This chocolate avocado smoothie recipe is like a healthy chocolate milkshake but loaded with healthy fats and fresh greens. It has a silky smooth texture and a decadent chocolatey flavor. Made with simple ingredients that you probably already have at home, our chocolate smoothie is vegan and paleo. What is not to love?
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I love green smoothies packed with spinach and kale. But some days I need a change, and let's be honest not everyone wants to drink a bright green shake.
That is why I wanted to share this chocolate spinach smoothie with you. Made without banana (because I am always out of bananas!), simple ingredients everyone has on hand, and most importantly an over-the-top chocolatey flavor that I can't get enough of.
Yes, the chocolate cravings are real over here!
📖Why This Recipe Works
Easy To Customize- There are so many ways to add more nutrition to this
Suitable for Many Diets -Vegan, paleo, gluten-free, and dairy-free, the whole family can enjoy this healthy treat!
I kept this breakfast smoothie simple because while I love all the healthy ingredients I didn't want it to be a recipe that required a special trip to the store.
But I did include optional add-ins if you want to boost the nutrition of your smoothie. All add-ins will make the smoothie thicker so additional milk may be needed.
Avocado- You will need a ripe avocado. This is the perfect use for an avocado that might just be past its prime. Just scoop out any black spots and put the good parts in the smoothie.
Cocoa Powder- You could also use cacao powder. The difference is that cacao powder is not roasted. Always double-check your cocoa powder to ensure no dairy or sugar has been added. I like Anthony's Cocoa Powder which is organic and affordable.
Non-Dairy Milk- I typically use unsweetened almond milk but I also love macadamia nut milk or gluten-free oat milk in this recipe. But any dairy or non-dairy milk will work. If your milk is sweetened skip adding the dates.
A note on coconut milk, because the avocado is adding texture do not use canned coconut milk in this recipe. Instead try coconut milk beverage which is thinner.
Spinach - Baby kale works well too. If you are not a fan of green smoothies you can skip the spinach and it will not alter the outcome of the shake. I just like to get all the veggies I can.
Medjool Dates- I use dates to keep it vegan. Or you can add half a ripe banana. I make this smoothie without bananas because it is too sweet with the banana and dates.
You can also sub in maple syrup or honey (not vegan) but I find that they can gum up in the smoothie. To avoid this give the milkshake a whirl without the ice to fully incorporate the sweetener.
Vanilla Extract- Vanilla powder works equally as well.
Ice Cubes- Unless your ingredients are already frozen you will need to add a few ice cubes.
📖Optional Avocado Smoothie Add-Ins
- 1 tablespoon of ground flaxseed
- 1 tablespoon of chia seeds
- ¼ cup of oats
- A scoop of vanilla or chocolate protein powder
- 2 tablespoons of almond butter or peanut butter
Note I don't recommend hemp seeds in this recipe. I find their flavor is too earthy for the dark chocolate flavor we are trying to achieve.
How to Tell if an Avocado is Ripe
Hold the avocado in the palm of your hand and give a gentle squeeze. A ripe avocado will have a slightly soft texture but should not feel overly mushy when touched.
While ripe and ready-to-eat avocados might exhibit a darker hue, the color can vary, so it is advisable to rely on both touch and color.
⏲️How to Make a Chocolate Avocado Smoothie
Like all smoothie recipes, this creamy chocolate avocado smoothie recipe comes together in seconds. Simply combine all ingredients in a high-speed blender and blend until smooth.
After about 30 seconds scrap down the sides and blend for an additional 30-60 seconds. You can add more ice or milk to change make the consistency thicker or thinner.
You can serve the smoothie immediately or keep tightly covered in the refrigerator for up to one day. Right before serving thrown a few more ice cubes and give it a quick whirl in the blender.
💭 Smoothie Tips
- Add the liquid first to make it easier to
- Not a greens fan? Skip the spinach for a perfectly smooth chocolate avocado milkshake.
- Don't have dates? No worries honey or maple syrup can be substituted. Just mix in before adding the ice to ensure the syrup is well incorporated
- Not sweet enough? Add a pinch of salt and whirl for 30 seconds. Taste again. You can add additional sweeteners but sometimes a bit of salt really highlights the sweetness.
- Want a thinner smoothie? Add more milk.
- Want a thicker smoothie? Try adding ¼ cup of oats or the second avocado half.
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💭 Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, you can make a keto smoothie recipe but eliminating the dates listed in the ingredient list and using unsweetened cocoa powder.
There are two ways to make this healthy smoothie recipe for meal prep. The first option is to combine the ingredients in a bag and store in the freezer. When you are ready to make the smoothie just dump the contents in the blender without the ice and blend as normal.
The other option is to make the smoothie the night before without the ice. Store directly in the blender jar in the fridge. In the morning add the ice and blend.
No, the flavor of the avocado is undetectable. The addition of avocado is for the texture and health benefits (i.e. the good fats). This recipe is really about the delicious chocolate flavor.
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Chocolate Avocado Smoothie
- Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. About 90 seconds. Add milk ad needed to thin out the smoothie.½ avocado, 2 Tablespoons Cocoa Powder, 1 cup almond milk, 1 cup Spinach leaves, 4 whole dates, ½ teaspoon vanilla extract, 1 cup Ice cubes
- Serve immediately or keep tightly covered in the refrigerator for up to one day.