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This Chocolate Chia Smoothie recipe tastes oh-so-decadent, but is actually really good for you. And it’s vegan and gluten-free!

I’m not quite sure how it happened.  But somewhere along the lines of the last 2 years of self-employment, after years of a late-to-bed-late-to-rise musician schedule, I have now officially become a morning show person.

Still working on the morning person thing.  My body seems bent on the whole nightowl thing.  But the blogging world and Twittersphere are up early, so about a year ago I turned on a morning show for the first time in about a decade to help wake me up.  And now I basically can’t go a morning without tuning in to at least say a quick hello to Josh, Lara, Robin, George and the gang.

Oh yeah, it’s GMA all the way at my place.  Yes, yes, I know that 90% of it is fluff news.  But apparently their advertising has worked because they are now totally a “part of my morning”.  And I kind of wish Lara Spencer would be my best friend.  🙂

Anyway, the other main part of my morning nowadays is smoothie-making.  I shared last week about how I’m back on the smoothie kick, so I have a backlog of recipes photographed that I need to share with you.  And this chocolate chia smoothie is one of ’em.  You could arguably call it a “shake”, since it tastes so darn decadent and delicious.  But don’t let that chocolate fool you.  This is basically a healthy green smoothie hiding behind a bit of naturally-sweetened cocoa.

And it’s super easy to make.  Here’s the skinny…

Basically, this is your classic chocolate green smoothie with a bunch of extra chia seeds added into the mix.  I had some fresh spinach on hand, so added that in for my greens.  Then I just added in a banana, some milk (I used almond milk), unsweetened cocoa powder, a hint of vanilla and lots of chia seeds.

Oh, and I forgot to add ice before I snapped this photo.  Be sure to throw in about a cup full of cubes.  (Or if you’re using a frozen banana, you may not need them.)

Then just pulse in a blender until it’s nice and smooth!  If you feel like it needs a little sweetening, you can add in some honey or your choice of sweetener.  But I loved it just as-is.

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