Chocolate Chia Smoothie

This Chocolate Chia Smoothie recipe tastes oh-so-decadent, but is actually really good for you. And it's vegan and gluten-free!

Chocolate Chia Smoothie | #vegan #glutenfree

I’m not quite sure how it happened.  But somewhere along the lines of the last 2 years of self-employment, after years of a late-to-bed-late-to-rise musician schedule, I have now officially become a morning show person.

Still working on the morning person thing.  My body seems bent on the whole nightowl thing.  But the blogging world and Twittersphere are up early, so about a year ago I turned on a morning show for the first time in about a decade to help wake me up.  And now I basically can’t go a morning without tuning in to at least say a quick hello to Josh, Lara, Robin, George and the gang.

Oh yeah, it’s GMA all the way at my place.  Yes, yes, I know that 90% of it is fluff news.  But apparently their advertising has worked because they are now totally a “part of my morning”.  And I kind of wish Lara Spencer would be my best friend.  :)

Anyway, the other main part of my morning nowadays is smoothie-making.  I shared last week about how I’m back on the smoothie kick, so I have a backlog of recipes photographed that I need to share with you.  And this chocolate chia smoothie is one of ‘em.  You could arguably call it a “shake”, since it tastes so darn decadent and delicious.  But don’t let that chocolate fool you.  This is basically a healthy green smoothie hiding behind a bit of naturally-sweetened cocoa.

And it’s super easy to make.  Here’s the skinny…

Chocolate Chia Smoothie | #vegan #glutenfree

Basically, this is your classic chocolate green smoothie with a bunch of extra chia seeds added into the mix.  I had some fresh spinach on hand, so added that in for my greens.  Then I just added in a banana, some milk (I used almond milk), unsweetened cocoa powder, a hint of vanilla and lots of chia seeds.

Chocolate Chia Smoothie | #vegan #glutenfree

Oh, and I forgot to add ice before I snapped this photo.  Be sure to throw in about a cup full of cubes.  (Or if you’re using a frozen banana, you may not need them.)

Then just pulse in a blender until it’s nice and smooth!  If you feel like it needs a little sweetening, you can add in some honey or your choice of sweetener.  But I loved it just as-is.

Chocolate Chia Smoothie | #vegan #glutenfree

Such a rich and delicious treat, made all the more so knowing that it’s actually good for you.  I’d call it a perfect way to start the day.  (And I kind of think Lara would love it, don’t you??)

Chocolate Chia Smoothie | #vegan #glutenfree

Chocolate Chia Smoothie

This chocolate chia smoothie recipe tastes decadent, but is actually easy to make and great for you!


  • 1 banana, peeled
  • 1 cup tightly-packed fresh spinach
  • 1 cup ice
  • 1 cup milk (I used almond milk)
  • 3 Tbsp. chia seeds
  • 2 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder (I used dark cocoa powder)
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • (optional: 1 Tbsp. honey, if needed to sweeten)


Add all ingredients to a blender and pulse until smooth.  Serve immediately.

About 3.5 cups

If you make this recipe, be sure to snap a photo and hashtag it #gimmesomeoven. I'd love to see what you cook!

Chocolate Chia Smoothie | #vegan #glutenfree

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  1. ashley - baker by nature — March 27, 2014 @ 7:19 am (#)

    Omg. YES! I can totally relate to the morning show thing. I was just telling my boyfriend how sad it is that I spend half the morning running from the kitchen to the bedroom so I can “catch up” with my talk show peeps. But I love it! And these smoothies?! Gorgeous! Pinned :) xo

  2. Abby @ The Frosted Vegan — March 27, 2014 @ 7:45 am (#)

    I loooove chia seeds in smoothies, especially when they involved chocolate! : )

  3. annette — March 27, 2014 @ 8:02 am (#)

    Does anyone know a good substitute for bananas in smoothies? Nearly all smoothie recipes have at least one banana and I just can’t stand them! (and yes, I can still taste the banana flavor even with all the other goodies :) ) other than that, I would love to try this recipe!

