This Chocolate Almond Chia Seed Smoothie is a sweet and delicious treat made with no dairy and no sugar. If you let the smoothie sit a while, it will turn into sweet chia seed pudding. It's a delicious vegan and paleo recipe everyone will love!

Chocolate Almond Chia Seed Smoothie

Two things you need to know about this chia seed smoothie

  1. It's full of good-for-you healthy stuff with none of the not-as-good-for-you stuff. {read: no dairy and no sugar}
  2. It's super sweet, creamy and delicious. If you have a sweet tooth, read on.

“What does this delicious chocolate-y chia seed smoothie thing taste like?”, you ask. Well, my handsome man described it as tasting like chocolate chip banana bread. He's not wrong. Hell ya, I'll take some of that!

It's time to cure your sweet tooth. 

It's definitely sweet enough that if you want to make this for dessert you won't be disappointed. But … if you want to start your day with a sweet treat there's no reason to feel guilty about it. The smoothie in the picture was an after-run pick me up, and it not only filled me up it gave me tons of energy.

I'm not normally a sweet drink kinda gal. I prefer to drink things like black coffee, whiskey or just plain ol' water, but there's something about this chia seed smoothie that's found a special place in my life. I think it's that it tastes so decadent that it reminds me more of a dessert than a drink. Whatever the reason is, I'll have another. ♥

Chocolate Almond Chia Seed Smoothie

Let's chat about how this smoothie is full of good for you ingredients. You'll find only five simple ingredients in here (six if you count the water. Do you count the water?) and I bet you have all of them in your freezer and pantry.

  1. Chia seeds – Full of omega-3's and fiber
  2. Almonds – Rich in protein, calcium, and healthy fats
  3. Medjool dates – Contains more potassium than bananas and lots of other minerals
  4. Cocoa Powder – Packed with antioxidants
  5. Banana – Full of fiber and lots of heart-healthy minerals

Don't you just love when things that taste good are good for you too?

Chocolate Almond Chia Seed Smoothie

There is something that you should know about this smoothie, or more precisely, about chia seeds.

Chia seeds thicken any liquid they come into contact with. You know what happens when you add corn starch to hot liquid, right? Well, the same thing happens to liquid when chia seeds show up.

Their magical thickening powers can be great, and not so great. Make sure to drink this smoothie right away. Don't let it sit out or you'll wind up with chocolate chia seed pudding. Not that that would really be the worst thing in the world. Just sayin'!

Chocolate Almond Chia Seed Smoothie

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Chocolate Almond Chia Seed Smoothie

Chocolate Almond Chia Seed Smoothie

This Chocolate Almond Chia Seed Smoothie is a sweet and delicious treat made with no dairy and no sugar. If you let the smoothie sit a while, it will turn into sweet chia seed pudding. It's a delicious vegan and paleo recipe everyone will love!

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Ingredients

  • 1 ¼ cups water
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • ½ cup toasted almonds, see notes
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 4 dates, pits removed
  • 1 frozen banana

Instructions 

  • Put the chia seeds and water into your blender and let them sit for 5 minutes without blending.
    1 ¼ cups water, 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • Add the toasted almonds (reserve a few if you would like some for garnish), cocoa powder, dates, and frozen banana. Blend on high for 30 seconds, or until your smoothie is very smooth. Enjoy!
    ½ cup toasted almonds, 2 tablespoons cocoa powder, 4 dates, 1 frozen banana

Notes

Note: a high-powered blender will work best in this recipe. If you have a regular blender, use 2 tablespoons of almond butter instead of the almonds. 
Toast the almonds in a 400 degree Fahrenheit oven for 6-8 minutes, or until they are golden and fragrant.
Serving: 1 serving = ¾ cup, Calories: 338kcal, Carbohydrates: 37g, Protein: 11g, Fat: 20g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g, Monounsaturated Fat: 11g, Trans Fat: 1g, Sodium: 11mg, Potassium: 656mg, Fiber: 11g, Sugar: 18g, Vitamin A: 43IU, Vitamin C: 5mg, Calcium: 151mg, Iron: 3mg
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