. thick and creamy chocolate smoothie.

by Amanda @ .running with spoons. on February 18, 2014

An intense chocolate smoothie that’s thick and creamy without added fat and sugar. Perfectly customizable for a healthy meal or snack.

Thick and Creamy Chocolate Smoothie -- A thick and creamy chocolate smoothie that packs a serious chocolate punch.

I was driving home from snowboarding the other day when I realized that the sun was still out — it was a little after 5:30 PM. Do you guys know what that means?!? It means that the days are getting longer, which means that spring is coming, which means that winter’s cold dark reign is coming to an end! Yipee! 

Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy winter and the change of pace/scenery that it brings, but I’m very much over it by the time January rolls around, and by February I’m looking at investing in property in Arizona so that I can migrate down there for 5 months and avoid the winters up here. But that’s besides the point…

The point is, it’s getting warmer, which is wonderful news given my current… err… situation. Remember when I told you guys about my smoothie addiction? It’s still going strong… and it now involves chocolate…

Thick and Creamy Chocolate Smoothie -- A thick and creamy chocolate smoothie that packs a serious chocolate punch.

Two smoothies a day has become my new minimum, and I’m very much looking forward to being able to enjoy my addiction without having to pack on multiple layers of hoodies and fuzzy socks — especially because even that doesn’t seem to help when I decide to get a little crazy and use frozen milk…

Thick and Creamy Chocolate Smoothie -- A thick and creamy chocolate smoothie that packs a serious chocolate punch.

But it’s worth it… so very worth it. This smoothie is so thick and creamy that I should probably just call it a milkshake. It becomes so aerated when you first blend it up that the texture reminds me of a fluffy Wendy’s frosty… minus all the crazy ingredients and sugar. The chocolate flavour is intense and completely overshadows the banana if you’re not a huge fan. And the best part is that you can make this into a meal or a snack depending on what you toss in it. So give it a try! If you need me, I’ll be by the fireplace in my hoodie and fuzzy socks…

Thick and Creamy Chocolate Smoothie -- A thick and creamy chocolate smoothie that packs a serious chocolate punch.

Thick and Creamy Chocolate Smoothie
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An intense chocolate smoothie that's thick and creamy without added fat and sugar. Perfectly customizable for a healthy meal or snack.
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Ingredients
  1. 3/4 cup vanilla almond milk (or regular milk)*
  2. 1 small/medium banana, frozen
  3. 2 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
  4. dash of cinnamon
  5. 1 tsp. instant coffee granules (optional)
  6. 2 Tbsp. chocolate or vanilla protein powder (optional)
  7. 1Tbsp. nut butter (optional)
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients into any standard blender and blend until smooth.
Notes
  1. * if you want to make your smoothie even thicker, freeze your milk in an use cube tray prior to making.
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Thick and Creamy Chocolate Smoothie -- A thick and creamy chocolate smoothie that packs a serious chocolate punch.

Thick and Creamy Chocolate Smoothie -- A thick and creamy chocolate smoothie that packs a serious chocolate punch.

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1 Hayley@healthyregards February 18, 2014 at 6:06 am

YUM! I am trying to eat less dairy, but I love greek yogurt in my smoothies so I appreciate finding smoothie recipes without dairy, thanks!
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2 Shannon February 18, 2014 at 6:13 am

Ummm, can you say CHOCOLATE!? This smoothie sounds and looks terrific! I usually use double dark chocolate protein powder in my smoothies, along with unsweetened original almond milk :)
And yes I definitely eat smoothies as meals – at least once a day if I have all the ingredients!
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3 Amanda @ .running with spoons. February 18, 2014 at 5:34 pm

Have you ever tried adding unsweetened cocoa powder to your smoothies? It definitely makes them more chocolatey and even helps thicken them a little :D

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4 Shannon February 18, 2014 at 5:40 pm

That’s so funny you say that – I have dark chocolate unsweetened cocoa powder in my cupboard right now! I have never tried it in a smoothie though! I can’t imagine it would be anything less than amazing! :)
I always end up throwing blueberries and spinach in all my smoothies – hard to taste and so packed with vitamins! Can’t go wrong if you add chocolate too!

