This Chocolate Orange Smoothie is the ultimate creamy and delightful beverage! It has a rich cocoa flavor and the orange is the perfect addition – so fresh, vibrant and delicious!
Alright, I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t often drink smoothies. I feel like I never have the right ingredients or the fancy kale powder or protein powder so I just give up and eat some eggs and toast instead.
However – this Chocolate Orange Smoothie is different! I found myself one day both craving a smoothie (hi pregnancy cravings) as well as wanting something different for breakfast…so lo and behold, I looked in my fridge, my pantry and my fruit basket and whipped this beverage up!
And guess what?! It was DELICIOUS. And I had all of the ingredients already at my house.
It was a win-win and I’ve been making it often ever since.
Why You’ll Love This Smoothie:
First off – it’s citrus season! Aka God’s gift to us during the cold and dreary winter months. There is nothing like peeling a fresh orange and taking in it’s juicy sweetness, right?!
So adding it to this smoothie and pairing it with the cocoa powder….gave me seriously chocolate covered orange slice vibes that you get at Christmas. You know what I’m talking about right?!
Chocolate and orange, so underrated, yet pair so well together!
The tartness and sweetness of the orange, the richness of the cocoa powder…SO YUM.
Also, hi hello protein packed nut butter! I used peanut butter in this recipe but feel free to use whatever nut butter you have in your pantry.
Both the frozen bananas and the plain greek yogurt help make this smoothie extra creamy!
Oh and of course, you know I have to have some #balance so adding crunchy chocolate granola on the top of the smoothie makes it even BETTER. That texture is delightful!
You could use my chocolate coffee granola recipe or just buy your favorite brand at the store, whichever works for you!
Overall – this smoothie is perfectly sweet, creamy and just overall DELISH. So let’s get into exactly what you need to make it!
Ingredients You Need:
- Frozen bananas
- Almond milk
- Freshly squeezed orange juice
- Orange zest
- Nut butter (of your choice, I used peanut butter)
- Cocoa powder
- Plain Greek yogurt
- Chocolate granola (for topping, optional)
Best Smoothie Making Tips:
Alright, so let’s get into some smoothie making tips.
If you don’t have frozen bananas, don’t worry! You can use ripe bananas and a few ice cubes – just make sure that the ice cubes are fully blended up in the smoothie and it isn’t icy and chunky.
If you don’t have almond milk, you can use any non-dairy milk you’d like! Oat milk would make this extra creamy!
The awesome thing about this smoothie is that you basically just add all of the ingredients to the blender and let it go until creamy and your desired consistency is reached.
I do recommend using a high powered blender for this recipe if you have one – it will help reach your desired consistency quicker. But if not, no worries! Remember you can always add more liquid if needed.
If you feel like it’s too thick, you can add in some more almond milk to thin it out.
If you feel like it’s too thin, you can always add in another banana or scoop of Greek yogurt.
If you like your smoothies extra sweet, add a splash of maple syrup or honey into it!
Not a huge fan of drinking smoothies? Try to blend it with just ½ cup of almond milk (to make it more thick) and then pour it into a bowl and top with your favorite toppings like freshly baked granola, orange pieces or extra banana and eat it with a spoon!
This recipe can be super customizable and fit your needs based on what YOU have in your own fridge and pantry 🙂
If you try it out, I hope you love this smoothie as much as I do! Enjoy! XO – Haylie
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Chocolate Orange Smoothie
This Chocolate Orange Smoothie is the ultimate creamy and delightful beverage! It has a rich cocoa flavor and the orange is the perfect addition - so fresh, vibrant and delicious!
- 2 small frozen bananas
- 1 cup almond milk (can use any non-dairy milk)
- 1/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
- 1 tsp orange zest
- 1/4 cup nut butter of choice (I used peanut butter)
- 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
- chocolate granola and orange slice for garnish (optional but highly recommended!)
If you prefer your smoothies to be thicker, add another frozen banana or use LESS liquid (start with 1/2 cup of almond milk)
If you want the smoothie to be more thin, add more liquid.
Add all of the ingredients listed above into a high powered blender and blend until your desired consistency is reached. *See notes about serving size!
Taste and adjust if needed - if you need it sweeter, add a splash of honey or maple syrup. More chocolatey? Add more cocoa powder. More tart? Add more orange.
Top with granola and a fresh orange slice and enjoy!
*This recipe makes about 3 cups worth of smoothie - so I would say it gives about 2 small servings or one large serving. You can always drink half one day and save the other half for another day 🙂