Chocolate Avocado Milkshake

Now, I know what you’re thinking…what business does an avocado have in a chocolate milkshake? It seems like a weird idea, although in Vietnam and the Philippines it’s not uncommon to have an avocado milkshake (often with ice cream or sweetened condensed milk).

This version of an avocado milkshake is actually really healthy. There’s no ice cream, just milk, avocado, cocoa powder, sweetener, vanilla. You can easily make it vegan with one of the various non-dairy milk options. The avocado gives it a creamy texture, while the cocoa powder and sweetener mask the mild flavor of the avocado and make it taste like a regular chocolate milkshake.

Give it a try next time you want something sweet but not too unhealthy. Avocados are full of healthy fats, fiber, and lots of vitamins and minerals.

When you’re craving something chocolate or sweet, do you have a healthy answer? Or do you give in and indulge?



Chocolate Avocado Milkshake

Makes 1 serving

  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1-1/2 C milk
  • 2 T unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1-2 T preferred sweetener (sugar, agave nectar, etc.)
  • 1 t vanilla extract
  • A few ice cubes

Place all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth. Serve immediately.


Disclaimer: As part of the Foodbuzz Tastemaker Program, I received free California Avocados

45 Comments on Chocolate Avocado Milkshake

  1. Tina@flourtrader
    June 3, 2011 at 12:25 pm (4 years ago)

    Perhaps we can take a tip from those countries, they probably eat much more healthier than Americans. The way you described it-it sounds worth trying out. Thanks for sharing.
    Tina@flourtrader recently posted Jamaican Coin Cookies

    • Stephanie
      June 3, 2011 at 12:37 pm (4 years ago)

      @Tina – good point. I think it’s definitely worth at least trying. Let me know what you think when you do!

  2. Jen
    June 3, 2011 at 12:40 pm (4 years ago)

    I’m wondering – did it taste like chocolate or could you tell there was avocado in it?
    Jen recently posted Strawberry Cream Tartlets

    • Stephanie
      June 3, 2011 at 12:46 pm (4 years ago)

      @Jen – it tasted like chocolate. Without adding sweetener, it still tasted faintly of avocado, but when I sweetened it I could no longer taste avocado at all.

  3. Lauren at Keep It Sweet
    June 3, 2011 at 12:43 pm (4 years ago)

    I’ve seen a bunch of avocado based desserts and they all look so good. Your milkshakes are adorable! I need to get some avocados asap:-)

    • Stephanie
      June 3, 2011 at 12:46 pm (4 years ago)

      @Lauren – thanks! I want to try a chocolate avocado cake next.

  4. hannah
    June 3, 2011 at 1:02 pm (4 years ago)

    i think i know what i’m going to make my hubby buy on his way home!

    • Stephanie
      June 3, 2011 at 1:08 pm (4 years ago)

      @hannah – enjoy! :)

    • Stephanie
      June 3, 2011 at 9:16 pm (4 years ago)

      @Erin – thanks! I want to try using it in baking too.

  5. Ann
    June 3, 2011 at 3:24 pm (4 years ago)

    Holy Guacamole, Batman! That looks amazing! I think I’ll go to the grocery store…
    Ann recently posted A learning experience…

    • Stephanie
      June 3, 2011 at 9:17 pm (4 years ago)

      @Ann – thanks! Enjoy!

  6. Carolyn
    June 3, 2011 at 3:59 pm (4 years ago)

    More and more, I am getting used to the idea of avocado in sweet foods. Haven’t actually tried it yet, but I am working up to it!
    Carolyn recently posted Cinnamon Walnut Braid Low Carb

    • Stephanie
      June 3, 2011 at 9:18 pm (4 years ago)

      @Carolyn – haha, it is a bit of an adjustment to think about them like that. Although, if you think about it, avocados taste pretty neutral on their own – not sweet or salty or savory. So they’re pretty versatile, especially since their mild taste is easily masked.

    • Stephanie
      June 3, 2011 at 9:18 pm (4 years ago)

      @sara826 – thanks! I am too :)

  7. Andrea
    June 3, 2011 at 6:10 pm (4 years ago)

    Looks amazing. I’d love to have a taste. I definitely will make something like this when I get avocadoes next! Raw foodies make chocolate mousse with the same ingredients, and it sounds divine.

    • Stephanie
      June 3, 2011 at 9:19 pm (4 years ago)

      @Andrea – thank you! A raw chocolate avocado mousse sounds interesting and I bet it would be good.