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5 Ms.J February 18, 2014 at 6:39 am

Aaaand the days are getting shorter over here! Aaaand I’m looking forward to some cold! Yes really. We still sitting in sticky, hot weather so I’m just waiting patiently now.
Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate for me. I haven’t had a smoothie or milkshake in forever..I’ll probably wait till it gets cold. Because honestly..it’s much more enjoyable to make and slurp a smoothie when it isn’t warming up and melting to a thin liquid right in front of you.
This looks delicious :)
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6 Shashi @ http://runninsrilankan.com February 18, 2014 at 6:39 am

A smoothie with frozen milk – girrrl – thats BRILLIANT!!! I love smoothies – but never used frozen milk before! Do you prefer smoothies thickened with oats or frozen milk?
When December rolls around I start to feel the need for spring! My tulip bulbs have leaves pushing thru – and I am hoping that means no more snow! Arizona sounds WONDERFUL now – but I really shouldn’t complain cos its gonna be in the 70s tomorrow :) I will take freaky warm weather anytime! Hope you are having a wonderful day sweet lady!
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7 Amanda @ .running with spoons. February 18, 2014 at 5:36 pm

I think it depends on what I’m craving… Smoothies with oats feel a little thicker and more doughy, whereas using frozen milk just makes things creamier… if that makes sense :lol: They’re both good :D

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8 meredith @ The Cookie ChRUNicles February 18, 2014 at 6:40 am

I don’t love smoothies. It’s not that I don’t like them actually, I just never look to have one. Once I start sipping one though, I usually enjoy it. Chocolate over vanilla unless it’s a vanilla base with chocolate mix-ins. I used to like Wendy’s Frosty’s with French fries dipped in…Friendlys (which you probably don’t have up in Canada) makes a mean fribble- which is a milkshake. Again, never what I ordered but people swear by them!
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9 Liz @ Carpe Diem and Run February 18, 2014 at 6:43 am

Wow this looks amazing! I need to try this soon :) Thanks for the recipe Amanda!
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10 Erin @ The Almond Eater February 18, 2014 at 6:48 am

So good! Chocolate plus banana is always a good option. I have been pricing the sun stay out a bit longer which makes me soooo happy. Have a great day!
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11 Kelly @ Kelly Runs For Food February 18, 2014 at 6:50 am

Chocolate/PB/Banana is my all-time favorite smoothie combo. I found some dark-chocolate flavored almond milk that makes this even more amazing.
I’ve been having day-dreams constantly about spring and summer. I soooo over winter!
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12 Emma @ Life's A Runner February 18, 2014 at 7:03 am

Nut butter just MAKES a smoothie, no?

You can bet I’ve been loving smoothies lately, what with the weather in POSITIVE degrees we’ve been having! And mine are always chocolate. It’s not even a question.
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13 Amanda @ .running with spoons. February 18, 2014 at 5:37 pm

Right?! I can’t even believe the luck we’ve been having with winter this year… It didn’t seem as long as it usually does.

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14 Elise @ 9toFit.com February 18, 2014 at 7:06 am

YUM! That looks so good.. I made a green smoothie the other day and now and regretting that decision. chocolate > green
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15 Amanda @ .running with spoons. February 18, 2014 at 5:37 pm

Unless you add chocolate to your green smoothies :D

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16 Mayra February 18, 2014 at 7:09 am

Looks amazinggg… I love smoothies! But I’ll have to wait ultill I get home to make it, so… 7 hours and counting! haha!
Love the idea of the frozen milk.,. I’ll give it a try!

