My children love chocolate. If they could get away with it, they would ask for a sprinkle of cocoa every day – as early as breakfast! Luckily, we manage to avoid most sugary breakfast cereals. Instead, we opt for a bowl of porridge oats, so they are usually allowed a little pinch of cocoa or a spoonful of honey.
Breakfast smoothies are a good option, too, if time is tight. Recently, I found a way of making healthy hot chocolate breakfast smoothies, which are always a hit.
The secret? Blend the ingredients with warm milk. You can also add oats and chia seeds for an extra health kick and I usually use an avocado or a banana, too.
I use my Vitamix high-speed blender for this recipe, but any blender should work ok. I’ve also previously used a Froothie blender, which was great, too. Having a high-powered blender has definitely encouraged me to experiment with more unusual ingredients in our chocolate breakfast smoothies. I now add handfuls of spinach, or a ripe avocado, or some super-healthy chia seeds.
It would be incredibly difficult to get the children to eat any of these ingredients in large amounts, so blending them with milk and dark chocolate or cocoa is a great way to sneak in some extras.
I’ve also been whizzing up super-fast and healthy soups such as my Pumpkin Soup with Kefit, cheesy sauces in an instant and you can even make sorbets, frozen cocktails, such as my Frozen Peach Rosemary Margarita and ice-cream, too.
Advantages of a High-Powered Blender
The main advantage of the Vitamix machine over a standard blender is the power of the commercial motor and the blades. The Vitamix can even blitz down peel, pulp and seeds and you can use raw ingredients, too.
Unlike a juicer, you don’t lose any of the fibre because it all gets whizzed up. It can also make steaming hot soup in under five minutes and if you use ice-cubs and frozen fruit, you can make instant ice-cream.
High-powered blenders can be pricey…but if Santa is feeling generous this year…
Back to the chocolate breakfast smoothies.
You can make these in a standard blender, too. Just grate the chocolate first, whizz or blend well and use a very ripe avocado. You can add spinach, a banana and more milk if it is a little thick, or use a milk alternative.
If you haven’t heard of Chia Seeds yet, pop down to your local health food shop. They are being described as the new super-food (there’s always a new one, isn’t there?) containing stacks of Omega 3 fatty acids, antioxidants and fibre. They are gluten free and sugar free and were the ancient discovery of the Aztecs. Flax seeds work well, too.
Made in a high-powered blended, these healthy hot chocolate breakfast smoothies are made with avocado, chia seeds and organic cocoa.
- 10 g dark chocolate grated if not using a Vitamix
- 1 avocado ripe, stone removed, scooped out
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds Or you can use flax seeds
- 1 teaspoon honey we used local honey
- 2 tablespoons oats or up to one Weetabix biscuit
- 2 cups milk or milk alternative, gently warmed
- 1/2 banana optional
Place all the ingredients for the chocolate breakfast smoothies together into the blender container and secure the lid.
In a Vitamix, select Variable 1. Turn the machine on and increase the speed to variable 10. In a normal blender, blend on high speed.
Blend for 30 seconds or until you get the right consistency. Add extra milk and blend again if the smoothie is too thick.
Pour into small cups or milk bottles and drink immediately.
Hope you enjoy these smoothies for breakfast soon!
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Note: I won a Vitamix blender through a prize draw at Food Blogger Connect – I was not required to write a post about it and all opinions are my own. Many thanks to Vitamix UK. Affiliate link included.
Original post November 2012. Republished in October 2018.