Chocolate Banana Chia Seed Smoothies

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.

Chocolate Banana Chia Seed Smoothie

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.


Chocolate Banana Chia Seed Smoothie

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.

Chocolate Banana Chia Seed Smoothie

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!

Chocolate Banana Chia Seed Smoothies

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 2 servings

Chocolate Banana Chia Seed Smoothies

Chocolate Banana Chia Seed Smoothies -- these creamy, protein-rich smoothies are perfect for a delicious, easy and healthy breakfast or snack any time of day.

Ingredients

  • 3 cups frozen banana chunks (from about 3 very ripe bananas)
  • 1 cup vanilla bean Greek yogurt (or any vanilla yogurt)
  • 1 ½ cups milk
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • whipped cream for topping (optional)
  • additional chia seeds for topping (optional)

Instructions

  1. Add frozen banana chunks, vanilla yogurt, milk, chia seeds and cocoa powder to blender.
  2. Puree until smooth and blended.
  3. Pour into 2 mason jars or glasses of choice.
  4. Top with whipped cream and a sprinkling of chia seeds if desired.
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Chocolate Banana Chia Seed Smoothies
 
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70 comments

  1. Cindy says:

    We love smoothies in the morning before school! easy and nutritious…

    handful of spinach or kale
    frozen fruit (strawberries, blueberries)
    juice of choice or water
    banana

    Honey (optional)

  2. Christine says:

    I have never tried chia seeds…it’s on my list of things to do and this seems like it would be a great way to test! Could I ask which social media sidebar you use? I want yummly to appear in mine too! Thanks!

  3. jess says:

    so how about I get my weekly email from pinterest…
    “see your most popular pin this week”..got me all excited to see what was going on in pinland and guess what my most popular pin was…THIS RECIPE!!! whoop whoop! The pin i pinned was pinned 63 times this week!! yay! Your welcome lmao
    just thought i would share the fun news with you 🙂
    Have a great weekend!!
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  4. Cydnee@Tampa Cake Girl says:

    Nothing like starting my day with a refreshing and healthy smoothie. Love this recipe for your Chocolate Banana Chia Seed Smoothie. Yummy! Thank you very much for joining in the celebration of #purebloglove, we enjoy having you each week. I hope to see you on Thursday at 8PM, EST through Sunday night. ~Cydnee

  5. Karen says:

    Thanks for sharing. Banana smoothies are a regular at our house but I haven’t tried chia seeds before. I have recently read that omega 3 can be lacking in children, especially boys, so this could be a good way to improve their nutrition. Found you on loulougirls link party.
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  6. Angie says:

    Joy, I love your recipe – so much that I had to try it right away. However, I didn’t have all the ingredients and needed to improvise and ended up with a different version. I’ve linked to your post and recipe. Frozen banana chunks make amazing smoothies!!
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