Chocolate Collagen Smoothie
This chocolate collagen smoothie satisfies all your chocolate cravings and gives you a health boost with collagen peptides. With just 5 simple ingredients you’re sure to make this healthy smoothie again and again.
A Delicious Collagen Smoothie
You guys know I love a good smoothie recipe and while 80% of the time I’m whipping up a green smoothie, I often get cravings for something sweet and chocolatey.
So when those cravings strike, I whip up this super easy Chocolate Collagen Smoothie. With 5 whole food ingredients and no added sugar, it satisfies my chocolate cravings in a healthy manner and prevents me from grabbing a far less healthy chocolate bar in the supermarket checkout aisle. A definite win in my books.
Chocolate Collagen Smoothie Recipe Video
Want to see how easy it is to whip up this recipe? Watch the quick video below!
What are Collagen Peptides
I’ve talked before about collagen and how to sneak more of it into your diet. But here’s the synopsis. Collagen is an important building block for the body and makes up approximately 30% of our bodies’ protein. Think of it as an amino acid chain that strengths the body, especially our skin, bones, joints and muscles.
Unfortunately, collagen diminishes with age and is likely impacted by today’s diet and environmental influences. That’s why I’m such a proponent of supplementing with collagen peptides, which are a bioavailable form of collagen.
How to Make This Chocolate Collagen Smoothie
The great thing about this smoothie is that it couldn’t be easier to make. Just toss two cups of coconut milk (or any other nut milk) into a blender with a frozen banana, add a couple tablespoons of almond butter, a quarter cup of cacao powder and two (or more) tablespoons of collagen peptides.
I use Vital Proteins Unflavored Collagen Peptides in this recipe (my favorite), but you could also use their Marine Collagen which is sourced from wild-caught snapper. And if you want to amp the flavor, you could even use Vital Protein’s Dark Chocolate and Blackberry Collagen Peptides. Umm, yum!
Once all those ingredients have been added to your blender, just blend for about 30 seconds and there you have it. A sweet, creamy, chocolate smoothie with a bonus health kick.
For More Healthy Smoothie Recipes
You can never have too many healthy smoothie recipes – try one of these next!
And if you’re looking for Low Sugar Smoothies, I’ve got you covered too!
Chocolate Collagen Smoothie
- 2 cups coconut milk, or other milk
- 1 frozen banana
- 2 tbsp almond butter
- 1/4 cup raw cacao powder
- 2 scoops, or more Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides
- Add all ingredients to a high-powered blender and blend until smooth.
- Here are the different Vital Proteins collagen products you could use in this recipe:
- For the cacao powder, I always recommend using an organic raw cacao powder for greater antioxidants.
- I'm using a light coconut milk (from a can) in this recipe and my homemade almond butter. If you use a different non-dairy milk, that will alter the nutritional profile.
Thank you to Vital Proteins for sponsoring this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Alternatives to bananas? Im actually allergic to banana if you can believe it. Avocado as well (apparently they both have a certain enzyme I don’t tolerate). Thanks!
Excited to try this one soon! I’ve been integrating the VitalProteins collagen into my diet this past year, and am very happy with it. Was also wondering if you would recommend a particular brand for a collagen-based skin product to reduce and prevent face wrinkles? Thank you!
Do you have a suggest to replace the banana in this smoothie? I have an allergy to Bananas, and would love to try this recipe.
You can try using avocado instead, just note that it will remove some of the sweetness. So, feel free to add a bit more sweetener if you’d like.
This smoothie is unbelievably good. I ran out of bananas one day so I used a chunk of apple and added protein powder too and It was delicious. I love this drink.
Glad you loved this smoothie Salome!
I’ve noticed that all of your chocolate recipes are made with cacao powder. I am wondering if you have ever worked directly with cacao beans in your Vitamix? I have a melange as well as a Vitamix Ascent 2300. I purchased it for its ability to work with hot beverages and soups (since cacao is a hot beverage with the consistency of soup). I would love your opinion before I try working with cacao nibs. Thank you!
I want to say this is one of my favorite recipes but honestly all of Lisa’s recipes are bomb diggity. This smoothie is a really great way to “treat yo’ self” while getting in your collagen. I’m recovering from knee surgery & the added collagen has been a must for recovery. I usually make a smoothie in the morning before I head out for physical therapy.
Wow, glad to hear you’ve found a winning chocolate smoothie recipe Camilla!
I’ve been looking for different ways to have my collagen besides coffee every in the mornings.. and I’m so glad I found your recipe! I used the so delicious coconut milk brand and it taste so much better then any Starbucks coffee I’ve tried. Thank you!
Happy to hear you love this smoothie Amy! It’s a great way to sneak in collagen powder :)
I am new to smoothies and I wanted to know if I can add both collagen protein and protein powder and 2 tbsp of oats would be too much protein. I am interested in using this a meal replacement smoothie. I also wanted to add a quarter of an avacado for good fat and feeling full to keep the sugar cravings in check. I am in my 50’s and I want to lose a little weight and feel more healthy.
