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Chocolate Smoothie Recipes You Won't Believe Are Healthy

Chocolate Lovers Rejoice

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Sweet news: "The flavonoids in chocolate, most abundant in cacao beans that have been minimally processed, may cut your risk for cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure and issues associated with type 2 diabetes," says Erin Thole, R.D., spokesperson for the Iowa Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. And smoothie recipes are the perfect way to get your fix. "For the most health benefits, reach for natural cacao powder followed by unsweetened baking chocolate, dark chocolate and semi-sweet chocolate," says Thole. These 10 chocolate smoothie recipe options are the perfect excuse to enjoy the sweet stuff at breakfast, lunch or snack time.

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Chocolate Chia Smoothie

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Chia seeds are one of the most potent sources of fiber and add a thick, rich texture to smoothies. They totally disguise the spinach in this Chocolate Chia Smoothie.

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Breakfast Shake

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Frozen bananas make this Thick and Creamy Chocolate Peanut Butter Breakfast Shake as rich as ice cream. Fans of the classic peanut butter, honey and banana sandwich will have no problem getting out of bed early for this one. (Psst...Eat Chocolate at Every Meal with 6 Healthy Recipes)

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Hot Chocolate Breakfast Smoothie

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Brilliant breakfast hack: Place all of the ingredients for this maple syrup-sweetened Hot Chocolate Breakfast Smoothie into your blender to allow the oats to soften up, then refrigerate overnight.

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Superfood Chocolate Smoothie Bowl

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If you prefer to spoon rather than slurp up your breakfast, this Superfood Chocolate Smoothie Bowl is for you. Since cocoa powder is so sweet and flavorful, picky eaters won't even notice that this recipe includes heart-healthy avocado and vitamin-rich fruit and veggie powder. (Have you tried these 8 New Ways to Eat Avocado?)

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Chocolate Banana Protein Smoothie

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Just when you think a drink can't possibly keep you full until lunch, this supersized Chocolate Banana Protein Smoothie comes along. Each 32-ounce serving contains a whopping 36 grams of protein, thanks to cottage cheese and a scoop of chocolate protein powder. (Unsure of which muscle-booster to buy? We have The Scoop on Protein Powders.)

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Super Energizing Chocolate Smoothie

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Healthy fats from avocado, sweetness from strawberries and dates, plus a dessert-like mouthfeel courtesy of a frozen banana make this meal-in-a-glass ideal for a light meal or heavy snack.

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Healthy "Chocolate Fix" Smoothie

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Pro tip: Store banana pieces in your freezer, so you're always ready to blend up this Healthy "Chocolate Fix" Smoothie. Coupled with a tablespoon of gelatin, this drink is thicker than chocolate milk, even without ice.

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Paleo Chocolate Coconut Smoothie

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Coconut milk (in place of cow's milk) and raw cacao powder (similar to chocolate in taste, but less processed and with even more antioxidants, iron and fiber) make this Paleo Chocolate Coconut Smoothie suitable for those following a caveman diet plan.

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Smoothie

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Anything that "tastes more like dessert than a healthy snack," (according to Chef Savvy creator Kelley) all while offering 25 grams of protein, gets a seal of approval from us. Think of this Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Smoothie as an equation and feel free to get creative by trading in a different nut butter, milk, seed and even protein powder flavor. Although, who wouldn't want more chocolate?

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Chocolate Milkshake Protein Smoothie

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If you're more of a smoothie-as-a-snack girl, or prefer to pair your drink with a bit of food like a hard-boiled egg or piece of peanut butter toast, opt for this 138-calorie Chocolate Milkshake Protein Smoothie. It's light enough for calorie counters, but with 19 grams of (all-natural) protein, it's still plenty filling. We know what we're making for our next post-weight room recovery drink.

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