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.
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
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
- 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.