chocolate raspberry smoothie bowl, no nanas needed! 

Well it has been a while since I’ve shared my last smoothie or smoothie bowl recipe. If you’ve been a Veggiekins reader for a while, you’ll probably remember my smoothie bowl days because I used to make them every other day, and they’d be hues of pastel pink, blue, purple, you name it. Then, New York City winter hit and I went on a smoothie bowl hiatus, unable to garnish as decoratively without edible flowers in season, and berries priced at an all time high. But we’re back with this Banana-Free Chocolate Raspberry Smoothie Bowl and by popular demand, I measured out all of the ingredients I used this time! 

banan free chocolate raspberry smoothie bowl

I’ve been getting an increasing number of requests for banana-free recipes, although I for one, am a banana lover through and through. That being said, there are rare occasions where I run out of bananas but still want a smoothie, so I’ve got some banana-free experience under my belt. This Banana-Free Chocolate Raspberry Smoothie Bowl is a delicious and chocolatey way to enjoy breakfast, packed with sneaky greens, protein and zero banana.

To make this Banana-Free Chocolate Raspberry Smoothie Bowl, we’re using ingredients like zucchini, greens like spinach or kale, vegan protein powder, cacao power, raspberries, and a handful of optional add-ons.

the details

  • As the name would suggest, this Banana-Free Chocolate Raspberry Smoothie Bowl is made without bananas, meaning it is lower in sugar and a little milder in terms of the sweetness.
  • Although there’s no banana in this recipe, the smoothie is still thick and creamy (as any smoothie bowl should be, really).
  • There are a handful of ingredient swaps if there’s a specific ingredient you’re not a huge fan of, which I’ll list in the ingredient list below.

secrets to success

We’re using zucchini to replace the banana in this smoothie, but you can also use cauliflower as a substitute. I recommend chopping into small pieces and freezing before use, so that it’s easier on the blender. Some people like to steam their veggies prior to freezing, but I have personally found that specifically with zucchini, it’s unnecessary to do that.

banan free chocolate raspberry smoothie bowl

Using a creamier non-dairy milk like coconut milk or oat milk will give you a creamier, thicker result, but you can use any non-dairy milk that you like.

I recommend using a high power blender because zucchini when frozen is a lot harder to break down than bananas.

If you don’t like raspberries, or prefer a sweeter flavour versus a tart flavour, you can opt for blueberries instead.

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banan free chocolate raspberry smoothie bowl

Banana-Free Chocolate Raspberry Smoothie Bowl (vegan, wfpb)

  • Author: Remy
  • Total Time: 15 mins
  • Yield: 1 smoothie 1x


A chocolate raspberry smoothie bowl made without bananas! A creamy, chocolately breakfast that is vegan, gluten free, whole food plant based and delicious. Packed with sneaky protein, greens and lots of omega-3s.


  • 1 cup cubed and frozen zucchini or cauliflower
  • handful of ice cubes or frozen non-dairy milk (for a thicker consistency)
  • 1/2 cup frozen raspberries (or blueberries)
  • 1 serving vegan chocolate protein powder (optional, but recommended)
  • 23 tbsp cacao powder
  • 1 tbsp ground flax seeds or chia seeds
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/21 cup non-dairy milk (more as desired if you prefer a thinner consistency)


  • Add all ingredients in a high power blender, and using a tamper, break down. The mixture may seem like it needs more liquid, but give it time to break down. The more liquid added, the thinner the mixture gets. You can always add more liquid, but once you add too much it’s difficult to fix!
  • Add toppings of choice!


  • You can sub mango or blueberries for a sweeter smoothie bowl
  • Using a thicker non-dairy milk like coconut or oat milk will result in a creamier, thicker texture
  • Be patient with the smoothie breaking down, the more liquid you add, the thinner the result
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 5 mins

Keywords: smoothie, banana free, vitamix, nice cream, breakfast, protein smoothie, vegan

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BY Remy • July 28, 2019

Banana-Free Chocolate Raspberry Smoothie Bowl (vegan, wfpb)

banan free chocolate raspberry smoothie bowl

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  1. Christin says:
    Super creamy + delicious! I made it as a smoothie & it turned out fabulous. Thank you!

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