May 22

Chocolate Green Smoothie

May’s Recipe ReDux theme is on kitchen staples: What favorite kitchen staples do you now make from scratch – but in the past you purchased? Show us your best DIY recipe for keeping cupboards, fridge or freezer stocked with healthy basics. Think homemade frozen waffles, salad dressing, broth or other kitchen essentials.

I don’t know how the weather is over where you are, but…I’m all sorts of overjoyed that summer is finally around the corner (cannotttt wait til boards are over though *-*)!

Honestly, I’m not sure if this counts as a kitchen staple(?), but I’m gonna go with it, because…

  1. I’ve already shared my super-easy 3 ingredient pancake recipe.
  2. Smoothies are a total staple when warm weather is back in my life.
  3. This month has been riddled with shelf exams and practice boards exams (8 hour exam yesterday, 4 hour exam next Tuesday, 2.5 hour exam next Friday), so in my book, the easier/quicker the recipe, the better.

And what better way to incorporate more greens into my life than with a green smoothie?

I made my very first green smoothie back in 2010, and documented the recipe a year later on this blog. That is, in essence, my “base” recipe (bananas, spinach, milk), and from there, you can soup it up with whatever the hecks you want (e.g. go crazy on more frozen fruits + toppings). This is about as versatile a recipe as it gets. :O

I decided to keep it simple, and just switched up the soy milk so that I could use up my So Delicious Dairy-Free Chocolate Coconut Milk! 😀 (Translation: I’m still on my grocery ban, and have spent $10 on groceries since the beginning of April. I’m finally thinning down my pantry/kitchen! :] See how I stay so darn frugal here!)

Chocolate Green Smoothie



  • 2 cups [frozen] spinach
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 cup chocolate coconut milk
  • sprinkle of hemp hearts


  1. Add spinach, banana + milk into a blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Top with hemp hearts.


P.S. Since it’s Friday, you know what that means! :O Foodie Friday! This week’s theme was “Fire It Up” (yay for spicy foods!), so come back in about 6 hours to check out my recipe for Honey Sriracha Chicken + to link up a recipe of your own!

  • What’s your favorite DIY kitchen-staple recipe?
  • Favorite smoothie recipe?

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  1. Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine

    Such a major classic! Chocolate and greens!
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    1. Farrah

      Agreed! 😀

  2. diane@runninrocker

    Your smoothie looks pretty good and I’ve learned two thing here. I never thought of freezing our bananas for smoothies (great tip) and I always use coconut milk but never thought to look for chocolate flavor before! Thanks 🙂
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    1. Farrah

      I picked it up on a whim because it was on super-sale a little while back, but it was a wonderful discovery! 😀

      And yay for frozen bananas! I buy em’ when they’re discounted (aka getting pretty ripe), and sometimes can’t eat it all quickly enough, so I freeze what I can’t finish, and bam! Smoothie time!

  3. Sonali- The Foodie Physician

    Kitchen staple or not, green smoothies rock and yours sounds awesome! I really want to try that chocolate coconut milk. Good luck with exams! I’ve been living the good life, exam free for many years but next year I’m going to have to renew my board certification- ugh!
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    1. Farrah

      Thanks, Sonali! I’m gonna need it! 😡 And ohh, I long for the day where I will be exam-free for more than a couple months at a time! <3

      Best of luck to you on yours!

  4. Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health

    smoothie is a staple breakfast for me as well and i pretty much follow your formula and add other ingredients depending upon what i have,
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    1. Farrah

      Same! 😀 I love that it’s so versatile–I can use it as a base and then throw in whatever else I have around!

  5. Alanna

    Smoothies are definitely a staple for me in the summer! Such a great way to sneak in some greens and can be decadent at the same time 😉 TGIF!
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    1. Farrah

      Yes indeed! I need to be able to sneak it in sometimes, and smoothies are my go-to method! ;P

      Hope you have a great weekend!

  6. Rachel @ Athletic Avocado

    This look like a great and healthy breakfast!

    1. Farrah

      I love starting my morning with em’! 😀

  7. Katy

    Yummy! I adore smoothies (especially the green kind) when the weather gets hot as well and these sound like just the ticket 🙂
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    1. Farrah

      They’re so awesome for coolin’ down! :D!

  8. Lea

    Pinned for later!! Looks A-mazing!!!!!
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    1. Farrah

      Thanks, Lea! 😀 I hope you like it!

  9. Christine - The Choosy Mommy

    I just made my toddler a green smoothie. She loooove them!! <3 Christine, The Choosy Mommy, http://www.choosykids.blogspot.com

    1. Farrah

      Yay! That’s awesome! 😀 I wish those had been a thing when I was little–I would’ve loved em’ too! 😛

  10. Valerie

    Chocolate pretty much goes great with anything! 🙂 Smoothies are a popular breakfast staple at our house during the Spring/Summer months.

    1. Farrah

      Agreed! 😀 They’re perfect for this warm weather! <3

  11. Jennifer Fuller

    What exactly are hemp hearts? I make a similar smoothie minus the hemp hearts. I’ve never heard of them!

    1. Farrah

      They’re seeds from the hemp plant that are high in essential fatty acids, amino acids + protein! :] (They’re also called hemp seeds, but I call them either of those interexchangeably. :O )

  12. Jess @hellotofit

    Mmm, chocolate coconut milk sounds delicious. Green smoothies are the bomb.com!

    1. Farrah

      Indeed they are! :D!

  13. Susan Mahlburg

    I don’t think I’ve ever used ‘hemp hearts’ before … I’m going to have to try that! Same with chocolate coconut milk!! I have a spinach smoothie recipe on my fridge, so I’ve been meaning to get better about green smoothies and being sure to ingest my vegetables 🙂
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    1. Farrah

      Yay! Smoothies definitely make it easier to incorporate more in, hehehe. :]

  14. Donna

    I LOVE super easy smoothie recipes! This one sounds great, thanks for sharing!
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    1. Farrah

      Anytime, Donna! Easy smoothie recipes make me happy too! 😀

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