sometimes they don’t. I let any leftover bananas reach their peak ripeness and then either, freeze them whole in their peels – to be used later for baking – or I peel them and cut them into chunks, to be frozen and used in smoothies.
I first place the banana chunks on a plate, in a single layer, cover in plastic wrap and place the plate in the freezer. Once the chunks are frozen, I remove them and place in a resealable bag which I store in the freezer. I just keep adding to the resealable bag as I acquire over ripe bananas and use the frozen banana chunks as needed.
I love using frozen banana chunks in smoothies because then you don’t need to add ice to your smoothies, which can melt and water them down. Frozen banana chunks make for really creamy, luscious, smoothies, but without adding any fat.
Cocoa powder provides the chocolate flavor, again without any added fat. I like using Greek yogurt because it is thicker and contains more protein than regular yogurt. The chia seeds don’t affect the flavor; instead they just add additional nutrients including protein, fiber and anti-oxidants, making a healthy smoothie even healthier.
These delicious, creamy, Chocolate Banana Chia Seed Smoothies are wonderful for a healthy, easy breakfast or snack any time of day.
What is your go-to smoothie? Please let me know in the comments below!
I really love chia seeds, they are a superfood packed with fiber, protein, omega-3 fatty acids and they are so versitle. This an affiliate link to the Nutiva Organic Chia Seeds, that we purchased, available at amazon.com:
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