Want the Best Post Workout Smoothie? We’ve Got one!

After a tough workout, it’s important to me to refuel my body!  This chocolate granola banana berry smoothie is a perfect post-workout treat.

Disclosure: This post has been sponsored by Back to Nature.  As always, all opinions are my own.

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How to make our Chocolate Granola Banana Berry post workout smoothie

This smoothie is seriously SO easy to make!  You’ll only need five ingredients, all of which I grabbed at my local Stop & Shop:

chocolate granola banana berry smoothie ingredients

1) Back to Nature Chocolate Delight Granola – The perfect way to add whole grain oats (an important source of fiber) and delicious flavor to your drink!  Back to Nature actually has 11 different kinds of granola too – I personally love the Chocolate Delight variety the best. (Who doesn’t love chocolate?!)

And a little bonus for ya’ll – Ibotta currently has a cash back offer right now on this granola!  Buy 1 package and get $1.75 cash back through the app. This offer is also valid on Back to Nature nuts. 

2) Frozen mixed berries – Berries are rich in fiber and health-promoting polyphenols, a class of plant-compounds that have tons of benefits in the body.  Frozen berries are super convenient to keep on hand in the freezer, especially when they’re out of season.

3) Unsweetened almond milk – This is an easy way to blend up your banana berry smoothie without adding tons of calories.

4) Banana – In this smoothie, I’ve used half a frozen banana as it adds both creaminess and sweetness.  Nutritionally, it also gives your smoothie a little boost of potassium.  

Helpful hint – my Stop & Shop always has bananas on the clearance produce rack!  I buy them and immediately cut ‘em up and freeze them for smoothies.

5) Greek yogurt – Adding Greek yogurt is my favorite way to boost the protein content in a smoothie.  I’ve used both vanilla or chocolate Greek yogurt in this at different times, and both work well.  If you want to cut down on the added sugar, you can also definitely add plain – it’s just a bit tarter.

Once you’ve stocked up on these five ingredients, you’ll just blend ‘em up together and it’s as easy as that!

The result is a post workout smoothie with a great blend of carbohydrates and protein that’s ideal as a small meal after long or intense exercise.

smoothie in hand

Dietary modifications

This granola smoothie is naturally gluten-free.  To meet other dietary needs, here are a few ideas for modifications:

  • Dairy free – use coconut milk yogurt rather than Greek yogurt, or skip the yogurt altogether and add a scoop of plant-based protein powder.
  • Nut free – Use a different milk alternative rather than almond milk, like soy milk or oat milk.

All these products, to modify the recipe for your needs, can also easily be found at Stop & Shop.

smoothie with banana and granola in background

Ways to mix up this granola smoothie:

This recipe is delish as-is, but if you’re looking for ways to mix it up, here are a few ideas!

  • Need extra protein?  Add half a scoop of chocolate protein powder to the recipe.
  • Try using only half a cup of almond milk for a thick, spoonable smoothie bowl.  Then you can layer up even more of the delicious Back to Nature Chocolate Delight Granola on top!
  • Get some extra veggies in your post-workout smoothie by adding spinach, kale, arugula, or even cooked beets.
  • Change it into a chocolate granola banana peanut butter smoothie!  Keep the recipe the same except a) skip the berries, b) use a full banana, and c) add a spoonful of peanut butter.

Other ways to use Back to Nature Chocolate Delight Granola:

There are so many ways to enjoy Back to Nature Chocolate Delight Granola too – which my family loves thanks to its simple, delicious ingredients!  You’ll for sure love it in this smoothie, but here are some more ideas:

  • Enjoy it with milk as a cereal for breakfast in the morning.
  • Layer it with vanilla Greek yogurt for a nutritious take on dessert.
  • Melt honey and peanut butter together, then mix in the granola and press it into a square dish.  Cool it in the fridge then cut it into yummy, homemade granola bars.
  • Slice a banana into pieces and then freeze them. Dip ‘em in melted dark chocolate, then roll them in granola, and put them back in the freezer.  These make such a delicious sweet treat that you can grab anytime!
  • Top your weekend pancakes or waffles with warmed berries and this chocolate granola.  Yum!
  • Make baked apples or pears and top ‘em with the granola.
  • Mix this granola into chia seed pudding.

back to nature granola

PS – Did you know that Back to Nature also makes additional products besides granola?  You’ll definitely want to check them out at your local Stop & Shop.  You can find products like cookies, crackers, nuts, and trail mix.  (And there’s an Ibotta offer on cookies and crackers as well! Buy 1 box, Get $1.00 cash back now through 4/30/19).

I hope you enjoy this smoothie and the Back to Nature Chocolate Delight Granola as much as I do.  Enjoy!

chocolate granola banana berry smoothie
5 from 11 votes
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Chocolate Granola Banana Berry Smoothie

This chocolate granola banana berry smoothie is the best post workout smoothie! Packed with healthy carbs and protein - plus it tastes great.

Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Keyword banana berry smoothie, granola smoothie, post workout smoothie
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 1
Calories 390 kcal
Author Comeback Momma

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup Back to Nature Chocolate Delight Granola plus additional for topping – optional
  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 1 cup frozen mixed berries
  • 2/3 cup nonfat Greek yogurt vanilla or chocolate work well!
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk

Instructions

  1. Mix all ingredients in the blender and pour into a jar. Top with additional granola for garnish if desired, and enjoy! 

Recipe Notes

Nutrition analysis (approximate):

390 calories, 7 g fat, 1 g sat fat, 246 mg sodium, 64.5 g carbohydrate, 9 g fiber, 19.5 g protein, Vitamin A: 11%, Vitamin C: 59%, Calcium: 58%, Iron: 9%

Share:  What’s your favorite kind of post workout smoothie?  Have you ever tried using granola in your smoothie?  If you tried this chocolate granola banana berry smoothie, what did you think?

Jenn

Jenn Mitchell is a proud mom, wife and adventure seeker. She’s traveled either solo or with family to 20 countries and 36 U.S. states so far. A former personal trainer, Jenn looks for ways to keep her family fit and active both at home and on the road. Her goal is to inspire other moms and families to live happy and healthy lives.

This Post Has 28 Comments

  1. Stacie

    5 stars
    All that protein, healthy fat, and good carbs are so perfect for workout recovery. I can’t wait to try this after my next workout.

  2. Liz Mays

    I’m definitely liking this combo. The flavor sounds great and the protein is going to be helpful!

  3. 5 stars
    This is such a perfect post-workout smoothie! It has everything in it. I can’t wait to try it.

  4. Scott

    Our Costco has that granola and my wife buys the big bag! Says it is her all-time favorite!

  5. Marcie W.

    5 stars
    Yum! Smoothies are such a great way to refuel after a workout. I look forward to adding granola to my favorite recipe soon.

  6. Heather

    Now you’re speaking my language! This looks so good. Smoothies are my go-to!

  7. Sherry

    I am loving everything about this smoothie. I usually use vanilla Greek yogurt in mine. Now I have to go and look for the chocolate. I didn’t even know that existed.

  8. 5 stars
    This sounds delicious for after a workout, snack or even as a meal. I like how healthy the ingredients are!

  9. Shahrom Martijn

    Thanks for sharing your smoothie recipe…Having been on a banana and strawberry smoothie every morning…I am going to try your recipe out instead.

  10. Rachel

    You had me at chocolate granola. Yum! I am going to make myself work out tomorrow so I can reward myself with this smoothie.

  11. Catalina

    5 stars
    I like to start my day in a healthy way! This is so perfect for me!

  12. Bill Sweeney

    5 stars
    Where has this been all my life? I am so used to drinking a protein shake after my workout, and most of them taste like yuck. This is now my go-to post-workout smoothie.

  13. Ruth I

    I can make this everyday! Easy and delicious smoothie, Agree that it’s perfect after workout.

  14. Emmanuel Damian

    5 stars
    Chocolate Granola Banana Berry looks like a good drink. Thanks for the recipe. I’ll try this at home.

  15. Jaye Shields

    That looks like a fab smoothie. I don’t work out so I try to stay away from that many carbs, but if I ever start hitting the gym (and I need to) this is something I would really enjoy!

  16. Lora Frost

    That is one of my favorite granolas. Never thought to make it into a smoothie. What a great idea! Thank you for sharing the recipe. I will have to give it a try.

  17. Beth Pierce

    5 stars
    I love how easy this is to make-especially after a grueling work out! Looks so refreshing and delicious too!

  18. Sara Welch

    5 stars
    Not only could I use something like this after exercise, but I think my kids would enjoy this too! Looks so yummy!

  19. Erin Knight

    5 stars
    I like this smoothie and these five ingredients are all my favorite. I cannot wait to try it after my morning workout.

  20. Kristine Nicole Alessandra

    Awesome smoothie recipe! It has all my favorites especially the chocolate delight granola! I will be making this today!

  21. Ed W

    This looks like a delicious and healthy post-workout smoothie, definitely will try it out. Simple to make too with ingredients I already love, and it’s a great natural color.

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    5 stars
    I’ve tried this and it’s the best. You couldn’t ask for more literally.
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  23. Jacques

    Thanks for the recipe, I will probably use coconut milk instead of Almond milk though since Coconut milk, I hear is healthier for you.
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  24. Jessica Parker

    Great recipe! I will have to try with the greek yogurt and granola. I have been making some shakes with just the banana and mixed berries. I also add some of my Superior Labs supplements or just take them before hand. Easy way to get that extra supplement to aid my fitness journey!

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