Chocolate Chia Smoothie

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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…

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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

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Chocolate Chia Smoothie

  • Prep Time: 3 minutes
  • Total Time: 3 minutes
  • Yield: About 2 servings 1x


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 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder (I used dark cocoa powder)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract, store-bought or homemade
  • (optional: 1 tablespoon honey, if needed to sweeten)


  1. Add all ingredients to a blender and pulse until smooth.  Serve immediately, sprinkled with extra chia seeds if desired.


About 3.5 cups

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Chocolate Chia Smoothie | #vegan #glutenfree

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  5. 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!

  6. 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!

  7. Amazing smoothie, just made it and I’m in love!! 

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  11. So we FINALLY got a good blender AND I bought some chia seeds, so I looked up recipes and came across yours which looks amazing and I so want to try it!! My questions is…..I read somewhere that chia seeds should be soaked before using them in recipes but most recipes I’ve seen don’t say to do this. What are your thoughts?

    • That’s awesome Suzette, I hope you enjoy this! I actually don’t bother soaking my chia seeds. They start to change in texture after being in the smoothie awhile anyway. I don’t think it’s necessary, but it’s totally your call! : ) Enjoy!

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  13. Thanks for the advice to use avocado instead of banana in smoothies as I am on an anti fungal /a restricted sugar diet which does not allow bananas as they are high in sugar. Looking forward to making this smoothie.

  14. I keep swearing off green smoothies, but I’m going to try this one and see how it goes.  I usually get enough vegetables at other meals, but the chocolate and chia call to me…

    • We think you’ll like it, Susan! The cocoa and the banana really mask the green. It ends up tasting much more like a chocolate shake than a healthy green drink. : )

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  21. I had a late night sweet tooth and was looking through some smoothie recipes off pinterest. I saw this one and thought “craving chocolate?- yup! Craving smoothie?- yup! Do I have all of the ingredients?- yup!” So I blended it all in my blender and that’s when I realized “NOPE! Never again!” It tasted awful! I even forced myself to drink more to see if my tastebuds were being tricky. Still, nope! This recipe might taste great to others… But my husband and I (who both love healthy recipes) would have to give it two thumbs down. 

    • Oh no, we’re sorry to hear you didn’t like it Katie! :( This is a favorite of ours, we’ve each made it many times, and truly love it because we can never taste the spinach. Did you measure everything exactly? What kind of cocoa powder did you use?

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  23. I didn’t care for this either, the spinach doesn’t really work with the rest of the ingredients for my personal taste.

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  25. Can you make this ahead of time and freeze? 

    • Hi there, we haven’t tried that, but it might work! You probably don’t want to leave it frozen for too long though, probably no more than a day. We hope you enjoy, and let us know if you end up trying this.

  26. Just tried this as a midday snack, and it hit the spot! This is the first time I’ve ever used chia seeds…but definitely not the last :) Thanks so much for a great smoothie recipe!

  27. Absolutely loved this smoothie! I was having a Late night chocolate craving and this hit the spot and was actually good for me! (I shared with my husband and he  loved it too) I drank it too quick to snap a photo though, sorry, perhaps next time. 

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  29. Just made this smoothie and loved it! I added one little addition with a handful of fresh mint from my little herb garden. If you like chocolate mint it’s amazing!

    • We’re so glad to hear that Natassia — and wow, fresh mint would be amazing in this — good call! :)

  30. I made this, but I could still taste a little spinach, so I decided to experiment. Being a chocoholic and coffee addict, I decided to add two teaspoons of coffee powder concentrate, and one tablespoon of Torani suger free syrup. I’m drinking this right now, this is dessert in my book. NO taste of spinach, NO bitterness. Perfect chocolate fix, I can’t even tell that it’s healthy.

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  35. nice change to my recipe box of smoothie recipes, great idea adding cocoa powder, a lot of new flavor, at least for me and also the chia seeds, not something I usually add, but why not? Also saw a recipe lately for adding tumeric for its anti- inflamatory properties, again, why not if it doesn’t really affect the taste? Thank you for this smoothie recipe!

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  38. I’ve made this a lot! Except I add natural Peanut butter to it! Healthy breakfast alternative!

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  45. 5 stars
    this is AWESOME!!! yummy. I can’t wait to try this! Pinned! so healthy!!

  46. 5 stars
    Drinking this AT THIS MINUTE and loving it. It’s like cold chocolate frosting. Made with my plain homemade almond milk, and used romaine as a sub for spinach. IMHO, the sweetener was not optional – bitterness from the cocoa was too pronounced without it.

  47. 5 stars
    This is lovely! I added a few Tbsp of oats, and a scoop of vanilla protein powder. No sweetener, although you could add agave syrup or a couple of dates to keep it vegan. This has set me up for the day – thank you so much for sharing!

  48. 5 stars
    Quick and DELISH! So healthy, too!

  49. 5 stars
    Craving some chocolate smoothie and I just made this after kids went to bed. OMG DELICIOUS! Love that it has spinach and chia in it. Thank you!!

  50. 5 stars
    oh so good, hits the spot for that chocolate craving