When you don’t have time to make elaborate breakfast recipes, and want to be on the healthier side, a great smoothie recipe is the way to go. This Dessert for Breakfast Smoothie is rich and delicious, but also nutritious! It doesn’t hurt that smoothies are very easy to make, either.
Using frozen banana chunks in this recipe balances out the bitter cocoa with their natural sweetness. While creamy peanut butter adds some body to this breakfast, and chia seeds offer more fiber and protein.
Of course, you can easily customize this Dessert for Breakfast recipe to your preferences! Try using sunbutter instead of PB for a nut-free version. Or, add a handful of baby spinach for more iron. Some of you may be looking for an even higher protein content. If that’s you, try leaving out the cocoa powder, and using a scoop of chocolate protein powder instead.
- 1 large frozen banana, peeled and chopped
- 1 1/2 tablespoons cocoa powder
- 1 1/2 tablespoons creamy natural peanut butter
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- 1 tablespoon hemp seeds
- 1/2 Cup Water or Non-Dairy Milk
- 6 ice cubes, optional
Place all ingredients in a blender, add more liquid if needed, and puree until smooth. Let still for 3 minutes and blend again to fully break down the chia seeds.
Sub the cocoa powder for a 1/2 scoop of your favorite, vegan chocolate protein powder for a bump in protein!
Nutrition Information:Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1 Smoothie
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 444Total Fat: 24gSaturated Fat: 3gSodium: 116mgCarbohydrates: 57gFiber: 19gSugar: 3gProtein: 16g
The nutrition information is calculated by a plug-in, and isn't always accurate. Please calculate your own with the products that you use, as it will be different for everyone.
UPDATE: I first made this smoothie back in 2011, when I was pretty new to food and very new to veganism. As you can see, I used Hershey Cocoa Powder here. But, if you’re able to, please buy fair trade cocoa instead!
If you love this Dessert for Breakfast Smoothie, here are a few more options you may like!
Banana Cacao Recovery Smoothie: (with lots of potassium!)
Green Mojito Smoothie from The Perfect Blend cookbook
This smoothie is also part of my High-Protein Meal Prep for Two menu!