Chocolate Blueberry Smoothie – Chelsea’s Messy Apron


Shakes & Smoothies

This Chocolate Blueberry Smoothie is a copycat of one from Daily Harvest food delivery– a nutritional powerhouse beverage that makes for a tasty and filling breakfast or snack!

Try some of our other favorite smoothies with blueberries — this four-ingredient Blueberry Smoothie or these tasty Acai Bowls.

Overhead view of a Chocolate Blueberry Smoothie

Chocolate Blueberry Smoothie

After hearing so many wonderful things about Daily Harvest smoothies, I thought it was high time I tried them out and get some recipe inspiration to share with you all. I ordered one of almost every smoothie they offer and, as I’d hoped, was certainly inspired. My favorite smoothie of the bunch was their Chocolate Blueberry Smoothie.

Luckily, I’d ordered two of this particular flavor and savored every last drop. And the moment it was gone, I decided to replicate the smoothie and went to work. It took a few tries to get it right, but the effort was worth it. This blueberry-banana-chocolate-protein smoothie tastes identical! 

And lately, to replicate the ease of Daily Harvest’s smoothies, I’ve been assembling the ingredients for this Chocolate Blueberry Smoothie in reusable freezer bags. To get my smoothie fix, I simply dump the bag into a blender and add a cup of milk — just as easy as Daily Harvest! (And, once ingredients are all purchased, each smoothie is a fraction of the cost!)

Ingredient shot: image of the products used in this recipe

Chocolate Blueberry Smoothie Ingredients

On each smoothie container, Daily Harvest lists the ingredients contained; each ingredient they use is organic. If that is a priority for you, be sure to check the packages to ensure the ingredients you are using are in fact organic.

  • Frozen wild blueberries. It’s important to use wild, not regular blueberries! Wild blueberries are smaller and more compact than regular blueberries. This means they have less water content and much more flavor. Wild blueberries have a more intense and tangy flavor, plus they’re much sweeter when compared to regular blueberries.
  • Frozen banana. The banana sweetens and thickens the smoothie beautifully. It also ensures the smoothie is filling! Make sure to freeze a fully ripe banana or purchase already frozen ripe bananas!
  • Medjool dates. To get a great natural sweetness in this smoothie, we rely on dates. The dates blend up nicely and add nutrients and sweetness to the smoothie.
  • Kale and spinach. I pick a bag with baby kale and spinach mixed together and then freeze it so it lasts for a long time and can be added into a lot of smoothies. When the greens are frozen, the flavors are definitely less present which is what we’re going after — added nutrients without a smoothie that tastes like greens. (Not a fan of kale? Make a Chocolate Blueberry Spinach Smoothie, by only adding spinach.)

Process shots: soak dates to soften them; add to the blender with milk

Ingredients, Continued

  • Almond butter. Almond butter adds lots of flavor, protein, and good-for-you fats, helping to ensure this smoothie is satiating. As far as almond butter goes, I recommend a slow-roasted and lightly salted almond butter you enjoy eating straight from the jar. If it’s not a tasty almond butter on its own, it won’t add a whole lot to this smoothie.
  • Special dark cocoa powder. Dutch-process cocoa powder offers a more robust and intensely deep chocolate flavor — perfect for this Chocolate Blueberry Smoothie. Hershey’s® “Special Dark” cocoa powder is a Dutch-process cocoa powder and is easily found at most grocery stores.
  • Vanilla extract and salt. These two ingredients add flavor! Why salt? It helps intensify and balance all the ingredients in this smoothie — a little goes a long way!
  • Maca powder. This is an optional ingredient, but it does get added into the Daily Harvest smoothie we’re making. Maca root powder is hailed as a superfood and a nutritional powerhouse. Read more on this ingredient here!

QUICK TIP

Make a Chocolate Blueberry Peanut Butter Smoothie by replacing the almond butter with peanut butter. A peanut flavor is more present, but delicious nonetheless!

