At first glance, this smoothie simply seems thick and chocolaty. It is both of these things, but it’s also secretly a “green” smoothie and full of avocado!
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Avocado is high in fat, but it’s “good fat,” and it’s full of fiber, low in sugar, and has plenty of vitamins and minerals. Add that to spinach, carrots, unsweetened cacao powder, and a few warming spices to create a tasty, filling smoothie. This chocolate avocado green smoothie is a decadent, satisfying breakfast or snack!
The warmth in this smoothie comes from a bit of cinnamon and a pinch of cayenne.
Don’t worry – there isn’t that much cayenne in the finished smoothie! But there is plenty of chocolate. Cayenne may seem like a very odd ingredient for a smoothie, but the first chocolate beverages were prepared with spicy peppers. Plus, cayenne is really good for you. Just add a little pinch to the smoothie and you won’t even know it’s there.
In case you’re not familiar with prepping avocado, all you need to do is wash/scrub it off (yes, I’m weird and like to wash fruits and vegetables before cutting them so surface contaminates don’t use the knife to travel into the item), slice it in half “length ways”, pop out the seed, and scoop the flesh out of half the rind. To keep the unused half looking bright and beautiful, squeeze a little fresh lemon juice on it, wrap it tightly, and place it in the fridge. The lemon juice helps keep the flesh from turning brown and icky looking (like a banana or apple will when exposed to air).
This recipe perfectly fills the 16 ounce blender cup that works with our Ninja blender. You can always make it in the full-sized pitcher, though, if you don’t have an individual cup. The recipe is designed for use with a high-powered blender and I think a “regular” bender would probably have some trouble with all the produce. If you’re able to make it work in a standard blender I’d love to hear about it! But I’m getting off topic…
Ready to learn how to make a smoothie so thick you just might need a spoon? I thought so. =)
Chocolate avocado green smoothie recipe
The really amazing thing about this smoothie is that you can give it to unsuspecting people and they won’t guess it has avocado, carrots, and spinach. They’ll just think it’s a super creamy, rich chocolaty creation and won’t guess that there are healthy ingredients are hiding inside! Plus, unlike most smoothies that melt pretty quickly, most of this one’s thickness comes from the avocado, so you can take your time enjoying it without it turning all runny on you.
If you enjoy the rich, creamy combination of chocolate and avocado, you’ll probably also like this Paleo chocolate avocado pudding!
Natasha Núñez is a former classroom teacher with a Masters of the Arts in Teaching. She also is a registered yoga teacher & holds a certificate in natural skincare formulation from the School of Natural Skincare. She shares her passion for education, positive parenting, free printables, and recipes for DIY bath & home products. Learn more about Natasha and where she’s been featured.