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17 Jen @ SavedbytheKale February 18, 2014 at 7:12 am

I love how creamy that smoothie looks! I do green smoothie’s all the time for breakfast but lately have been playing around with making a few more sweet (but still healthy) varieties. :) Spring is definitely on it’s way in Georgia that is! I noticed some flowers just starting to bud out yesterday and I think we have so many birds in our back yard!
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18 Alison @ Daily Moves and Grooves February 18, 2014 at 7:18 am

Whoa. The creaminess factor here looks like it is through the roof. I’ve said before that I’m not the biggest fan of chocolate, BUT I would still totally try this. Needless to say, I do still prefer vanilla based smoothies.
Smoothies as meals are AWESOME.
My friends and I heard birds singing the other day in bio class (how appropriate)! But then it started snowing for two days straight. K.
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19 Sam @ Better With Sprinkles February 18, 2014 at 7:24 am

I’ve never thought to use frozen milk in a smoothie!! ohmygoodness, definitely trying that.
And my chocoholic-isms force me to choose chocolate over vanilla every time (unless we’re talking about ice cream…that’s my only exception).
And smoothies are my one of my go-tos for breakfast or lunch. I just throw some cereal on top so that I’m actually crunching on something.
As for signs of spring, I was at my parent’s yesterday and couldn’t help notice all the birds overcrowding their feeders…does that mean that winter’s going to go away soon? (ohmygod. Please say yes. Soooo ready for spring).
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20 Amanda @ .running with spoons. February 18, 2014 at 5:38 pm

Ice cream is my exception as well. I don’t think I’ve ever come across a chocolate ice cream that I felt was chocolatey enough for me.

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21 Krista @ Tiny n Fit February 18, 2014 at 7:27 am

This looks delicious! I actually tried your smoothie with oats in it, it was so good! And I love the frozen-milk trick. Must try this version ASAP!
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22 Ashley @ Married to the Game February 18, 2014 at 7:32 am

I have been addicted to smoothies lately too! I’ve never tried one with coffee in it, but I’m obsessed with coffee, so I really need to try this! Thank you for sharing it looks and sounds delicious!
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23 Sarah @ Feeeding the Brain and Body February 18, 2014 at 7:39 am

I am totally with you on the winter thing. I’m usually done until mid January. This winter has been too much I am starting to curse on my commutes into work…The winter makes it so much more inconvenient. I love thick smoothies! Will definitely be adding this to my list of cold things to make!
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24 Chelsea February 18, 2014 at 7:45 am

Uhm. This has two straws in it. Does that mean I have to share it? uhm..because I don’t plan on it. :)
Although, it may have to get a bit warmer before I can enjoy smoothies. Do you wear gloves when you drink them? Because I don’t think I could even imagine holding that glass right now :)
I noticed it getting lighter a few days ago, too! It made me mega happy!!!!
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25 Amanda @ .running with spoons. February 18, 2014 at 5:39 pm

:lol: No gloves, but I imagine that those and a toque would definitely help a bit.

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26 kim February 18, 2014 at 7:45 am

Definitely chocolate! Although vanilla is good every once in awhile. I go through phases with smoothies- I love having one to sip on throughout the afternoon. The weather was beautiful here in Texas this past weekend- 83 degrees and sunny! The Midwest will always be home, but I don’t miss the winters!

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27 Tonya@Healthy, Fit, and Frugal February 18, 2014 at 8:01 am

Looks delicious! I LOVE chocolate, but surprisingly when it comes to smoothies I prefer vanilla!
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28 Beth @ Running with the Sunrise February 18, 2014 at 8:03 am

Your smoothie looks like it was absolutely delicious! I normally go for a vanilla-based smoothie, but sometimes chocolate is just what I need. And I love the extra protein powder added; I’m always looking for an easy way to sneak in some extra protein because I don’t eat a ton of meat. Thanks for sharing your recipe!
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29 Heather @fitncookies February 18, 2014 at 8:10 am

Mmm I love milkshakes so this looks amazing! I can’t wait to give it a try :)

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30 Nicole @ FruitnFitness February 18, 2014 at 8:15 am

Oh this sounds good! I love the combination of coffee and chocolate! I made a smoothie for breakfast this morning, probably wasn’t the best choice as I was shivering while drinking it on the way to work but it was so, so good! I’ll have to try this!
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31 Brittany @ Delights and Delectables February 18, 2014 at 8:18 am

def my snack today!! xoxo
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32 Chelsea @ A Fit LittleOne February 18, 2014 at 8:23 am

I make this all the time for my after workout protein shake!! And I’m always making sure that the fruti I use goes well with chocolate. Otherwise it’s not happening haha Chocolate is a must!
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33 Brittany February 18, 2014 at 8:37 am

This blows Wendy outta the park!! YUM! I cannot wait for warm weather..I actually prefer drinking smoothies in the winter (weird I know) but the thought of them makes me think of warm..so..I WANT WARM!
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34 Ashley @MilesonOats February 18, 2014 at 8:46 am

OHHP! I think you should take that consideration a little more seriously and move to Arizona so we can bake ALL THE THINGS! And then go to Sephora, Lush, and MAC afterwards as a reward of all our hard work.

