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

  • Author: Kristen Stevens
  • Prep Time: 9 mins
  • Cook Time: 6 mins
  • Total Time: 15 mins
  • Yield: 2 - 3/4 cup servings 1x
  • Category: Drink
  • Cuisine: American

Description

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 1/4 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup toasted almonds (see notes for how to toast the almonds)
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 4 Medjool dates, pits removed
  • 1 frozen banana

Instructions

  1. Put the chia seeds and water in your blender and let them sit for 5 minutes without blending. Note: a high-powered blender will work best in this recipe. You can use a regular blender but it will be a little chunkier.
  2. Add the toasted almonds (reserve a few if you would like some for garnish), the cocoa powder, Medjool dates and the frozen banana. Blend on high for 30 seconds, or until your smoothie is very smooth.
  3. Enjoy!

Notes

To toast the almonds: Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Place the almonds on a baking sheet and bake them for 6-8 minutes, or until they are golden and fragrant.