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Properly yummy chocolate green smoothie

Properly yummy chocolate green smoothie

Properly yummy green smoothie

My son has informed me that he doesn’t like to eat ‘green things’. I shouldn’t be surprised, my mum has been telling every boyfriend I’ve ever had that I refused all green baby food she made for me.

Of course, Elliot will eat peas by the bowlful, but I haven’t brought up this contradiction for fear he’ll stop eating peas entirely. He’s not totally vegetable averse thankfully, if I let him he would bankrupt us with his love for organic red bell peppers.

Lately, I’ve been getting into making smoothies. I know, I’m approximately 20 years late on this trend. They always seemed like such a faff, so much mess for something I would rather have had in its constituent solid forms anyway. However, now I’m dealing with a 3-year-old, and a spinach salad for lunch means making a separate meal, so into the blender it goes.

Here’s the trick – a spinach smoothie is not chocolate coloured by simply adding cocoa powder. That makes an attractive grey sludge that no sane person would drink. The secret ingredient is a handful of healthful frozen blueberries. Suddenly, the smoothie turns a gorgeous dark chocolate brown. Magic, with added antioxidants.

As a smoothie newbie, I’ve learned: blend the spinach and water on their own first for a smoother result, and freeze bananas in chunks for easier blending. Of course, if you’re the lucky owner of a Vitamix, you can throw this all in there, plus your phone, and it will come up smooth as you like. I don’t recommend the phone, by the way, expensive, and, er… mercury is not an antioxidant, I’ve heard.

For my husband, I add a scoop of vanilla protein powder to this mix. As with all smoothie recipes, use whatever you’ve got. An apple, half a pear – all good stuff. I try and cram in more spinach if I can, but it all depends on your equipment, you really can’t taste it over the cocoa. Also, I apologise for the photo – but taking a picture of a brown drink is really beyond my artistic skills.

Chocolate green smoothie
makes one big one, one small one

  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 banana, frozen in chunks or fresh
  • 3 tbsp plain greek yoghurt
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder (unsweetened)
  • 2 tbsp (or more) frozen blueberries
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • Chia seeds, ground flax seeds as you see fit
  1. Blend spinach and water until smooth.
  2. Add remaining ingredients and blend until smooth.




  1. 3 March 2013 / 9:34 pm

    I love this, thank you for reminding me to do smoothies! My son is also green averse;

    • erinehm
      4 March 2013 / 11:11 am

      You’ll have to tell me how he likes it!

  2. Catriona
    5 March 2013 / 10:32 pm

    I mentioned this on twitter, but wanted to make a point of saying this really is a delicious smoothie. So, so, good. My four-year-old loved it, which is a big deal as he is very a fussy eater.

    Thank you again for sharing 🙂

    • erinehm
      6 March 2013 / 6:17 am

      Thanks Catriona!

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