We can pit stop at Whole Foods too, so you can snag some almond butter and I can face plant into their macaroons. Sound like a plan? :D
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35 Amanda @ .running with spoons. February 18, 2014 at 5:41 pm

…. you’re a horrible temptress :P And by horrible I mean stoppppp tempting me so much!

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36 Hollie February 18, 2014 at 8:47 am

This looks good. I’ve never been a chocolate smoothie/ice cream kind of gal. It’s honestly just not sweet enough for me personally. I cannot wait for it to warm up a bit so I can have more smoothie snacks. They are never filling enough to hold me over for more then a few hours but they are nice treats.
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37 Megan @ The Skinny-Life February 18, 2014 at 9:08 am

That smoothie sure looks like YUM! I made my first smoothie this weekend. I have no idea why I have never made one before. It’s been 85 in Arizona so this weekend I whipped up my first smoothie recipe and it was awesome. Recipe post is going up today! Guess we all have smoothies on our minds.
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38 Megan @ The Skinny-Life February 18, 2014 at 9:44 am

By the way, do you live on the west coast? I’m looking for some west coast bloggers for a get together!
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39 Amanda @ .running with spoons. February 18, 2014 at 5:43 pm

Not exactly on the coast, no… but on the west side of Canada :lol: I’m from Alberta.

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40 Jen @ Chase the Red Grape February 18, 2014 at 9:10 am

Oh holy yum! Best get some bananas in the freezer!

Showing signs of spring here in Scotland too – gets dark about 6pm now! And it’s getting light when I leave the crossfit box in the morning at 8am, makes such a difference!
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41 Davida @ The Healthy Maven February 18, 2014 at 9:22 am

increases daylight = more time for food photography!!! Blogger probs…

for the record I still think PMS smoothie would have worked…and I could use one right now. But I also need to grocery shop but you’re distracting me…and now we’ll never skype…and I’m out of cashews…the end.
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42 Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat February 18, 2014 at 9:24 am

YUM! The thicker the smoothies the better – I thick they’re more satisfying this way! And I love mine chocolate based…no surprise there! ;-) I typically eat smoothies for breakfast; although, sometimes I’ll eat it with a granola or breakfast bar depending on what I put in it and how satisfying it is.
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43 Miranda @ Loving Every Mile February 18, 2014 at 9:25 am

Um can you say YUM?! There’s even coffee in this… oh Lordy!!
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44 Lyric February 18, 2014 at 9:27 am

Yesterday the sun stayed out until 6:30! My eyes could hardly believe what they were seeing! As for the smoothie/milkshake question… Im going to go out on a limb here and say strawberry. But it really depends were Im getting it from. If its homemade or if Im going to dip my fries in it {Do not knock it till you try it} then I love chocolate. If I’m getting one from anywhere else then its strawberry. I just cannot decide.
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45 Amanda @ .running with spoons. February 18, 2014 at 5:44 pm

You’re the first person to say strawberry! Yay! I was actually obsessed with strawberry ice cream at some point, but now it’s back to vanilla. And I’ve actually heard good things about dipping fries in milkshakes… nothing like the sweet and salty combo :D

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46 Sky @ The Blonde In Black February 18, 2014 at 9:54 am

That smoothie looks sooo good!! Lately, I’ve been loving green monster smoothies for breakfast, but this chocolate smoothie looks great and will have to make an appearance as a post-workout snack or breakfast. The past weekend it was around 75 here where I live in New Mexico and its starting to get pretty windy, so those have been signs of spring!
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47 Heather @ The Soulful Spoon February 18, 2014 at 10:03 am

