Smoothies can be tricky when you are trying to be mindful of what you are eating - and especially when you are trying to lose weight.
So what do you do if you want a special treat - like a delicious chocolate banana smoothie?
You have to be a little more mindful of the ingredients and quantities that you are adding and try not to overdo it.
The tricky thing with smoothies is that they are liquid calories and somehow our brain's don't really register that we are still consuming calories - because we are not chewing, we are drinking them instead. As a result, it's all to easy to consume more calories than needed without even realizing it.
That's why we tried to note the larger smoothie recipes below that could be divided into multiple servings. Or, if you're making a smoothie for one, just do your best to cut the ingredients in half.
You can also try what Gina at SkinnyTaste did when making her smoothie (see below) - add in some healthy green spinach! Or follow TexanErin's lead and add give your chocolate banana smoothie a little boost with avocado (see below).
Simple Chocolate Banana Smoothie Recipe
Basic Chocolate Banana Smoothie
- 1 banana fresh or frozen
- 1-½ tablespoons unsweetened cacao powder
- 1 tablespoon almond butter I prefer crunchy, but smooth tastes great too
- ⅓ cup unsweetened almond milk
- Ice optional if you want it colder
- Add all ingredients to blender. Blend until smooth. Pour into glass and enjoy.
Ultimate Chocolate Banana Smoothie Recipes
Superfood PB Banana and Cacao Green Smoothie from Gina at SkinnyTaste (About 188 calories and 5* WW PointsPlus per serving)
Gina combines unsweetened vanilla almond milk, peanut butter, banana, raw cacao nibs, some liquid stevia and gets an extra nutritional boost by adding a handful of spinach!
Hungry Girl's Chocolate Banana Smoothie from Hungry Girl (About 164 calories and 4* WW Points Plus per serving)
A simple, low calorie frozen chocolate banana smoothie that starts with Swiss Miss Sensible Sweets Diet Hot Cocoa Mix!
Chocolate Banana Smoothie with Milk from Taste of Home (About 166 calories and 5* WW PointsPlus per 1 cup serving)
This creamy smoothie includes 2% milk and sugar-free instant chocolate pudding mix - be sure to click the link above for the complete recipe.
Snack Girl's Low Calorie Chocolate Banana Smoothie from Snack Girl (About 116 calories and 3* WW PointsPlus per serving)
Snack Girl came up with a very satisfying chocolate smoothie recipe at only 116 calories. Her secret ingredient - unsweetened cocoa powder. Her recipe serves 2, so if you're making it for one, she suggests you cut down on the milk and ice.
Chocolate Banana Avocado Smoothie from Texanerin (About 163 calories and 4* WW PointsPlus per ½ recipe)
Texanerin makes a very large smoothie with this recipe that combines half an avocado with Dutch-process cocoa powder, banana, plain Greek yogurt and milk. We suggest dividing the recipe into two equal servings - which result in 163 calories and 4 PointsPlus each. Enjoy!
Chocolate Banana Protein Smoothie from Mind Body Green (About 206 calories and 5* WW PointsPlus per ½ recipe)
Another large smoothie recipe - this time from professional vegan Ironman triathlete, Brendan Brazier. He supplements this smoothie with Chocolate Flavored Whole Food Health Optimizer from Vega. Unless you're recovering from a strenuous workout or planning to skip a meal, cutting the recipe in half will make a satisfying smoothie drink.
Oaxaca Chocolate Banana Smoothie from Cookie and Kate (About 279 calories and 8* WW Points Plus per serving)
Follow this recipe and you'll have a large, slightly spicy chocolate banana smoothie!
Gluten-Free Carob Almond Banana Smoothie from Gluten-Free Goddess (About 307 calories and 8* WW Points Plus per serving)
Chocolate Almond Banana Smoothie from Whole Foods (About 280 calories and 8* WW Points Plus per serving)
*PointsPlus® estimates for these ultimate chocolate banana smoothie recipes calculated by Simple Nourished Living; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc.
*PointsPlus® and SmartPoints® calculated by Simple Nourished Living; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc. All recipe ingredients except optional items included in determining nutritional estimates. SmartPoints® values calculated WITHOUT Weight Watchers Zero Points fruits and vegetables using the WW Recipe Builder.
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