Chocolate Avocado Smoothie (paleo, vegan, dairy-free options)

This chocolate avocado smoothie is super healthy, quick, simple and ultra creamy! Doesn’t taste a bit like avocados and can also be made as pudding. Naturally gluten-free with paleo, vegan and dairy-free options.

So for about 6 weeks, no matter where I went shopping, all I could find were rock hard, awful, turned-rotten-before-ripening avocados. As soon as the good ones returned, I just had to go and buy six of them.

A few days later and, “Oh… I have a lot of ripe avocados that need to be used immediately. Whoops.” But it didn’t turn out to be a problem because I just love throwing avocados into random things. It’s an art form that I’m continually trying to master. ;)

This healthy chocolate avocado smoothie is super quick, simple and ultra creamy! Doesn't taste a bit like avocados and can also be made as pudding {naturally gluten-free, paleo, with vegan + dairy-free options – please click through to the recipe to see the dietary-friendly options}

About a year ago, I was extremely dubious of this whole avocado in sweets thing. I thought those people eating avocado pudding were a bit daft, to put it quite nicely, but they had just seen the light before I had. Avocados in smoothies and desserts just works. If you haven’t tried it, you definitely should!

This avocado banana orange smoothie is a great place to start! These healthier raspberry truffles, chocolate peanut butter pudding, and raspberry avocado smoothie are also great choices.

I’ve been making a lot of smoothies lately, and always with frozen berries. They’re just so cheap and it’s a quick way to get in a few servings of fruit. But I’ve started to get sick of them and that’s why I just had to come up with something different. I wanted something chocolatey. And with banana. I am allergic to bananas but recently I’ve discovered that I can eat some and not others. It’s incredibly odd. But I like this banana allergy rebellion thing. It’s fun. :)

This healthy chocolate avocado smoothie is super quick, simple and ultra creamy! Doesn't taste a bit like avocados and can also be made as pudding {naturally gluten-free and with paleo, dairy-free + vegan options  – please click through to the recipe to see the dietary-friendly options}

This chocolate avocado smoothie is almost on the verge of being pudding (I have another avocado pudding recipe you might like – this chocolate raspberry pudding). Actually, if you want pudding, just leave out the milk. And if you want this more liquidy like smoothies normally are, just add more milk and it’ll be thinner.

I sometimes see smoothie recipes with ice called for, but I never use it in my smoothies because I don’t like my smoothies icy. I like them like slightly runny yogurt. And creamy! This is super creamy with a banana and half an avocado in it. You can leave out the banana and have it just chocolate and avocado, but the problem with this is that you need a lot more added sugar to make up for the banana. Those suckers are just full of natural sweetness!

This healthy chocolate avocado smoothie is super quick, simple and ultra creamy! Doesn't taste a bit like avocados and can also be made as pudding {naturally gluten-free and with paleo, dairy-free + vegan options.

Oh, and you can’t taste the avocado in this. It’s all chocolate. And banana. I found it sweet enough without any added sweetener at all, but you can add honey or any other sweetener if you want. But the way the recipe is, I feel like I’m eating dessert when I’m actually eating something that’s completely guilt-free and totally healthy. Yes, a chocolate milkshake is tastier, but for those times when you don’t feel like consuming 500 calories and loads of sugar and unhealthy fat, there’s this. :)

Don’t have an avocado on hand? Try my chocolate cherry smoothie! This sunshine lemon smoothie from Wishes ‘n Dishes sounds amazing as does this rise and shine smoothie from A Beautiful Plate.

Chocolate Avocado Smoothie (paleo, vegan, dairy-free options)

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Chocolate Avocado Smoothie (paleo, vegan, dairy-free options)
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  • Yield: 1 large smoothie


  • 85 grams cold avocado flesh (~ 1/2 Hass avocado)
  • 2 tablespoons Dutch-process cocoa powder
  • 1 medium cold banana (mine was 120 grams without the peel)
  • 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt or coconut cream for the paleo / vegan option (see below for more options)
  • 2-4 tablespoons milk, optional (for vegan, dairy-free, or paleo - use non-dairy milk)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Blend everything together in a food processor (or a blender if you have a very good one - mine requires too much liquid for a thick smoothie like this) until it's very creamy. Add more milk until it's the desired thickness.
  2. Serve immediately or keep covered in the refrigerator for up to one day.


  • Coconut cream (from a can of refrigerated canned coconut milk) or coconut milk yogurt will yield a thick smoothie like you see but you could also use coconut milk for a thinner version.

