Healthy Chocolate Smoothie & A Giveaway!

Healthy Chocolate Smoothie

One of my favourite ways to pack nutrition into my day, and into my son’s little body, is by making nutritional, filling, and tasty smoothies.  I love starting my day with them, or having a little pick me up in the afternoon.  My son also loves making them with me, and no matter how many times he has helped, he always jumps when the blender starts going!   Also, there’s no denying I am a chocoholic, so wherever I can sneak it in, in a healthy way, I go for it.

This is one of my favourite recent smoothie creations incorporating dark, rich cocoa with oats, dates, and refreshing almond milk.  I am a huge fan of homemade almond milk, but, like most of you, I have days where there simply aren’t enough hours to possibly make some.  When I’m looking for convenience and whipping up a quick breakfast or snack, I use Almond Fresh in my smoothies or granola.  Their milk is certified non-GMO and vegan, and I have a soft spot for the fact that they are a Canadian business.  The kind people over at Almond Fresh sent me coupons to give away to one of my readers.  I encourage you to leave a comment below and I will randomly select one person to send $20 worth of vouchers to!  If you just happened to stop by here, follow my blog and you will be entered twice!  (Yay for free stuff!).

I will announce the winner here on Friday, October 25th.

So, here is my smoothie recipe.

Healthy Chocolate Smoothie

Makes 1 large smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1 teaspoon organic pure cocoa powder
  • 2 medjool dates, chopped
  • 1/2 cup ice
  • cacao nibs and oats (optional) as topping

Directions:

  • Place almond milk, banana, oats, dates, cocoa powder and ice into blender and blend.
  • Pour into mason jar (everything tastes better in a mason jar, doesn’t it?) and top with cacao nibs and oats.
  • Enjoy!

Healthy Chocolate Smoothie

I also follow Almond Fresh on Facebook and also saw that they are giving away a huge prize – A KitchenAid prize pack valued at over $2000 + a year’s worth of Almond Fresh.  My husband bought me a KitchenAid mixer for Christmas a few years back, it was one of the best things that ever happened to me and my kitchen! If you’re feeling lucky, I would totally go over and give it a shot!  Contest ends soon (November 1st).  All you need to do is choose your favourite Almond Fresh refreshing drink and share it with your friends on Facebook!   By clicking on the photo below, it will bring you directly to the contest page.

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You’re all so creative and inspiring with your recipes, I have faith in you. πŸ™‚  Even if you don’t win the grand prize, you still have chances to win DAILY prizes, and you’re allowed to enter 5 times per day, so your chances just got better.

I’m really looking forward to my first giveaway, so let’s get chatting!  Although the vouchers are only valid in Canada – I would love to hear from all of you.  I’d like to know, what is your favourite and most used smoothie ingredient?

Healthy Chocolate Smoothie

(Although this post was sponsored, all recipes, smoothie photos and opinions expressed are my own.  I pinky swear.)

Comments

  1. Awesome smoothie Sophia!! I’m certainly a chocoaholic too!! And thanks for telling me about the contest, I’ll check it out! I hope you’re having a lovely weekend. Celeste πŸ™‚

  2. sounds so good! great photos. i’m going to check out that giveaway too.

  3. Looks good but besides for in the topping, where is the chocolate?

    • Hey there, your comment ended up in my spam. πŸ™
      Thanks for noticing, I had actually forgotten to list the main ingredient, cocoa! It’s there now. πŸ™‚
      Please let me know if you are in Canada, I will include you in my giveaway if so.
      Sophia πŸ™‚

  4. Sounds delicious, do you use chocolate almond milk, I didn’t see what kind of chocolate you used, powdered unsweetened cocoa? Dates are such a wonderful and totally effective sweetener. I love smoothies and anything with chocolate in it is my friend!!

