Jan 25, 2017
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This chocolate protein smoothie bowl is packed with fiber, nutrition, and a rich chocolate flavor. It’s a great breakfast or post-workout snack that tastes like a treat.
Thanks to chia seeds, frozen banana, and protein powder, you’re going to need a spoon to eat it because it’s ultra-thick and delish!
What is A Smoothie Bowl
Smoothie bowls are similar to regular smoothies but blended with less liquid giving them a thick texture that’s easier to eat with a spoon than drink through a straw.
You can also top smoothie bowls with sliced fruit, seeds, nuts, and nut butter for a very delicious and healthier version of soft-serve.
Personally, I love adding sliced bananas, strawberries, shredded coconut, and extra chia seeds for a little crunch. We will talk more about smoothie bowl toppings below.
High Protein & Fiber Ingredients
This smoothie bowl recipe is loaded with fiber from the avocado, chia seeds, and prunes, my secret ingredient that makes the smoothie more nutritious and slightly sweeter.
Here are the nutrient-packed ingredients you need to whip up a frosty bowl of goodness that will give you energy and keep you full plus help your digestive tract move along.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- almond milk: the liquid of choice for this smoothie. I like unsweetened vanilla almond milk, but you can swap it for regular milk or your favorite dairy alternative.
- banana: a frozen banana helps to sweeten smoothies and give them a thick consistency.
- avocado: a good source of healthy fats and 5 grams of fiber. Trust me; your smoothie bowl won’t taste like guacamole.
- prunes: a low-glycemic food that adds fiber and natural sugars.
- chia seeds: provide healthy fats, fiber, and help thicken the smoothie.
- chocolate protein powder: use ANY of your favorite protein powders, such as soy, whey, or pea, but you’ll want the flavor to be chocolate. If you have vanilla, use that, but the smoothie will be less chocolate-y.
- cocoa powder: each tablespoon adds more chocolate flavor and 2 grams of fiber!
- ice: to add volume and make it frosty.
How to Make a High Fiber Protein Smoothie
The secret to a perfectly blended smoothie is the order in which the ingredients are added into the blender jar. You want to start with liquids, followed by solids, and finish with ice.
Here’s what I mean:
- Grab a blender
To the blender jar, add the almond milk, frozen banana, avocado, prunes, chia seeds, protein powder, cocoa powder, and ice.
Top the blender jar with the lid and process until smooth, pausing to stir the mixture a few times, if needed.
- Grab a bowl and spoon
Transfer the smoothie in bowls and top with your favorite toppings.
Best budget-friendly blenders for smoothies here!
I’ve also captured this recipe in a video, so you can watch how it’s made.
As you can see in the video, I reduced the sugar by cutting out some fruit and using low-sugar toppings like seeds. It’s nutritious foods like this bowl that support my journey to eat healthy. As many of you know, I am busy all the time but I care a lot about my health and nutrition because without a healthy body and mind I can’t produce the results I want in life as well as stay healthy to enjoy life with my family.
Many of you have asked me, how do you get your smoothies so smooth? How do you find the time to make them in the morning? Well, I’ll tell you my secret. I often place everything in the blender, with the milk first then the harder to blend items like nuts at the bottom to soften up overnight; and in the morning, all I do is pull the blender out of the fridge and blend. Boom! Instant deliciousness.
Smoothie Bowl Toppings
One of the best parts about eating a smoothie bowl is topping it with a variety of yummy ingredients, almost like a sundae, but in this case, it’s all very good for you.
Here are a few ingredients to add color, variety, and even more nutrients to your bowl:
- Berries: strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries
- Sliced fruit of any kind
- Dried fruit
- Seeds: chia, pepita, hemp, and flax
- Nuts: pecans, almonds, cashews, etc.
- Nut butter: almond butter, peanut butter, cashew butter
- Yogurt: dairy or non-dairy
- Shredded coconut
- Dark chocolate chips
Can You Make Smoothie Bowls Ahead of Time?
You can definitely prep the smoothie base ahead. Add everything to the blender, minus the ice, in the order listed. Cover with the lid and refrigerate overnight. The next morning, add the ice and blend to perfection.
