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CHOCOLATE CHIA SMOOTHIE

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This Chocolate Chia Smoothie recipe tastes oh-so-decadent, but is actually really good for you. And it’s vegan and gluten-free!

Chocolate Chia Smoothie | gimmesomeoven.com #vegan #glutenfree

I’m not quite sure how it happened.  But somewhere along the lines of the last 2 years of self-employment, after years of a late-to-bed-late-to-rise musician schedule, I have now officially become a morning show person.

Still working on the morning person thing.  My body seems bent on the whole nightowl thing.  But the blogging world and Twittersphere are up early, so about a year ago I turned on a morning show for the first time in about a decade to help wake me up.  And now I basically can’t go a morning without tuning in to at least say a quick hello to Josh, Lara, Robin, George and the gang.

Oh yeah, it’s GMA all the way at my place.  Yes, yes, I know that 90% of it is fluff news.  But apparently their advertising has worked because they are now totally a “part of my morning”.  And I kind of wish Lara Spencer would be my best friend.  🙂




Anyway, the other main part of my morning nowadays is smoothie-making.  I shared last week about how I’m back on the smoothie kick, so I have a backlog of recipes photographed that I need to share with you.  And this chocolate chia smoothie is one of ‘em.  You could arguably call it a “shake”, since it tastes so darn decadent and delicious.  But don’t let that chocolate fool you.  This is basically a healthy green smoothie hiding behind a bit of naturally-sweetened cocoa.

And it’s super easy to make.  Here’s the skinny…

Chocolate Chia Smoothie | gimmesomeoven.com #vegan #glutenfree

Basically, this is your classic chocolate green smoothie with a bunch of extra chia seeds added into the mix.  I had some fresh spinach on hand, so added that in for my greens.  Then I just added in a banana, some milk (I used almond milk), unsweetened cocoa powder, a hint of vanilla and lots of chia seeds.

Chocolate Chia Smoothie | gimmesomeoven.com #vegan #glutenfree

Oh, and I forgot to add ice before I snapped this photo.  Be sure to throw in about a cup full of cubes.  (Or if you’re using a frozen banana, you may not need them.)

Then just pulse in a blender until it’s nice and smooth!  If you feel like it needs a little sweetening, you can add in some honey or your choice of sweetener.  But I loved it just as-is.

Chocolate Chia Smoothie | gimmesomeoven.com #vegan #glutenfree

Such a rich and delicious treat, made all the more so knowing that it’s actually good for you.  I’d call it a perfect way to start the day.  (And I kind of think Lara would love it, don’t you??)

Chocolate Chia Smoothie | gimmesomeoven.com #vegan #glutenfree

CHOCOLATE CHIA SMOOTHIE

This chocolate chia smoothie recipe tastes decadent, but is actually easy to make and great for you!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 banana, peeled
  • 1 cup tightly-packed fresh spinach
  • 1 cup ice
  • 1 cup milk (I used almond milk)
  • 3 Tbsp. chia seeds
  • 2 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder (I used dark cocoa powder)
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • (optional: 1 Tbsp. honey, if needed to sweeten)

DIRECTIONS:

Add all ingredients to a blender and pulse until smooth.  Serve immediately.

About 3.5 cups

2 Comments
Anna December 22, 2014 21:23:18

This does sound like a yummy recipe. I just wanted to add that some people may not be aware that overdoing it on chia seeds can thin out their blood. Typically 2 TBSP a day is max for me. If u are already on a blood thinner, even fewer amounts may be best for you. To know for sure, consult your Dr. Thanks again for the great recipe. I’m gonna try it today.

    admin December 22, 2014 22:31:13

    Thanks, I’ll listen to your advice!

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