Girl I’m lovin’ it! Great recipe! You have GOT TO get a Blendtec babe!! You’ll die and be in smoothie heaven! You can get free shipping through my website if you decide to go that route:) Just sayin!!:) Either way your recipes are great! Love it<3
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48 Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries February 18, 2014 at 10:07 am

I looooove when the days get longer! I actually just really noticed it this morning. It was lighter out earlier than normal, and I got so excited. :)

Your milkshake/smoothie looks great! Honestly, I love chocolate or vanilla – I don’t discriminate! ;)
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49 Jess @dearhealthyness February 18, 2014 at 10:24 am

mmmmmmmmm chocolate, this is something I’ve done befor, and I’m a fan!! I love everything chocolate!
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50 Lauren February 18, 2014 at 10:34 am

My mom and I noticed the time change the other day! It’s so exciting! Lol. I’m usually over snow by the time Christmas is over… which pretty much stinks because the worst of winter is usually after the holidays anyway. Oof!

This looks delicious but if I make ANY smoothie, the weather has got to make a change first! I’m doing a smoothie dance(?) for warm weather!

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51 Heather Murphy February 18, 2014 at 10:34 am

I hate to brag, but it’s sunny and 60 degrees here.. I officially have spring fever! Smoothies are a quick go- to breakfast for me. This looks like a full blown milkshake, and I love it! Chocolate all the way.

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52 Amanda @ .running with spoons. February 18, 2014 at 5:46 pm

Pft. Way to rub it in :P And here I was happy with 32.

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53 Alexis @ funrunning4life February 18, 2014 at 10:42 am

Definitely prefer chocolate based! I’m still a little too cold to whip out the smoothies on a regular basis, but I’m looking forward to having them more often soon. I hope…?
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54 Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl February 18, 2014 at 10:59 am

I definitely need to start adding almond butter to my smoothies! Oh, and I just have to tell you..I just tried the Justin’s vanilla flavor the other day and it is AMAZING. I sort of feel bad cheating on maple ;).
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55 Ellie@Fit for the soul February 18, 2014 at 11:20 am

I love how the day is starting to feel a weeeee bit longer these days because in this almost non existent winter in LA, the sun is setting slightly later! Yesssssssss. :D And wow, Amanda. Just wow….great job with the healthy recipe and beautiful photography! You truly deserve the “most improved” photography award. ;) Not that they weren’t good before anyway because they really were ;)

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56 Kim @ Hungry Healthy Girl February 18, 2014 at 11:28 am

Your smoothies are killing me!!!! I think we may have to start calling you the smoothie queen.
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57 Sarah February 18, 2014 at 11:41 am

Frozen milk. Now that is genius! In general I am a vanilla girl but, every once in a while, I crave some chocolate. Today is one of those days (thanks to your enticing pictures.) I think I need to invest in cocoa powder pronto. I don’t think I’ve ever had a smoothie as a meal. Even though they are rather filling I need something to chew or else it doesn’t seem like a meal. Also, I prefer savory over sweet when it comes to meals so smoothies just don’t cut it.
As for spring, I live in Souther California where the entire year seems to be one big season with minor variations in temperature. However, I have definitely noticed the days getting longer. Couple that with the plethora of Easter-related items in the stores and I’m aware spring is heading this way.

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58 Amanda @ .running with spoons. February 18, 2014 at 5:48 pm

I’ve noticed the bunnies and eggs showing up everywhere as well — they haven’t even sold all the Valentine’s stuff yet!

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59 Caitlin February 18, 2014 at 11:44 am

Yes!! I’ve been noticing the same thing on my drive home from work and that it’s getting light earlier in the morning, too, which has made me very happy :) As much as I love chocolate, I’m actually more of a vanilla milkshake fan. Crazy I know :P
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60 Lauren February 18, 2014 at 11:53 am

ummmm this smoothie looks SO GOOD. Like i want to drive home and make one right now. I never thought of putting instant coffee in there?!?!?! Trying that tomorrow. Do you normally freeze your ice cubes with milk?? Never thought of that either lolol I am so behind….
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61 Amanda @ .running with spoons. February 18, 2014 at 5:49 pm

Not always, but definitely when I want my smoothies to be thicker — I prefer it over using ice cubes because it doesn’t water down the taste.

