Raspberry Cocoa Smoothie


This is a truly healthy option for you chocolate lovers out there. As one among you, I adore this smoothie. I love this gorgeous reddish earthy hue, which tells you exactly what you’re about to taste: raspberry-forward, followed by dark chocolate enhanced with a pinch of salt. Because the avocado lends the smoothie a thick, creamy texture, you’ll want to grab a spoon. It’s not dessert for breakfast, but it’s close enough.


If you can’t find a bag of frozen raspberries, strawberries are a great substitute. Rich, caramel-like, and potassium-packed, Medjool dates are my favorite add-in for sweetness. Although they might be a little harder to keep on hand than honey or agave nectar, I can find them at Costco.

Raspberry Cocoa Smoothie
Serves: 1 as a meal; 2 as a snack
  • 1 cup frozen raspberries
  • ½ avocado, pitted
  • ½ large very ripe banana, sliced and frozen
  • 3 tablespoons natural cocoa powder or raw cacao
  • big pinch (about ½ tsp) sea salt
  • 1 ½ cups milk of choice (I use brown rice milk)
  • 1 tablespoons chia seeds, optional
  • 2-3 soft Medjool dates (can substitute 2-3 tsp honey)
  1. Add everything to the blender and puree on high for a minute or two. You should arrive at a thick consistency—think slightly melted frozen yogurt.
  2. Taste and adjust to your liking, then pour into a glass and enjoy immediately.


lhp-headshot-1Lindsey Howald Patton is a food, architecture, history, and art writer based in Chicago. When not accidentally leaning in way too close to the paintings, she tinkers with gluten- and dairy-free recipes at home and blogs about them over on At Burning Degrees.

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