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Skip the Afternoon Caffeine—Make this Chocolate Banana Oat Smoothie!

Chocolate banana oat smoothie in a clear glass on an outside table.

One of the strategies that I have been using to consume more fruits and satisfy my sweets craving is to make smoothies. Working remotely means that I have more access to my kitchen appliances, which has been helpful. This chocolate banana oat smoothie has been one of my go-to snacks in the late afternoon. Skip the afternoon caffeine by standing up to do some stretches and making this smoothie.

This recipe does require some planning if you decide to soak the oats overnight or for at least 30 minutes. You do not have to soak the oats, but the taste of the raw oats is more detectable in my opinion and you may need to add a tablespoon of water.

The ingredients in this recipe can be varied according to taste and availability, but note that the nutritional information will change.


  • 1 banana, preferably frozen
  • ½ cup ice
  • 1 Medjool date, pitted
  • ½ cup skim milk
  • 1½ tablespoons old-fashioned oats, preferably soaked in water overnight (or at least 30 minutes)
  • 1½ tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • Optional Pinch of ground cardamom or cinnamon (depending on your flavor preference)
  • Optional Pinch of kosher salt


  • Drain the oats if soaked.
  • Combine all ingredients in a blender until a smooth consistency is reached.
    • Note: You can add a little bit of water to make it thinner based upon taste preference. You can add more ice to thicken if needed.

Nutrition Information per Serving

  • Serving Size: 1 (~ 11 ounce glass)
  • Calories: 240
  • Carbohydrates: 54 grams
  • Fiber: 8 grams
  • Protein: 9 grams
  • Fat: 2 grams
    • Saturated Fat 1g
  • Sugar: 31 grams
    • Includes 0g Added Sugar
  • Sodium: 70 mg

Food Waste Prevention Tip: If you don’t use Medjool dates very often cut in half lengthwise, and pit if necessary, and store them in a container in the freezer.

If you need inspiration to use dates, try this Whole Wheat Couscous Salad recipe.

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