Silky and smooth, a Chocolate Smoothie is a sweet way to start the day. Made with avocado instead of the usual banana, this thick, yogurt-based smoothie tastes almost like a milkshake.
Chocolate Smoothie without Banana
Don't get me wrong: I love a fruity breakfast smoothie but sometimes I'm in the mood for something that more resembles a dessert.
Chocolate for breakfast? Sign me up. Anyone with a sweet tooth is going to love this quick breakfast.
Lots of people like a chocolate banana smoothie, but others don't like banana. This one has a secret ingredient instead: avocado!
And I bet you'll never even notice it. (Though if it weirds you out, I have some substitutions below, but trust me that the avo is totally worth a try!) The avocado adds the loveliest creamy texture.
If you like a good green avocado smoothie, this avocado spinach smoothie is another excellent choice.
Why You'll Love This Recipe
We love this recipe because it's sweet yet full of healthful ingredients, and I know it's going to become one of your favorite smoothies too!
- Made with wholesome ingredients, this recipe is a great way to start the day.
- Customize it with berries, your favorite protein powder or chia seeds.
- It's sweet, delicious and tastes just like a chocolate milkshake!
Make it for breakfast or enjoy it for a healthy afternoon snack. The avocado makes it so smooth and silky, like a chocolate frosty.
Here are the simple ingredients you will need to make this delicious and healthy smoothie!
Unsweetened plain yogurt: We used coconut but any unsweetened yogurt, like Greek yogurt, is great. If you use sweetened yogurt, simply skip the maple syrup.
Milk of choice: Dairy milk or non-dairy milk work great. I prefer unsweetened almond milk, but coconut milk, soy milk or oat milk works too.
Unsweetened cocoa powder: Not hot cocoa mix!
Maple syrup: Use your favorite sweetener, such as honey, agave or stevia.
Avocado: You can substitute a frozen banana or omit this.
Ice: Ice helps to thicken the smoothie and make it ice cold.
Feel free to customize this creamy chocolate smoothie however you like!
You can add a scoop of collagen peptides or your favorite protein powder. Chia seeds, hemp seeds or flax seeds are another great addition.
If you want to add some more greens, add a handful of spinach or kale. (Check out this kale smoothie for another healthy morning smoothie.)
Adding some different nut butters like creamy peanut butter, cashew butter or sunflower seed butter will make this into the most delicious chocolate peanut butter smoothie.
For some extra sweetness, you can add a bit more maple syrup, a bit of vanilla extract, mixed berries, banana or a few dates. (In fact, with strawberries, it's pretty much just like my Chocolate Strawberry Smoothie.)
When I need an extra kick in the mornings, sometimes I like to add a scoop of espresso powder or a little bit of coffee instead of milk to make this into a chocolate mocha smoothie. So good!
Smoothie Bowl Toppings
If you want to eat this chocolatey goodness as a smoothie bowl, top it with all a few optional toppings to amplify the rich chocolate flavor.
Here are a few ideas:
- chocolate chips
- cacao nibs
- shredded coconut
- banana slices
- fresh berries
How to Make a Chocolate Smoothie
Smoothies are such an easy breakfast! Here's how to make this smoothie:
Get out your blender! Into the pitcher throw in all of the ingredients, then give the blender a whirl.
Taste it before you pour it into glasses and adjust the sweetness if necessary.
Then pour away and serve with some fruit on top and a smoothie straw.
Is your smoothie too thick? Add more liquid a little at a time to thin it out a little bit.
Is your smoothie too thin? Add more ice, yogurt or fruit a little at a time until you get your desired thicker texture.
Did your blender get stuck? Use a spoon or spatula to loosen any items stuck in the blender pitcher, then re-run. Usually this is due to frozen ingredients.
More smoothie recipes
- 1 cup plain, unsweetened yogurt
- ⅔ cup milk of choice
- 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
- 3 tablespoons maple syrup (add 1 tablespoon more for more sweetness)
- 1 avocado, peel and pit removed
- 1 cup ice
- 4 raspberries, optional
- 1 teaspoon mini chocolate chips, optional
- Place all ingredients in the blender.
- Pulse until smooth.
- Pour into two glasses and top with chocolate chips and berries, if desired!
You can also add mixed berries, banana or dates to increase sweetness.
Banana can be substituted for the avocado.
Feel free to add protein powder, collagen, kale, spinach, chia seeds, flax seeds, and/or hemp seeds into the mix.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1 smoothie
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 372Total Fat: 19gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 13mgSodium: 133mgCarbohydrates: 44gFiber: 8gSugar: 32gProtein: 11g