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Your kids will love this delicious Banana Nutella Smoothie Recipe – a healthy-ish drink made from ripe bananas and milk with a hint of Nutella and hot cocoa mix.
When most kids come home from school, they are ravenously hungry. After spending 6-7 hours in school, they typically have an after-school activity to go to, which leaves no to little time for them to grab something to eat.
That’s when smoothies save the day. Smoothies are great on the go, plus there are endless flavor combos that you can create to keep it interesting.
One of my favorite ingredients to make smoothies with is bananas. If you are like me, you probably have a banana or two lying on the kitchen counter waiting to be rescued. You could always whip up banana bread from overripe bananas, but having recently tasted a banana Nutella crepe at a cafe in NYC, those flavors were lingering on my mind.
So on a whim, I combined banana and a few tablespoons of Nutella along with milk and added a tad bit of cocoa powder to the mix, and came up with this delicious, chocolatey banana Nutella smoothie.
The kids were overjoyed! Now, who doesn’t love Nutella? Instead of talking about the goodness of bananas in their smoothies, I told them it was a Nutella smoothie, and they chugged it down in seconds.
How to make a Banana Nutella smoothie
Note – I add frozen bananas because when blended, they turn into this creamy milkshake texture, and you don’t need to add ice. If you don’t have frozen bananas handy, bananas kept at room temperature will do fine.
What makes this smoothie extra delicious? The hot cocoa mix. A few of our favorites are Ghiradelli double chocolate mix and the caramel sea salt cocoa (found in Kroger stores.)
You can always turn this recipe into a banana Nutella milkshake by adding a dollop of vanilla ice cream but let me warn you – once the kids get the taste of ice cream in their smoothie, going back to the no-ice-cream version can be hard 🙂
- Bananas, ripe yet firm, sliced into bite-sized chunks and frozen
- Whole milk – For a vegan version, use oat or almond milk.
- Nutella or homemade Nutella – I add a tablespoon to every cup of milk, but for a stronger Nutella flavor, you can add more.
- Hot cocoa mix (such as Ghiradelli’s double chocolate or Kroger’s Private Selection Sea Salt Caramel) for that chocolatey taste. You can substitute it with a teaspoon of unsweetened cocoa or cacao powder.
- Ice cubes, optional – if not using frozen bananas, add ice cubes for a chilled smoothie.
The blender I recommend
This high-speed blender is not only great for smoothies but also makes fine purees and spice powders.
How to prep ahead
Chop the bananas into 1-inch slices and freeze them. If using homemade hazelnut butter, you can make it ahead of time, as well.
Frequently asked questions
Nut butters such as hazelnut butter or almond butter can be used instead of Nutella for this recipe.
For a vegan version, substitute whole milk with oat or almond milk.
This delicious Banana Nutella Smoothie recipe is a perfect drink to start your day or satisfy your sweet tooth. Don’t wait! Grab some bananas, a jar of Nutella, milk, and cocoa powder, and create this indulgent treat for your family.
Best Banana Nutella Smoothie Recipe
- 2 bananas sliced into bite-sized chunks and frozen
- 2 cups whole milk
- 2 tablespoons Nutella or homemade hazelnut butter
- 2 teaspoons hot cocoa mix such as Ghiradelli’s double chocolate or Kroger’s Private Selection Sea Salt Caramel
- Add milk to the blender, followed by all the other ingredients. Blend until smooth.
Disclaimer: Approximate nutritional information is provided as a courtesy and can vary depending on the exact ingredients/brands used. If you have health issues, please work with a registered dietician or nutritionist.
Serve this smoothie in a mason jar topped with freshly chopped banana. Here are some more topping ideas –
- Whipped cream
- Drizzled Nutella
- Drizzled caramel
- Chopped nuts
How to store
Refrigerator: Smoothies taste best when freshly made. Having said that, you can store it in the refrigerator for up to two days. Stir well before serving.
Freezer: You can freeze this smoothie in freezer-safe containers for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator before serving.
Pour the leftover smoothie into popsicle molds and freeze. Makes for a delicious frozen treat during summer.
Other smoothie recipes you’ll love
Looking for more smoothie ideas that your family will love? Here are my top picks –
Learn to make a creamy and nutritious chocolate banana smoothie with just 6 ingredients and 5 minutes! This delicious chocolate smoothie packs in all the flavors of a milkshake with far fewer calories!
Need more smoothie recipes? Check out this list of 10+ delicious smoothie recipes for when you need fresh ideas to keep your smoothie-drinking routine interesting.
This post was originally published on 08/17/2017 and was completely updated with pictures and new text on 7/11/2023.