This healthy chocolate smoothie totally tastes like a milkshake but has added nutrition and way less sugar than a milkshake since there’s no ice cream added! I serve this for breakfast with a waffle or toast, but it would be an awesome snack, as well.
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Why I love this recipe
This simple smoothie is so creamy that you could honestly call it a healthy chocolate milkshake recipe. Your little one is not going to know the difference. It’s the easiest thing in the world to make as long as you have a high power blender!
My all-time favorite blender is the Vitamix. These things last at least a decade, so it’s well worth the cost, in my opinion. Not much you can buy these days that is built to last!
Healthy Chocolate Smoothie Recipe
The chocolate flavor really shines through, so as a chocolate lover, this is one of my all time favorite smoothie recipes. This is also a great way to get some fiber and healthy fats into your little one, with the added avocado. Don’t worry, it won’t taste like avocado. It just adds an extra creaminess to the smoothie.
This makes 2 servings, but sometimes we have some leftover. I add leftovers to popsicle molds, so I now have an easy, healthy snack on hand in the freezer. I like these popsicle molds! These make fantastic after school snacks.
What ingredients do you need for a chocolate smoothie?
Bananas: if you don’t have frozen bananas on hand, you can substitute fresh, I would just add 2-4 ice cubes into the blender as well. Ripe bananas will be best, so choose one with brown spots if possible.
To make it banana-free, omit the banana and add 1/2 cup ice cubes. Optionally, add 1 tsp of maple syrup if you want extra sweetness.
Vegan option: use a non-dairy milk. The easiest option would be to use a chocolate non-dairy milk, like oatly chocolate oat milk. Alternatively, you can use coconut milk, soy milk, regular oat milk, etc. and you’ll need to add 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder or raw cacao powder, plus 4 medjool dates (or 1 to 2 tbsp maple syrup). Optionally add a scoop of protein powder.
This smoothie is GREAT as-is. But if you want to go a little extra, you could add in any of the following:
- 1 tbsp almond butter or sunflower seed butter
- 1 tbsp ground chia seeds or ground flax seeds
- a handful of fresh spinach to get in some leafy greens
- 1/4 cup cooked, mashed sweet potato
How to make this recipe
Step 1: Add all ingredients to blender
Step 2: Blend at high speed
Step 3: Blend until smooth about 2-3 minutes
Step 4: Enjoy!
How do I get an extra creamy texture?
For the best results, blend extra long, like at least 2 to 3 minutes. A longer blend time will add to the creaminess.
What toppings could I add?
If you want to make this into a smoothie bowl, I would add banana slices, hemp seeds, and your favorite granola on top. And even some cacao nibs, if you have them!
What age is this good for?
Ages 2 and up.
I chose Fairlife milk specifically for its low added sugar content relative to other store bought chocolate milks, and higher protein. You can use your milk of choice, just know that the nutrition facts will change.
Other recipes & resources you might like
If your little one is stuck in a breakfast rut, or mornings have more drama than you’d like, check out my Breakfast Menu Cards for Toddlers and Preschoolers. They are perfect for ages 2-5 to simplify breakfast time and make sure they don’t choose the same exact food every morning (so you can prevent picky eating)!
Want even more healthy breakfast ideas? Check out 18 Healthy Toddler Breakfast Ideas from a Registered Dietitian!
The Best Healthy Chocolate Smoothie Recipe
Healthy Chocolate Smoothie
- 2 cups Fairlife chocolate milk
- 1 medium banana frozen
- ½ avocado (medium/large) use whole avocado if it’s a small avocado
- Optional: chocolate shavings for garnish
- Add all ingredients to blender
- Blend at high speed until smooth, about 2-3 minutes.