Hi Cheryl – I’m not a doctor so can’t comment on the appropriate amount of protein for you. But I’d check with yours! :)
I feel like I am totally cheating with this smoothie! LOL. :) On a dreary day with smoke filled skies, I thank you for inspiring me to continue on my path to health.
Haha, it sure is delicious, isn’t it? I’m glad you loved the recipe, Stacy!
Hi Lisa, I make many of your recipes and I just made this one last night.
Thank you for sharing recipes that help my health issues. I really appreciate it.
I would like to know if I can substitute anything else for the collagen protein As I am not tolerating it well at all?
Hi Shamima – I’m happy you’re loving all my recipes! You could try a different brand. Sometimes it might just be a certain ingredient in the mix that doesn’t agree with your body. Good luck!
I definitely want to try this smoothie! However, is there a substitue for almond butter?
Hi Dolores – you can use any nut butter in this recipe.
Yummy!!!!!! I used cashew milk and vanilla collagen, because that’s what I had and it was super tasty. I haven’t tried Vital Proteins collagen powder yet. I’ll have to add it to my shopping list!
Hi Sasha – So glad you enjoyed this smoothie! You’ll definitely have to add the collagen powder if you have it on hand :)
This was pretty good, better than expected as I usually do not like frozen banana. Next time I will chill, or semi-freeze, the milk to make it a little colder. I also added .75 tsp of erythritol. It was good without it but tastier with it. Overall, I liked it more than I thought I would.
Hi Juanita – I’m glad this smoothie came out better than expected! The frozen banana is to make the smoothie a little bit creamier :)
Made this today and was even more delicious than I expected!! It tasted almost like a milkshake! I didn’t have any coconut milk so I used unsweetened almond milk. Delish! Will be making many more times.
Hi Shayla – This smoothie is like a chocolate dream isn’t it? Almond milk is a great alternative as well, but glad you loved this recipe! Look out for more smoothie recipes coming soon :)
So this sounds INCREDIBLE. One problem… I hate banana! Is there a good replacement?
You could use any sweet fruit, such as apple or pear as well. :)
I made this, but failed to snap a pic. I used 1 cup Premier Protein Chocolate rather than the Almond Milk I had on hand with 1 tblsp of Peanut Butter because that’s all I had on hand. I only made 1 serving, hence those measurements, but I did use 1 frozen banana and a small amount of mixed berries and I will definitely make again tomorrow! It was delicious!
Awesome, so glad you enjoyed the Chocolate Smoothie with you’re own spin :)
I ordered my collagen from Amazon and its arriving today…can’t to try it. Is it ok to have collagen every day or is it better to space it out during the week? I am planning on putting it in my Golden Milk as well.
Yes, you can have it every day. :)
Thanks Deborah! :)
Oops I forgot to add I used Almond milk as had & fresh Banana, Cacao & Collagen Thick tasty & oozed Chocolate!!
Awesome Smoothie!! Love Collagen additive for hair nails etc & Me ! Flavour +++ Easy Thank you for sharing your recipe – cannot wait to try your many other ‘challenges’ ????Lol
Yes, collagen is so good for you. Glad you enjoyed the smoothie Debbie! :) x
Hooray for collagen and chocolate :)
I agree – two fab ingredients that are more fab together! ;) x
thanks for all the info on collagen peptides, now I know! and this smoothie just sounds so perfect…great video too :)
Thanks Albert! Hope you enjoy the recipe!
Yes, this. Thank you! I’ve been reading more about collagen and how to incorporate it into our diets, so you had me at (1) your super simple explanation and (2) chocolate. How often are you adding a collagen supplement to your diet? I want to know all the things!
Haha. And I’m happy to share all the things! ;) I tend to add collagen at least every other day to something – a smoothie, my matcha tea, chia pudding, etc. Make sure to check out this post for more info as well: https://downshiftology.com/what-is-collagen/
So interesting! I had no idea you could put collagen in a smoothie. It’s definitely in my face masks, lol. I need to find this stuff and do my homework, clearly!
Yes! And taking it internally is great for so many things. Make sure to check out this post for more info: https://downshiftology.com/what-is-collagen/
Oh my goodness this sounds delicious! I am so guilty of throwing a candy bar into the basket at the supermarket checkout! Thank you for the collagen education too, I learned a lot! Pinned to try!
Oh, you and me both. ;) But now you have this much healthier alternative!
I love a post run chocolate shake and this looks like a great way to give it a bit of a boost.
Yes, it’s a great post-workout shake! Hope you enjoy it!
Omg this sounds incredible, saving this!!
Wonderful! Hope you enjoy the recipe Emily!