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  • Janel @ Creating Tasty Stories says
    August 15, 2013 @ 12:01 am

    I love avocados in savory recipes, but I haven’t tried them in a smoothie yet. Think I’d make this as a pudding. Yum!

  • HB says
    August 10, 2013 @ 10:44 am

    Hi, I was wondering how long this would keep in the fridge if it wasn’t drunk straight away? Do you think it would freeze?! Ooo or what if it were made with a frozen banana, it would turn out like a soft serve!

  • HB says
    August 10, 2013 @ 10:36 am

    Hi! Would this keep in the fridge if I didn’t use it straight away?

  • Anoushé says
    July 25, 2013 @ 2:35 pm

    I’ve seen so many recipes with avocado circling the web these days, but many of them ruin the healthy nutrients by using too many unhealthy ingredients as well. Can’t wait to give your recipe a try :) it looks great and nutrious, just like it should be :)

    • Erin replies to Anoushé
      July 25, 2013 @ 11:08 pm

      Thanks, Anoushé! And agreed. What’s the point of using avocados if you pour in a cup of sugar with them? ;) I hope you’ll enjoy the smoothie! Let me know how it comes out. :)

  • Anita
    July 23, 2013 @ 4:01 pm

    Was inspired by your recipe to try avocado in a “sweet” recipe and I wasn’t disappointed. Thank you for the recipe!

    • Erin replies to Anita
      July 24, 2013 @ 10:58 am

      I’m so happy that you enjoyed the smoothie! :) And avocados in sweet recipes are really great. Just add enough cocoa powder and sweetener and you can’t go wrong. ;) Thanks a bunch for your feedback and rating!

  • Kiki says
    July 13, 2013 @ 8:11 am

    This looks so good, I’m excited to try it. I’ve been hearing pretty often on the internet that avocado works well with chocolate and sweet things. & thank you for using metric units, it’s time for America to get with it.

    • Erin replies to Kiki
      July 13, 2013 @ 9:19 pm

      No problem, Kiki! I usually include metric but just realized I completely forgot on my latest post. So thanks for mentioning that! :) I hope you’ll enjoy the smoothie. Let me know how it comes out!

  • Luciana says
    July 10, 2013 @ 8:18 pm

    Omg! I just had no idea this would actually taste good! Thank you!!!

    • Erin replies to Luciana
      July 14, 2013 @ 5:50 pm

      Hahaha. I love that you tried it despite not thinking it’d taste good! Yay. Thanks for the feedback! :)

  • Sarah says
    July 2, 2013 @ 7:48 am

    I think this is the best Chocolate Avocado smoothie I have ever made!!! Thank you so much for posting this awesome recipe. I had featured u in the post of Seven Cool Smoothies That Will Perk Up Your Spirits on AllFreshRecipes, I will pay close attention to ur more recipes!

    • Erin replies to Sarah
      July 2, 2013 @ 4:36 pm

      What a compliment! Thank you so much. :) And thanks for featuring me! I’ll go check it out. :)

  • Kristy says
    June 21, 2013 @ 5:02 pm

    I have been making “carrot cake” smoothies with avocado, but my kids are finally on to me that it is healthy! So, I will give this one a try. I’m sure we will all devour it-just like we did the avocado brownies I made for St Pats day!. I wanted to make a green treat without using food dye. Creamy, fudgy, unbelievabe!

    • Erin replies to Kristy
      July 14, 2013 @ 5:51 pm

      So sorry for the slow reply! And carrot cake smoothies… I’ll have to try that! Thanks for the idea. :) And love the idea of green avocado brownies! I’ve had a real problem with St. Patrick’s Day recipes on here because I don’t want to post anything dyed. Thanks again!

  • Danzer
    June 16, 2013 @ 4:01 pm

    Yum Yum Yum! What if you add peanut butter?

    • Erin replies to Danzer
      June 17, 2013 @ 2:10 pm

      I haven’t tried that but I imagine it’d be good. :)

  • Shelby Lasch says
    May 31, 2013 @ 6:22 pm

    Some supermarkets sell pre-ripened avocados which have been treated with synthetic ethylene to hasten ripening. In some cases avocados can be left on the tree for several months, which is an advantage to commercial growers who seek the greatest return for their crop; but if the fruit remains unpicked for too long it falls to the ground..”..`

    Keep it up

    • Erin replies to Shelby Lasch
      May 31, 2013 @ 11:05 pm

      Thanks for the info! I didn’t know that. When I get a house, I want to plant an avocado tree. Months? That’s awesome. :)

  • Emily says
    May 16, 2013 @ 10:09 pm

    This sounds UNBELIEVABLY good. I’m going to try it as popsicles!

    • Erin replies to Emily
      May 17, 2013 @ 9:09 am

      Oooh, I like your idea! Let me know how that comes out. :)

  • Regan @ The Professional Palate says
    May 13, 2013 @ 9:37 pm

    Love the new look of the blog!

  • Lauren says
    May 13, 2013 @ 3:50 pm

    This looks so delicious! Avocados were made for puddings! I love using them in place of the typical starches and flours usually used for thickening. :-)

    • Erin replies to Lauren
      May 14, 2013 @ 9:19 am

      Yeah they were! But I haven’t used them in place of starches. Interesting idea! :)

  • Jocelyn @BruCrew Life says
    May 2, 2013 @ 5:42 am

    Oh, how I love avocados. I have put them in muffins and ice cream and now I am definitely going to try them in a chocolate smoothie. I love how much this looks like pudding!!!

  • Anonymous says
    April 21, 2013 @ 3:33 pm

    Try this: meat from 5 ripe avocados + 5 Tbsp honey + 5 Tbsp heavy cream + 4 Tbsp lemon or lime juice. Blend. Freeze. It's amazing. It's even good before you freeze it :-)

    • Erin replies to Anonymous
      July 14, 2013 @ 5:51 pm

      Yum! Sounds amazing. :) Thanks for the tip!

  • Lemons and Anchovies says
    April 18, 2013 @ 9:01 pm

    Love this smoothie, Erin. I seem to use the same ingredients in mine–can't wait to try this. :)

  • Katrina Bahl says
    April 17, 2013 @ 4:54 pm

    Okay need to try it!! I want one right now!! I can't wait to fool my fam ;)

    • Erin replies to Katrina Bahl
      July 14, 2013 @ 5:52 pm

      Hehe. I hope you fooled them nicely with this one! :)

  • says
    April 16, 2013 @ 6:43 am

    I tried avocado in my green smoothie and it made it really creamy but almost too creamy for that smoothie or I should say salad in a blender. I'm intrigued by this recipe and I will have to give this a go the next time I have ripe avocados.

  • eatgreatbegreat says
    April 14, 2013 @ 11:01 pm

    I LOVE advocados and I LOVE chocolate! This sounds like the most perfect combo! I'll definitely being trying this one!

    • Erin replies to eatgreatbegreat
      July 14, 2013 @ 5:53 pm

      I hope you’ve gotten a change to try it! I’m a little slow with the replying, as you see. ;)

  • Jen Laceda | Tartine and Apron Strings says
    April 13, 2013 @ 5:13 am

    I love avocados for all its healthy benefits! For some reason, my kids don't want to have any of it…maybe coz it's green! LOL! This is a good way to incorporate avocados covertly into my kids' chocolate…they won't even know it's there! Hahaha!

    • Erin replies to Jen Laceda | Tartine and Apron Strings
      April 13, 2013 @ 5:16 pm

      Well of course. It's green! I didn't want anything to do with them until I found out they blend in well with other stuff. And I like your style. Let's trick the kids, husbands… everyone! :D

  • Angela AnotherBitePlease says
    April 12, 2013 @ 8:41 pm

    i think the blender is the perfect place to put things that are just about to go bad…mix them in :-) i always toss in that avocado that is just a day of having to be thrown out…and love how rebelious you are with your banana allergy ;-)

    • Erin replies to Angela AnotherBitePlease
      April 13, 2013 @ 5:14 pm

      Hahaha. Yes, a real rebel, I am. :) I'm going to go check out your blog and see if you have any smoothies!

  • Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction says
    April 12, 2013 @ 4:27 pm

    Oh, definitely will be trying this soon! I love avocado and chocolate!

  • Lisa {Authentic Suburban Gourmet } says
    April 12, 2013 @ 4:31 am

    WOW – you would never know this had avocado in it! It looks thick and delicious! Nicely done.

  • ashley - baker by nature says
    April 11, 2013 @ 7:47 pm

    I love adding avocado to smoothies! And I can't get over how thick and dreamy this one looks.

  • Patty Price says
    April 11, 2013 @ 4:52 am

    Your smoothie looks delicious-who would ever guess you've added avocado-which I love!
    I have to think more out of the box when I whip up my next smoothie ;-)

    • Erin replies to Patty Price
      April 13, 2013 @ 5:10 pm

      That's the spirit! Boring old smoothies, out. Fun smoothies… in! :)

  • Valerie says
    April 11, 2013 @ 4:26 am

    I cannot imagine a chocolate milkshake being tastier than this! But I'm a bit biased when it comes to avocado's (borderline shrine-building obsession). I've yet to merge this obsession with chocolate (and banana)! This is truly a smoothie of the Gods. :D

    • Erin replies to Valerie
      April 13, 2013 @ 5:09 pm

      Hahaha. Awesome comment. Thank you. :D

  • Cake Duchess says
    April 11, 2013 @ 3:40 am

    I need to have more smoothies in my life. Chocolate and avocado is not a flavor combo I'd normally combine. But I'm so intrigued and this looks so good, Erin!:)

    • Erin replies to Cake Duchess
      April 13, 2013 @ 5:08 pm

      But you really can't taste it! So you should totally give it a try. And yes! More smoothies for everyone. :D

  • Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar says
    April 11, 2013 @ 3:25 am

    I am soooo into this. I love how thick it looks! Yum!

  • Roxana | Roxana's Home Baking says
    April 11, 2013 @ 2:03 am

    I love avocados and try and eat some, even if it's just a slice, each day. I love this smoothie. I'm pretty sure I can trick my picky eater into drinking this without "mommy, I already told you I don't like avocado" speech LOL

    • Erin replies to Roxana | Roxana’s Home Baking
      April 13, 2013 @ 5:06 pm

      Haha. Well, I'm a super picky eater and even I would eat this. I hope you give it a try! I'm pretty sure your little one will have no idea. ;)

  • sally @ sallys baking addiction says
    April 11, 2013 @ 1:20 am

    LOOK how thick this smoothie is, Erin!! It's safe to say that avocados are one of my favorite foods. And I have yet to try them in smoothies! But now I am convinced. Totally doing it.

  • Carla Walker says
    April 11, 2013 @ 1:09 am

    It actually really surprises me that you like avocado with all the veggies you don't like ;) But Im glad you do. This smoothie looks really amazing! :)

    • Erin replies to Carla Walker
      April 13, 2013 @ 5:04 pm

      Hehe. Hey, you know… avocados are actually fruit. BUT I wish they were veggies. Just so I could say that I love at least one type of vegetables!

  • Eat Good 4 Life says
    April 10, 2013 @ 10:14 pm

    Now this looks delish. I have only used avocados in smoothies once but I should try it more often. When you come we have to make a list of things to bake, and cook :-) because they are several recipes in your blog I must try!!

    • Erin replies to Eat Good 4 Life
      April 13, 2013 @ 5:03 pm

      You really should! And oh… we don't have much time to cook and bake. I wish we had longer. :(

  • Anna {Hidden Ponies} says
    April 10, 2013 @ 9:12 pm

    I LOVE the creamy texture avocado gives smoothies, and I'm with you on eliminating ice in smoothies. This looks incredible, love that deep chocolate colour!

    • Erin replies to Anna {Hidden Ponies}
      April 13, 2013 @ 5:03 pm

      Thanks! And yeah. Ice doesn't belong in smoothies. Where does it belong? I don't know. Perhaps snow cones? :D

  • Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts says
    April 10, 2013 @ 8:33 pm

    Love how chocolatey this is!! Gorgeous pictures too! I am not a huge fan of bananas, but I see other fun ideas with this. I have a fridge full of avocados, so I might need to give it a try!

    • Erin replies to Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts
      April 13, 2013 @ 5:01 pm

      Oh, I'd love to read about what you come up with! I hope to see some avocado posts over on DD&D.; :D And thank you for the picture comment!

  • Kelly @ HIdden Fruits and veggies says
    April 10, 2013 @ 6:07 pm

    I'm pretty obsessed with avocados lately and have been buying WAY too many. Sounds like a tasty way to use my surplus!

  • Rachel @ Baked by Rachel says
    April 10, 2013 @ 3:24 pm

    I love how chocolatey this is! I've never had avocado… I think I need an intervention lol

    • Erin replies to Rachel @ Baked by Rachel
      April 10, 2013 @ 7:08 pm

      Haha. I hadn't had avocado until last year. You should really try them! Super healthy and all that… :)

  • Erin says
    April 10, 2013 @ 2:05 pm

    OH I saw a recipe for chocolate mousse with avocado the other day, and now this makes me want to try this combination even more!

    • Erin replies to Erin
      April 10, 2013 @ 7:07 pm

      Yay! That makes me so happy to hear, Erin. :)

  • london bakes says
    April 10, 2013 @ 10:57 am

    This looks so wonderful and rich and thick and creamy. The perfect chocolate smoothie!

