Chocolate Avocado Breakfast Shake

This has been my breakfast game lately.

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I know what I’ve said about being anti avocado in a smoothie, but I’ve changed.  Just so we’re clear…this is my definition of smoothie vs. shake.

Smoothie = no chocolate

Shake = chocolate

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The key to avocado in a smoothie is as follows:

1) some kind of sweetness: hello, dates, bananas and protein powder

2) ice: because it’s too creamy and too reminiscent of guacamole without it.  Eww.

And adding chocolate and vanilla bean paste will help make you feel fancy.

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Are you for or against protein powder? Tell me what you would use instead of protein powder so I can try it too! If I try your protein powder substitution I’ll post on instagram sometime soon and tag you (…so leave me your instagram handle if you leave a suggestion in the comments<3).

Chocolate Avocado Breakfast Shake

A creamy & chocolatey way to start off your day (or snack time).

Yield: serves 1 for a meal or 2 for a snack

Prep Time: 5 minutes (+10 minutes or overnight oat soak time)

Cook Time: 0 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes


1/3 cup rolled oats
~3/4 cup milk
1/4 large avocado
1/2 cup ice
2 dates, pitted
1/2 scoop (or 1/8 cup) chocolate protein powder
optional: 1/4 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
Toppings: mulberries


Add oats to a bowl and cover with milk.  Cover and place in the fridge for 10 minutes, or let sit overnight.  To a blender, add milk soaked oats, avocado, ice, dates, protein powder and vanilla bean paste.  Top with topping of choice.

And the winner of the My Favorite Things Giveaway is Lisa W.! Be expecting an email from me:)


  1. yay for avocado in sweet things!! I just made chocolate avocado pudding yesterday and it was on-point! I like protein powder in shakes, makes them taste better :)

  2. I dont mind avocado in a smoothie/shake but I usually only use 1/4 or 1/2 an avocado so it doesnt overpower the drink. I usually just add peanut butter or nut butter for extra protein- real nuts work too but make sure you have a super good blender to finely grind them. I use protein powder too though- depending on the flavor smoothie I want!

  3. Okay, this may sound odd, but I discovered the best way to bring out the chocolatiest flavor in my breakfast smoothies. I mean….shakes…my b. Anyhoo, I use a chocolate protein powder too and add a sliver of grapefruit (we’re talking literally about 1/6th or 1/8th of it). Something about the slight bitterness makes the chocolate, like, woooaaahh chooocolaaate.

  4. This may sound strange, but sometimes I use soft tofu in my smoothies/shakes instead of protein powder! 

  5. vanilla bean paste.. omg! I’ve gotta get some of that like ASAP. Where do you buy it?

  6. I’ve been wanting to try the whole avocado in a smoothie thing so this is going to be the perfect recipe to try it with. I like using protein powder in smoothies (hello, chocolate flavor), but I also like using 3 TBSP of hemp seeds every now and then.. 10g protein!

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  8. Haha…love that your definition of shake vs. smoothie is whether or not there’s chocolate involved! This sounds delicious! I usually have smoothies (err..shakes) as a meal, so they need to be a pretty complete package of carbs, protein, and fat, so I’m all for the protein powder! I usually add a nut butter or coconut for the fats, but have yet to try avocado. Love that it adds the healthy fat AND creaminess, which my smoothies/shakes tend to lack unless I have banana. 

    • The avocado makes it sooo creamy. You’ll love it! My coconut butter use is limited. Need to get some! I had a European roommate in college who loved coconut butter and would always make toast + coconut butter in the mornings.

  9. I love Cellucor Protein Powders. They taste GOOD. The peanut butter marshmallow flavor and cinnamon are AH-mazing. Worth it! They mix really well for me.

  10. Totally agree with your avocado rules……except Ive never had a blender that can properly crush ice!

  11. Drinking a green smoothie as I read this!

  12. I am pro-protein powder because there are so many flavors!! I currently have cookies and cream and it makes any smoothie taste like Oreos! Yay Oreos! I previously had vanilla, which I would mix with cinnamon and water for cinnamon roll filling

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  13. I like a bit of avocado in the right smoothie, but you’re totally right about balancing out that guac texture. I tend to prefer whole foods to protein powder, and I’ll add all kinds of things to my smoothies for protein! I have a chocolate black bean brownie smoothie that I love. It has black beans AND hemp seeds for protein, and it tastes like a delicious chocolate shake – for real – the recipe is on my site if you fancy a go at it! I’ll also use nut butters, quinoa, greek yoghurt, soy milk, or tofu to add protein to a smoothie. I once saw a recipe that uses cooled scrambled eggs, and the writer swears you can’t taste them, but that’s a bit much for me. Beans yes, eggs no. 

    • I’m so blown away by this black beans in a smoothie idea. Never would have thought of that! Gonna go find the recipe now. THANK YOU KATIE!!

  14. I haven’t tried avocado in a smoothie before and this sounds really nice!!! I don’t have protein powder though, and I honestly don’t ever use it so I think I’ll sub it with a tablespoon of cocoa powder and maybe use a bit more oats for the right texture! 

  15. I’m definitely pro protein powder (I have switched mostly over to vegan/plant based versions) but when I’m not feelin’ it I add hemp or chia seeds, or peanut butter flour (you can find it online-I buy mine on There’s a recipe on my blog using peanut flour plus some regular pb for the full flavor and coconut cream. It doesn’t have chocolate but it’s definitely more “shake” hence the name Peanut Butter Split Smoothie! I gotta try adding more avocado to my smoothies these days though. 

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