This chocolate berry green smoothie will satisfy all your chocolatey cravings…while helping you get in your greens too!
Chocolate makes everything better, in my opinion. Especially green smoothies. I find that adding cocoa powder is a great way to help mask the green taste.
This smoothie is the perfect pairing of chocolate (in the healthy form of cocoa powder) with vibrant berries (in this case, blueberries and strawberries). Together, these two main ingredients are an antioxidant powerhouse!
This recipe also includes other nutritious, naturally sweet, and protein-rich ingredients, making for a wholesome and well-rounded blend. You can even add in a scoop of chocolate protein powder to kick this smoothie up a notch post-workout!
Reminiscent of chocolate-covered strawberries, this chocolate berry green smoothie tastes so much like a decadent dessert that you’ll forget it’s even healthy! Both your taste buds and your immune system will thank you for this delicious, antioxidant-rich smoothie.
Here’s how to make this secretly healthy chocolate berry green smoothie…
How to Make a Chocolate Berry Green Smoothie
Step 1: Gather ingredients
Leafy greens – for the “green” part of this smoothie, spinach and/or kale are excellent options, but you can use any leafy green of your choosing.
Berries – this recipe calls for 1 cup of frozen berries. I particularly enjoy a mix of strawberries and blueberries, but you can use whichever berries you have on hand or like best (just think of which ones you’d enjoy with chocolate).
Banana – banana helps make this smoothie creamy and naturally sweet. If using fresh berries, you’ll want to use frozen banana to make the smoothie colder and thicker.
Lemon juice – just a squeeze of lemon juice is added to help enhance the berry-ness of the blend, and for the health benefits (see below).
Cocoa powder – for the chocolate part of this smoothie, we use cocoa powder (or cacao powder which is the slightly less refined version) which is chocolate in a more pure and raw form, and is actually very healthy (see below).
Milk – use any milk of your choice for the liquid base.
Yogurt – this recipe calls for plain, unsweetened, Greek yogurt. Greek yogurt really makes this smoothie so creamy, smooth, and decadent. It also adds a lot of protein as an added bonus!
Optional bonus ingredients:
- Splash of vanilla extract to enhance the flavours
- 1-2 pitted dates to make it sweeter
- Scoop of chocolate protein powder to boost the protein content
Step 2: Blend!
Add all ingredients to a blender in the following order: liquid, greens, soft ingredients, hard ingredients (i.e. frozen berries added last).
Blend for 30-60 seconds until completely smooth with no grains or chunks.
Pour into glasses and enjoy your decadent chocolatey green smoothie!
Chocolate Berry Green Smoothie Benefits
This smoothie offers so many health benefits.
First of all, it has a very high antioxidant content.
All of the main ingredients in this smoothie – chocolate, berries, and greens, contain significant amounts of antioxidant compounds called polyphenols.
Polyphenols have amazing antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that can potentially lead to health benefits such as reducing risk of chronic inflammation and obesity, cardiometabolic diseases, and cardiovascular and neurodegenerative diseases.
Berries, including strawberries and blueberries, contain a type of polyphenolic compound called anthocyanins.
Chocolate, specifically cocoa or cacao powder, is rich in polyphenolic compounds called flavanols.
Leafy greens like kale are known to contain many beneficial bioactive compounds including polyphenols.
This smoothie is also quite high in protein.
The milk and yogurt in this smoothie form a protein-rich base. Greek yogurt in particular has a ton of protein to offer.
And if you opt to add in your favourite protein powder, you’ve got yourself a hefty protein shake to get your through the day!
In addition to these amazing antioxidant and protein benefits, this smoothie is also packed with essential nutrients.
Leafy greens like spinach and kale pack in heaps of micronutrients, including iron, folate, calcium, magnesium, potassium, vitamin K, vitamin A, vitamin C, and more.
Lemon juice is added because it is high in vitamin C which enhances the absorption of the iron from the leafy greens.
Banana also offers vitamin C, in addition to minerals like potassium and magnesium.
And milk and yogurt are sources of nutrients like calcium, vitamin B12, vitamin D, zinc, and more, not to mention healthy fats and the gut-friendly probiotics from the yogurt!
Give this chocolate berry green smoothie a blend, and let me know in the comments below how you like it!
- 2 cups spinach and/or kale
- 1 cup frozen blueberries and strawberries (or any other mix of berries)
- 1 banana
- Squeeze of lemon juice
- 1 scoop of cocoa powder (~1-2 tbsp, to taste)
- 1 cup milk
- 1 scoop of plain, unsweetened, Greek yogurt
- 1-2 dates, pitted - for added sweetness
- Splash of vanilla extract
- Scoop of chocolate protein powder - for extra protein and chocolatey-ness
- Add all ingredients to a blender (first liquid and greens, then soft ingredients, then frozen ingredients).
- Blend on high until smooth (about 30-60 seconds).
- Serve and enjoy!