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Chocolate Almond Butter Smoothie Bowl

Chocolate Almond Butter Smoothie Bowl features decadent chocolate and nourishing almond butter blended with frozen bananas and chilled almond milk. A blissful treat any time of day!

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Decadent chocolate and nourishing almond butter blended with frozen bananas and chilled almond milk. It is a purely thick and creamy blissful treat with only a few simple ingredients!

Inspired by my love of this flavor combination, this Chocolate Almond Butter Smoothie Bowl makes for a great way to start the day or enjoy as a midday pick-me-up or end-of-the-day treat.

Add the optional toppings, including sliced banana, chopped almonds, granola, and cacao nibs, to take it to another level of YUM!

A few more great reasons to love this recipe. It’s…

  • dairy-free
  • vegan
  • energizing
  • easy to make
  • heart-smart
  • no added sugars
  • & delicious!

Gather your ingredients and get ready to fall in love! ❤️

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Ingredients used to make the best chocolate almond butter smoothie bowl!

Ingredients You’ll Need

Here is everything you’ll need to make this dairy-free almond butter and chocolate smoothie bowl recipe:

Bananas – are economical and great for gut health while also adding natural sweetness and creaminess.
Almond butter – is a great way to add healthy plant-based protein and creaminess to your smoothie bowl. Use creamy or chunky. If in a pinch, you can use peanut butter. And those with nut allergies can use sunflower.
Cocoa powder – is loaded with healthy antioxidants. Feel free to sub with raw cacao powder, or for an ultra chocolatey flavor, dutch cocoa can be used.
Vanilla extract – adds a nice layer of flavor but can be optional.
Unsweetened almond milk – use your favorite plain or vanilla-flavored non-dairy milk, cashew milk, coconut milk, oat milk, etc.

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How To Make Chocolate Almond Butter Smoothie Bowl

Making a smoothie in a bowl is easy as can be with these easy steps and tips!

  • Start by adding your frozen bananas to the blender. Add in a few ice cubes, cocoa, nut butter, and milk. Blend until smooth.
  • Pour the smoothie into a bowl, as shown here, or enjoy the more traditional smoothie in a glass with a straw (preferably a wide straw). Either way, you can add a few additional toppings for added flavor and texture.

Smoothie Tips

  • Use ripe bananas. Overripe bananas, which are nice and spotty, are much sweeter and flavorful.
  • Use sliced bananas. This may be a given, but sliced bananas are easier to blend for a thicker, creamier smoothie. So be sure to chop them before freezing so they will blend easily.
  • Add even more protein You may like to add Silk brands Protein & Nut Milk which would add an extra 10 grams of protein if used in this recipe. Alternately, adding a scoop of protein powder would be great. Just be sure to add a tad more milk, starting with just a splash or two.

Keep on reading for more tips and similar recipes you need to try!

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Chocolate Smoothie Bowl Toppings

Here are a few of my favorite chocolate smoothie bowl toppings!

  • Banana – sliced and layered across the bowl adds bits of fresh creaminess and sweetness.
  • Granola – adds the perfect crunch and texture. I love Target’s Good & Gather vanilla granola, and Sprout’s also has a great one in the bulk section.
  • Cacao nibs – are rich in antioxidants and add more bits of chocolatey goodness. I buy mine in bulk cacao nibs online (affiliate link) and keep it in the refrigerator (I’m lucky to have a second fridge for such items).
  • Almonds – roughly chopped add even more crunch and healthy vitamin E.

And there you have it, a dairy-free smoothie with chocolate, almond butter, and no added sugars – made easy, healthy, and blissfully delicious! 

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If you try this smoothie bowl recipe or have a question, please let me know! Leave a comment and rate it below. I love to hear what you think, or any changes you make.


Chocolate Almond Butter Smoothie Bowl

Whip up a bowl of pure bliss with this dreamy and creamy chocolate almond butter smoothie bowl. Easy to make and refined sugar-free. Makes a great treat any time of day!

  • Author: Julie | The Simple Veganista
  • Prep Time: 5 min
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 2
  • Category: Smoothie, Breakfast
  • Method: blender
  • Cuisine: Vegan


  • 2 large frozen bananas (pref. overripe)
  • 1/4 cup almond butter (or your favorite nut butter)
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, optional
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 34 ice cubes

Optional toppings

  • sliced bananas
  • granola
  • cocoa nibs
  • chopped almonds


Place bananas, almond butter, cocoa powder, optional vanilla, milk and ice cubes into blender, blend until smooth.

Serve in small to medium-sized bowls with optional toppings of choice. For a more traditional smoothie, serve in a glass with a few of the optional toppings. Use a wide straw or spoon.

Serves 2


Add a level scoop of protein powder for extra protein. Use a tad more milk as needed, a splash or two at a time.

If you don’t mind a little added sugar, try Silk’s Protein & Nut Milk with this recipe. It contains 10 grams of protein per and 2 grams of sugar per serving.

Nutrition information is calculated without added toppings.

Updated: This recipe was originally published in February 2017. It has been retested and updated with new photos and helpful tips in April 2021.

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  1. I am looking for a frozen smoothie bowl that has the same ingredients. Will this taste good if you froze it and then kind of defrosted it a little bit before eating?

    1. Julie | The Simple Veganista says:

      Great question, Jennifer! Yes, you can freeze it and thaw a bit before serving. Enjoy!

  2. I made this today and it was delicious! It did however have the texture of a shake more than of a smoothie bowl. Might’ve been my fault for putting too much almond milk, but do you have any recommendations on how to make it thicker?

    1. Julie | The Simple Veganista says:

      Thanks for sharing, Laura! You can use less liquids and/or add an extra frozen banana. Hope that helps!

  3. Delicious! It reminded me of a Frosty in texture (I added 3 or 4 big ice cubes to the mix) but tasted waaay better.

  4. Delicious! I turned this into a shake (instead of a bowl) and it was the best, healthy, chocolate shake. Really amazing. This will be my daily snack. Thank you!

  5. Made the recipie just as it says … it’s pretty freaking fantastic. I’ll make it again. It was also super easy!

  6. This tasted amazing! I’m super happy with how it turned out. I topped mine off with blueberries, strawberries and granola and it was perfect. Loved it!

  7. Keara Elam says:

    This looks amazing… can’t wait to try it! Is there anything else I can substitute for the banana without changing it much? I hate bananas!!

    1. Julie | The Simple Veganista says:

      You can add 1/4 cup of oatmeal flour, grind up just shy of 1/2 cup oats to a flour consistency. You can also try adding a scoop of protein powder, or maybe 1/3 cup non-dairy yogurt, try Silk Plain Non-Dairy Almond Yougurt. Some of these ideas I picked up from The Kitchn. Would love to know what you choose to use and how it went. Cheers :)

  8. Did I read correctly that you do not peel your bananas when you freeze them? You just cut them into chunks?

    1. Julie | The Simple Veganista says:

      Hi Jo, good question!

      You should always peel the bananas before freezing. It makes them much easier to deal with once frozen.

      I break my bananas in half before freezing. This makes it easier to know how many bananas I’m using. Alternately, you can make your banana peices smaller if you prefer, about the size of ice cubes would be good.

      Hope that helps… Enjoy :)

  9. Liz @ pumpkin & peanut butter says:

    Ohh this looks like my perfect smoothie bowl! Can you believe I still haven’t tried one?? This may have to be my first :)

    1. So yummy. So easy. So happy!

  10. Izzy | pinch of delight says:

    This looks amazing – two of my favourite combos , chocolate and almond butter! x

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