Chocolate Avocado Smoothie

Rich, chocolatey milkshake smoothie. Full of good plant-based fats, a chocolate avocado smoothie that gives you glowing, healthy skin. 

Plant-based fats in this smoothie are high in protein, fiber, and omega-3s. With berries added for vitamin C – which is also great for your skin. In fact, I wanted to call this recipe the Skin Booster Smoothie but decided Chocolate Avocado sounded a little better. 

Avocado, hemp seeds, dates, and cacao nibs in one delicious smoothie for gorgeous, glowing skin

Avocado doesn’t just give the smoothie the creamy texture and silky fat we love, it also has serious anti-aging properties. In both the flesh and the oil (avocado oil is great on salads and as a drizzle over grain bowls), avocados help protect against free radicals. Avocados are also high in fiber, good fat, (the skin loves raw, plant-based fats like it loves water!), potassium, and vitamins. 

Raw cacao nibs (and powder) in the smoothie have almost four times the antioxidant content of regular processed dark chocolate, and even more than blueberries and bananas! And, these polyphenol antioxidants in the cacao are also found in dark berries, green tea, and even red wine. They protect our cells from premature oxidation, thereby helping us stay ageless. The berries in this recipe give a boost of sweetness, acidity (to balance the richness of the avocado, banana, and cashew milk). They’re also, of course, high in antioxidants and vitamins. 

Hemp seeds are a good source of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, called essential fats. They are key to maintaining healthy cells, nerves, and brain function. And, a must-have for healthy, beautiful skin. (One of the many reasons I’m a big fan of our omega-3 supplements!). 

Dates are high in folic acid and fiber, and they add a little sweet tooth action. The maca powder is an energizing adaptogenic, with a wonderful butterscotch, caramel flavor. And, the banana has potassium and a bonus tropical sweetness that goes so well with the chocolate.

Super-powered superfoods for healthy, beautiful you inside out

I sometimes add spirulina. Dark green powder derived from blue-green algae that is packed with vitamins and minerals. Spirulina is legit. I find it boosts energy and immunity, removes toxins, and is higher in protein than steak. It’s got a rather strong flavor so I prefer to add it to recipes where it will mingle happily, meaning I won’t really taste it. It blends right in with the chocolate, banana, berry concoction. 

Chocolate Avocado Skin Booster Smoothie

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Total Time 8 minutes
Servings 2
Author Tania Van Pelt

Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsweetened nut or plant milk almond, coconut, hemp, cashew
  • 1 cup filtered water
  • 1 fresh or frozen medium banana
  • ½ medium avocado
  • ½ cup fresh or frozen berries strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, or a mix
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cacao or cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons cacao nibs optional
  • 2 tablespoons hulled hemp seeds
  • 2 teaspoons maca powder
  • 2-3 Medjool dates pitted
  • Small pinch of sea salt
  • Ice
  • optional: 2 teaspoons spirulina powder

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients into a high-speed blender and blend until super smooth. Add about a cup of ice at the end once the ingredients are blended together.
  2. If you want a thinner consistency add more water, for a thicker, more pudding like consistency, use half cup of water instead of a full cup.

Recipe Notes

If dates are too hard to easily blend, soften them in warm water for a few minutes, drain the water, and add to the blender.
If you have spirulina, add it to the smoothie. I often do, and it's a superfood antioxidant powerhouse. The flavor can be a little intense sometimes, but in this smoothie all you taste is the chocolate, banana, date, berry combo.