This post was originally published here July 27, 2015. I’ve since adjusted the recipe slightly and updated the text and photographs to reflect those changes.
I admit it’s cliché to post a smoothie recipe the first week in January. But here I am. Being the basic badass bitch that I am.
New year. Same me.
This Chocolate Almond Coffee Smoothie isn’t about restricting calories. Or eating “healthy”. It’s just a delicious smoothie made with some of my favorite ingredients.
It tastes like chocolate.
It has some good fats.
It has some good nutrients.
And it’s a great option if you’re short on time.
If you’ve made smoothies before then you know the drill. Add everything to your blender and push the button. Easy. The only thing slightly different with this recipe is I do allow 5-10 minutes for the chia seeds and espresso powder to soak in some of the chocolate almond milk before adding the rest of the ingredients and blending on high. This gives the chia seeds and espresso powder a little bit of a head start (for the chia seeds absorb some of the liquid/soften and for the espresso powder to begin to dissolve). It’s a nice step, if you have the extra 5-10 minutes of time. But if you don’t, that’s not a deal breaker. You can just go for it all at once!
Need to make some substitutions? Not a problem. This recipe is totally adaptable. You can use any chocolate milk you like (soy, coconut, etc.). And any nut or seed butter will work, too. Have some kale you need to use up? Go right ahead and throw in a handful instead of the spinach. It’s all good.
What are some of your favorite smoothie combinations? Any good ones I need to know about? Let me know!
Chocolate Almond Coffee Smoothie
- 1 tsp. chia seeds
- 1 tsp. instant espresso powder
- 1 cup chocolate almond milk, cold
- 1/2 cup fresh spinach leaves
- 1 medium peeled and chopped banana, frozen
- 1 tablespoon almond butter
- Add the chia seeds and instant espresso powder to your blender. Pour in about 1/4 cup of the chocolate almond milk. Let this mixture sit for 5-10 minutes.
- Add the spinach leaves, frozen banana, almond butter and the remaining chocolate almond milk to your blender. Blend on high until smooth. Pour into a glass and serve immediately.
girl, looks like we are on the same wavelength. . 😛 ok, I LOVE this smoothie!!! LOVE the instant espresso powder!!!! just the kinda pick me up I need in the morning!!! love this!
Yup, I noticed that too Alice! Great minds think alike! XO
Chocolate and coffee make the best breakfast, especially on a Monday morning! This looks SO much better than my boring ole cup of coffee. Love the use of chocolate almond milk!
Loving all the recipes using chocolate almond milk…I could totally handle this right now – especially with the addition of espresso powder. Brilliant!
Thanks, Annie! Let me know if you try it out!
Thanks, Gayle! Any day that starts with chocolate is a good one!
I was making a smoothie from Minimalist Baker last week that is really similar to this, but I was adding coffee to hers …. so I’ll definitely have to try this out! Love it. 🙂
Let me know if you try it out, Sara!
I’m obsessed with smoothies!! Especially when they are packed with chocolate and when they taste like milkshakes – YUM! Great recipe, Liz!
I definitely prefer my smoothies to taste like milkshakes! 🙂
I could definitely use a little get-up-and-go this morning, so I’m saying yes to this to breakfast! I even have all the ingredients on hand, 😀
Yay yay! That’s awesome, Julia!
I LOVE a good chocolate almond milk…so when you went and put coffee in it I was SOLD! Cheers to Monday, I could use about 5 of these today 🙂
Right? I totally need 5 of these today too. Monday = boo!
Adding that espresso power is so smart! And love the chia for crunch and protein 🙂
Thanks, Medha! Love my morning coffee!
I LOVE dark chocolate almond milk! Other than water, I feel like it really hits the spot after a workout, too! And, I have a feeling this recipe would finally get me on the coffee train, too!!
Chocolate milk is always my drink of choice, too!
You had me at coffee smoothie – love this, especially with the Almond Breeze.
Now this is a coffee drink I can really get behind! That smoothie looks incredible.
Just looking at this is giving me energy! Love this!
