Want a great low carb smoothie that doesn’t skimp on flavour? This dairy-free Chocolate Avocado Smoothie recipe makes a delicious filling snack or recovery drink.
You know what’s so great about smoothies? They can really be anything you want them to be. They can be breakfast, they can be a snack, they even be lunch or dinner or dessert. They can be jam-packed full of nutritious ingredients or they can be something of a sweet treat. They can fit into virtually any diet or lifestyle; they can be low carb, sugar-free, dairy-free, nut-free, vegan…or none of those things. They can be a pre-workout energy snack or a post-workout recovery drink. They can be so thick you need to eat them with a spoon, or thin enough to slurp easily through a straw. And the flavor possibilities are virtually endless. Simply put, you get out of your smoothie what you put into it. So it’s no wonder that everybody has their own favorite way of making smoothies.
For my part, I love creating low carb, low sugar smoothie recipes. They should be thick and satisfying, with plenty of energy and healthy fat but without extraneous carbs. That might seem like a tall order when so many smoothies are made with high sugar fruits and dairy. But I have a few tricks up my sleeve. For one, I skip the dairy-based milk and stick with the creamy low carb unsweetened Cashewmilk from Silk. At only 1 g of carbs per cup, I can afford to pour it into my blender with abandon. Then I skip the typical banana and add some avocado instead, which helps thicken the smoothie delightfully. Got kids who don’t like the green stuff? There’s an easy fix for that, and it’s called cocoa powder! Want to get a little more protein in there? Add your favorite chocolate or vanilla protein powder.
For this recipe, I went the chocolate route. I have two kids who willingly eat avocado but one who turns up his ever-so-adorable nose at it still. We’re working on that, but in the meantime, I can hide a little in his smoothies and he will never be the wiser. At least, not for a while yet. I also tossed in some frozen raspberries for an anti-oxidant boost and a little raspberry extract to play up that sweet berry flavor with no added carbs. This was a hit with the kids but I have to say, I kept most of it for myself. It was thick and smooth and deliciously cream. Silk cashewmilk makes a fabulous base for your dairy-free smoothies!
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