This Avocado and Chocolate Smoothie is so deliciously chocolatey, the kids won’t know it’s actually packed full of goodness. Avocado makes the perfect creamy base for smoothies while raw cacao delivers a lovely mellow chocolate flavour.
It’s been a smoothie-a-day for breakfast in our household this week – and with some really positive feedback from the kids. So much so that I am now thinking of throwing out the cereal packets and keeping the smoothie thing going for as long as possible, or “until we get bored” says my cynical-beyond-her-years daughter helpfully.
I was slightly nervous about making this one, thinking the sight of the avocado in the blender might put my daughter off, but surprisingly she was game (I conveniently “forgot” to mention the ingredients to my teenager). This ended up turning into a bit of a nutrition lesson as we Googled avocado nutrition facts. Even I was surprised about how much one small fruit packs in terms of good stuff. I also learned how to pit and peel an avocado like a pro. Since making this smoothie, it’s now on repeat in our house. I’d love to hear your feedback and comments. And if you have a mo, share your photo with us on Instagram @mealsourkidslove.
Makes 2 medium-sized glasses.
- 1 medium avocado, peeled and pitted
- 2 Tbsp raw cacao
- 1½ - 2 cups of milk or dairy alternative i.e. almond milk.
- 1 - 2 Tbsp honey or maple syrup
- ½ tsp vanilla essence
- Blitz all the ingredients in the blender and serve immediately.
It's definitely worth playing around with different amounts of cacao and sweetener. This is also lovely with added strawberries or raspberries, and you could always slip a bit of watercress in this to beef up the nutritional value. Add less milk to turn this into a mousse-like dessert.
MoKL Kitchen Tips
How to ripen an avocado:
Avocados need to be ripe to make this smoothie. To test, there should be some give under your thumb when you squeeze them. If they’re not ripe, put them in a paper bag with an apple for a day or two (the ethylene gas given off by the apple helps speed up the ripening process).
How to pit and peel an avocado like a pro:
Peeling and pitting an avocado can be a messy business. There are two ways we know of: one involves cutting away parts of the avocado quarter by quarter until you can grip the stone and pull it out; the other – favoured by chefs apparently – involves whacking the pit with your knife and then twisting to remove it cleanly. For step-by step instructions, we found SimplyRecipes very easy to follow.