Thursday, June 7, 2012

Healthy Chocolate Thickshakes

When I first joined the Crazy Cooking Challenge I had to find a recipe for the ultimate chocolate cake, which was a great challenge and really popular. Blueberry muffins were quite good too and I'm gutted that I missed the chocolate chip cookie challenge. This month, however, the challenge is fruit smoothies and it doesn't actually involve cooking or baking at all, which I was quite disappointed about and I was going to just skip it. Then I decided that if I could find a good, interesting recipe I would give it a try, because I get really hungry throughout the day at work so perhaps a smoothie for breakfast would help. I just wish I had a good blender. I had a look around blog land and didn't really see anything that looked overly amazing, so again I was thinking that maybe I just wouldn't bother. But then they had avocados on sale at the supermarket, only 39 cents each, which is really cheap! I brought some and left them on the bench to ripen, but then I didn't know what to do with them. So I went to google and looked for avocado smoothie recipes and I found some! It turns out that avocado is great in smoothies, it makes them really thick and creamy. However, when it comes right down to it, while smoothies are yummy, they're just not that exciting. Plus I find too much fruit a bit overwhelming so by the time I am halfway through a smoothie I am a bit sick of it. You know what is far more exciting than a fruit smoothie? Chocolate. How could I make this challenge all about chocolate? Well, the first avocado smoothie I tried featured avocado, a frozen banana and an attempt at healthy chocolate mousse that never set (recipe coming soon). It was so good, like a really thick chocolate milkshake. Yet it had avocado and banana, so it was a fruit smoothie, right? Then I saw this blog post by This Chick Cooks for chocolate pudding made with avocado and it looked amazing. And chocolate pudding is pretty much a really thick chocolate milkshake, right? So here it is, my take on the ultimate fruit smoothie, disguised as a chocolate thickshake!

Chocolate Avocado Thickshake
adapted from Chocolate Avocado Pudding

1 ripe avocado
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/4 cup powdered sugar (the original recipe called for maple syrup but I had none)
1 ripe banana (this is my own addition, as I thought it needed more flavour. Maple syrup probably would have provided that flavour though)
1 1/2 cups milk

So like all other smoothies this is pretty simple.

Place all of the ingredients in a blender or in a large jug if you are using a hand blender. If you want an icy smoothie use frozen banana and avocado instead of fresh.

Blend until smooth.


Divide into two glasses and drink.



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19 comments:

  1. Super interesting smoothie! I'm glad you decided to find a recipe to make :) I have seen smoothie and pudding recipes that use avocado in the past but never tried one. Can you taste the avocado?

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    1. I could taste the avocado at first, that's why I added the banana. If you have a strong tasting sweetener like maple syrup I reckon you wouldn't taste the avocado at all.

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  2. Love this! I've been making chocolate avocado pudding for my kids and they love it. This will be a really nice alternative. Thanks for sharing!

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  3. I never would have thought to put avocado in a smoothie--I bet it's so creamy! I'm CCC #5 :)

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  4. This looks amazing! Avocado + Chocolate...how could it be wrong? :) I'm CCC #43!

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  5. I would have never thought to put avocado in a shake/smoothie! I bet it does make it super creamy - not to mention good for you! I'm down with chocolate anything! Consider this pinned :)

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  6. I need to try avocadoes in my smoothie, haven't attempted that yet. I have vowed to make smoothies once a day all summer long, breakfast or a dinner substitute on hot summer days and I can't wait to try ALL of the Crazy Cooking Challenge recipes from this month. Thanks so much for participating.

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  7. What a great and deceivingly healthy smoothie! Love that it has avocado!

    #31

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  8. What a great idea! I've had avocado brownies before and you wouldn't even know they were in there.

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  9. This looks great, and I think the banana and the powdered sugar was a much better choice than the maple syrup!

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  10. I wish I could find avocados so cheap. This sounds like a very interesting recipe...maybe I could sneak in the avocado and my husband wouldn't know...haha. Please visit my smoothie (Blueberry Maple Oatmeal Smoothie #49).

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  11. I have been wanting to try a chocolate avocado recipe. This looks great!! Yum!! I'm going to try this one out when I get home from work today. This is #11 saying hi!!

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  12. What a great idea to rework the recipe into a smoothie and one that looks and sounds delicious.

    If you haven't already, I'd love for you to check out my CCC entry: Mango Melon Banana & Chia Smoothie.

    Lisa~~
    Cook Lisa Cook

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  13. This sounds sooo good! Pinning. #25

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  14. Your smoothie sounds very interesting. I would have never thought of avocado in a smoothie, but I think that it works well.

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  16. Never would have thought about this flavor combination. I'm intrigued! Great find! Sarah from CCC #27

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  17. definitely would not have thought of this one either. How was it? stopping by from CCC #34

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  18. Okay you know this was made for me, right? Love!

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