    • Kim — August 10, 2014 @ 5:38 pm (#)

      I’ve been told to use avocado. It’s mainly to give your smoothie a nice texture.

  4. Layla @ Brunch Time Baker — March 27, 2014 @ 8:46 am (#)

    I love the mixture of chia seeds with bananas! I’m sure it tastes awesome!

  5. Layla @ Brunch Time Baker — March 27, 2014 @ 8:49 am (#)

    I love the chia seed banana combo, I’m sure this smoothie tastes awesome!

  6. Phoebe Lapine — March 27, 2014 @ 8:55 am (#)

    Chia AND chocolate?! This one is a keeper!

  7. Amanda — March 27, 2014 @ 9:21 am (#)

    Never tried it with chia seeds before, definitely going to now! Awesome :)

  8. Amanda — March 27, 2014 @ 9:30 am (#)

    Never tried this with chia seeds before, definitely will now :) Awesome!

  9. Whitney @ Jewhungry — March 27, 2014 @ 9:46 am (#)

    Looks amazing. What a great way to get some spinach in my kiddo.

  10. Melanie — March 27, 2014 @ 10:51 am (#)

    Just made this and I LOVE it! I decided to use kale instead as it’s much harder for me to ‘eat’ than spinach and it was great. I also added in a couple of dates for sweetness. I’m totally going to try to trick my 8 year old with this recipe…. her new thing is refusing to eat anything green! Thanks for the post!

  11. Kim — March 27, 2014 @ 11:20 am (#)

    What kind of blender do you use? Definitely adding this smoothie to my list of must-makes!

  12. ellen — March 27, 2014 @ 12:59 pm (#)

    In the interest of saving money, can I substitute ground flax seed for half of the chia?

    • Ali — April 5, 2014 @ 9:20 am (#)

      Hi Ellen,

      You definitely could. It may change the flavor/texture a bit, but flax seed is great for you!


  13. Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe — March 27, 2014 @ 1:00 pm (#)

    Looks like a great way to start the day!

  14. Jennifer G. — March 27, 2014 @ 1:08 pm (#)

    Definitely going to try this recipe. I loooove, love, love those straws! Where did you get them?

  15. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — March 27, 2014 @ 1:33 pm (#)

    I can’t wait to try this recipe! It looks great!

  16. natalie@thesweetslife — March 27, 2014 @ 1:38 pm (#)

    totally with you there, at least while on mat leave! I’ll miss morning shows :)

  17. Lindsey @ American Heritage Cooking — March 27, 2014 @ 3:58 pm (#)

    I, too, fight my night owl tendencies. So hard! Glad that you have successfully broken the cycle!

    This smoothie looks worth getting up earlier for! I can’t wait to try this out! My current smoothie is growing stale.

  18. Carol at Wild Goose Tea — March 27, 2014 @ 5:09 pm (#)

    Well one can’t help be hooked by chocolate. Then to see spinach and feel self righteous about healthy. And lastly that it take ONLY 3 minutes to make. Be still my heart! Be careful with that morning or any kind of day time TV stuff. Laughing—–

  19. Ceilidh — March 27, 2014 @ 5:57 pm (#)

    Ugh, yes! I’m always looking for new smoothie recipes! Can’t wait to try this one ;)

  20. janieruth — March 27, 2014 @ 6:01 pm (#)

    I really, really hate it when people post recipes that are – healthy or whatever and do not put the nutritional information with them. How much protein? how many calories? how many carbs?

    • Colleen — April 14, 2014 @ 10:32 am (#)

      Recipe builder shows this as 189 cal 5 gr protein 27 carbs per serving.

  21. Sadye — March 27, 2014 @ 10:44 pm (#)

    I’m holding out on smoothies-for-breakfast until Midwest summer kicks in, but I’ll def be thinking about this one until then!

  22. Meredith — March 29, 2014 @ 2:59 pm (#)

    What a great way to start your day!