Smoothie Bowl Nutrition
This protein smoothie bowl is a nutritionally dense option with less than half the calories and sugar of standard drive-thru smoothies. Each serving provides:
- calories– 458
- protein– 27g
- fat– 18g
- carbohydrates– 58g
- sugar– 19g
- fiber– 14g
- calcium– 65%
- iron– 25%
With that rich chocolate flavor and frosty-like texture, the nutrition facts are a cherry on top.
More High Protein & High Fiber Recipes
Prunes are my go-to ingredient to add more fiber to my day. I’ve also used them in my High Fiber Breakfast Muffins and Chicken with Prunes and Sage for dinner.
We’re all looking to get added protein and fiber in our diets, and the recipes below deliver just while making it delicious. You’ll find a good mix of sweet and savory options for breakfasts, lunches, and dinners.
- Overnight Oats with Yogurt
- Blueberry Spinach Smoothie
- Roasted Vegetable Salad with Chicken
- Southwest Quinoa Salad
- Paleo Chicken & Veggie Chili
What are some of your reasons to eat healthy?
High Fiber and Protein Chocolate Smoothie Bowl
- 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- ½ frozen banana
- ½ avocado or if omitting, use 1 whole frozen banana
- 3 Prunes
- 2 teaspoons chia seeds
- 1 scoop 30g chocolate protein 30g
- 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
- 1 cup ice
- Unsweetened shredded coconut
- Chia or hemp seeds
- Sliced banana
- Sliced strawberries
- Chopped prunes
- Chopped nuts
- Add all the smoothie ingredients inside a blender in the order listed. Blend until smooth, pausing a few times to stir the mixture if necessary.
- Transfer the smoothie into a bowl and top with your favorite toppings.
My kids, my husband and I love this. Kids request it every morning. We divide the recipe between four people. Tastes like chocolate Dairy Queen soft serve!
It’s so good! Feels like a treat for breakfast.
Great, used dates instead of prunes. Ground flaxseed is also a great addition.
This looks delicious! Can you use prune juice instead of prunes? Will it change the consistency?
Hi Gabi, I don’t recommend swapping the prunes for a liquid, it will change the consistency. You could use dates instead.
This recipe is great. The only thing I would do different is reduce the milk because I like my bowls thick. Also I didn’t have whole prunes but I had a jar of my granddaughters baby food prunes so I used them. It turned out great!
Looks very delicious to try
The recipe looks great and I bet It’ll taste good too. I was just wondering though if I could blend up the ingredients at night and store in the freezer, if it’ll taste just fine??
If you store it in the freezer overnight it will freeze solid; but within 30 minutes or so, it will be the consistency of a smoothie bowl. I freeze leftovers often, so you could freeze it and then take it out.Enjoy!
Definitely trying this for my daughter who hates to eat breakfast but loves chocolate! Thanks!
My 12 year granddaughter doesn’t like to eat breakfast but she loves chocolate so going to get ingredients and give it a try without her knowing what the ingredients are..
I’m really excited to try this. Chocolate is my favorite, and the idea of adding prunes and avacado to make it sweet and thick is terrific! Healthy chocolate – WHOOO!!
Looks great! Cannot wait to try it!
This would be so great for my son one school mornings! He would think it was desert! Thank you for the recipe!
Definitely going to have to try this!!!! I need more protein in my day.
More great inspiration! Thanks for always giving us fresh ideas. This one was delicious!
Can’t believe there are prunes in this. I’m excited to try it. Always looking for a healthier chocolate fix!!
What would you suggest if you omitted the strawberries?
Interesting. I’m not normally a chocolate person, but sometimes, a tiny craving will hit. And this looks delicious, especially with the toppings you used. I’m definitely going to have to save this recipe!
CAn’t wait to try this looks and sounds so yummy !
This looks amazing! And I have all these ingredients already, score!
This looks really yummy. We make smoothies for breakfast all the time at my house, so I look forward to trying!
Cannot wait to try this one with chocolate being my favorite!
This looks yum !! It has chocolate and is good for u !! Win win.
Super food in a bowl!!! Amazing, chocolate and good for you?! WINNING!!
I am so excited to give this recipe a try! I have been looking for something new and different for breakfast and this sounds great!
What a great alternative option instead of my morning smoothie!
