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Chocolate Avocado Smoothie (Raw and Dairy Free)

Bottles of chocolate avocado smoothies.

A vegan friendly breakfast smoothie which is not only deliciously thick and chocolatey, but is packed full of nutrients. This raw chocolate avocado smoothie is both nourishing for the body and for the soul too.

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I have to come clean here: making avocados into a smoothie seems a bit of a waste of a good avocado to me. I love the texture and flavour of this princely fruit but actually like them best just as they are, on toast or with slices tossed into a salad or mashed up in guacamole or this avocado and egg dip.

Peruvian Hass Avocados

But when an octet of Peruvian avocados winged their way to me it seemed like an ideal time to experiment.

Chocolate Avocado Smoothie

Intuitively a dairy-free option seemed like the way to go. Ideally I would have used coconut water as the liquid, but I didn’t have any to hand. I had a look at coconut and almond milk options in the shops, but they were all full of sugar, vegetable fats and other additives.

If only I’d read Janie’s post on making your own almond milk before going ahead, but I didn’t. In the end I resorted to a tin of coconut milk. To keep things as Peruvian as possible I used maca and raw cacao powder both grown in Peru. The maple syrup, oats and banana may have come from a different continent, but honour, I felt, had been served.

Chocolate avocado smoothie in a bottle.

Talking of serving, how did the smoothies turn out? Really rather well. Thick and creamy,  rich and chocolatey, healthy too. We had them for breakfast and they kept us going for several hours. Result.

Plant Milk Update 2020

Thankfully it’s so much easier to buy good quality plant milks these days. So I no longer resort to tins of coconut milk to make this chocolate avocado smoothie. The result isn’t quite as rich and creamy, but it’s not quite as calorific either. And if you want to make your own plant milk, here’s my recipe for hemp milk.

Power Blender

These days I use a Foothie power blender for all of my smoothies. I’ve tried a few of them over the years and they’re all good. But my absolute favourite is the Froothie Evolve*. It has two glass jugs, one which works with a vacuum and one that cooks soup amongst other things. The first is ideal for making smoothies. It locks in the nutrients and makes for the smoothest smoothie you ever did have. You can find out all about it in my Froothie Evolve review.

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Chocolate Avocado Smoothie Tips

  1. Make sure your avocado is soft and ripe. Although you could use an unripe avocado it won’t have quite the same creamy texture nor will it be as flavoursome.
  2. Smoothies are a good way to use up over ripe bananas. But do make sure you have a nice ripe banana as this is where the main sweetness comes from. If you don’t have a large banana, use two small ones instead.
  3. Maca powder is not only a superfood, but it gives delicious caramel notes to the finished smoothie. But don’t worry if you can’t get hold of any. You can just leave it out, or substitute with another superfood such as baobab. Then again, a little cinnamon is good too.
  4. I don’t like my smoothies to be particularly sweet, so you may want to add more maple syrup to the recipe than the amount stated. If you’re not vegan, honey is a good substitute.
  5. See my plant milk update above.
  6. For the best results, use a power blender. See my notes above.

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Raw Chocolate Avocado Smoothie – The Recipe

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Raw Chocolate Avocado Smoothie

A vegan friendly breakfast smoothie which is not only deliciously thick and chocolatey, but is nourishing for the soul and body too.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time0 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine: British
Keyword: avocado, coconut milk, maca, raw cacao, smoothie
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 249kcal


  • 1 large avocado (I used a Peruvian Hass)
  • 1 large banana – peeled
  • 2 tbsp rolled oats
  • 1 tsp maca powder (optional)
  • 1 tbsp raw cacao powder (I used Peruvian)
  • ½ tin coconut milk (200ml), 500ml coconut water or 250ml plant-based milk of your choice
  • 2 tsp (or to taste) maple syrup
  • water


  • Cut the avocado in half, remove the stone and scoop out the flesh with a spoon. Place in a blender together with the banana.
  • Add the oats, maca, cacao, maple syrup and coconut milk.
  • Add enough water to make the volume up to 1 litre and whizz for a minute or two until smooth.
  • Pour into glasses and drink with gusto.


Yields 2 large glasses or 4 smaller ones, depending on how hungry you are and if you're having anything else for breakfast.
Please note: calories and other nutritional information are per serving. They're approximate and will depend on serving size and exact ingredients used.