  23. Efrain- Rooks to Cooks — March 30, 2014 @ 3:23 pm (#)

    This looks like a great smoothie to have as a dessert with lunch! Nothing like a pick-me-up in the middle of the day- I can’t wait to make this~

  24. Alanna — April 1, 2014 @ 4:34 pm (#)

    This smoothie looks so good! I’m a nightowl too, but an exciting breakfast always helps coax me out of bed. Can’t wait to try this one. Thanks!

  25. Diane Rocha — April 2, 2014 @ 11:52 am (#)

    OMG! This smoothie is incredible! I have made it for dessert for the past four nights. I am obsessed.

  26. TM — April 4, 2014 @ 11:30 am (#)

    I will try this Smoothie, But how many calories is this and will it be a healthy substitute for a meal?

    Please advise.

    *** I’m trying to lose 15 to 20 Pds. I do yoga and pilates 3xs a Week.

  27. Emma — April 7, 2014 @ 9:36 pm (#)

    Just made this as a late night study treat and it is delicious!! Great for an energy boost.

  28. Cat — April 8, 2014 @ 8:06 am (#)

    Just made this recipe this morning. It is amazing! What brand of dark cocoa powder did you use?

    • Ali — April 8, 2014 @ 11:14 am (#)

      Awesome! I used Hershey’s brand.

  29. madelaine — April 8, 2014 @ 9:06 am (#)

    this looks sooo good! I will definitely try it!
    I am also really into chia seeds. when I put them in my oatmeal or shake I let them soak in water or almond milk for about 15 min so they have the chance to triple their size.

  30. Cat — April 25, 2014 @ 2:18 pm (#)

    This smoothie is delicious! I have it every morning. I have 3 toddlers, and they all liked it too. Had to put it in an opaque cup so that they couldn’t see that it was green the first time :-) Now they know it’s yummy!

  31. august — May 22, 2014 @ 11:39 pm (#)

    I add almond butter and it is extra delicious!!

  32. Rebecca — June 24, 2014 @ 2:40 pm (#)

    oh gosh this is just sooo good! I changed out 2 tblsp of ground flax meal for the chia seeds, omitted the vanilla and used unsweetened vanilla almond milk. Then doubled the whole recipe. My 16 and 9 year old are enjoying it with me.

  33. Risa — September 8, 2014 @ 8:03 am (#)

    I’m drinking this smoothie right now and it is soooo good! Definitely going into the regular rotation.

  34. Madi VH — September 14, 2014 @ 6:43 pm (#)

    I loved it but everyone else was freaked out by the dark green color and the sightly odd texture (from the Chia seeds). After they got past that they loved it as well. Excellent recipe!

  35. Kate — November 26, 2014 @ 9:05 am (#)

    Awesome recipe! Going to make this and post it on my blog: (will give my readers a link to this original recipe as well)

  36. Carol — December 11, 2014 @ 7:40 pm (#)

    YUM! I will be adding this to my green smoothie lineup! 

  37. Kelly — January 6, 2015 @ 6:07 pm (#)

    This looks and sounds delicious! I can’t wait to try it. 

  38. Neta Smith — March 22, 2015 @ 12:27 am (#)

    Really identify with the night owl what happened to the morning thing!  It was nearly 4pm when I read this and I hadn’t had my morning smoothie!!  Well it IS Sunday after all.
    Went and made this straight away and still sipping on it.  Thanks so much, absolutely YUMMO!

    • Ali — March 22, 2015 @ 1:36 am (#)

      So glad you enjoyed it! :)

  39. Raven — March 26, 2015 @ 8:49 am (#)

    try this with unsweetened coconut milk and a few almonds. its amazing! Also, in place of the Banana, for ones who don’t care for them, try a cup of plain Greek yogurt. It also ads a nice punch of protein!

    • Ali — March 26, 2015 @ 10:02 pm (#)

      OOoh, that sounds delicious, great idea with the Greek yogurt! : )


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