Well it’s official – I’m on an avocado smoothie kick! After last week’s green superfood avocado smoothie, I decided to get inspiration from my own recipe and made a dark chocolate avocado smoothie.
Like the avocado chocolate mousse, this smoothie is super smooth and creamy, and full of decadent chocolate flavor. But I went superfood breakfast style and added more greens and a little vegan chocolate protein powder to boost the power breakfast factor.
Give me a Chocolate Avocado Smoothie for Breakfast Please!
Because let’s be real – chocolate and avocados are the best foods ever. And putting them together is actually the best idea ever.
To bulk up the smoothie but keep the sugars on the low side, I added half a frozen zucchini. A lot of people like to add bananas to smoothies, but I prefer to skimp on the sugars and carbs. I know people love bananas for the potassium, but actually avocados have more potassium than bananas. Mind blown.
Not to mention avocados have a slew of other health benefits, which I detailed last week.
Adding Zucchini to a Smoothie is Definitely a thing you should try because Zucchini is Packed with Nutritional Benefits
And yes, I did mean zucchini when I said that earlier. Zucchinis work super well in smoothies – they add both bulk and a bunch of nutritional benefits. Like avocados, they also pack a hefty dose of potassium, as well as folate, fiber, and vitamins A, C, and a bunch of Bs.
These all make it a heart-healthy addition to your diet. Zucchini is also low-calorie – a bonus for anyone concerned about the calories from the avocado – as well as anti-inflammatory. It helps reduce cholesterol, boost immunity, and provides a lot of antioxidants.
Beyond all that, given their high water and electrolyte content, zucchini is great for digestive health. The phytonutrient content in zucchini is great for eye health, while the polyphenols may help regulate adrenal and thyroid functioning as well as insulin levels, making zucchini a great option for diabetes prevention and management.
How to Add Zucchini to your Smoothies
Zucchini blends up super smooth, and you can freeze the zucchini. Clean and chop off the ends and cut it in half before you store it in the freezer. You can also leave it fresh and either add ice – or, as I often do – nix the ice and frozen produce and just drink a fridge to room temperature smoothie!
Also, definitely leave the skin on – the skins of most fruits and vegetables contain a major portion of the nutritional value. Just be sure to clean it well.
Chocolate for breakfast is always a good idea, but a healthy treat that tastes like dessert for dinner? Go for it my friends 🙂
Dark Chocolate Avocado Smoothie Recipe
A smooth, creamy, delicious and nutrient-dense power breakfast in the form of a low-sugar vegan dark chocolate avocado smoothie to fuel your day
- 1/2 medium avocado
- 1/2 medium-large zucchini frozen or fresh
- 2 tbsp organic cacao powder
- 1 scoop chocolate protein powder use protein powder of your choice, preferably organic and plant-based
- 1 tbsp Lakanto sugar-free maple syrup, or pure maple honey works, or use 1 serving zero sugar sweetener of your choice like pure monk fruit or stevia powder
- 1 cup nut milk or non-dairy milk of choice
- 1 tsp vanilla extract optional, but brings out the chocolate flavor
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon optional, but adds depth to the chocolate flavor and helps balance blood sugar
- powders and potions of choice
Add all of the ingredients to a blender, and blend it up!
Drink from a large glass or mason jar, or pour into a bowl and add toppings of choice for a delicious smoothie bowl. Enjoy!