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Healthy Paleo Chocolate Smoothie

Healthy Paleo Chocolate Smoothie

Healthy Smoothie: Paleo Chocolate Banana

[pinit] This crazy healthy smoothie is inspired by the Paleo folks. I’m normally much more interested in chewing my calories than drinking them through a straw, but smoothies are a great way to beat the heat. Plus, I finally have a respectable blender and I’m not afraid to use it.

Healthy Smoothie: Paleo Chocolate Banana

I like to dabble in Paleo recipes (remember my Paleo-style chocolate chip cookies and my healthy Paleo fudge). If I were strictly Paleo, another food blogger’s dabbling in my Paleo would probably seem pretty annoying. But I’m curious, and I think maybe you are, too. I think that each of the trends that comes along has something to teach, and I’m always happy to learn. Medjool dates are something important that I learned. They’re crazy soft and sweet, can be blended very smooth and they add a great deal of nutrition along with that sweetness. I think it’s completely unrealistic to eliminate sweeteners (they taste delicious), but any time I can use an unrefined source, I’m game to try.

Healthy Smoothie: Paleo Chocolate Banana

These smoothies remind me of Ben & Jerry’s Chunky Monkey ice cream, but more smooth(ie) and creamy. And it’s completely dairy-free and vegan, with a deep, rich chocolate taste. Don’t skimp on the Dutch-processed cocoa powder! I use Rodelle brand, and I buy it on amazon for pretty decent price. When there are so few ingredients in a recipe, it really makes all the difference when you use the right ones. Plus, get in the habit of peeling, slicing and freezing bananas this summer in an even layer on a large baking sheet. Once they’re frozen, pop them in a zipper-top bag. They won’t brown or get mushy, and they add the perfect texture to your healthy smoothies!

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Prep time: Cook time: Yield: 6 cups (48 fluid ounces)


3 1/2 cups unsweetened almond milk

1 pound medjool dates, pitted

4 tablespoons (20 g) Dutch-processed cocoa powder (I use Rodelle brand, & buy it on amazon)

14 ounces (5 to 6 bananas), sliced and frozen on a baking sheet in a single layer


  • Place the milk in your blender first, followed by the dates and cocoa powder. Blend until completely smooth. Add the frozen banana slices, and blend again until smooth.

  • Serve immediately. Store any leftover smoothies covered in the refrigerator. It may thin a bit but should stay relatively thick.



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Comments are closed.

  • Donia Robinson
    June 25, 2013 at 10:15 PM

    Hi Nicole, I had thought of another bake free dessert. Drumsticks! My daughter loved these pre-celiac disease, and I have not seen any available GF. It would take a little finessing – waffle cone with no hole in the bottom, lined with a chocolate ganache, filled with a soft ice cream, hardened, dipped, etc. I don’t think I could do it myself. Food for thought for you. ;)

  • Karen
    June 25, 2013 at 9:38 PM

    Yum! May I offer a variety on this? Add an avocado, and instead of dates use stevia to sweeten. Delicious!

  • Julie Hodge
    June 25, 2013 at 1:16 PM

    Thank you for the healthy recipe. I love using dates to sweeten stuff. I make a chocolate chip cookie pie using oats, beans, and dates. Gluten free and much more delicious than it sounds :)

  • Jennifer Sasse
    June 25, 2013 at 10:00 AM

    healthy and chocolate in the same sentence? Sign me up! Yahoo! I love your Paleo streak – keep it coming!

  • No Gluten Here
    June 25, 2013 at 9:09 AM

    Adding it to my list of weekend smoothies!! Looks so yummy! Thanks Nicole!

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