Love Chocolate Shakes? Give This Smoothie A Try

Dark Chocolate Smoothie

April 15, 2013   37 Comments

Sometimes I wish I was the kind of person who would walk by an ice cream store and not notice it.

But, my friends, that is not me.

In fact, when I attended grad school, I had to walk by a “Creamery” every day - MULTIPLE times a day. In this creamery, they made chocolate milkshakes and at about 3 PM on a hot day, I was standing in line.

I had a chocolate milkshake problem. If I had just known about the smoothie below, I would have saved money, calories, and that creeping feeling of guilt associated with too many treats.

A medium chocolate milkshake at Burger King is:

760 calories, 21 g fat, 15 g saturated fat, 131.0 g carbohydrates, 112 g sugar, 14.0 g protein, 2.0 g fiber, 430 mg sodium, 21 Points+

If 112 grams of sugar, more than 22 teaspoons of sugar, doesn’t shock you, I don’t know what will. If you drink these, please reduce your consumption and substitute the smoothie below because it is GOOOOD.

On a lighter note, I am going to give out my first food label award. See below:

I am impressed with Hershey’s for telling us that this (my favorite) Special Dark cocoa is not as healthy as regular cocoa. They did it in large print on the side of the package and I have NEVER seen a label like this. I award Hershey’s the first “Truth On The Label” award for being so honest.

Thank you, Hershey’s, for being so clear. Their product, Special Dark Cocoa, is delicious. It has a stronger chocolate flavor and I use it when I make hot chocolate.

How do you deal with a chocolate shake problem?

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Chocolate Smoothie Recipe

Makes two servings

4 ice cubes
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup whole milk
1/2 ripe banana
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa (Hershey’s Special Dark)
2 teaspoons agave nectar, maple syrup, or honey

Pulse ice cubes in blender to crush. Add milk, banana, cocoa, and agave nectar and blend until frothy. Serve immediately.

For one cup = 105 calories, 2.8 g fat, 1.6 g saturated fat, 20.4 g carbohydrates, 14.4 g sugar, 3.3 g protein, 3.1 g fiber, 28 mg sodium, 3 Points+

5 SmartPts

Points values are calculated by Snack Girl and are provided for information only.
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First 20 Comments: [ see all 37 ]

This look yummy. For those people who do not want to use Agave, just add a pitted whole date for sweetness. Can't believe all that sugar in the milkshake.

on April 15, 2013

With half a ripe banana, some may find that they can do without the extra agave/honey, or reduce the amount.

Particularly if you are looking for a really "dark" chocolate flavour.

on April 15, 2013

Snack Girl, I love your recipes! Do you have any smoothie recipes that DON"T have bananas in them? I can't help it, I loathe them. Thanks!!

on April 15, 2013

I actually like Hershey's Dark Chocolate Cocoa Powder. Your shake looks delish! Love chocolate and banana together!

on April 15, 2013

This sounds yummy! I can't wait to try it! I'm thinking I could even sneak some kale or spinach in there for my kids since the darker color will hide it well. Thanks for sharing!

on April 15, 2013

These are the tips I like

on April 15, 2013

Try Greek ypgurt, Truvia (stevia), and a little fat free milk (almost frozen) with the cocoa powder in the blender...with any other flavor (like hazelnut, vanilla or nutmeg) for a "no banana" smoothie

on April 15, 2013

I'm definitely trying this! Looks so good!

on April 15, 2013

My friend and I were just discussing putting coco powder in smoothies yesterday. It's a great way to fix a chocolate craving. Love this kind off smoothie though I generally don't add sugar or whole milk, but if replacing a shake it makes for a better treat

on April 15, 2013

I make a shake like this. Only difference I don't use any sweetner and add a peanut butter to it.

on April 15, 2013

I'm so glad to see Hershey's putting that on the label. It's either new or I hadn't noticed it before. I usually love dark chocolate, but I actually preferred the regular Hershey's cocoa when I tried the special dark cocoa powder. I felt like I "should" buy the darker one for the health benefits. Fortunately I did a quick search online and found this same info on Hershey's website. It's nice they're making this information more accessible. I'd hate to have people (like myself) buying the Special Dark thinking it was healthier when they might really prefer the regular kind (that actually is healthier).

on April 15, 2013

Such a great idea for a chocolate and ice cream fix. not going to add sugar or stevia.... Don't need the added sweetness.

on April 15, 2013

This sounds so good!!Love the idea if adding peanut butter too!
Is it OK to use a low-fat milk instead of whole?

on April 15, 2013

When Hershey brings its operations back to the US, I'll be more impressed... To keep my smoothie dairy free, I just use the banana, cocoa or carob, a little agave (with carob, no extra sweetener is needed!), and I usually add some protein powder (hemp), and add water. Absolutely delicious.

on April 15, 2013

Have to agree with Barb C. I cannot in good faith use Hershey products. Not only have they moved their operations out of the US, they also buy from suppliers who use child slave labor. And this is a company which brags about the Milton Hershey School! Little conflict there!

on April 15, 2013

I use skim milk and splenda, but am trying to switch to natural sweeteners with mixed results. 6 ww points sounds like a lot for this though? I was assuming my little concoction was 2 at best since it's basically a banana and ice. I also use peanut butter sometimes for more or a real milkshake feel. Agreed it is one of the best cravings busters out there! I know you already mentioned Trader Joe's dark chocolate triangles somewhere? (I get the ones w/ caramel.) Smarties also keep me on track--a roll for 30 calories! Also Snack Girl--these cookies are an amazing deal calorically speaking for people who love short bread. Our dollar store has them periodically--otherwise 3-4 at the regular store. 10 cookies for 100 calories/ 1 carb exchange/ 6 gr sugar and they have vitamins etc. as they are for toddlers!

on April 15, 2013

I got this recipe from one of your readers about a year ago - it has become a standard breakfast drink for me, but I also have one if I want to fill-up before going out to dinner. Original recipe: lend together 1 sliced frozen banana, (about) 1 cup cold coffee, 2 TBS cocoa powder. I use 1 TBS Sharfen Burger cocoa and throw in 1/3 cup fat free Greek yogurt for a bit of protein.

on April 15, 2013

Holy chocolate cow-- you have made my day!

on April 15, 2013

Ann, careful on the Stevia products. There's a warning on WebMD that people on blood pressure meds should not consume Stevia products. I would always post a disclaimer stating that if I were's good information to have.

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