  • Marta @ What should I eat for breakfast today says
    April 10, 2013 @ 9:26 am

    I am allergic on apples but I keep eating them. I like a mix of banana and avocado and I love the glass from a picture :)

  • Irina @ wandercrush says
    April 10, 2013 @ 2:53 am

    So many creamy, healthy thickeners in one smoothie! How much can you taste the banana and avocado over the chocolate?

    • Erin replies to Irina @ wandercrush
      April 10, 2013 @ 7:05 pm

      Hmm. Good question. You taste mostly banana and chocolate and not the avocado. If you want it more chocolatey, just add more cocoa powder, but then it'll be quite dark so you might need some added sweetener like honey, sugar, etc. Oh, or liquid Stevia! That's always nice in smoothies.

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci) says
    April 10, 2013 @ 2:46 am

    This smoothie is the perfect way to have some chocolate for breakfast! :)

  • Anonymous says
    April 10, 2013 @ 2:22 am

    Did you know avocados freeze wonderfully? I quarter mine and freeze on a tray, then bag them for my smoothies!

    • Erin replies to Anonymous
      April 10, 2013 @ 7:00 pm

      Me too! And they're just as good as when fresh! Although I do halves. Your quarter idea is much better. Thanks for the tip! :)

    • Connie Hardeman replies to Anonymous
      August 10, 2013 @ 6:14 pm

      I am soo excited to know I can freeze avocados! I often end up throwing some out because I don’t use them before they get too ripe! Great tip. Thanks!!

      • Erin replies to Connie Hardeman
        August 11, 2013 @ 12:09 pm

        You’re welcome! So happy that you won’t have to throw away any avocados ever again. :)

  • Regina @ SpecialtyCakeCreations says
    April 10, 2013 @ 1:44 am

    So far I can only eat avocado in guacamole but your awesome smoothies make me think I could possibly add them to the list of foods where avocado is ok for me.

  • Ali | Gimme Some Oven says
    April 10, 2013 @ 1:08 am

    Oh my goodness – YES. Chocolate and avocado are the new match made in heaven. This looks wonderful!

  • Anonymous says
    April 10, 2013 @ 12:24 am

    Do you know the nutrition stats?

    • Erin replies to Anonymous
      April 10, 2013 @ 6:51 pm

      I don't, sorry. You could try using Caloriecount or Spark People. Both have recipe analyzers. :)

  • Tracey Wilhelmsen says
    April 9, 2013 @ 11:35 pm

    I'm so glad you addressed the avocado thing because I won't lie – every time I see avocado in sweets I think, there's no way that tastes good :) But you've convinced me it might just be worth a try, your smoothie looks awesome!

    • Erin replies to Tracey Wilhelmsen
      April 10, 2013 @ 6:57 pm

      Tracey. I have to tell you, I'm super picky. And I HATE green stuff. I would never post something that tastes green. :D I hope you give it a try!

  • Elaine @ Cooking to Perfection says
    April 9, 2013 @ 10:36 pm

    I have yet to try adding an avocado to my smoothies. It took me a while to jump on the spinach in smoothie train, so I'm not surprised I'm a little hesitant about adding avocado. Something about green and sweets that makes me think twice. But I love adding spinach (can't taste it and its great for you) so I just need to suck it up and try this recipe!! Sounds delicious. :)

    • Erin replies to Elaine @ Cooking to Perfection
      April 10, 2013 @ 6:55 pm

      Oh no. No no no. No spinach in smoothies over here! I just can't. I've tried and it's not for me. But avocados?! Yes! Honestly, if I, the pickiest and most immature eater in the world can do it, you can too. ;)

  • Nikki @Seeded at the Table says
    April 9, 2013 @ 10:31 pm

    I've made the avocado chocolate pudding and loved it. Turning it into a smoothie is a fabulous idea! :)

    • Erin replies to Nikki @Seeded at the Table
      April 10, 2013 @ 6:54 pm

      I remember leaving a comment on that post! :D It's kind of weird that I remember that, isn't it? But that just means it must have been an amazing post!

  • The Café Sucré Farine says
    April 9, 2013 @ 9:53 pm

    I've been actually doing a lot of experimenting with avocados lately as I've been working for the California Avocado Commission and you're right, they totally work for sweet treats. I've made cakes, cupcakes, pancakes and cookies and they're wonderful. Love, love, love your shake, what a delicious looking guilt-free treat!

    • Erin replies to The Café Sucré Farine
      April 10, 2013 @ 6:52 pm

      Oh boy. I hope you share those recipes soon! I've also been experimenting with avocados in baked goods. Love them. :)


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