This Creamy Strawberry Banana Chocolate Smoothie is like having chocolate-covered strawberries for a healthy breakfast.
Rich and creamy with just the right amount of chocolate this smoothie also makes a refreshing summer dessert and helps to satisfy your chocolate cravings.
Looking for more smoothie tips? Check out my post on making creamy smoothies.
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Why You Will Love This Recipe
- Smoothies are so easy to make and only require a couple of simple ingredients and a blender.
- Because they are so easy to make, smoothies are also fast. Quickly whip up this smoothie the next time you are feeling hungry.
- And best of all this smoothie just tastes GOOD!
Milk: Choose your favorite milk whole, skim, or low-fat milk, coconut milk, rice milk, soy milk, cashew milk, almond milk, oat milk, etc.
Frozen Bananas and Strawberries: Frozen strawberries are easy to find at the grocery store or you can freeze your own. Frozen bananas add a natural sweetness and creamy texture. Unfortunately, you can't usually find frozen bananas at the grocery store. But it is easy to freeze your own.
You could also use fresh strawberries and fresh bananas. If using fresh fruit instead of frozen fruit you will want to add a couple of ice cubes.
Chocolate Chips: Just two tablespoons per serving! Because the chocolate chips are blended and chopped into small chunks it doesn't take much to give delicious chocolate flavor to every sip.
You can purchase frozen bananas and frozen strawberries at the store or you can freeze your own. Freezing your own fruit is often cheaper than buying it already frozen. And I don't know about you but I always have a couple of overripe bananas.
How do You Freeze Strawberries?
Smaller chunks of fruit blend more easily. I usually cut my strawberries in half or for particularly large strawberries in fourths. Freeze the strawberry chunks in a single layer on a parchment paper-lined sheet pan. Once the strawberries have frozen transfer them to a zip-top freezer bag and label them with the date and contents.
How do You Freeze Bananas?
Frozen bananas are probably one of the most popular ingredients to add to a smoothie. They make amazingly creamy smoothies with just a hint of natural sweetness. Plus we always seem to have an overripe banana or two.
To freeze bananas, peel them, break them into three or four chunks, and freeze them in a single layer on a parchment paper-lined sheet pan. Once the bananas have frozen transfer them to a zip-top freezer bag and label them with the date and contents.
Cooking Tip: Adding frozen fruit like strawberries and/or bananas to your smoothie gives a more smooth, thick, and less icy texture compared to adding ice plus as the smoothie melts, the flavor doesn’t get diluted. If you don’t have frozen fruit on hand you can add 1 cup of ice instead.
Do you have lots of frozen bananas? Try this recipe for one-bowl browned butter banana bread.
What’s the Best Way to Blend a Smoothie?
Use a high-speed blender to blend your smoothie. Blending frozen fruit isn’t an easy job. I currently use this Ninja blender. It does a pretty good job, but sometimes I have to stop and push the fruit down towards the blades. My dream blender is this Vitamix blender.
Follow these seven simple steps to make a homemade creamy smoothie perfectly every time:
Add the milk first to avoid jamming up the blades.
Next, add the frozen strawberries and bananas
Finally, top with the chocolate chips.
Start blending at low speed. Then gradually increase the speed and blend to your desired consistency. Starting at a lower speed allows the larger pieces of fruit to blend before they are pushed up and away from the blades. My blender doesn't have a speed control so I start with small pulses and gradually increase the length of the pulses.
Rinse and wash your blender container with soap and warm water immediately. Nothing is worse than scraping dried smoothies out of all of the nooks and crannies.
Frequently Asked Questions
Blend time will depend upon the strength of your blender and the ingredients you have added. One clue to look for is that the smoothie is fully circulating within the blender for about 5 seconds with no visible chunks. This could take up to 2-3 minutes.
Personally, I think smoothies taste best fresh. But if you do need to store your smoothie here are some tips.
A thick smoothie will last in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours and still maintain its flavor but may become runny as ingredients melt. To store a smoothie in the refrigerator, pour it into a tightly sealed container such as a Mason jar.
You could also freeze your leftover smoothie in an ice cube tray. I like these flexible silicone ice cube trays. I think they make cube removal extremely easy.
Once frozen the smoothie cubes should be transferred to an air-tight container. To blend add the smoothie cubes to your blender and add just enough milk to allow the smoothie cubes to circulate without jamming.
- If your strawberries aren't very sweet you may want to add a little honey to sweeten the smoothie.
- If you don't have frozen fruit, you can use fresh fruit but will need to add some ice to the blender.
- Vary the flavor of the smoothie by changing the fruit. Try substituting raspberries, blueberries, or blackberries.
- Add a little protein by adding some Greek yogurt, protein powder, flaxseeds, or chia seeds.
- If you prefer a thinner smoothie, add a little extra milk.
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