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This Chocolate Banana Smoothie Bowl recipe is the healthy way to enjoy in a chocolaty breakfast. Just add a few ingredients to your blender and customize with your favorite toppings to pack in the superfoods or make it more indulgent. It even makes an easy snack or dessert, and includes a dairy-free option!
Like this recipe? Try my Tropical Pineapple Smoothie Bowl too!
Healthy Chocolate Smoothie Bowl that Tastes Like Dessert
I can pass up cake, forgo cookies, and even walk right past that tray of brownies, but if there is ice cream, frozen yogurt, milkshakes, or pretty much any frozen treat in the vicinity, and all bets are off. Willpower and self-control go out the window.
But I know I can’t and really shouldn’t eat ice cream every day. And I certainly don’t eat it for breakfast.
So I like to find ways to cheat – smoothies, banana “nice cream”, even yogurt parfaits. And, of course, smoothie bowls!
Smoothie bowl recipes have only been growing in popularity.
Instead of slurping a smoothie through a straw, it’s made a little thicker, poured into a bowl, and topped with all kinds of good stuff like nuts, seeds, and fruit. You can totally pack tons of good stuff into a yummy bowl.
But when you blend a banana, you get an totally creamy consistency. And a little cocoa powder is a low-calorie way to give it plenty of rich, chocolaty goodness. It’s like eating a chocolaty, creamy frozen dessert that’s totally acceptable for breakfast.
Making it with yogurt for protein plus some crunchy elements in the form of superfood toppings and eating it with a spoon totally helps make it more satisfying than a scoop or three of ice cream.
How to Make a Chocolate Banana Smoothie Bowl
Just blend the ingredients in your blender until nice and smooth, scraping down the sides once or twice if needed. Then pour into a bowl, and customize with your favorite toppings.
- Frozen banana – cut into chunks
- Yogurt – plain or vanilla, and you can use Greek or non-dairy
- Cocoa powder – unsweetened, and you can use regular or dark.
- Milk – you may need to add a splash to get everything to blend, especially if you don’t have a high-powered blender.
- Toppings – keep reading for ideas.
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Chocolate Smoothie Bowl Toppings
You can choose to go with healthier toppings that pack an extra superfood punch. Or go with more indulgent ones to give it that feel of eating a sweet dessert.
- Nuts – walnuts (Try Honey Glazed Walnuts!), pecans, or even a drizzle of peanut butter or almond butter.
- Chocolate – cacao nibs, mini chocolate chips, chopped dark chocolate.
- Seeds – chia, hemp
- Fruit – slices of banana or strawberries, coconut flakes, or even some dried fruit.
- Granola – store bought or make a batch of Chia Coconut Granola or Maple Brown Sugar Granola Clusters.
I wanted a smoothie bowl with chocolate and chunks like a chunky ice cream with plenty of texture. But I still wanted to enjoy it as a nutritious breakfast. So I went with chopped walnuts, cacao nibs, chia seeds, and banana slices.
More healthy chocolate breakfast recipes
- Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie
- Mexican Chocolate Oatmeal
- Mini Chocolate Banana Oatmeal Pancakes
- Gluten Free Double Chocolate Muffins
Banana Chocolate Smoothie Bowl
- 1 frozen banana cut into chunks
- 1/2 cup Greek yogurt or non-dairy yogurt, plain or vanilla
- 1 Tablespoon cocoa powder
- A splash od dairy or non-dairy milk, if needed
- 1 Tablespoon walnuts or other nut of choice
- 1 Tablespoon cacao nibs, mini chocolate chips, or chopped dark chocolate
- 1 teaspoon chia seeds
- additional banana or other fruit slices if desired
- Add the banana, Silk Non-Dairy Yogurt Alternative, and cocoa powder to a blender or food processor and puree until smooth. You may need to add a splash of milk or stop the machine and move things around with a spatula once or twice in order to get it to blend completely.
- Pour into a bowl and top with nuts, cacao nibs or chocolate, chia seeds, and fruit, if desired. Or choose your favorite toppings.