This Chocolate Walnut Smoothie is filled with walnuts and cocoa powder, along with banana, for a healthy yet delectable treat!
Every January I get really into smoothies. Don’t get me wrong, I love them year-round, but every January I tend to crave them as a snack, which I realize is strange because of how cold it normally is outside. I’m going to assume it has something to do with me subconsciously trying to eat healthier while simultaneously not making a big deal about it. Miguel and I briefly considered doing another Whole30, but decided that now is not the time, though we agreed that we should probably do one later in the year.
Speaking of not doing Whole30, I’m not really making any New Year’s resolutions this year. I feel like they tend to be unrealistic, especially in regards to food and fitness. “Workout 6 days a week” is just not going to happen, and neither is “give up dairy once and for all”, so I don’t really see the point. Plus, I’m a gray person—aka balanced—so saying that I’m going to do something for the ENTIRE YEAR probably isn’t true. I am however, setting a few career-specific goals, but that’s another story. As far as food goes, I’m planning on eating exactly the same, minus the mass amounts of Christmas cookies I’ve been enjoying these past few weeks.
Anyway, SMOOTHIES, they’re great aren’t they? I tend to enjoy them as a snack, or as my second breakfast on mornings when I wake up super early (i.e. before 6 am, in which case I tend to get hungry for “lunch” around 10 am). This chocolate walnut smoothie is on the sweeter side, simply because it has chocolate in it, but it’s awesome on days when you need something sweet but don’t want to devour an entire chocolate bar. Plus, who doesn’t love the banana-walnut combo?! This smoothie is kind of a combo of chocolate chip banana bread and walnut banana bread, both excellent options if you ask me.
Sprinkle it with a bit of sea salt for that salty sweet goodness and honestly, is there anything better?
- 1 banana
- ½ cup walnuts
- 2 tbsp cocoa powder
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- ½ cup milk of choice, or more
- Pinch of sea salt
- Add ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth.