Chocolate Almond Smoothie

Creamy and rich chocolate almond smoothie made with almond milk, dates, and almond extract for extra almond flavor! Naturally vegan, dairy-free, and gluten-free. Thanks to Silk for sponsoring today’s post!

I at first wanted to make an Almond Joy smoothie but chocolate + almond + coconut was too many flavors in a homogeneous mixture like a smoothie. At least I thought so. It worked much better in my Almond Joy Granola, which you reaaally have to try if you haven’t already. :D

So here I am with this chocolate almond smoothie.

Chocolate Almond Smoothie (vegan, dairy-free, grain-free, and gluten-free)

You can probably tell by the pictures, but I like my smoothies thick. Just like my chocolate avocado smoothie! Mine was kind of more like pudding than a smoothie. The second time I made it, I used double the amount of almond milk (the upper amount called for in the recipe) and that’ll get you your thinner consistency!

The downside to smoothies with cocoa powder is that you have to add so much sweetener. I used dates but if you don’t have dates or don’t want to use them, maple syrup is a delicious option!

I might have even added a little maple syrup to my date-sweetened version for even more sweeteness. Big sweet tooth here!

Chocolate Almond Smoothie (vegan, dairy-free, grain-free, gluten-free)

This is the first time I’ve added almond butter to a smoothie. To be honest, I don’t think it did anything flavor-wise. But I’m always trying to get in more protein, so I left it in there. Feel free to omit it!

The almond flavor from the almond milk and butter is really masked behind all the cocoa powder so I added some almond extract to this smoothie. I also don’t think I’ve ever used extract in a smoothie but hey… it works, so why not.

Silk has several varieties of nut milk that are all great in this smoothie. I used Unsweetened Vanilla Almondmilk but Unsweetened Almondmilk (without the vanilla) works just as well.

Chocolate Almond Smoothie (vegan, dairy-free, grain-free, gluten-free and grain-free)

They also have a sweetened variety that you could use that would cut down on the amount of dates you need to add.

If you want to add in a little coconut flavor, try their Unsweetened Almond Coconut Blend!

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Chocolate Almond Smoothie (vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free)

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Chocolate Almond Smoothie
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Ingredients

  • 1 large banana (mine was 130 grams without the peel)
  • 2 tablespoons (32 grams) unsweetened almond butter
  • 1/4-1/2 cup (60-120 milliliters) Unsweetened Vanilla Almondmilk (or Unsweetened Almondmilk)
  • 3 tablespoons (19 grams) cocoa powder (I used raw cacao powder)
  • 6 pitted dates (50 grams) (If using Medjool dates, you'll need fewer than 6. Make sure to go by weight)
  • pinch of salt (this helps the flavors pop)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • maple syrup, optional (how much you need will depend on how sweet your bananas are, what kind of cocoa powder you use and how much of a sweet tooth you have)

Directions

  1. Blend everything (starting off with 1/4 cup almond milk), except for the maple syrup, together in a blender. Add more milk, if desired. If not sweet enough, add some maple syrup or another sweetener to taste.
  2. I topped mine off with toasted coconut chips, sliced almonds and mini chocolate chips.

Recipe by  | www.texanerin.com

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17 comments on “Chocolate Almond Smoothie” — Add one!

  • eat good 4 life says
    July 5, 2017 @ 12:56 pm

    I love smoothies and this version looks fabulous. So rich. Loving the addition of the almond butter.

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  • Erin @ The Speckled Palate says
    July 4, 2017 @ 9:49 pm

    YUM! So delicious and perfect to start the day… and you can never go wrong with chocolate and almonds together!

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  • Jen says
    July 4, 2017 @ 4:45 am

    My youngest is a choco-holic but I don’t have to deal with feeling guilty about giving him this. It looks so creamy and delicious!

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    • Erin replies to Jen
      July 8, 2017 @ 5:35 pm

      I hope you’ll get to try it out for him!

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  • carrie @ frugal foodie mama says
    July 4, 2017 @ 2:49 am

    I love adding almond butter to my smoothies! I can’t believe how chocolaty & thick this one is. :)

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  • Amanda | The Chunky Chef says
    July 4, 2017 @ 2:47 am

    So chocolatey and incredibly creamy!!

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  • Ginny McMeans says
    July 3, 2017 @ 6:14 pm

    You’ve made my day! Getting pinned!

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  • Meghan @ Cake 'n Knife says
    July 3, 2017 @ 5:58 pm

    Mmmm this looks so full of chocolate and so CREAMY. I would love to start my day with one!

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  • Charlotte Moore
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    July 1, 2017 @ 3:15 am

    I bet the date paste I made would work too. I like things sweet too. HA!!

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    • Erin replies to Charlotte Moore
      July 1, 2017 @ 9:00 pm

      Haha. Darn our sweet tooths. ;) And I bet date paste would be great!

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  • Rick says
    July 1, 2017 @ 1:23 am

    another super recipe

    I make something similar already, I’ll leave out the extracts though

    I do use raw homey for sweetness but will try the dates as I’ve got a great local source for those and they are delcious too

    just keep giving usgreat ideas don’t you Erin, this must be a labour of love now, I really appreciate it

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    • Erin replies to Rick
      July 1, 2017 @ 9:01 pm

      Aww, thanks! What a nice comment. I’m so happy that you appreciate the recipes and the labor of love. :) Thanks a bunch for your comment!

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