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Chocolate Veggie Smoothie

Chocolate Veggie Smoothie

This rich Chocolate Veggie Smoothie is packed with nutrients, veggies, healthy fats, and has zero added sugar! It’s dairy-free, gluten-free, nut-free, vegan, and is free of all top eight most common food allergens! Toddler and husband-approved healthy smoothie. 😉

Raise your hand if you like chocolate! (FYI I’m over here with both hands raised.) 😉 I’m pretty much always down with chocolate, no matter the time of day.

I’m all about honoring your cravings and moderation, but the problem is that most types of chocolate foods contain a bunch of sugar, dairy, and things that in large quantities don’t typically make me feel my best.

So my mission with this Chocolate Veggie Smoothie was to make a smoothie/ shake that would 100% satisfy those chocolate cravings, but would pack a bunch of nutrient-dense foods so it would end up leaving me feel energized throughout my day.

Mission: Accomplished!

First of all, this Chocolate Veggie Smoothie is dairy-free, gluten-free, soy-free, nut-free, and free of all of the top eight most common food allergens.

Second – there’s zero added sugar. No honey, no sugar, no agave, no maple syrup, nope. It’s super creamy from using frozen zucchini slices and avocado. It has a nice chocolate flavor (and color) from cacao powder and cacao nibs. The only sweetener comes from the 1-2 Medjool dates, which are actually a fresh fruit.

Now, you can leave it with just the zucchini and avocado, if you prefer. But, I personally prefer to add a couple cups of fresh spinach. It’s a great way to get more veggie power and nutrients in this smoothie. Fare warning, though, that it will change the color of the smoothie to be a little less…chocolate milkshake. 😉

One last note: my family and I loved this smoothie. I barely got any of the first test batch because my one-year-old daughter sucked it down so fast! My husband also highly approved. That said – it’s good, but it’s good for what it is – a chocolate veggie smoothie. Which means if you’re expecting it to taste like a chocolate-flavored milkshake from a fast food drive thru – it won’t. But it’s still really good. Just wanted to be clear on expectations. 😉

If you or your family gives this chocolate veggie smoothie a shot, let me know your thoughts! Leave a comment below, or you can always share with the community on the NTF Facebook page or on Instagram (be sure to tag @nutritiontofit and #nutritiontofit)!

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This rich Chocolate Veggie Smoothie is packed with nutrients, veggies, healthy fats, and has zero added sugar! It's dairy-free, gluten-free, nut-free, vegan, and is free of all top eight most common food allergens! Toddler and husband-approved healthy smoothie.

Chocolate Veggie Smoothie

Course: Dessert, Drinks, Smoothie, Snack
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1 smoothie
Calories: 355 kcal

This rich Chocolate Veggie Smoothie is packed with nutrients, veggies, healthy fats, and has zero added sugar!

free from: dairy, gluten, tree nuts, peanuts, shellfish, fish, soy, eggs

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup frozen zucchini slices
  • 1/4 Haas avocado
  • 1 pitted Medjool date
  • 1 Tbsp pumpkin seeds (raw)
  • 1 Tbsp cacao nibs
  • 2 Tbsp cacao powder
  • 3/4 cup milk or milk substitute of choice
  • 2 cups spinach optional

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend on high for 60 seconds, or until smoothly combined.

Recipe Notes

You can use whatever milk or milk substitute meets your needs and preferences. The amount can be slightly adjusted based on your preference for a thicker or thinner smoothie. The nutrition information reflects 3/4 cup unsweetened rice milk.

Can add an additional pitted Medjool date for added sweetness, if desired.

Can omit pumpkin seeds if desired.

Can omit cacao nibs and add a little more cacao or cocoa powder for additional chocolate flavor.

Smoothie recipe has not been tested with fresh zucchini. Typically the frozen zucchini slices make it a little creamier when blended in a smoothie.

Nutrition Facts
Chocolate Veggie Smoothie
Amount Per Serving (0 g)
Calories 355 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Fat 19g29%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 0mg0%
Sodium 157mg7%
Potassium 1314mg38%
Carbohydrates 45g15%
Fiber 12g50%
Sugar 20g22%
Protein 10g20%
Vitamin A 6320IU126%
Vitamin C 44.1mg53%
Calcium 333mg33%
Iron 5mg28%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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