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62 Arman @ thebigmansworld February 18, 2014 at 11:54 am

Oh hai making another smoothie for us Summer folk ;)

The second picture I thought was almond butter- dude that is amazing texture for a smoothie! I have a ‘smoothie’ like recipe posting this Friday which used to be y favourite but after seeing this…. Damn.

And screw investing in Arizona!
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63 Missy February 18, 2014 at 12:00 pm

Frozen milk…. why have I never thought of that? Genius.

Do you ever use those gums? I remember you used to use them a lot, but maybe they hurt your stomach? Curious if you ever tried again.
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64 Amanda @ .running with spoons. February 18, 2014 at 5:50 pm

Not since a few years ago when I seriously thought I was going to have to go to the ER because of the stomach pains I was getting. They definitely added a nice texture, but not worth the risk for me.

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65 Missy February 19, 2014 at 7:22 am

Yeah — I remember that and to this day that post is the reason why I am scared to touch them. Come to think of it though — it’s funny how things trend amongst HLBs and I just realized that I don’t see many people using them lately. I think that was back when Green Monsters were in their heyday. LOL.

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66 Lauren @ Dash of Soul February 18, 2014 at 1:16 pm

Looks delicious Amanda! Love the addition of the instant coffee in there–always makes chocolate taste EVEN better! :)
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67 Sue @This Mama Runs For Cupcakes February 18, 2014 at 1:22 pm

Ok, this looks delicious. My question….i absolutely HATE bananas…..is it completely overshadowed by the cocoa powder? Could i add a little extra just to make sure?? :)
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68 Amanda @ .running with spoons. February 18, 2014 at 5:51 pm

Yep! You can hardly taste the banana at all, and adding extra chocolate is never a bad idea :)

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69 Jennifer February 18, 2014 at 1:42 pm

I’ve made a version like this and it is yummy!

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70 Kaila @healthyhelperblog! February 18, 2014 at 2:21 pm

Simple. Delicious. And Chocolatey. The makings of a perfect recipe. Pinned!!!
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71 lindsay February 18, 2014 at 2:42 pm

coffee optional? never! hehe yum
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72 Tereza February 18, 2014 at 2:51 pm

Definitely satisfies my chocolate craving!!

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73 cheri February 18, 2014 at 4:00 pm

Oh boy! does this look good!

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74 Diana @sosmallsostrong February 18, 2014 at 4:29 pm

OH MY WORD! This looks delicious and the days getting longer is wonderful news. I’m not quite sure how much more of winter I can take!!

I am a chocolate smoothie girl and have had quite a few as meal replacements. I always enjoy adding some coffee to mine. It brings out that chocolatey (is that a word?) richness. I love that when you like something you go all out! Who cares that it’s cold. If a thick milkshake is what you’re craving, YOU DO IT! :)
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75 Cassie February 18, 2014 at 4:48 pm

I tried to diversify my chocolate smoothie for some green smoothies this week… you know with spring coming and whatnot, but I may have to go back!
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76 Amanda @ .running with spoons. February 18, 2014 at 5:53 pm

You can always just add chocolate to your green smoothies :) I may try tossing in a handful or two of spinach at some point — my greens have been slacking for sure.

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77 Jenny B February 18, 2014 at 4:53 pm

Mmmm… I’m at the point of the year where I’m done with green smoothies and looking for something that’s going to feed my sweet tooth. I think this is it! Thank you for sharing this recipe with the SITS linky!
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78 Amanda @runtothefinish February 18, 2014 at 4:59 pm

awesome a great way to satisfy my sweet craving without added sugars!
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79 Julianna @ Julianna Bananna February 18, 2014 at 5:39 pm

yum!! this looks so good. reminds me of the smoothies i always used to make during track season with cocoa powder, protein powder, and spinach. craving one now!