    • Oops! Thanks so much for noticing, I forgot to list the essential chocolatey ingredient, which was pure cocoa powder.
      I totally agree about the dates. Who needs sugar? πŸ˜‰
      Thank you for stopping by!
      Sophia πŸ™‚

  5. Frozen bananas. They are my smoothie essential.
    Your smoothie looks delicious!

  6. I’m also a chocoholic, so thanks for sharing such a yummy healthy chocolate smoothie! I can’t wait to make and drink it!! P.S. My favourite and most used ingredient for a smoothie is the sweet and filling banana. πŸ™‚

    • Hello Violet! I think I would agree with you as well, bananas always end up in my smoothies! They just keep me feeling full longer and give a great texture to smoothies. I know you’re a fellow Canadian – so stay tuned, you are entered in my giveaway. πŸ™‚

  7. Frozen bananas. They are my essential ingredient. Your smoothie looks delicious!

    • Your comment ended up in my spam. πŸ™
      I totally agree about the bananas – I use them almost evey time when making smoothies!
      Sophia πŸ™‚
      Ally – are you in Canada? I will include you in my giveaway if you are.

      • Hi Sophia, I live in Australia.
        You are the third person to tell me that my comment ended up in their spam folder. πŸ™
        I rarely have a smoothie that doesn’t include bananas. I can’t remember the last time!
        Fingers crossed this comment doesn’t end up as spam. πŸ™‚

      • Hi Ally,
        Sorry to say it did end up in spam again! Now I know to check there!
        Maybe you should contact support and find out what’s going on.
        So you’re just across the pond, then. Hehe. πŸ˜‰
        Thanks for stopping by!
        Sophia

      • Oh dear. I wonder what I have done to deserve being branded a spammer. I think it only happens when I make a comment on my tablet. I am on my lap top now, so I am assuming this will work. Wish me luck!

      • It didn’t work my dear. πŸ™
        Good luck resolving it – I’m sure the support team can help!

      • Thanks Sophia.
        I have contacted Support, and am awaiting their reply.

  8. Sophia, I was wondering do you have to wait a while after making the smoothie to let the blended oats kind of soak/cook in the milk? BTW your son is so cute for getting startled at the blender every time! πŸ™‚

    • Hello Priya! Good question – you do not need to wait. The oats whizzed in the blender give it a thicker texture. The whole oats on top end up getting thick and soft by the time you drink your smoothie, so those are easy and delicious to eat.
      My son – hehe, it’s really funny! πŸ™‚

  9. joanna zergiotis says:

    I had no idea they were canadian! Thats what I use. LOOKS DELICIOUS

  10. looks great! I’m guilty of only drinking smoothies when someone else makes them.. but my favorite ingredients are chocolate or mango!

    • Hehe, nice confession! That would be my husband as well.
      Are you in Canada? I will include you in the giveaway if so.
      Sophia πŸ™‚

  11. Love using oats in smoothies to make them more substantial. This chocolate smoothie would get any day off to a good start!
    My fave smoothie ingredient is definitely banana- sweet and creamy πŸ™‚

    • I love oats in them, too!
      Chocolate any which way is just the best, isn’t it? πŸ˜‰
      Thanks for your lovely comment!
      Sophia πŸ™‚

  12. Carole B. says:

    I love almonds milk, it’s so versatile to cook with. My main smoothie ingrΓ©dient is the banana!

  13. Tina L. says:

    That looks delicious! I usually like using fresh berries in my smoothies.

  14. Nat says:

    Mango. Just love this in my morning smoothies

  15. Chocolate is my favourite ingredient in anything…or in nothing πŸ™‚

  16. Dianne G. says:

    I have never thought of putting oats in our smoothies. Thanks for the great idea! Frozen bananas are our favorite ingredient in smoothies. They thicken the smoothie and add lots of vitamins and flavour.

    • Yes, oats make them so substantial. πŸ™‚
      I agree on the bananas- I use them in almost all my smoothies!
      Thanks for stopping by.
      Sophia πŸ™‚

  17. dave jagpal says:

    I will make it right now

  18. This looks like a great recipe, I’ll definitely try it once I get some more bananas. I love a smoothie with honeydew melon.

  19. Looks really good..must give it a try..:)..
    And BTW i LOVE your blog

  20. Field berries smoothies are my favorite! Usually, I use water and juice, but next time I’ll try with almond milk! And I will try your chocolate smoothie too, I a huge chocolate lover! πŸ˜‰

    I live in Canada, so I can be in the giveaway (yeah)!

    • Yes, I love berry smoothies with almond milk as well – it works really well! πŸ™‚
      You are entered in the contest, Julie.
      Thanks for stopping by!
      Sophia πŸ™‚

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