A creamy chocolate smoothie has a rich flavor, and makes a delicious meal replacement shake. It is also high in protein and fiber, and easily kid-friendly. Dairy-free and banana-free.
This creamy, delicious chocolate smoothie is the best way to kick off your day. Like my chocolate beet smoothie, this one is rich in deep chocolate flavor. It is also filling, easy to make and super kid-friendly. Customize it if you want, with even more nutrition.
Why You'll Love This Smoothie
Rich chocolate flavor. The chocolate and date combination makes the most deeply chocolate flavor that will thrill you with every sip.
High in protein and fiber. With 9 grams of protein and 12 grams of fiber, and untold healthy fats, this smoothie is a good meal replacer. If you are interested in more meal replacement shakes, try my ultimate meal replacement shake here.
Ingredients You'll Need
Milk Cubes - Freeze a milk in ice cube trays and use these cubes to make your smoothie creamy and thick just like bananas would. (this is a banana-free smoothie). The higher the fat milk, the creamier your smoothie will be. I used canned coconut milk here, but almond or cashew milk are also creamy. Plant-based milks have enormous nutrition, including antioxidants, protein, and a broad panel of vitamins and minerals depending on the milk source. [source]
Rolled Oats - Oats add fiber, nutrition and a thickening factor. [source]
Cocoa - I used unsweetened powdered cocoa. The higher the quality, the deeper the chocolate flavor. I used Ghiradelli's dark cocoa. Cocoa contributes antioxidants which fight disease and is high in magnesium which supports digestion and mood. [source]
Chocolate chips - Again, use a quality chocolate, either chips or even a chocolate bar. At least 70% cacao. I used Enjoy Life brand chips.
Dates - Medjool dates are best. Pit them before adding them to your blender. Find them boxed in your grocery produce section. If they are older, soak them in just boiled water for 5 minutes. Dates are high in antioxidants, vitamins C and E, fiber and iron. [source]
Peanut Butter - Up the protein with this or leave it off.
Milk to Blend - You can use water but it will be thinner smoothie. I used almond milk.
Steps to Make
step 1: Freeze away milk in ice cube trays. If your dates are on the dry-side, soak them in just boiled water.
step 2: Add into a blender the ingredients in this order: Frozen Milk Cubes, Oatmeal, Cocoa, Chocolate chips, Dates, Peanut Butter
step 3: Pour in 1 cup of milk and blend for at least a minute. Pour and serve!
For smooth texture. Use frozen milk cubes. A high-fat milk is best such as canned coconut or almond or cashew. But if you want to reduce even the healthy fats, you can freeze zero fat yogurt instead.
For easy blending. Although normally it is best to add liquids to a blender first when making a smoothie, with this one, add the ice cubes first because you want them to begin to melt straight away.
Adjust sweetness. I think this smoothie is perfect but if you want to reduce the sweet flavor, reduce the dates, to either 2 dates or even 1 ½ dates. It depends on how bitter your unsweetened cocoa is; different brands have different levels of bitter.
Is this smoothie vegan and gluten-free?
Yes, this smoothie is both vegan and gluten-free provided you use rolled oats that are not from a gluten-contaminated factory.
Is a smoothie good for weight loss?
Smoothies high in protein and fiber may even aid weight loss by keeping you full. If you're looking for a creative way to boost your fruit and veggie intake, smoothies may be the way to go.
How do you make a cocoa smoothie?
Start by placing cocoa powder and chocolate chips in a blender. ...
What type of cocoa powder is best for smoothies?
Hershey's unsweetened cocoa powder is used. If it is not available, you can use any other brand's sweetened or unsweetened cocoa powder.
Are chocolate smoothies healthy?
Chocolate smoothies made without bananas are high in protein, fiber, magnesium, and iron, primarily from the chocolate, dates and milk and peanut butter. And it is full of healthy fats.
Boost The Nutrition
Of course you can add anything to any smoothie, but to keep the delicious taste and texture of this one, here is what you can add:
Seeds - Chia, flaxseeds, hemp are always good choices for added protein, fiber and omegas. Add 1 tablespoon of each.
Avocado - add ½ frozen for extra creaminess and added benefits. They actually contribute nutrients to every cell process in the body.
Spinach - ½ cup of packed raw spinach leaves won't be tasted and will add potassium.
Miso - Add ½ teaspoon of white miso paste to add a umami and salty flavor
Cayenne Pepper - Add ¼ teaspoon of cayenne pepper to give your chocolate smoothie a spicy Mexican or Aztec chocolate spin.
Yogurt - freeze yogurt instead of milk for the cubes, and/or replace half the added milk with plain yogurt.
More Delicious Smoothies
- Chocolate Smoothie
- Ultimate Green Smoothie
- Healthy Strawberry Smoothie
- Chocolate Beet Smoothie
- Meal Replacement Shake
- Weight Loss Smoothie
- Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie
- Pumpkin Pie Smoothie
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Creamy Chocolate Smoothie
- Freeze milk the night before in ice cube trays. If your dates are older and dry, soak them for five minutes in just boiled water, then pit them.
- Add all ingredients into a blender and process.3 tablespoon frozen milk ice cubes*, 3 tablespoon rolled oats, 1 tablespoon cocoa, 1 tablespoon chocolate chips, 3 dates, 1 tablespoon peanut butter, 1 cup dairy free milk
- Drink the smoothie immediately. Or refrigerate for one day.
- Or freeze in ice cube trays and blend up again when you are ready, or put the cubes the night before in a glass or covered jar refrigerated, and let them thaw overnight then stir or shake.