Treat yourself to a vegan chocolate shake! This decadent drink is actually a healthy green smoothie in disguise. It's made with good-for-you ingredients like banana, avocado, kale, and flax meal. Enjoy it for breakfast, dessert, or even a snack! This easy recipe is vegan and gluten-free.
Vegan Chocolate Shake
It's hot here. Like breaking a sweat just getting the mail from mailbox kind of hot. On days like this, I don't want to even think about warm food. I do have air-conditioning, but it still seems too hot to cook.
I like to start my days with simple, cooling breakfast foods, like green smoothies, overnight oats, and chia puddings. This chocolate shake fits the bill. It looks (and tastes) like a decadent treat, but it's loaded with healthy ingredients.
A chocolate shake is a great afternoon pick-me-up on sweltering days, too. And because it's so tasty, you can also serve it for dessert!
What You Need
- Haas avocado
- Cocoa powder
- Flax meal
- Soy or almond milk
- Ice cubes
See the recipe card for exact amounts.
How to Make a Chocolate Shake
Making your shake couldn't be easier. You simply throw all of the ingredients into a blender and puree until it's smooth.
- I like to double or triple the recipe and freeze some of it in a mason jar, so it's ready when I have a hankering. I defrost the jar in the fridge or on the countertop.
- A little unflavored protein powder can be added for an extra boost.
40 Days of Green Smoothies
I drink green smoothies for breakfast almost every day. I tend to get in a rut, making my favorite cherry smoothie most of the time. Fortunately, my friend Becky Striepe is here to help me mix things up with her book 40 Days of Green Smoothies!
As you would guess from the title 40 Days of Green Smoothies is full of recipes for green smoothies! Becky breaks the 40 days down into 6 weeks, and she gives a shopping list along with tips for each one, making it easy to manage.
These smoothies aren’t full of expensive superfoods or weird ingredients. They’re made with simple ingredients, making it easy to throw them together each morning. The simple ingredients also means that they’re cost efficient, so your new healthy habit won’t break the bank.
Green Smoothie Challenge
I’m on day four of my green smoothie challenge. Day one’s smoothie was a simple yet delicious Strawberry Banana Smoothie. Day two’s was a lush banana filled Bananarama. Yesterday’s smoothie was a decadent, yet healthy, Chocolate Shake. I’m looking forward to the tasty smoothies in the weeks ahead, such as the Chocolate Covered Strawberry Smoothie and the Almost Horchata.
Green Smoothies for Breakfast
Starting the morning with a green smoothie helps set the path for healthy eating throughout the rest of the day. A green smoothie for breakfast is also a great way to give yourself a nutrient boost to help get you through the day. 40 Days of Green Smoothies is available both as an e-book and in print. Jump in and find out what your mornings have been missing!
- ¼ Haas avocado peeled, pitted, and chopped
- 1 banana
- 1 ½ tablespoons cocoa powder
- 1 tablespoon flax meal
- ¼ to ½ cup kale ribs removed
- 1 cup soy or almond milk
- 4-5 ice cubes
- Puree until smooth.