Calories: 249kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Sodium: 12mg | Potassium: 531mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 92IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 2mg


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  1. belleau kitchen

    31st August 2014 at 10:54 am

    I had an avocado smoothie yesterday. It was lime and coconut and avocado and it was stunning. So creamy. Your chocolate one looks amazing. I want.

    • Choclette

      31st August 2014 at 12:06 pm

      That sounds like a wonderful combination Dom – I used coconut, but really wanted coconut water.

  2. Anne Szadorska

    31st August 2014 at 10:58 am

    I don’t think I have stumbled across maca before, you do learn something new every day!

    I never really got into the whole smoothie thing but seeing lots of non dairy options is inspiring and I think I could manage it. I love avocado’s anyway and my Filipino neighbour has them as a sweet too, might have to dust off the blender and try your smoothie out!

    • Choclette

      19th September 2014 at 2:30 pm

      Smoothies are a great way of packing in lots of nutrients in a really delicious way Anne. There are plenty of dairy alternatives around now – my preferred one is coconut water, but it’s hard to get hold of.

  3. Cathy

    31st August 2014 at 3:51 pm

    I love smoothies and this looks really scrumptious, thank you I really must try x

    • Choclette

      19th September 2014 at 2:31 pm

      Thanks Cathy – it’s a good one.

  4. GG

    31st August 2014 at 4:44 pm

    This sounds good! A wonderful combination of flavours and I bet the avocado makes it really creamy. GG

    • Choclette

      19th September 2014 at 7:12 pm

      It does indeed GG – a most delicious and healthful smoothie.

  5. Sarah-Louise Bailey

    31st August 2014 at 5:04 pm

    Oh my this sounds delicious – I can never say no to anything chocolate so I must give it a try. x

    • Choclette

      19th September 2014 at 7:21 pm

      Oh you must, Sarah-Louise BECAUSE this is positively good for you as well as tasty 🙂

  6. Cheri Savory Spoon

    31st August 2014 at 11:45 pm

    This sounds delicious, love that you added oats too.

    • Choclette

      19th September 2014 at 7:22 pm

      I generally add oats to smoothies Cheri, for a bit of added fibre and to thicken.

  7. Katie

    1st September 2014 at 5:58 am

    Looks delicious and very healthy. I still need to try the avocado chocolate combo

    • Choclette

      19th September 2014 at 7:23 pm

      Katie, it’s a fun combination to play around with. If I had a ready supply of avocados, I reckon I’d have them in all of my smoothies.

  8. Karen S Booth

    1st September 2014 at 5:32 pm

    I have heard of this so many times but have never tried it yet, but as yours looks so fab, I must try it soon! Karen

    • Choclette

      19th September 2014 at 7:23 pm

      Karen, I’d eat avocados every day if I could – love them.

  9. Heidi Roberts

    1st September 2014 at 8:24 pm

    I would never have thought of putting an avocado into my smoothie – not until now that is!

    • Choclette

      19th September 2014 at 7:24 pm

      Haha, I like to be a little ahead of the game Heidi! Let me know if you try it and what you think of it.

  10. yummychunklet

    2nd September 2014 at 1:39 am

    This sounds fantastic with fresh coconut milk.

    • Choclette

      19th September 2014 at 7:25 pm

      Fresh coconut milk would have been wonderful YC.

  11. Janice Pattie

    1st March 2020 at 2:40 pm

    An absolutely delightful combination of ingredients, I can imagine how good it tastes.

    • Choclette

      7th May 2020 at 2:24 pm

      Thanks Janice. We’ve been making it quite a lot recently. It feels like lots of healthy food is needed at the moment.

  12. Midge @ Peachicks' Bakery

    8th May 2020 at 1:09 pm

    OMG this sounds amazing! But yes possibly a slight waste of an expensive ingredient – although you can buy them frozen just for smoothies now i’ve seen in a few places! Thanks for sharing #CookBlogShare

    • Choclette

      8th May 2020 at 3:56 pm

      Oh really? That’s interesting. Would have thought they’d go all black if frozen. Will keep an eye out.

  13. Eb Gargano | Easy Peasy Foodie

    11th May 2020 at 2:56 pm

    Looks amazing! I love it when a recipe is delicious AND healthy 😀 Eb x

    • Choclette

      12th May 2020 at 9:49 am

      Hahaha, yes me too. It’s certainly my aim with the recipes here on Tin and Thyme.


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