Chocolate Smoothie

My son’s favorite breakfast is a chocolate banana smoothie.

He likes it because he feels like he’s drinking a milkshake for breakfast. I like it because it is quick and easy and nutritious. I’ve tweaked this recipe over time, and I thought I’d repost it now that I have a blender that really works!

First, a little history. I was getting increasingly frustrated with the blender I bought a year or so ago for the purpose of making smoothies. It never seemed to be able to handle the ice or the frozen bananas. No matter how long I blended, we had chunks. I paid around $100 for it, and you’d think for that a blender would, you know, BLEND THINGS.

Sure, there are machines dedicated to smoothies — but the ones I hear people touting generally carry a very high price tag, and I just couldn’t bite the bullet.

Recently I was given the opportunity to review the Hamilton Beach Smoothie Smart Blender, which I was thrilled to try because someone told me it was fantastic.

hamilton beach smoothie smart blender at amazon


The Hamilton Beach Smoothie Smart Blender retails for only $39.99 at — and I admit, I was skeptical. I’m of the “you get what you pay for” philosophy when it comes to kitchen tools, but I agreed to try it.

We put it to the test this morning, and I am delighted to inform you that IT WORKS!

It has an ice crushing setting, but I didn’t even bother. I just pressed smoothie and let it whirl for 20-30 seconds, until it appeared to be smooth. When I went to pour, we all waited with bated breath. It LOOKED smooth. Then we tried it, and we were thrilled. It was perfectly blended — not a single chunk to be had. I’m quite pleased.

I also like the spout — it is very easy to pour without a mess.

Making smoothies for breakfast is so easy. Just gather your ingredients.

chocolate smoothie ingredients

Put everything together in the blender, and give it a whirl!

Hamilton Beach Smoothie Smart Blender

Here’s the recipe with my latest tweaks.

Chocolate Banana Smoothie
Author: Jo-Lynne Shane
Prep time:
Total time:
Serves: 2 smoothies
Healthy enough for breakfast, yummy enough for dessert!
  • 1 cup plain organic yogurt
  • 2 egg yolks from pastured chickens (optional)
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk (or regular milk works too)
  • 1 frozen banana, cut into large chunks
  • 2 slightly rounded tablespoons cacao powder (or any cocoa powder, but there are added health benefits to raw cacao)
  • 3 tsp maple syrup or raw honey
  • ice
  1. Toss all the ingredients into your blender.
  2. Blend until smooth.
  3. Serve immediately.