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.

 

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

Ingredients

optional boosters:

Instructions

  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

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Photo by Trent Lanz; styling by Alicia Buszczak

Comments

Comments 19

  1. I am automatically going to love anything called “liquid Nutella”. Thanks for sharing. It looks great!

    1. Oh Great! Thanks Leanne. That is great feedback that will be so helpful to others. I really appreciate you taking the time to share your experience.

  2. Sounds delicious, but an analysis of the nutritional value of this recipe shows it has a whopping TWENTY FIVE Weight Watchers Points Plus, which is 2/3 of my daily allowance! Thanks, but no thanks!

    1. Thanks for that Dennis. I have never had a weight issue, so I can’t relate to calorie-counting and weight-loss points. I wish you all the best with that. I don’t do nutritional profiling on my recipes. Yes, this smoothie is meant to be a decadent treat. I prefaced the recipe with a note about the high caloric intake. This one is all about the fun.

    2. Hi Dennis,
      I am the weight I want to be, and still this is just too rich and too many calories at once. I suggest, though it seems obvious, maybe a half serving at a time, and possibly a reduction in the maple syrup, by a smidge.
      Enjoy.
      Jennifer

    3. Jennifer, this is dessert-style treat smoothie. This is not meant to be consumed every day. But, yes, if you’re watching your sugar intake, by all means, reduce the sugar and halve the serving size. Whatever works for you.

    1. Yes, this one is UNBELIEVABLE. But it is definitely a treat. This recipe is not a low calorie option. But, oh, is it gooood!

  3. if you count the calories, you are never gonna lose weight, trust me, tried and tested 😉
    instead, get your body moving, anytime you can, now i do 3 hrs a day of sport, eat whatever i feel like and finally have the BODY i ever wanted. Plus, just after a session of weight lifting (within 40 mins) you NEED to give your body a carbohydrate meal/drink, otherwise, it ll use the muscles you are trying to build as a fuel. And, mind you, this one still is much better than all the processed crap that you satisfy your buds with now and then when you get the weak moment, and we all have those.

    1. Thanks Catherine,
      This smoothie is absolutely not for weight loss. It is for fun. It is very high in calories and is meant to be a treat. I specify that very clearly at the beginning of the post. Whilst I do not drink these kinds of smoothies every day or even every week or month, they are fun for a treat.

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