That’s so cute, Jocelyn! 🙂
A good for you chocolate breakfast! I am ALL about that Liz! Love it!
Thanks, Mary Ann!
I love this, Liz. So SOO much! A decadent chocolate milkshake cleverly transformed into a healthy, pick me up smoothie? What is there not to swoon over? I sent the link over to my husband (at work) and all he said was “this is my breakfast tomorrow! Right?!” I’m going to nix the chocolate almond milk and sub regular for me (cocoa allergy) – but I can’t wait to try this! A perfect start for the day.. i want to get up and go just drooling over the pictures (you know, to the store to get the ingredients) Pinned! ♡ Cheers!
You crack me up, Cheyanne! I hope you and your man love it!
Chocolate for breakfast? I’m totally on board with this. And its healthy, so that’s a win-win in my book!
Totally a win win! Thanks, Rachelle!
SO delicious Liz! Coffee and chocolate is one of my favorite food combos. Perfect for a morning boost!
It sure is! Thanks, Lauren!
I’d get up quick for this smoothie — I love everything about it! 🙂
Ha ha. Thanks, Marcie!
Wow, this definitely has my name all over it. So I can have my caffeine fix and my smoothie breakfast all in one glass? And chocolate? Winning!
Yup, all the good things in one glass!
Chocolate and coffee were made for each other. I have some of this almond milk in my fridge as we speak. I’ll have to make this smoothie tomorrow morning!
Awesome, Jen! XO
This is totally my kind of smoothie! Why have I never thought to add espresso powder?! Love it!
I hope you try it out, Danielle!
You know how much I love chocolate for breakfast! Plus, who doesn’t need a shot of coffee in the morning? I’ve had to cut out the whole smoothie for breakfast thing since being on the Whole30, but I can’t wait to make one soon!
Well, as soon as you are done your journey I’d be happy to make you a smoothie! XO
Okay, this smoothie is pure genius. Why isn’t coffee in smoothies something people do all the time? I mean it is just perfect. I am definitely giving this a try tomorrow morning!
Right? Gotta have coffee in our morning smoothies FOR SURE! I hope you love it!
Wish I was starting my day with one of these smoothies!
There is always tomorrow! 🙂
This smoothie rocks my world. I want to get up and go with this every morning. Pinned!
Yay yay! Thanks, luv!
This sounds like my kind of smoothie! Love the coffee and chocolate together, especially for breakfast. I pretty much have everything for this, so I know what I’m having for breakfast tomorrow! 😉
That’s awesome, Beth! Let me know how you like it!
Ahhhhh drinkable chocolate for breakfast….Yuppp
You got it! XO
Chocolate and coffee? Yes please! It’s whats for breakfast, lunch and dessert! Love how you squeezed in some almond butter and chia! Delicious Liz!
You got the right idea, Traci! Chocolate and coffee all day, every day!
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Hey Basic Badass! Love that you brought this up again…. it reminds me that I need to pick up some espresso powder… ASAP! This smoothie is what my mornings need!
Yes I always keep some on hand. Perfect for recipes. And if the power goes out and I need coffee! 🙂
Yes! Someone else who does this. I add instant coffee to my smoothies. This is actually pretty similar to a smoothie I used to drink for breakfast/lunch a lot – spinach, banana, instant coffee, pb. Big difference is I use water because I’m not a fan of dairy and when I started using plant-based milks the only real options were almond milk and soy but I’m allergic to soy and stopped using almond milk when I heard it was bad for the environment. Although now there are so many other plant-based options for me to try. My other go to smoothie is frozen acai puree (Trader Joes or Whole Foods), banana (unfrozen since the puree is frozen enough), spinach, PB and instant coffee.
Anyway, fun fact and what I really wanted to share in my comment is that – raw, chopped spinach (blended also should count in this case) has more nutrients than when it’s cooked. https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/chopped-uncooked-spinach-offers-more-antioxidants
Yes I love keeping instant espresso powder on hand for all sorts of savory and sweet recipes!
Just made this…..AMAZING
Filling too, which is a plus
Thanks for re-posting this
Glad you liked it, Kim! Yay!