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chocolate-almond oatmeal smoothie

This post is going to be short and sweet (heavy on the sweet!) We have a busy weekend ahead and I didn’t want to leave you all in the dust just because things are getting crazy over here.

After a very dry January the snow gods have arrived and we are finally getting dumped with snow!

Thank god for happy dogs, a new greenhouse, and healthy and delicious breakfast smoothies to fuel us through the day!

If you are a fan of thick and creamy chocolate milkshakes this is the smoothie for you. Did I mention there is spinach involved? Shhhh. It doesn’t matter. This smoothie is so gosh darn tasty you wont believe how healthy it is! The addition of rolled oats makes this a “stick to your bones” kind of breakfast. Move over bacon and eggs…. Grab a straw!

Chocolate-Almond Oatmeal Smoothie

Prep Time: 5 minutes    Cook Time: 0 minutes    Serves: 2

  • 1 large frozen banana
  • 2 TBS raw unsweetened cacao powder
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 2 TBS almond butter
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 5 dates, pitted and diced
  • 1/2 TBS maca powder (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 2 cups almond milk


  1. Combine all ingredients into a hight speed blender and process until smooth.


Use this recipe as a guide. Adjust measurements and ingredients as necessary.

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23 thoughts on “chocolate-almond oatmeal smoothie

  1. I love that there is spinach in this but that the green cover totally gets hidden by the chocolate and dates. I can definitely get behind chocolate for breakfast! And still dying over your bamboo straws – ADORABLE. Have a great busy weekend, lady! Hope you get to play in the snow πŸ™‚

    1. green color not cover πŸ™‚

  2. Lauren says:

    HENRY!!! πŸ™‚

    1. Andrea says:

      He’s the best!

  3. Susan says:

    i just need to share with you that I LOVE your recipes! I have yet to find one that isn’t easy, quick and delicious. Thank you so much for all that you do. And that is one very happy looking dog!

    1. Andrea says:

      Thank you for such a lovely comment!!!

  4. cheri says:

    Your dog looks so sweet. We spend our summers in Yachats Oregon. We just love it there, the people, everything. Your smoothie looks delicious!

    1. Andrea says:

      Oregon is a great place! If you find yourself in the Hood River area this summer come say hi!

  5. Michelle says:

    Just made this tonight. I tried it without the spices only cuz I wasn’t in the mood. I will try it with them another time. This was really good. Already wanting it for breakfast again. Next time I will decrease the almond milk to make it thicker. Thank you for sharing this recipe!

    1. Andrea says:

      So happy you enjoyed this!

  6. Lia says:

    Dearest Andrea!!
    Sending you all my love from Greece! I so can’t cook and hate it and I’m scared of it but everything I’ve tried making from your inspirational site (harissa hummous, smoked sweet potatoe fries and this smoothie!!) tastes so incredibly brilliant πŸ™‚
    Always curious to see what’s your next culinary adventure..
    PS Any tumbleweed hats left to send over my way??

  7. Oh my, judging from the ingredients, this has to be delicious!

  8. Devra says:

    Can you make this without the dates? or substitute something for them? I have all the other ingredients and am on a smoothie binge at the moment.

    1. Andrea says:

      Yes, you can substitute pure maple syrup or honey. Enjoy!

  9. Theresa says:

    I used regular cocoa powder, mine sure wasn’t the chocolate color yours is in the picture and the color it is made me a little Leary to taste it. Lol. But it’s actually tasty! Inalsomasked a scoop of vanilla whey protein powder.

    Will definitely make it again. Thanks for the recipe.

  10. Theresa says:

    I also added****. Sorry!!

  11. Tara Burton says:

    I just made this with regular cocoa and frozen spinach (not sure if you used frozen or fresh). Like Theresa mentioned the drink was a bit more green then it was in your picture. My children and I really enjoyed this – I will def make it again!

    Oh – thought you would like to know that I found this on pinterest!


  12. Torry says:

    Can you make this without banana? I know this is odd, but I just do not like bananas and it is so hard to find a good smoothie recipe that does not call for them.

    1. Andrea says:

      You can replace the banana with half of an avocado (it will add a creaminess but no flavor) I hope this was helpful. Enjoy!

  13. Hailey says:

    I have made this smoothie two days in a row (minus the spinach because I don’t have a bag on hand at the moment) and something that made it 100x better/smoother is letting the oats soak overnight in the almond milk! Maybe it was the type of oat I used that made it gritty the first time around, who knows. In any event, this is the most delicious smoothie ever!

  14. Kristen says:

    Left out the banana and still incredibly delicious! Will make this again for sure! Thanks.

  15. Rachel says:

    Just made this — delicious! I subbed maple syrup for the dates, but otherwise made as instructed. As another reviewer said, the almond milk needs to be cut back if you want a creamier smoothie, but otherwise, love it! Next time I think I’m going to try it with the 1/2 avocado instead of banana…

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