A creamy, refreshing, healthy diabetic-friendly chocolate smoothie bowl.
Made with just a handful of ingredients, the creaminess comes from a ripe avocado, and the sweetness from just a few slices of frozen banana.
This delicious chocolate diabetic smoothie bowl recipe is also low-carb, dairy-free, vegan and gluten-free.
Diabetic-Friendly Chocolate Smoothie Bowl
- 1 Blender or a food processor
- 1 small ripe avocado peeled and pitted
- 1-2 thick slices of frozen banana
- 1 tbsp of cacao powder unsweetened or cocoa powder
- 1/2 cup/120ml of dairy-free milk unsweetened
- Add the frozen banana slices first to a blender or a food processor, followed by the other ingredients.
- Blend for 3-4 minutes until a smooth consistency.
- Serve the blended smoothie to your favorite bowls, and add your favorite toppings (ensure they are diabetic-friendly).
Can Diabetics Eat Smoothie Bowls?
Absolutely! With a couple of substitutions, you can have a smoothie bowl as a diabetic.
Not every smoothie bowl is suitable for diabetics, due to the high amounts of sugar and carbohydrates most bowls typically have.
With careful ingredient selection, diabetics can enjoy a nourishing and satisfying smoothie bowl!
Benefits Of This Low Sugar Chocolate Smoothie Bowl
This smoothie bowl contains many more benefits than just being diabetic-friendly.
Some of the benefits of this chocolate smoothie bowl include:
- Heart Health:
- Avocado’s monounsaturated fats may support cardiovascular health.
- Cacao powder is rich in antioxidants and may promote overall well-being.
- Dietary Fiber:
- Both the avocado and banana in this smoothie bowl provide fiber, which is good for digestive health and satiety.
- Potassium Source:
- The banana and avocado in the recipe also contribute to potassium, which is good for heart and muscle function.
- Suitable for lactose intolerant individuals, and is also vegan-friendly.
- Mood Booster:
- Cacao contains compounds that may enhance mood and reduce stress.
- Satisfying and Creamy:
- Avocado adds a creamy texture, making the smoothie filling and satisfying.
- Blood Sugar Control:
- The low sugar content and balanced macronutrients support stable blood sugar levels.
- Vitamins and Minerals:
- The smoothie bowl provides essential nutrients like calcium, iron, vitamin A, and vitamin C.
Optional Recipe Changes
There are quite a lot of changes you can make to this recipe, and still keep it suitable for diabetics.
Below are some tested variations of this smoothie bowl you can make, should you want to:
- Swap the avocado for 2 cups of cottage cheese. This will increase the protein content of the smoothie.
- Instead of bananas, you can use other sources to add natural sweetness, such as using 1/4 cup of frozen berries instead.
- If you are not vegan, you can add 1/2 cup of fat-free strained yogurt to the recipe. This will add protein and gut-friendly bacteria.
Diabetic Smoothie Bowl Topping Ideas
Some of my favorite diabetic-friendly smoothie bowl toppings include:
- Shelled Hemp Hearts.
- A Handful Of Berries.
- Cacao Nibs.
- Nuts (pistachios, almonds, cashews).
- Chia Seeds.
- Creme Fraiche.
Don’t Like Smoothie Bowls – Serve It In a Cup!
If you want a regular diabetic-friendly chocolate smoothie, simply pour the blended smoothie into a cup rather than a bowl, and drink it.
Smoothie bowls are ideal if you have time to sit down and eat, if not, pouring the smoothie into a bottle can be a nice way to have a nutritious meal or a snack on the go.
Popular Recipe Questions And Their Answers
When Is The Best Time To Eat Diabetic Smoothie Bowl?
The best time to eat this smoothie bowl is for breakfast, preferably for a meal replacement.
Is This Chocolate Smoothie Bowl Good For Weight Loss?
Each serving of this chocolate smoothie bowl only contains 300 calories, making it a good weight loss meal replacement.
How Many Smoothies Bowls Should I Eat a Day?
Eating a diabetic-friendly smoothie bowl more than once a day is not necessary. You have to ensure that you leave enough room for eating other foods, that contribute to other vital nutrients your body needs.