A chocolate avocado smoothie made in a few minutes, rich with cocoa and fresh zucchini, a creamy thick shake that energizes and triggers mood-boosting endorphins. A no banana smoothie.
This chocolate avocado smoothie is super easy to make, with simple ingredients, and not only has an avocado but also hidden zucchini. Like my healthy chocolate smoothie, and my chocolate peanut butter smoothie, this chocolate avocado shake is an energy-boosting smoothie, and rich in mood boosting chocolate.
Why You'll Love This
Easy to make. Toss fresh avocado, zucchini, and other pantry-ready ingredients into a blender and process.
Rich chocolate flavor. This is such a rich chocolate shake that you will be bowled over with the decadent flavor. Can you taste the avocados and zucchini? Not at all.
Nutrition. The avocado and zucchini thicken the smoothie and provides micronutrients as well as slow-burning healthy fats. The cocoa fires up your brain and boosts your mood by triggering feel-good hormones. [source]
Avocado. Choose a soft one but with no blemishes. You'll want it ripe enough to be able to blend well. Peel off the skin, and remove the pit. You can chop and freeze avocado ahead of time.
Zucchini. Use raw zucchini, don't peel, but try to buy organic because zucchini absorbs pesticides into its skin. You can chop and freeze zucchini ahead of time.
Cocoa powder. Use unsweetened regular cocoa or dutch processed.
Maple syrup. You can also use 2 soft dates if you have them. Or use your own favorite liquid sweetener.
Milk. You can use water, but the shake will be far creamier with milk, or even a cream such as half and half or coconut milk. Or use milk ice cubes.
Optional Flavors. Add in vanilla, salt, and even ½ a teaspoon of instant coffee granules.
See the recipe card for full information on ingredients and quantities.
Instead of zucchini, you can use a banana.
Instead of maple syrup, you can use two dates. Drop them in just-boiled water for 2 minutes, pit and add to the blender.
Step by Step Instructions
For more detail, visit the complete recipe at the bottom of this post, but here are general steps.
Step 1: Wash and chop the zucchini. Peel and pit the avocado.
Step 2: Add all ingredients to the blender. Process about 30 seconds to 1 minute until smooth.
Step 3: Drink immediately or chill first.
Refrigerate this smoothie for 24 hours. Freeze in ice cube trays, and bag to save long term, or up to 3 months.
Variations & Additions
Add further flavors such as 1 teaspoon instant coffee granules, 1 tablespoon cinnamon, or even a pinch of cayenne pepper or a knob of fresh unpeeled ginger.
Change the flavor from chocolate to blueberry or cherry by swapping out the cocoa for ½ cup fresh or frozen blueberries or cherries.
No, you cannot taste the vegetables, only a strong chocolate flavor.
You can use any milk of your choice. The higher the fat content, the creamier your smoothie will be. The lower the fat content, the lower in calories your smoothie will be.
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Chocolate Avocado Smoothie (no banana)
- 1 avocado* peeled, pitted
- 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
- 1 cup milk any milk or milk ice cubes
- 1 cup zucchini* raw, not peeled
- 2 tablespoon maple syrup
- Wash and chop the zucchini. Peel and pit the avocado.
- Add all ingredients to the blender. Process about 30 seconds to 1 minute until smooth.1 avocado*, 1 tablespoon cocoa powder, 1 cup milk, 1 cup zucchini*, 2 tablespoon maple syrup
- Drink immediately or chill first.
- Refrigerate this smoothie for 24 hours. Freeze in ice cube trays, and bag to save long term, or up to 3 months.