chocolate smoothie
chocolate smoothie

Healthy Chocolate Smoothie Shake

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A healthy fruit and nut-based chocolate smoothie that comes together in a blender with no added sugars. I like to sprinkle in some cacao nibs for a little bit of texture. Recipe is vegan, gluten free, whole 30, and paleo

Prep Time: 2 minutes

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chocolate smoothie shake with cacao nibs

This chocolate smoothie recipe is so rich, it’s more like a healthy chocolate milkshake. It’s just a pure fruit and nut drink with no added sweetener, making it a low-glycemic treat.

It may sound strange to combine chocolate with fruit, but they’re natural companions since chocolate is fruit!

When I crave a chocolate dessert, 99% of what I’m craving is the full fat richness, so this is perfect because it’s not particularly sweet. Plus, this smoothie is dietary friendly: dairy free, gluten free, vegan and paleo.

Can I use any milk with this chocolate smoothie?

Absolutely! I like this smoothie with homemade almond milk, but you can easily use your favorite dairy or non-dairy milk.

healthy chocolate smoothie shake

Why is there ice in this milkshake?

After testing this recipe without ice, I found the texture to be too thin for a milkshake. If you don’t want to add ice, you could achieve a thicker texture with extra frozen banana, ice cream, or slightly frozen almond milk.

chocolate smoothie

I can’t find brazil nuts. Can I use a different nut?

Yes. We don’t often think of using brazil nuts in smoothies (they’re good!), so if it’s easier, feel free to try using 8 cashews or 2 Tablespoons of your favorite nut butter. The point with the nuts is to introduce extra fat, making this creamy and satisfying like an ice cream chocolate shake.

healthy chocolate shake in glass

I hope you give this smoothie a try. It’s a heavier drink for when you want something rich. I’m usually 50/50 divided between this frozen treat and the refreshing turmeric tropical smoothie.

Healthy Chocolate Smoothie Shake

A healthy fruit and nut-based chocolate smoothie that comes together in a blender with no added sugars. I like to sprinkle in some cacao nibs for a little bit of texture. Recipe is vegan, gluten free, whole 30, and paleo
5 from 2 votes
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Course: Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate, dairy free, gluten free, paleo, smoothie, vegan, whole 30
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 2 minutes
Servings: 2 people
Calories: 199kcal
Author: Chef Sara Furcini

Equipment

  • blender

Ingredients

  • 5 brazil nuts
  • 3 tbsp cacao powder
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 4 dried mission figs
  • 1 pinch sea salt
  • 2 cups ice
  • 1 1/4 cups almond milk

Instructions

  • Add all the ingredients to a blender and blend on high speed until smooth. Enjoy right away for the best texture.

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Nutrition

Calories: 199kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 227mg | Potassium: 487mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 38IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 237mg | Iron: 2mg

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