Chocolate Avocado Shake

by Beth @ Tasty Yummies

Chocolate Avocado Shake {Vegan & Paleo}

Chocolate Avocado Shake {Vegan & Paleo}

By now we’ve all seen and likely enjoyed that that tasty chocolate mousse or pudding, that is actually just avocado, cocoa and a little sweetener. (You can find my recipe for it, terrible photo and all, way back in the TY archives.) That very idea also sparked the creation of these delicious Creamy Chocolate Fudgesicles.

This past week, as I continued to collect the many avocados still available in abundance from the tree in our yard, I was dreaming up creative uses for all the avocados we have. I can never get enough guacamole and my homemade avocado salad dressing is always a favorite, but I was also craving something sweet. I am not sure how or why, but I was instantly inspired to create a creamy, luscious chocolate shake.

Chocolate Avocado Shake {Vegan & Paleo}

I have never been a fan of milkshakes!! Gasp… I know right? There is just something about that much dairy getting sucked through a straw, laced with a year’s worth of sugar that ALWAYS spell disaster for my gut, as it should.

Velvety smooth, rich and sinfully delicious, this Chocolate Shake get it’s creaminess from avocado, rather than ice cream and it’s sweetened only by a few dates and a little melted dark chocolate. It brings you some healthy fats from both the avocado and the coconut milk and a load of antioxidants from the raw cacao. Also, shhhh, there’s no dairy in there, so it’s great for all, paleo, vegans, it’s even safe for our nut-free pals. Basically in all it’s delicious glory, it’s like a nutrient-dense chocolate shake, that you can indulge in, guilt-free! I promise, it will be love at first sip.

Chocolate Avocado Shake {Vegan & Paleo}

Chocolate Avocado Shake {Vegan & Paleo}

{ 22 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Sherrie January 18, 2016 at 6:37 am

Love love love love love love LOVE!

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2 Nikki Ledford January 18, 2016 at 8:17 am

This looks great! I love putting avocado in my smoothies. Actually I’m posting an avocado fudge bowl on my page this week!

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3 Caroline January 18, 2016 at 4:20 pm

Your own avocado trees? Ahhh…I’m in the Northeast…not happening here, unfortunately. This shake looks so creamy and chocolatey. LOVE that you use dates for sweetness!

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4 Elyse January 18, 2016 at 8:15 pm

Looks yummy, but please don’t post that this is something people can “indulge in guilt free” without giving them the whole picture. Even if it uses all of our favourite organic ingredients, people may not realize that this recipe is extremely high in fat and sugar (some may argue that these are good fats and sugars, but that is a moot conversation). It would be nice to see more food literacy come up in these recipes, helping people to understand what they are really eating, so they can make the conscious decision to enjoy a “milkshake,” not just assuming that this is a healthy choice because it appears on this blog, or uses buzzy ingredients like avocado and coconut milk/water. This way they can “indulge guilt free” because they know full well what they are consuming and are content with the choice to consume that fat, sugar and cals because they WANT to :)

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5 Beth @ Tasty Yummies January 18, 2016 at 8:38 pm

Haha oh yeh, Elyse – what is this “whole picture” you speak of? You and I seemingly have different ideas of guilt-free. Whole, real nutrient-rich foods rather than processed, refined-sugar loaded, homogenized milk based ice cream – to me, makes it so I can very easily enjoy a treat like this guilt-free. Harboring guilt over a treat like this is a slippery slope. I don’t count calories, no reason to. Fat from healthy sources is good for us, especially if you are mindful of your consumption. I am not advising people to drink this every single day and not worry about a thing. 4 dates, the minimal sugar found in coconut and 2 tablespoons of 90% dark chocolate, fat from 1 avocado and some coconut milk, this is hardly enough to cause a panic or guilt. Compare this to a few scoops of ice cream, chocolate fudge, conventional milk and tons of sugar, I will gladly repeat myself and say this is guilt-free. Should we eat this every single day? NO, but as a treat it is an incredible, whole food option, in comparison to the alternative. If you are that concerned about fat and sugar, this is for you to decide on your own, but I make no apologies for my words and my love of delicious whole foods.

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6 Shannon Wallace January 19, 2016 at 12:41 am

Well said! Couldn’t agree more, Beth!