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80 Chelsea @ Chelsea's Healthy Kitchen February 18, 2014 at 6:03 pm

I only have one word: YUM! Chocolate smoothies are the best! I way prefer them over vanilla milkshakes/smoothies. Although I prefer vanilla ice cream. Call me weird.
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81 Amanda @ .running with spoons. February 19, 2014 at 4:40 am

Totally the same way — chocolate ice cream just isn’t chocolatey enough.

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82 Danica @ It's Progression February 18, 2014 at 6:05 pm

banana + chocolate + nut butter?? yummmm.
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83 Tara February 18, 2014 at 6:46 pm

That smoothie looks very refreshing…and since it’s about 90 degrees F where I am right now, I could go for a nice, cold smoothie. I definitely prefer chocolate based smoothies…the closer it tastes to a milkshake, the better!
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84 Natalie @ lovenataliemarie February 18, 2014 at 7:26 pm

If you decide to invest in coming to Arizona for the 5 months, we’d definitely be room mates. I live in Arizona, so the winters are pretty bearable. :D

You’re killin’ me with all of these delicious smoothies. I used to be like addicted to the Wendy’s drink.. I now have a more satisfying option.

You’re doing amazing with these recipes. :)
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85 runnermamablogger February 18, 2014 at 8:20 pm

That looks heavenly and the perfect treat after a run. I have chocolate almond milk in the house right now so I would make it minus the cocoa. Can’t wait to try it.
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86 Albizia February 18, 2014 at 10:17 pm

Winters here are not what I’m used to. I miss decent snow (read: snow that lasts more than half a day). Plums are in full bloom at the moment so I guess this counts as a sign of spring.

I looked at my blender the other day and thought I should use it more often. Maybe it’s time I stopped being so lazy because you mixed some of my favourite ingredients in your smoothie.

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87 Kelsey @ Ramblings of Change February 18, 2014 at 10:34 pm

It was in the high 30′s today – which means it is possible for the weather to be warmer!
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88 Alexis @ Hummusapien February 19, 2014 at 6:06 am

I die of the creaminess! LOVE the addition of instant coffee–thank god I just picked some up at TJ’s! I’m super on board with almond butter in smoothies. I think the extra fat provides unparalleled creaminess :)

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89 Amanda @ .running with spoons. February 19, 2014 at 11:58 am

Does it make you want to do a swan dive? ;)

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90 Mary Frances February 19, 2014 at 6:34 am

How do you make such an easy smoothie look so decadent? You are gifted in the art of photography, Amanda! I like the idea of freezing the milk beforehand – my smoothies always turn out like milkshakes – it is the only way to eat, er, drink them!

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91 Amanda @ Diary of a Semi-Health Nut February 19, 2014 at 7:36 am

Yummmm!!! We make this Frozen Mocha smoothie at work and I purposefully will make a little more for customers so I can drink the rest. Don’t tell my boss! ;)

I do love what protein powder does to smoothies! Depending on how long you blend them they can get super fluffy!! Yum!

Pinned! :)
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92 Dawn@OfficeGymRepeat February 19, 2014 at 11:28 am

I’ve been doing this with plain black coffee, a splenda, and a serving of mocha meal replacement mix. I get my vitamins, minerals, and chocolate coffee fix all in one place without the half & half and sugars that I usually end up having when I go to Starbucks!
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93 Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets February 19, 2014 at 4:52 pm

I love the idea of freezing the milk ahead of time. I usually freeze my bananas but doing the milk is pure genius.
I’ve noticed the days are getting longer too, and I am eagerly awaiting the first flowers: crocuses, followed shortly thereafter by daffodils. It also means my chives will return and hopefully the garlic I planted for the first time last fall. Squeal. Sorry, I’m a little excited.

