This Nutella Lover’s Healthy Chocolate Smoothie is a creamy and decadent chocolate smoothie that is actually good for you. Made with cocoa powder, medjool dates, pears, and hazelnuts it tastes like a chocolate icecream in a glass. Perfect for breakfast or as an afternoon pick-me-up.
I have been on the hunt for a good chocolate smoothie for sometime now. It is safe to say that I tried over 10 different recipes to finally end up in this one. In my quest for the “best healthy chocolate smoothie”, I wanted a recipe made with healthy ingredients and no refined sugars. I also wanted it to taste like milk chocolate. And when it comes to milk chocolate flavor, Nutella is my all-time favorite. The taste of cocoa mixed in with roasted hazelnuts and blended into a creamy concussion is to die for.
I don’t know about you, but I grew up eating Nutella every morning. My mother would spread a thick layer of it on a toast every morning for breakfast. Now years later, I do not eat Nutella everyday, but when I treat myself with a spoonfull it surely takes me back to my childhood. It is so sad that Nutella is not a healthy food that we should consume everyday.
If you feel the same way, I have some good news for you. Because this healthy chocolate smoothie recipe made with cocoa powder, hazeltnuts, pears, coconut water, vanilla extract and sweetened with Medjool dates tastes like Nutella. When I first read the recipe, I had zero expectations and didn’t think much of it. But after the first sip, I thought that this was the best chocolate smoothie I have ever had.
So here is to a great vegan and healthy chocolate smoothie recipe to help you cure your Nutella cravings.
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Nutella Lovers Healthy Chocolate Smoothie
- ¼ cup roasted unsalted hazelnuts a few more hazelnuts as garnish
- 1 cup ripe pear chopped with the skin on from 2 small or 1 large pear
- 2 Medjool dates pitted
- 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 ½ cups coconut water
- 2 cups ice
- handful of seasonal fruit as garnish
- Place all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth and frosty. Serve immediately.
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This recipe is adapted from Julie Morris’s cookbook, Superfood Smoothies.