Weigh in, Spiriteds. Inquiring minds want to know. Are you a chocolate and banana person or not? I’m in the “or not” category. I just cannot even with bananas and chocolate, unless maybe it’s a small slice of banana dipped in a large amount of chocolate. I prefer my bananas alone or with citrus and greens. Toodle is #samesies. So this particular Single-Serving Chocolate Chia Smoothie contains absolutely no bananas. You deserve to know this at the outset, especially during what is fast becoming the week of chocolate here at Spirited and Then Some. Friends tell friends when the banana isn’t happening.
Instead this smoothie is all the way creamy without all the dairy. You can thank avocados and almond milk (or another milk alternative of your choosing). I know, I know. Avocado overload is a real thing. But, fear not, Single-Serving Chocolate Chia Smoothie doesn’t taste green or gritty. In fact, when you first make it, it tastes like chocolate milk. If you leave it in the refrigerator overnight, Single-Serving Chocolate Chia Smoothie will taste like chocolate pudding. Indulgent. Decadent. A total guilty pleasure.
And, hopefully, we can still be friends after you learn this about me, but I never liked chocolate milk or chocolate pudding growing up. They aren’t even my favorites now.
But Single-Serving Chocolate Chia Smoothie? I would not share it with you if I did not like it. And I do so like it, Sam I Am. As of right now, aside from hot cocoa and chocolate coffee, this is the only other chocolate drink I like. I hid it from the girls and then K-Hubs so I could photograph it. It’s cruel to photograph deliciousness only to not share it immediately. Struggles of a food-blogging family. And then I had to hide it from myself because I wasn’t focusing on the task at hand, rather just the rippling waves of chocolatey delight that were staring me right smack in my face. And I couldn’t even. #strugglebus
So, this smoothie. Yes, it’s a smoothie, and like the avocado, aren’t we a little over the smoothie? No. No we are not. Not when it houses fruits (because an avocado is a berry), but it also houses omega-3 fatty acids in the form of chia seeds. And calcium and vitamin d from the almond milk (I stick with low-sugar, few-additive milk – it doesn’t taste great on it’s own, but man, does it blend well). So, see, this chocolate business is a healthy business. And, Spiriteds, who doesn’t want to be healthy?
Side note about those chia seeds. If you haven’t used them before and are all what in the actual what are these tiny things,” as I was a year ago, this is the perfect recipe to start. They add bulk without changing the taste. Actually, I have grown to love chia seeds. I use them in just about any smoothie I can get my mitts on.
Single-Serving Chocolate Chia Smoothie is also easy to prepare. If you like your chocolate served five minutes ago, you’ll enjoy the quickness with which you can prepare this treat. Throw the ingredients in a blender and go. Top with chocolate chunks, more chia seeds, or drink as is. Basically, you’ll be drinking pudding (but in a good way) or the creamiest, most mouthwatering chocolate beverage your tastebuds have ever encountered.
Best of all? This Single-Serving Chocolate Chia Smoothie is gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free, and soy-free. Have I also mentioned it’s creamy and indulgent and decadent and a guilty pleasure? I did? Well, it can never be said too much. This smoothie is all the rage.
It’s time to chocolate up, Spiriteds!
- 3 tablespoons cocoa
- 1 avocado
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds
- ¼ cup 100% pure honey (paleo) or agave nectar (vegan)
- Combine cocoa, flesh of avocado, and almond milk in a high-speed blender and mix until smooth.
- Add chia seeds and honey or agave nectar and blend until seeds are ground down and aren't visible to the eye.
- Serve immediately for a milky consistency or refrigerate for 30 minutes to thicken.
- Keep refrigerated.