14 Dessert Smoothies You Won't Believe Are Actually Healthy
Delicious Dessert Smoothies
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 dessert 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 dessert smoothies are the perfect excuse to enjoy the sweet stuff at breakfast, lunch, or snack time.
Superfood Pumpkin Pie Green Smoothie
This dairy-free superfood pumpkin pie green smoothie tastes just like pumpkin pie but it's full of vitamins, heart-healthy fats, and fiber thanks to pumpkin puree, almond butter, spinach, and a few secret ingredient superfood boosts (think: wheatgrass and flaxseed). Related: This Green Pumpkin Spice Smoothie Is a Healthy Way to Satisfy Your PSL Cravings.
Chocolate Chia Dessert Smoothie
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.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Breakfast Shake
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. (Related: These 10 Recipes Will Make All Your Dessert Hummus Dreams Come True.)
Black Forest Cake Dessert Smoothie
Chocolate and cherries give this dessert smoothie the flavor of luxe Black Forest cake. Fortunately, chia seeds and rolled oats make healthy, as does the handful of spinach (which you won't even taste).
Hot Chocolate Breakfast Smoothie
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.
Coconut Cream Pie Dessert Smoothie
Coconut on coconut on coconut—it does the body good! This superfood smoothie is made with coconut milk, cashew butter, and creamy bananas. Think of it as the iconic coconut cream pie's healthier cousin. You're welcome.
Chocolate Brownie Dessert Smoothie
Who'da thunk that beans, bananas, and cacao would result in a smoothie that tastes just like brownies but is actually bursting with protein and antioxidants?
Superfood Chocolate Smoothie Bowl
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. (Is it possible to eat too much avocado?)
Super Energizing Chocolate Dessert Smoothie
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.
Healthy "Chocolate Fix" Dessert Smoothie
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.
Chocolate Milkshake Protein Smoothie
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-workout drink.
Paleo Chocolate Coconut Dessert Smoothie
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.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Smoothie
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?