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7 Elyse January 20, 2016 at 8:26 am

I support and enjoy whole foods completely. My issue is that health food bloggers carry a responsibility, whether they want to or not, to educate folks about food. I just found this description misleading, but that is of course because we have different definitions of what “guilt-free” really means. A heads up to your readers saying something like “while this milkshake may have just as much fat and sugar as the milkshake you could get from the fast food place, you can feel better drinking this one knowing you’re getting a whack of monounsaturated fats which are good for your heart and some anti-oxidents from that cacao.”

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8 Beth @ Tasty Yummies January 20, 2016 at 12:21 pm

I am sorry, but I have to politely disagree. This is a website where I share free recipes. I host cooking workshops and demos and I am currently working on an educational, recipe based e-book – there are all outlets where I choose to educate people, the way that I prefer. I cannot educate within every single free post here, I simply do not have the time, especially while I am in nutritionist school.
Using the term “guilt-free” is based on my experiences, my knowledge and my comfort-levels within my own eating. That is a statement that may not apply to many people, following various diets. That is for the individual to decide. There are still people who believe and follow a low-fat diet, clearly this would not be guilt-free for them. I only have my own personal perspective. I eat this guilt free and I would encourage my clients to do the same.
That said, without having exact counts, I can say with the utmost confidence that this recipe doesn’t have anywhere NEAR the sugar in a traditional fast food milkshake. 4 dates, 2 tablespoons of 90% dark chocolate and coconut cannot hold a torch to dairy loaded processed ice cream, chocolate sauce, whipped topping, etc. We both know that. It sounds to me like you know a lot about food, possibly you should consider starting your own recipe website where you can educate folks more deeply.

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9 Jen April 19, 2016 at 12:11 pm

If you drank the entire thing yourself, it would be one heck of a sugar bomb.

I ran the numbers on this shake and while I have no issue putting any of those ingredients into my body (because A) YUM and B) natural!), there IS truth to the fact that for some of us calories DO matter, even the healthy type.

If you eat this entire recipe, you are looking at 932 calories, 59 grams of fat (40 saturated, 8 unsaturated), 55 grams of sugar and 92 grams of carbs. Now, it does have 14 grams of fiber (yay) and 12 grams of protein, but 932 calories and 55 grams of sugar is still a TON.

So, I’d say don’t be a shake monster and share this one with a friend. Half all of those numbers and you’re looking at a delicious treat that is still feasible as a sometimes treat for nearly everyone, even if they are watching calories.

10 merise April 19, 2016 at 10:14 am

Thanks, Elyse, I do agree with you: I often miss the info on nutritional value.
I made an overnight oatmeal breakfast creation last summer, with canned coconut (I guess half a can). I felt terrible after eating so much coconut fat for breakfast! That was the last time I made anything with it actually. And recently I found that half an avocado in breakfast smoothies don’t agree with me as well. Might be because of the fat which is great during a day, but not in the morning (for me, that is). Would certainly have helped me if the blogger made a remark about how fat it was or gave advice (“make sure to take a small portion” fe)!
Thanks for reading :-)

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11 Beth @ Tasty Yummies April 19, 2016 at 12:43 pm

I know this may be your first time to my blog, but this is NOT a diet blog and I 100% don’t count calories. I encourage people to eat intuitively and the way that works for them. We are all bio-individuals. That said, I drink full fat coconut milk all the time, without issue and continue to lose weight. I also eat an entire avocado almost every single day. It’s about quality when it comes to fats and quantity to a degree, if you tend to go overboard. If you are unable to tolerate it in more than small amounts, that is unique to you and you may want to consider liver and gallbladder support and yes, for you, possibly consider fats in smaller amounts. Giving this detailed information within a blog post wouldn’t be doing any one any favors, as we are all different in what we can and choose to eat. This is a treat you guys. Not something I suggest starting every day with and in comparison to most average chocolate shakes it’s incredibly healthful. I highly doubt any person will drink the entire thing. It’s HUGE. If they do, guess what, they won’t die. I promise. If you are looking for nutrition facts from bloggers, please keep in mind that you can always plug the ingredients into any online calculators yourself and configure the results and make decisions for yourself based on that. I share these recipes with my readers for free, I don’t count calories so I don’t think I have any sort of “responsibility” to share anything beyond what is part of my personal mission.

