A quick and easy sugar-free chocolate smoothie (dairy-free) is a delicious and nutrient-rich way to start your day.
Even picky children love the chocolate green smoothie, and they won’t even realize it is packed with spinach! Popeye would approve!
The easiest way to start your day is to make a quick smoothie. It’s one of the easiest low-carb keto breakfast recipes, you simply throw everything in the blender with some ice, and
Are smoothies keto?
Most smoothies are not keto because they are made of tropical fruit and fruit syrups which have natural sugars and added sugars.
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Many like to add a banana, an apple, some orange juice, dried fruit, and honey into a smoothie. Yes, these have some nutrients, but the amount of sugar that goes into a fruit smoothie is often beyond the daily recommended sugar intake. The nutrients in a fruit smoothie will not undo the damage of high blood sugars.
Is fruit keto?
Is fruit keto? It depends. No food is keto or not keto, but it depends on your daily carb allowance that will dictate whether you are in nutritional ketosis or not. Whether you are burning fat or not.
And remember, you can drink far more fruit juice (liquid fruit) than you could ever eat as whole fruit at one sitting.
It is often deceptive how much sugar may be in a smoothie or juice. Yes, fruit smoothies are unprocessed and ‘natural’ but make no mistake, fruit smoothies can have just as much sugar as a fizzy drink or a candy bar, and will raise your blood sugars accordingly.
Eating whole fruit is self-limiting as to how much we can consume.
And of course it is better to have a fresh juice rather than a fizzy drink, but make a good choice and go for the green ones.
Remember: fruit juice isn’t the same as eating 6 pieces of fruit, it is the same as drinking the sugar of 6 pieces of fruit.
This quick and easy chocolate smoothie just has a handful of low-sugar frozen berries to make the coconut cream thicken, to the consistency of a thick shake.
- frozen berries of choice – or fresh berries in season
- coconut cream – you can use a dairy-free milk such as almond milk but the smoothie will not thicken
- spinach – fresh chopped spinach or frozen chopped spinach
- cocoa powder – unsweetened cocoa powder
- granulated sweetener of choice – such as erythritol, monk fruit sweetener, stevia powder, stevia drops, allulose sweetener, or xylitol. Add more or less to your taste.
All quantities, ingredients, and instructions are in the recipe card below.
How to thicken a smoothie
The creaminess is determined by the fat content of the coconut cream, which varies so much between brands. Generally coconut cream is about 25% fat.
You may need to add more or less coconut cream depending on how thick you like your smoothie to be. My children like their breakfast smoothies to be mega thick. They almost need to eat-it-with-a-spoon thickness.
More breakfast smoothies
Smoothies are the perfect quick and easy low-carb breakfast recipe. Smoothies can be made in just a few minutes. Even picky eaters love smoothies such as keto berry smoothies (dairy-free), keto green smoothies, and chocolate peanut butter smoothies.
Sugar-Free Chocolate Smoothie Recipe (Dairy-Free)
- 50 g frozen berries of choice
- 250 ml coconut cream
- 100 g spinach chopped
- 25 g cocoa powder (unsweetened)
- 1 tbsp granulated sweetener of choice or more, to your taste
- Put everything in a blender and whiz up until as smooth as possible.
- The smoother you can get the texture, the more you can fool your children.
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