Healthy Chocolate Smoothies

Healthy Chocolate Smoothies |
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Posted on September 12, 2014
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Apparently today is National Chocolate Milkshake Day. Sadly, I don’t have a milkshake recipe for you. But I do have a Healthy Chocolate Smoothie recipe to offer up as a peace treaty. Can we still be friends? Pleeeeaaaase!!!

Let’s talk about chocolate beverages for a moment. Chocolate milk basically kept me alive for the first 16 years of my life. I was a very picky eater in my early career as a human being. I survived on grilled cheese sandwiches, peanut butter sandwiches and chocolate milk. That’s it.

So to say that I drank a lot of chocolate milk would be a gross understatement. Because everyday I would have a glass for breakfast, one after school and one before bed. And I’m not talking about an 8 ounce glass. I’m talking a BIG 24 ounce glass. I told you it was a lot. And I was really OCD about the whole thing. I only drank it out of a certain cup. I had to have a bendy straw. I had a certain ritual with the adding and stirring in of the Hershey’s syrup. AND after it was perfectly combined, I would microwave the chocolate milk for EXACTLY 50 seconds. So my parents and I started calling it “milk-5-0”. And they still make fun of me about it today. Which I kind of deserve for being such a pain in the ass as a kid.

I’m still a big chocolate milk fan, but now I try to drink something with a little more substance to it. Empty calories are only acceptable in the form of beer, wine or bourbon. Just saying. So this Healthy Chocolate Smoothie recipe is my new favorite way to enjoy “chocolate milk” with a few extra vitamins thrown in.

Healthy Chocolate Smoothies |

I start with unsweetened chocolate almond milk and a little cocoa powder. Then I blend in some good for you ingredients like avocado, spinach and a ripe banana. I add a little maple syrup for  extra sweetness, but you could totally skip it if you’re cutting back on the sugars. It’s “milk-5-0” for a grown up Liz. And it’s pretty gosh darn good.



Healthy Chocolate Smoothies

Serves 2

Healthy Chocolate Smoothies


  • 2-2 1/2 cups unsweetened chocolate almond milk
  • 1 cup fresh spinach
  • 1/2 avocado, pit and peel removed
  • 1/2 frozen banana, peeled
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup


  1. Add all of the ingredients to your blender and blend on high until smooth. Pour into glasses and serve immediately.
  2. For a thicker smoothie, use 2 cups of almond milk. For a thinner smoothie, you can use 2 1/2 cups of almond milk.


1. Feel free to use any kind of milk you like Soy, rice, hemp or coconut milk are all great vegan options.


  • Cole can’t go a day without 3 glasses of chocolate milk, so I loved reading this:) This looks so good and so much healthier!


    • That’s so funny, Matt!

  • I love this! I was definately anal about how I had my chocolate milk as a kid. Funny now because I’m not particular about anything anymore (there is just no time – food in my belly asap!) LOL well I love this chocolate avocado smoothie – awesome ingredients and I love anything that sneaks in veggies 🙂 Thanks for sharing!


    • Same here. I don’t know how I went from eating nothing to eating EVERYTHING! But I like it much better this way!

  • YUM – I love the combo of chocolate and avocado – but never had them in a smoothie! I am gonna have to make this to celebrate National Chocolate Milkshake Day! Thank you!


    • Thanks, Shashi! I’m ready to celebrate!

  • My oldest son used to be a chocolate milk fiend until I stopped buying those Horizon chocolate milk boxes…way too much sugar! I’d be on board with this smoothie, however, and I’d gladly drink it too! Love that avocado is “snuck” in there too! 🙂


    • Thanks, Marcie! Yeah, I think this is a better choice!

  • Healthy and chocolate?! Count me in!! This looks delicious. 🙂


    • Thanks, Tina! I’m in too! 🙂

  • This looks like just a perfect way to start any day! Loved your story about your chocolate milk addiction 🙂


    • Thanks, Jennifer! 🙂

  • Omg! I giggled so many times reading this. Kids have the funniest rituals…I had to have ice cream EVERY. NIGHT. before bed. “Treat” we called it. And I’d stir it up until it got all melty. My parents still are shocked when they visit and I don’t have ice cream in my freezer! haha. This sounds like a good compromise for a grown up treat though! Can we still have grilled cheese though?


    • Oh yes to grilled cheese. But only if our mom’s make it. Tastes way better that way!

  • oh man! I missed National Chocolate Milkshake Day! I’m totally going to make up for it by trying one of these delicious smoothies! I bet the avocado really makes these super creamy 🙂


    • Yes, you have some catching up to do! The avocado makes them creamy and super thick too!

  • I always seem to be one step behind on these awesome food holidays! I guess I’ll just have to make up for it and have a few milkshakes tomorrow. Love this healthier chocolate smoothie! I’m always looking for new, creative smoothie ideas and this is definitely one to put on my list!


    • It’s hard to keep up when there is one EVERY.SINGLE.DAY. It’s kind of ridiculous. I’m usually behind too!

  • I absolutely love putting avocado in everything. This is fantastic!


    • Thanks, Dorothy. I love how creamy the avocado makes these smoothies!

  • Love me some chocolate milk! It’s still one of my favorite indulgences. I love your grown-up version that is healthier with even more nutrition than the regular stuff! Awesome recipe!


    • Thank you, Meggan!

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  • Who doesn’t love chocolate milk – its the best!! I am smitten over this smoothie. I have grown so fond over the combination of avocado and chocolate. I can only imagine how creamy and delicious this smoothie is!


    • Yes, the avocado really makes it super creamy! That plus the frozen banana. I hope you try it out!

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