This light, frosty and delicious Chocolate Banana Swirl Smoothie contains two layers of smoothie goodness. A fresh and sweet banana layer, swirled into a rich and creamy chocolate layer, all hinted with nutmeg and nutty maca powder for an energizing boost. When you are craving chocolate, this healthy recipe satisfies. Plus get two bonus wellness beverage recipes. And enter a mini giveaway!..
Well hi. Yes, I DO love chocolate.
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This smoothie is similar to my favorite almond banana energy shake, but instead of almond butter, I have added in some rich chocolate and maca -- and a few whole raw almonds sprinkled on top for crunch-appeal. Of course if you wanted to add in a spoonful or peanut or almond butter that would be delicious too.
But as is, this is a very light and frosty-amazing blend that is low in fat and rich in banana-y C-H-O-C-O-L-A-T-E flavor. You can really taste the banana mingling with the chocolate. Naturally sweetened and dairy-free, this creamy frozen bliss is a winner!
Bananas, in case you needed a reminder, are incredibly healthy. They contain fiber, potassium, vitamins C and B6, magnesium and they are fat free. I love them because they always make my stomach feel great because I find them very easy to digest. I love the quick boost of energy from the sweetness.
I have always loved the idea that bananas are nature's energy bar. They come in their own little biodegradable wrapper (aka banana peel) and they offer up a wide variety of energy and nutritional benefits.
Another nutritional boost to this smoothie is the maca powder. I found some great info on maca over on VegKitchen, such as.. "Grown in the mountains of Peru, it has been called “Peruvian ginseng”" and among some possible benefits: mood balance, vitamins, energy, hormonal balance and more. Maca is one superfood that I highly suggest you look into adding to your smoothie-add-ins pantry. I love HealthForceNaturals product here: Healthforce Macaforce Vanilla Spice, Powder, 350-Grams
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Chocolate-Banana Swirl Smoothie with Energizing Maca
Creamy layers of chocolate and banana swirl together with a hint of nutmeg and nutty flavored maca powder. Sweet and simple.
- 2 large frozen bananas
- 1 cup almond milk
- 2 tsp cocoa powder (unsweetened)
- 1 tsp maca powder
- 1/8 tsp nutmeg or cinnamon
- 1 fresh banana, sliced
- topping: a few almonds and vegan dark chocolate chunks, sliced fresh banana
- Place your serving bowl in the freezer for at least 2-3 minutes before serving -- this helps your layers stay frosty when assembling your bowl. Choose a clear glass deep bowl or a glass like a mason jar.
- Add the frozen banana, nutmeg, maca and almond milk to a blender, like a Vitamix, and blend until smooth and frosty.
- Scoop 1/3 of the mixture out into a small cup.
- Add the cocoa powder to the mixture still int he blender and blend until smooth.
- Assemble bowl or glass: Add the fresh sliced bananas to the bottom of the glass - leave about 2-4 out for garnish. Scoop 1/2 of the chocolate mixture into the bowl. Then add all the yellow banana mixture (that you set aside) then top with the remaining chocolate mixture. Add toppings: almonds, banana, chocolate chunks and serve!
Prep Time: 00 hrs. 10 mins.
Total time: 10 mins.
- Calories: 275
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