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12 Ally @OmNomAlly January 19, 2016 at 3:32 am

You have an avocado tree? I am insanely jealous right now! Can I camp in your backyard for a bit (… and nab all your avocados…)?

Also, this 100% looks guilt-free to me, avocado and coconut milk are two of the healthiest fat sources on the planet and I love the choice of using high-fibre dates as the sweetener. Not sure why these ingredients are ‘buzzy’ either – it’s all just real food and I would eat this milkshake as a treat over a processed and cane sugar laden one any day! Keep up the awesome work, love your recipes :)

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13 Maria January 19, 2016 at 10:13 am

Hi, Beth – just to make sure I get the right stuff next time I go shopping, what kind of coconut milk? The fluid kind or the canned stuff? This looks fab and I can’t wait to try it. Thanks!

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14 Beth @ Tasty Yummies January 20, 2016 at 12:26 pm

I would suggest the canned kind, for maximum creaminess and to avoid preservatives and other weird stuff. That said, the fluid kind in carton would work, just fine. I prefer the richness of the canned stuff, is all.

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15 Amy January 20, 2016 at 11:40 am

I am always looking for more nutrient dense desserts so I am going to have to try this out soon, thanks for sharing!

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16 Lea January 24, 2016 at 10:13 pm

I am always so happy to find you in my inbox Beth. Many of your recipes have become the foundation of many of my favorite meals. I can’t wait for your e-book to come out. One of the biggest obstacles that I’ve been working my way around as an middle aged woman, is all the ways I starved myself as a teenager, believing that “fat-free” was the way to be thin, not healthy, but thin. How grateful I am to be learning that real, whole foods nourish our bodies and provide us with such good nutrients. It makes cooking and eating such a joy and you really add to this relearning. Thank you for this delicious treat, I can’t wait to make one!

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17 Karen April 19, 2016 at 12:12 pm

I just found you via The Detoxinista on FB. This shake is EXACTLY what I need right now. Was craving something sweet, and I have all the ingredients handy. Look forward to navigating around your website!

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18 Damon July 14, 2016 at 9:03 am

WOW this looks delicious!!! **drools** Do you know the macros for this recipe?

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19 Ally July 25, 2016 at 4:28 pm

I love your site, your recipes are dope and I love that you encourage exploring flavors. I look forward to making this as opposed to eating chocolate gelato. Your nut milk recipes are the first onses that I used to make my own cashew milk and inspired me to explore new flavors and they are delish!

Haters gonna hate, keep on fighting the good fight!

xoxo

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20 Nicole January 26, 2017 at 7:02 pm

Hi all! Is it really one whole tablespoon of vanilla extract?! I just made it but I seem to taste the extract a lot! Thanks :)

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21 Beth @ Tasty Yummies February 23, 2017 at 8:48 pm

I do use 1 whole tablespoon yes. I would suggest just taking it down to 1-2 teaspoons next time, to your taste.

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22 Beth @ Tasty Yummies April 19, 2016 at 12:50 pm

You are correct if you drank the entire thing, you would be getting a lot of sugar (from dates and a little dark chocolate) and yup fat too (from coconut and avocado)! Yes. No one is denying that. I think the point is that this shake is filled with much better ingredients than the typical ice cream, chocolate sauce, tons of refined sugar, garbage milk, etc. While I make a joke about being “a shake monster” I am not actually saying everyone should sit down and consume all of this at once, it would actually be quite hard to do. But guess what, even if you did, it wouldn’t kill you. I think you guys are missing the point that this is a treat. A once-in-a-while, much more healthful and nutrient-dense alternative to the sugary messes most people would get from a fast food joint if the craving arose. I am glad you were able to configure the nutritional facts for yourself. That’s great. For those of you that do count calories, you are all capable of running the nutrition facts on any free recipes on the internet at any time and making dietary decisions for yourself. This isn’t a diet blog nor personal nutrition advice. Everyone is bio-individualist and you all approach your food and eating in a unique way and I respect and support that, just as I would hope the same from all of you. In the meantime, if you decide you want a much healthier milkshake, this is the one for you. Serving size is debatable 😉

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