Process shots: Blending the ingredients to make a Chocolate Blueberry Smoothie

How To Make A Chocolate Blueberry Smoothie

  • To ensure the dates blend up nice and smooth, we soak them in boiling water first. Start the smoothie prep by getting the dates soaking and they’ll be soft and ready by the time everything else is out and prepped. They only need a few minutes in the boiling water to soften. Be sure to remove any pits from the dates before blending! If the dates aren’t softened, you’ll end up with chunks of dates in the smoothie and the drink won’t be properly sweetened.
  • Blend twice. We start by blending the milk and dates together first. This ensures the dates have plenty of time to fully break down without having to blend all the ingredients excessively which will create a runnier smoothie. Once the dates are smooth, add everything else in and blend again!
  • Check the contents. Before transferring this smoothie from blender to glass, give it a quick stir to make sure everything is integrated and smooth. If you’ve got any chunks, blend it again. (And on the flip side, don’t over-blend or the smoothie won’t be as thick!)
  • If needed, add a little maple syrup, stevia, or honey to further sweeten this smoothie. (I find the dates sweeten it enough, but it can vary depending on the sweetness of the dates and fruit used.)

QUICK TIP

Make Blueberry Chocolate Smoothie packets! Measure everything out except the milk and add to freezer bags. When ready to enjoy, pop the contents of the bag into the blender along with 1 cup of milk and enjoy!

Overhead view of Chocolate Blueberry Smoothie

QUICK TIP

While it is much easier to just eyeball a smoothie and throw it all together, I highly recommend measuring ingredients the first few times, so you get proportions/quantities right for this Chocolate Blueberry Smoothie. Throwing random quantities in a blender can often end up giving you way too much smoothie or tasting, well, nasty.

STORAGE

This healthy Chocolate Blueberry Smoothie is best enjoyed right after blending. It doesn’t sit, store, or re-freeze well.

More Nutritious Breakfast Recipes

Chocolate Blueberry Smoothie

This Chocolate Blueberry Smoothie is a Daily Harvest copycat — a nutritional powerhouse beverage that makes a great filling breakfast or snack!

Chocolate Blueberry Smoothie

This Chocolate Blueberry Smoothie is a Daily Harvest copycat — a nutritional powerhouse beverage that makes a great filling breakfast or snack!

Instructions

  • NIGHT BEFORE: Peel the banana and slice into coins. Place the coins in a sealed bag in the freezer the night before making this smoothie. Measure out spinach and kale blend and freeze that as well. If you’d like, soak your dates the night before as well (see next step).

  • SOAK DATES: (Note 4) Set dates in a small heat-safe (glass) bowl. Pour 1 cup of very hot (or boiling) water over the dates. Let stand for about 4-5 minutes. This ensures the dates blend up nicely. Once they’ve soaked, thoroughly drain and make sure the pits have been removed.

  • FIRST BLEND: Combine dates and milk. Blend until very smooth, about 90-120 seconds.

  • SECOND BLEND: Add remaining ingredients and blend until smooth, about 60 seconds. Stir to ensure smoothie is smooth and enjoy immediately!

Recipe Notes

Note 1: Frozen Banana: The banana sweetens and thickens the smoothie beautifully. It also ensures the smoothie is filling! Make sure to freeze a fully ripe banana or grab already frozen ripe bananas!
Note 2: Frozen wild blueberries: It’s important to use wild, not regular blueberries! Wild blueberries are smaller and more compact than regular blueberries. This means they have less water content and much more flavor.
Note 3: Greens: I pick a bag with baby kale and spinach mixed together and then freeze it so it lasts for a long time and makes a lot of smoothies. When frozen, the flavors are definitely less present in the smoothie, which is what we’re going for. Freeze night before making the smoothie.
Note 4: Soaking dates: To ensure the dates blend up nice and smooth, we soak them in boiling water first. Start the smoothie prep by getting the dates soaking and they’ll be soft and ready by the time everything else is in the blender. They only need a few minutes in the boiling water to soften. Be sure to remove any pits from the dates before blending! If the dates aren’t softened, you’ll end up with chunks of dates in the smoothie.

Nutrition Facts

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 175kcal | Carbohydrates: 27.1g | Protein: 5.7g | Fat: 6.5g | Cholesterol: 17.7mg | Sodium: 57.5mg | Fiber: 3.1g | Sugar: 16.6g

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