This looks delicious! Thank you for yet another wonderful recipe. I can’t wait to try it… I’m thinking tomorrow?!
Love how this is yummy and packed with nutrients!! Can’t wait to try it!
Looks Delicious and now I know how to use the prunes sitting in my pantry, besides just eating them plain! Thanks Laura! Smoothie bowl for breakfast tomorrow.
My son will love this! Chocolate banana is his fav. I like avocado in my smoothies too!
I absolutely love the way this looks. I love healthy chocolate.
HEALTHY & CHOCOLATE – In the same easy to make ahead breakfast! Genious – that’s why I love following you and receiving yummee and healthy recipes! Thank you!
aww thank you so much Theresia! I love sharing recipes with you.
Looks great! It’s branching out of my comfort zone for smoothies so I’m gonna give it a go! Thanks Laura!
Looks delicious! Love it that it’s healthy!!
can’t wait to try it
I love this recipe as I Love Chocolate and fruit!! Your tip of putting nuts blending first, adding nuts to soak overnight in the fridge is Awesome!!! So goin to try this!!!
This looks delicious! I usually make a chocolate smoothie, but it doesn’t tide me over until lunch. Upgrading to a smoothie bowl may do the trick! Thank you for always posting such awesome recipes!
I can’t wait to try this. I love my morning shake but have wanted to try a smoothie bowl.
I want to lose weight. I just had a beautiful baby girl in November!
Congratulations! kids are such a blessing. Here is to your success in reaching your health goals Latanya.
Funny that you chose chocolate and blueberry as your two smoothies in your post! They are our two favorites. I also want to set a better example for my children. The world is so obsessed with sugar today. We need to crave the goodness of real food! I also have an autoimmune disorder and need to go dairy and gluten or grain free. Thanks for your great recipes that will help me get there! I do have trouble getting them smooth enough. I’ll try your overnight tip and see if that helps! Thanks!
This looks so decadent, I can’t believe it’s healthy! Thanks for sharing recipe!!!
This looks delicious as well! Wish I wasn’t seeing these at 10pm and lacking ingredients!
Looks good! never thought to add prunes to a smoothie. I will be trying this!
Love the smoothie bowl recipes…I’m in a smoothie rut and intimidated by making the bowls (what if I use all these expensive ingredients and it doesn’t taste good). My main reason for being healthy is to be around for my children and grandchildren. I had my children late in life and my mom died of cancer at 51 (and she was a health nut).
I eat healthy to set a good example for my kids, or at least try! I love the tip about putting the ingredients in the fridge overnight.
Great healthy way to get my chocolate fix!
I want to set a healthy example for my daughter.
You are an awesome mom Lori!
I’ve never had prunes before. Do they have a distinct taste?
No. Just sweet. Almost like caramel with a fruity taste
This looks so good. I wonder if I could sneak a bit of spinach in it without changing the flavor? I will try it!
Looks good but too high in carbs for my low carb doctor restricted borderline diabetic diet. Any way to reduce the carbs?
It will vary with the protein you use. My protein has 10g per serving. Also, you could eliminate the banana and 1 of the prunes. Enjoy!
I was diagnosed with an autoimmune condition in December. I’ve gone grain, processed sugar, and soy free to help maintain a better heaLtd for myself :).
Then this smoothie is an excellent way to get extra fiber without grains! Here is to your success in your healing process Karey!
Looks so good, Laura! I usually drink tea in the morning and eat a fruit or some sweet bread (think banana bread, apple bread, cinnamon bread, etc.). I also find I’m not very hungry in the morning. I’d be interested in trying a smoothie. After my morning tea that is. 😉
Tea first! LOL this is perfect for a filling breakfast.
What kind of protein powder did you use?
Hi Andrea, I use this chocolate protein powder. It’s really “clean” and I have found it easy to digest. It’s also great mixed with unsweetened almond milk and heated up in a mug at night. It makes a great hot chocolate LOL
you had me at chocolate. and adding prunes? genius. will try this!
Yuuuum Need to try this!!! Won’t let me add a comment just reply to people’s!
Courtney, sorry it won’t let you add comments. We are looking into it.
I made this this morning. It was SO GOOD!!!! and extra fiber, a bonus.