This banana chocolate chip smoothie tastes like a decadent milkshake, but it doesn’t use any ice cream.
Try this simple while incredibly yummy smoothie that will satisfy your cravings for sweets, Frapuccino and chocolate banana milkshakes.
Banana and chocolate is a combination made in heaven. And this smoothie might be the easiest way to enjoy it.
Made with just a few ingredients, this smoothie is thick, creamy, and full of chocolate chip goodness.
And as if it couldn’t get any better, it has less than 200 calories (which is much less than a regular milkshake) and can be whipped up in just minutes!
So, what are you waiting for? Give this Banana Chocolate Chip Smoothie a try! I promise, you won’t be disappointed.
Why you’ll love this chocolate chips smoothie
Ingredients you’ll need
Alternative to frozen banana
The trick to get that firmness is blending frozen banana.
Freezing banana it’s really easy and it only takes around 90 minutes to 3 hours to do it.
But if you don’t have any frozen banana on hand (nor the time to freeze some), you can use a regular fresh banana and add ice cubes.
You’ll need around half cup ice cubes per serving (that’s normally around 3-4 ice cubes).
I am not a fan of adding ice cubes to smoothies because it gets watery with time, but using ice cubes for this smoothie will give you a Starbucks’ Frapuccino feeling!
Use any type of chocolate
I used dark vegan chocolate for some of the pictures because that’s what I had at the moment.
But most of the time I use sugar-free chocolate chips to make this milkshake tooth-friendlier.
You can use any type of chocolate you want: dark, milk chocolate, white chocolate… and even one of my favorites alternatives: cacao nibs!
If you don’t have chocolate chips, feel free to use chopped chocolate.
Make it vegan
To make this smoothie vegan, you just need to use plant-based milk and vegan chocolate.
Add-ons and variations for banana chocolate chip smoothies
- Use other fruits
If you want to flavor up this smoothie, you may substitute half of the banana amount for another frozen fruit like strawberries, mango or pineapple.
Just make sure they are also previously frozen so the texture of the smoothie remains firm.
- Give it a protein boost
Add some peanut butter or almond butter.
This is not only a great addition in terms of flavor but will also make your smoothie creamier.
You may also add a scoop of vanilla protein powder, whey powder or powdered skim milk.
- Turn it into a chocolate (nice cream) milkshake
You could also add some unsweetened cocoa powder or even chocolate milk powder if you want a more intense chocolate flavor.
- For sweet lovers
While I find this smoothie sweet enough without adding anything to it, if you have a major sweet tooth or are using bananas that are not very ripe (and thus less sweet), you can add a touch of maple syrup, agave nectar or a sugar-free natural sweetener like stevia drops.
You may also pour some chocolate syrup into the glass or decorate with whipped cream to make it more dessert-like.
There are no limits to what you can do to make this smoothie your own!
Tricks to make an amazing smoothie with banana chocolate chip
- FOR THE RIGHT CONSISTENCY:
As I said before, the secret to get the thick and creamy consistency is using frozen banana, so I recommend freezing the bananas beforehand.
- TO GET THE BEST CHOCOLATE CHIP DISTRIBUTION:
Add the chocolate last so you don’t over-blend it.
If you blend it from the beginning, the chocolate chips may get too small to enjoy those chocolate chunks.
- TO MAKE THE BLENDING PROCESS EASIER:
Always put the softest ingredients or liquid near to the blades.
For example, when using a countertop or single-serve blender, put the milk first, followed by frozen fruit and (optional) ice.
On the contrary, if you use a hand or stick blender, you should put the frozen ingredients at the bottom of the recipient and the milk on the top.
How to make it
Making this smoothie is as easy as it gets.
You can see the exact amounts I use in the recipe card below.
Time needed: 5 minutes.
How to make Banana Chocolate Chip Smoothie
- Blend everything but the chocolate
Add the frozen banana, milk (optionally ice cubes) and vanilla extract to your blender and blend until smooth.
- Add chocolate at the end
Then add the chocolate chips or roughly chopped chocolate and pulse a few times until the chocolate is mixed in but still chunky.
- Enjoy immediately
Pour into a glass and enjoy as is or top with whipped cream and chocolate syrup for a treat-like experience.
Banana Chocolate Chip Smoothie Recipe
- 1 Blender
- 1 freezer
- 2 Medium Bananas Preciously frozen
- 1 Cup Milk any type
- 1 Tbsp. Chocolate chips or chopped chocolate (around 15 gr.)
- Vanilla extract Optional
- 6-8 ice cubes Optional
- First, add milk and the frozen banana to the blender and blend until smooth. If you are using fresh banana (not frozen), add ice cubes to the blend.
- Once you have your desired consistency* (and never before!), add the chocolate and pulse a few times until just combined. You don’t want to over-blend or the chocolate will get too small.
- If you want, you can decorate with some chocolate or cream on top.
- If your smoothie isn’t thick enough, add a few ice cubes or another frozen banana to it. Adding a tablespoon of peanut butter or whey protein powder also makes it creamier.
- If you find the smoothie too thick, add more milk until it reaches your desired consistency.
I hope you enjoy this Banana Chocolate Chip Smoothie as much as I do. If you try it, please let me know how it turned out for you in the comments below!