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Chocolate Strawberry Smoothie Recipe

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This healthy chocolate strawberry smoothie recipe is easy to make with frozen strawberries, unsweetened almond milk, raw cacao powder, and chocolate protein powder. Naturally sweetened with pure maple syrup, this delicious chocolate strawberry smoothie is a light refreshing drink perfect for a healthy breakfast, or afternoon snack. Breakfast smoothie recipes are a great way to start the day, especially with adding your favorite protein powder. 

This easy recipe is tasty and versatile. Even if strawberry season is over, you can still enjoy the taste of sweet strawberries by using frozen fruit. Made with just a handful of simple ingredients, this smoothie is packed with flavor without being overly sweet. The subtle hint of chocolate complements the fresh taste of strawberries perfectly, making it a delicious sweet treat you can feel good about.

healthy chocolate strawberry smoothie without banana

This strawberry chocolate smoothie recipe is gluten-free, dairy-free, refined sugar-free, and vegan-friendly, making it perfect for everyone. 

Chocolate Strawberry Smoothie Recipe Ingredients

This strawberry chocolate protein smoothie is made with only 5 ingredients.

  • ​2 cups almond milk
  • 1 cup (140g) frozen strawberries
  • 1 Tbsp raw cacao powder
  • 1Tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 1 scoop of chocolate protein powder
ingredients in separate glass bowls

Ingredients Tips and Substitutions

This recipe calls for almond milk, but you can use any non-dairy milk. Cashew milk and oat milk are other great options. 

Don’t let frozen fool you! Frozen strawberries are flash-frozen at peak ripeness, locking in their sweetness and nutrients. Another beauty of using frozen strawberries is that you won’t need to add any ice cubes. If you do opt for fresh strawberries then you will need to add a handful of ice to the blender.

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While this chocolate protein strawberry smoothie has no added sugar it is naturally sweetened with maple syrup. You can also try it with honey if you’d like.

Chocolate protein powder adds a little bit of extra protein. Keep in mind, that not all protein powders are created equal. Choose a high-quality protein powder that is free from artificial sweeteners and unnecessary additives.

Cacao or Cocoa

The chocolate flavor of this smoothie comes from the cacao powder and the protein powder. If you don’t have cacao then you can use unsweetened cocoa powder. There are a few differences to note between cacao and cocoa. There are a few key differences:

  • Processing: Raw cacao powder is minimally processed. The beans are fermented, dried at low temperatures, and then ground into a powder. Cocoa powder, on the other hand, is roasted at much higher temperatures which alters the flavor and nutrient profile.
  • Taste: Raw cacao powder has a more bitter taste compared to cocoa powder, which is milder and sometimes has a hint of sweetness due to the roasting process.
  • Nutrients: Raw cacao powder generally retains more nutrients due to the lower processing temperatures. It’s a good source of antioxidants, fiber, and minerals like magnesium and iron.

So, while they can be substituted for each other in recipes,  be aware of the potential taste difference and the impact on the nutritional content.

How to Make a Chocolate Strawberry Smoothie

First, you will need a high-speed blender. I have the Vitamix blender, and it’s amazing.

vitamix blender

I always try to follow my own instructions for how to make breakfast smoothies, when adding ingredients to the blender.

First, pour the almond milk into the blender.

almond milk base for smoothie in blender

Then add the maple syrup.

maple syrup

Next, add the frozen berries to the blender.

frozen strawberries

Lastly, add the cacao powder and the protein powder.

chocolate protein powder and raw cacao powder in recipe

Blend until smooth. When making a fruit smoothie with frozen fruit make sure to allow enough time for the blender to break down and blend the frozen chunks. Similarly, when using fresh fruit, allow the time for the blender to break down the ice.  

When ready, pour into a tall glass. 

pour creamy pink colored smoothie into glass

Garnish with a fresh strawberry and enjoy. 

garnish-with-fresh-strawberries, top view of smoothie in glass with straws

Healthy Chocolate Strawberry Smoothie Recipe

This delightful Chocolate Strawberry Smoothie is a breeze to make, packing a punch of healthy goodness into every sip. Healthy smoothies like this are perfect for busy mornings or afternoon pick-me-ups. It has a creamy texture but is not too thick, and a light strawberry flavor that will satisfy your sweet tooth. 

how-to-make-a-chocolate-strawberry-smoothie with cacao powder and frozen strawberries

Remember, this tasty recipe is packed with healthy fats from the almond milk, protein from the protein powder, and plenty of vitamins and antioxidants from the strawberries and cacao powder.

healthy-chocolate-strawberry-smoothie-recipe-with-protein

The best part? You can customize it to your taste! If you are a Chocolate lover, simply add an extra tablespoon of cacao powder for a richer flavor profile. Need a thicker smoothie? Throw in some ice cubes.

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strawberry chocolate smoothie recipe

Chocolate Strawberry Smoothie Recipe

Yield: 2
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

This chocolate strawberry smoothie recipe is easy to make with frozen strawberries, almond milk, cacao powder, and chocolate protein powder. 

Ingredients

  • ​2 cups almond milk
  • 1 cup (140g) frozen strawberries
  • 1 Tbsp raw cacao powder
  • 1Tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 1 scoop of chocolate protein powder

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a high-speed blender.
  2. Blend until smooth
  3. Enjoy
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 156Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 3mgSodium: 36mgCarbohydrates: 19gFiber: 2gSugar: 14gProtein: 14g

nutritional values are estimates and may vary depending on products/ingredients used.

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