Creamy Avocado Chocolate Smoothie that is vegan, gluten free, soy free, oil free, and contains 320 calories per serving. Super rich, filling, and nutritious healthy snack for chocolate cravings without any refined sugar.
If you experience chocolate cravings, you need this recipe in your life!
This plant based avocado chocolate smoothie is rich and creamy and tastes super delicious. The recipe is very customizable and offers a high nutrient density. Read the post for nutritional overview, add-ons, and substitutions.
Health Benefits and Nutritional Info
Did you know that avocados contain 50% more potassium than bananas?
Potassium deficiency is very common in the western diet.
Potassium reduces blood pressure in adults, reducing the risk of stroke and coronary disease (source). Based on this information, the American Heart Association tested over 12,000 adults for potassium intake due to the correlation between potassium deficiency and heart disease. The findings, which indicated a substantial deficiency among participants, are concerning because heart disease is the leading killer in the US (source).
Another study states: “High quality evidence shows that increased potassium intake reduces blood pressure in people with hypertension and has no adverse effect on blood lipid concentrations, catecholamine concentrations, or renal function in adults” (source).
The vegan avocado banana smoothie contains two great sources of potassium (banana and avocado) and covers 38% of your daily need in potassium. It makes a great healthy snack to add to your meal planner!
The smoothie is also a good source of B-vitamins, calcium, magnesium, iron, and zinc. One serving contains 320 calories, 53 carbs, 11.8 g fiber, 14 g fat, and 5.6 g protein.
This would also make a great snack for children. The high fat amount helps children grow, is good for their brain, and it tastes like a chocolate pudding!
Substitution and Add-ons
Sweeten it up: Sweeten the smoothie with maple syrup or pitted medjool dates. Use one tablespoon of the maple syrup or one pitted medjool date first and increase if you want more sweetness.
Add omega-3: Add one tablespoon of hemp, chia, or flaxseed to give the avocado chocolate smoothie anti-inflammatory properties
Add nut butter: You can add peanut butter (about 1 tablespoon) to make it a PB-chocolate smoothie. Adding nut butters like peanut butter, almond butter, or cashew butter adds more protein to the smoothie and makes it creamier.
Make it breakfast: Add 1/4 cup of oats to the smoothie to make this a filling breakfast smoothie. You might want to add more milk if it gets too thick, or enjoy it as a pudding.
Pack in more antioxidants: Add one to two handfuls of fresh baby spinach to the smoothie to increase the nutritional value. You won’t taste the spinach but get more antioxidants into your diet.
You can make this smoothie for breakfast or as a healthy snack. You can easily blend this up and take it to go. Add all ingredients to a blender and mix until smooth. Adjust the taste to your desire. You can increase the sweetness, add more milk, or pick other add-ons from the list above.
- 1 banana
- 1/2 avocado
- 1 cup cashew milk or almond milk (unsweetened)
- 2 T cocoa powder unsweetened
- 1 T maple syrup or 1 pitted medjool date
- Add all ingredients into a blender and mix until smooth.
- Check the taste and adjust to your liking.
- Add more chocolate, sweeteners, or milk. Find more swap and add-on ideas in the post above
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 320Total Fat: 14.4gCarbohydrates: 53gFiber: 11.8gProtein: 5.6g