Adventures in Healthier Eating with 2 Kids and a Picky Husband

Dark Chocolate Banana Almond Smoothie

7 WWPP Posted by 4 years ago 19 Comments

Oh. My. WORD! This was AMAZING!

I don’t know what posed me to make it. I just came home from a run. I wasn’t really hungry but knew I should eat something. So I whipped this up.

The flavors together are simply PERFECT. At least I think so. Dark chocolate! Banana! Almonds! I go gaga over each separately but together? Even tastier.

I used some specific brand name items in this idea which I normally try to avoid so I feel the need to explain each one a little.

Dark Chocolate Banana Almond Smoothie - ingredients

I used the cocoa roasted almonds but I’m sure regular would be fine too. I’m just obsessed with this particular kind from Emerald. Even the Little Guy loves them. They add a wonderful texture to the smoothie. I only used 1/2 oz to keep the calories/fat low, but now that I’ve made it I think using more would actually make it too gritty. Unless, that is, you has some crazy blender that would pulverize them to dust. I used my Magic Bullet.

I also used Hershey’s Special Dark chocolate powder. This stuff is like crack to me. All the awesomeness of regular unsweetened cocoa powder but dark. If you can find it (normally out around the holidays or you can get it here online) it’s a fabulous addition to your pantry.

Dark Chocolate Banana Almond SmoothieFinally, the almond milk. Again, I’m a huge fan but you could probably use regular skim or even soy. If you do , maybe put just a small dash of almond extract or even vanilla just to give it a boost of flavor.

Here’s what I did…

  • 1 medium ripe banana (a little brown)
  • 6oz Almond Milk
  • 1 tbsp (5g) Dark Cocoa Powder
  • 1/2 oz (14g) of Cocoa Roasted Almonds
  • About 10 ice cubes

Put all the ingredients in the blender except the ice cubes. Blend until smooth. Add the ice cubes, blend again.

Enjoy!

Approx Nutritional Information per serving
Servings Amt per Serving
1 entire recipe
Calories Fat Fiber WWPs
250 10g 7g old: 5 new: 7
Sugar Sat Fat Carbs Protein
20g 1g 39g 6g

Disclaimer: I have no relationship with any of the brands listed here.


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    Alysa (InspiredRD)

    September 1, 2011

    Ummmmm....YUM! What a great combo! Reply

    Michelle

    September 1, 2011

    I make this all the time but I use frozen bananas. Works out perfectly and it doesn't get watered down by the ice. It is a perfect way to save those bananas that are too ripe. Reply

    Michelle

    September 1, 2011

    I should have added that I use the unsweetened chocolate almond milk. It has no added sugar but gives it a great chocolate taste. I bet with that and the addition of cocoa it would be divine. Reply

    Charly

    September 1, 2011

    I made it this evening and it was awesome! Tomorrow morning I am going to try it with a little protien powder. Reply

    Sheriese

    September 1, 2011

    Yum yum yum! That's all I can say! Reply

    roni

    September 1, 2011

    Charly - I was thinking the same thing. A scoop of protein powder would make it an awesome post workout recovery shake! Reply

    Michele

    September 2, 2011

    If you're a coffee drinker, try adding half a cup of coffee to the mix. Reply

    Jeannie

    September 2, 2011

    I make almost the same thing too with the same ingredients minus the banana and add protein powder. Absolutely love it! I can't so tach bananas since I was a young child. Reply

    Amy @ A Little Nosh

    September 3, 2011

    Those cocoa roast almonds are AMAZING. I freaking love them. Reply

    Leslie Goldman

    September 3, 2011

    Oh...my...GOODNESS! Dark Chocolate! Almond Milk! Bananas!? 250 calories? Only? Really?? I think I'll have to go make this right now. Thanks so much, I love finding dessert recipes that are healthy AND satisfy the sweetooth :)! Reply

    Connie Johnson

    September 12, 2011

    I made this smoothie and had my daughter try it. She doesn't like to eat healthy things, but she LOVED this! Reply

    Katherina @ Zephyr Runs

    September 13, 2011

    Looks delicious!! I am obsessed with unsweetened cocoa powder, can't wait to try the dark stuff! Reply

    Karina

    September 13, 2011

    mmmm!!! i just made this but i used a frozen banana, only 1/4 cup almond milk and 2 ice cubes to make dark chocolate ice cream!!! great healthy dessert! Reply

    paleo diet

    November 4, 2011

    yummy dessert! I tried this combo with a frozen banana and half cup of coffee.. Reply

    Wendy

    November 30, 2011

    Love this, but I cannot have nuts in my house, they are a trigger for me. Today I made it again, but used a splash of Davinci SF white chocolate with the dark cocoa. Heaven. Reply

    Shannon

    January 9, 2012

    Roni ~ This was so good this morning! However, when I put it in the WW online tracker it came to only 4 points plus. I wondered how you came to 7? Do you calculate all the nutrition information and then calculate points, which would include the zero point foods in the points? Just curious (and will most likely use my extra three points ~ because its day 2 and I'm huuuuungry!) :) ~Shannon Reply

    roni

    January 9, 2012

    I did count all ingredients, even the 0 point stuff. I'm pretty sure there is no "right" answer, at least Weight Watchers won't give me one. You have to see what works for you. I know those that count the total NI and those that don't. Glad you liked it!! Reply

    Lisa

    February 8, 2012

    Just made this today...LOVED IT! I pretended it was a chocolate milkshake :-) And I also got 5 points from my ingredients (old points). Thanks for posting this! Reply

    Scott

    April 16, 2012

    try adding some frozen cherries to that mix. Reply