Oh and on the milkshakes, I’d go strawberry. Gotta get my fruit fix. ;)
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94 Kaitlin February 19, 2014 at 5:11 pm

OH my so sinfully delicious!!
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95 Cassie February 19, 2014 at 6:28 pm

In the spring/summer smoothies are a pretty standard breakfast for me. I miss them but I can’t seem to warm up after I have one in the winter… and I like them both chocolate and vanilla based… but prefer chocolate, of course.
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96 Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli February 20, 2014 at 7:30 am

I was SO FLIPPIN’ EXCITED when I noticed it was still daylight after 5pm the other day! I wanted to run down the streets shouting, “Spring is near! Spring is near!” but umm, well, I’m sure my neighbors already think I’m crazy when I’m outside taking pictures of my food…no need to give them any other ammunition against me! ;)

Besides the one that Laura made me post workout this past weekend (that, might I add, I shivered my way through), I actually haven’t had a smoothie in FOREVER! I usually tend to stick to vanilla bases and then throw different kinds of fruit in them, but I have to say there will always be a soft spot in my heart for peanut butter, chocolate, and banana…I had a personal trainer at my gym when I was in college who used to make me one at least once a week after my workout! There’s just something about adding a spoonful of nut butter that totally amplifies the thick and creaminess! Yum!
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97 Tiffany February 20, 2014 at 1:05 pm

YES! I need this – like tonight! I’m going to try it with almond milk minus all the add ons on the bottom. I want that so bad right now LOL
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98 Julie February 22, 2014 at 7:05 am

The dash of cinnamon is a nice touch. I’ll give it a try! I, too, layer over layer when I’m smoothie-ing it up in the winter. Last February I posted what I was wearing (http://www.designinkarnation.com/2013/02/smoothie-fashion.html) …. though this year it hasn’t been so intense – I’ve limited myself to one smoothie/day AND I discovered it helps to drink it while munching on a bit of something salty. :P
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99 Amanda @ .running with spoons. February 22, 2014 at 11:31 am

:lol: Oh that’s just too adorable — thank you for the laugh :)

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100 Tiffany February 22, 2014 at 8:06 am

Oh My I NEED This is my Life …NOW!
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101 Marlynn @UrbanBlissLife February 22, 2014 at 8:43 am

This looks DELICIOUS! We make smoothies all the time at home and I LOVE chocolate. Cannot believe I have not yet made a chocolate smoothie. Thanks for the recipe!
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102 Kristin February 22, 2014 at 8:55 pm

Sounds delicious! Pinning for when I finally get not smoothies!
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103 Amanda Ingle February 26, 2014 at 1:12 pm

Will definitely be featuring this recipe on our link roundup on the Anytime Fitness blog. Good stuff!
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104 Rachel March 3, 2014 at 12:34 am

I am definitely trying this!!! It looks amazing!!!!
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105 Eleanor March 31, 2014 at 4:05 pm

This looks wonderful, if I leave out protein powder and instant coffee, how will it taste, or can I substitute something else ? Even though I watch my sugar , pre diabetic , I can have a banana

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106 Amanda @ .running with spoons. March 31, 2014 at 5:31 pm

It’ll still taste great, Eleanor! The banana and the cocoa are the most important parts.

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107 Shelly April 5, 2014 at 6:08 pm

I just made this using the frozen milk tip and my vanilla Justin’s Almond Butter and omg!!! Who needs chocolate ice cream with this delicious smoothie?!?! I even threw in a handful of frozen organic blueberries and a handful of organic frozen spinach and couldn’t see or taste them. You don’t get all the nutrition benefits of this with ice cream! LOVE

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108 Brianna April 17, 2014 at 5:22 pm

Looks amazing!

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109 Brianna April 17, 2014 at 5:24 pm

Sorry, i wrote more but it got deleted. Just wondering when you freeze milk what do you use for the liquid? Do you just freeze 1/2 cup milk and pour in the rest? Ahah sorry if this is a dumb question. Love your blog!

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110 Amanda @ .running with spoons. April 17, 2014 at 8:56 pm

Eek! I kind of eyeball it, to be honest. I’ll toss in 3 or 4 frozen milk cubes and then add splashes of milk until I’m happy with the consistency.

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111 beth April 17, 2014 at 8:33 pm

Did you use vanilla or chocolate protein powder in that pictured smoothie? What brand do you like? Thanks much.

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112 Amanda @ .running with spoons. April 17, 2014 at 8:57 pm

It was vanilla protein powder. And I use Proteins+ by Genuine Health.

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