Chocolate Banana Smoothie with Hazelnut Milk

February 11, 2013

This chocolate banana smoothie with hazelnut milk is rich and decadent and tastes like liquid Nutella. This vegan smoothie is dessert in a glass.

This chocolate banana smoothie made with hazelnut milk tastes like liquid Nutella. This smoothie is a rich, decadent dessert in a glass.

It is Valentine’s Day this week. I never celebrate Valentine’s Day. I think it should be Valentine’s Day every day. But, it is a fabulous excuse to eat chocolate. Or drink chocolate, in this case.

“Hello, My Name is Tess, and I’m a Chocoholic.” And I’m giving myself permission to enable my addiction and yours with reckless abandon.

Hazelnuts and chocolate are a culinary match made in heaven, and this smoothie is a blendaholic’s wet dream. It will seriously rock your world.

I used homemade hazelnut milk as the base for this smoothie. If you don’t want to make your own fresh hazelnut milk use the Elmhurst Unsweetened Milked Hazelnuts. You could also skip the hazelnut component and use almond milk or cashew milk as a base.

Either way, this chocolate banana smoothie is very rich and decadent. I like to serve it topped with fresh raspberries.

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*Probiotic Powder – I add 1/2 teaspoon of probiotic powder to all smoothies to replenish stores of healthy bacteria for immunity, digestion, detox, and to balance the acidic effects of high-sugar fruits and other sweeteners. The really potent probiotics require refrigeration. If you have capsules, break the shell and release the powder. Unsweetened probiotic-rich liquids like kefirs (water, coconut water, milk varieties) or kombucha make wonderful health-promoting additions to shakes, too.

*Celtic Sea Salt – I add a pinch (or more) of this alkalizing, mineral-rich salt to all smoothies to boost the natural flavor of fruits and veggies; temper the acidity of sweet fruits and sweeteners; stimulate the lymphatic system; replenish electrolytes; aid digestion; and help the body access energy. I do not recommend adding common table salt which is generally heated to extreme temperatures, iodized, bleached, processed, and refined. This salt does not have the same benefits. If you have a health condition that requires you to limit your sodium intake consult your doctor before adding salt to your smoothies.


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Chocolate Banana Smoothie with Hazelnut Milk

This chocolate banana smoothie with hazelnut milk is rich and decadent and tastes like liquid Nutella. This vegan smoothie is dessert in a glass. 

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 2 16-ounce glasses
Author Tess Masters


  • 2 cups (480ml) unsweetened hazelnut milk
  • 1/2 medium avocado, pitted and peeled
  • 1/4 cup (18g) raw cacao powder
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) pure maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon natural vanilla extract
  • Pinch of Celtic sea salt
  • 1/2 medium-sized frozen sliced banana
  • 1 cup (125g) ice cubes

optional boosters:

  • 1/4 cup (60ml) espresso (2 shots)
  • 1 tablespoon Bulletproof XCT oil
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon probiotic powder (see notes)


  1. Throw all of the ingredients (including any boosters) into your blender and blast on high for 30 to 60 seconds until smooth and creamy. 

Recipe Notes

Find more delicious smoothie recipes in The Blender Girl Smoothies app
Photo by Trent Lanz; styling by Alicia Buszczak