    • Stephanie
      June 3, 2011 at 9:19 pm (4 years ago)

      @Sandra – haha, right? It’s good though!

    • Stephanie
      June 6, 2011 at 4:24 pm (4 years ago)

      @Angie – It is unusual! But it’s surprisingly good :)

  8. Hester Casey - Alchemy
    June 4, 2011 at 1:34 pm (4 years ago)

    I couldn’t resist checking out this post – chocolate/avocado/milkshake are not three words you often see together but I am totally intrigued. I am going to have to try this. Sounds both delicious AND healthy.
    Hester Casey – Alchemy recently posted Moules Marinière – ‘ere are ze rules

    • Stephanie
      June 6, 2011 at 4:23 pm (4 years ago)

      @Hester Casey – I know, it’s fairly unusual but it really works! I’ve also seen chocolate avocado cakes, which I want to try sometime. Enjoy the milkshake!

  9. Elyse @The Cultural Dish
    June 5, 2011 at 3:49 pm (4 years ago)

    This looks awesome! I’ll have to give this a try. I love drinking avocado milkshakes but the condensed milk can definitely get a bit heavy for me sometimes. Thanks for sharing!
    Elyse @The Cultural Dish recently posted Fresh Blueberry Pie!

    • Stephanie
      June 6, 2011 at 4:22 pm (4 years ago)

      @Elyse – I’ve never tried a traditional avocado milkshake but I can imagine it would get heavy and filling with sweetened condensed milk. Hope you enjoy my lighter version!

    • Stephanie
      June 6, 2011 at 4:22 pm (4 years ago)

      @Medeja – thanks! It’s actually really tasty :)

  10. Lindsey@Lindselicious
    June 9, 2011 at 1:39 pm (4 years ago)

    Oooh I didnt like the regular avocado shake when I tried it but I think i would love this chocolate version! I think the Condensed Milk was too much for me- so I love that you lightened it up.
    Lindsey@Lindselicious recently posted Herby No Knead Bread

    • Stephanie
      June 10, 2011 at 8:20 am (4 years ago)

      @Lindsey – I haven’t it tried it the traditional way, but I can imagine it would be so heavy and filling with condensed milk. Try my version, I think you’ll like it!

  11. kita
    June 10, 2011 at 7:56 pm (4 years ago)

    I wasnt thinking that at all – I was thinking OMG this sounds amazing. Flat out amazing. Avocado and chocolate sound like they make for the perfect texture for a milkshake. I am super excited to try this.

    • Stephanie
      June 10, 2011 at 9:47 pm (4 years ago)

      @kita – yay! I hope you love it! :)

    • Stephanie
      June 11, 2011 at 12:06 pm (4 years ago)

      @Sunny – I love avocados on sandwiches too. Thanks! :)

  12. A Teenage Gourmet
    August 1, 2011 at 5:57 pm (4 years ago)

    I made this tonight with high expectations, and I wasn’t disappointed! I love it!

    • Stephanie
      August 1, 2011 at 7:21 pm (4 years ago)

      @A Teenage Gourmet – aw, I’m so glad you love it and it met expectations! That’s fantastic :)

  13. Kay
    September 14, 2011 at 5:56 am (4 years ago)

    Now why would anyone want to mask the fragrant taste of avocado? Where I come from, we usually put some gula malaka as sweetener to reduce the sharp edge. The milk-shake tastes like coffee, and with a teaspoon of cocoa powder, tastes like a mocha!

  14. Aimee
    June 29, 2012 at 6:58 pm (3 years ago)

    Tried this tonight….Sooooo yummy! Only issue I have is that this makes 1 very, very large serving. Half would be more than enough for me!

  15. Bek
    January 22, 2013 at 12:35 pm (3 years ago)

    Lovely milkshake! Thanks. At first I put a whole avocado in with about 1/2 a cup of milk and it turned out like a moose, which was lovely but needed double the cocoa and sweetener.

  16. Laura Miller
    February 19, 2013 at 9:29 am (3 years ago)

    Just found this recipe yesterday on Pinterest. Tried it this morning and LOVED it! I had it for breakfast and not only did it taste great, bit it was very filling as well. I’m excited to try this healthier milkshake option out on my picky kids…glad I found this! It’s a keeper! Thanks for sharing!

  17. Heide M.
    April 24, 2013 at 7:59 pm (3 years ago)

    I’ll have to try this.


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