California Avocado-Chocolate and Almond Butter Smoothie

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Written by our friend Cathy Pollak of Noble Pig 

Okay, raise your hand if you don’t automatically think of chocolate and avocado together as the perfect pairing combination. Keep them raised if you’ve never experienced them together in a beverage or a baked good. Don’t worry if you haven’t, it’s not necessarily an intuitive pairing. However, once you realize how well avocado adds creaminess to everything, especially a smoothie, you might not make one without adding it.


We all know the health benefits of avocados and how amazing they go with everything to. It only makes sense to add them to our smoothies as often as possible. This is especially true if chocolate is going to be part of the mix. This particular combination of flavors is one I love to serve for lunch. It’s hearty, slightly sweet and will get you through the whole morning or afternoon.


I discovered by accident the perfect pairing of chocolate, avocado and almond butter. I really thought the almond butter would be too strong of a taste, but honestly it’s so, so perfect.

People often ask if you notice the avocado in a recipe like this and the answer is no. It does not taste like avocado, but what you get is this perfectly smooth beverage with a mouthfeel that accentuates the other flavors. In other words, it will be the creamiest and smoothest chocolate smoothie you will ever experience. You’re going to have to trust me on that one!


California Avocado-Chocolate and Almond Butter Smoothie Recipe

Serves: 4

Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 0 minutes
Total time: 5 minutes

½ ripe Fresh California avocado, peeled and seeded
1 cup chocolate almond milk
½ cup almond butter
6 oz. low fat vanilla bean yogurt
2 Tbsp. honey
1 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder
1-1/2 cups of ice
slivered almonds, garnish (optional)


  1. Place all ingredients (except for the slivered almonds) in a blender and blend until smooth. Pour into serving glasses. Sprinkle slivered almonds on top if you like. Serve immediately.

*Large avocados are recommended for this recipe. A large avocado averages about 8 ounces. If using smaller or larger size avocados adjust the quantity accordingly.

Did You Know?

There are lots of quick and easy recipes on this site. Some have more than 7 ingredients, but most can be prepared in 15 minutes or less. Even with simple recipes it helps to know how to store avocados before you use them and if you have any left over.

As with all fruits and vegetables, wash avocados before cutting. Check out our tips for how to choose and use California Avocados


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