I mean, I already know what you’re thinking. “Is this chick really going to try and get me to put zucchini in a smoothie? OH WAIT… and cauliflower too?! She must be crazy!”
But here’s the truth: I promise you won’t even be able to taste the zucchini OR the cauliflower. In fact, frozen cauliflower helps to keep the smoothie thick and creamy and zucchini adds fiber, vitamins and plenty of potassium. The chocolate and nut butter (you can do whatever nut butter you’d like) help to mask any veggies! Trust me this chocolate zucchini smoothie tastes like a creamy coconut chocolate milkshake.
I call this dairy free chocolate zucchini smoothie my Almond Joy zucchini smoothie because it seriously tastes like the real deal candy bar but with super nourishing ingredients.
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Coconut chocolate zucchini smoothie ingredients
This chocolate zucchini smoothie is made without any banana and sweetened just with dates! Here’s what you’ll need to make it:
- Medjool dates: feel free to buy your medjool dates pitted or simply take the pit out yourself. Be sure to soften the dates before using them — see below for instructions on how to do so.
- Coconut milk: I recommend using light coconut milk to help thin the smoothie and give it a creamy, coconut flavor.
- Cauliflower: we’re adding a full cup of frozen cauliflower to this chocolate zucchini smoothie, which will keep it cold and thick without using ice (which can become watery).
- Zucchini: more veggies! You won’t even be able to taste the zucchini but it adds a wonderful boost of nutrients.
- Nut butter: I like using almond butter or peanut butter, but feel free to use any nut or seed butter you’d like. Tahini would also be amazing for a nut free version.
- Cacao powder: we’re getting that decadent chocolate flavor from antioxidant-rich cacao powder. Feel free to sub unsweetened cocoa powder if you’d like.
- Vanilla extract & pinch of salt: for a little boost of flavor. Learn how to make your own vanilla extract here!
- To garnish: feel free to add fun toppings to this zucchini smoothie with toasted coconut flakes (or regular), toasted sliced almonds, mini chocolate chips or a drizzle of almond butter or chocolate almond butter.
Optional zucchini smoothie add-ins
You can really get creative with this chocolate zucchini smoothie recipe. Here are some delicious add-ins I like to try:
- Flaxseed meal: this is one of my favorite ingredients to add to smoothies for a little boost of fiber and minerals. It’s especially great for nursing mamas as flaxseed can help increase milk supply. Usually a tablespoon is plenty! Here’s a brand I love.
- Protein powder or collagen peptides: a great way to add some protein. I recommend a plain, vanilla or chocolate flavored protein powder in this recipe. Here is a great plant-based option.
- Organic spinach: if you’re looking to get even more greens in your smoothie, try adding a few cups of spinach. You won’t be able to taste the spinach at all!
Tips for making this coconut chocolate zucchini smoothie recipe
Here are a few of my favorite tips for making this paleo chocolate zucchini smoothie creamy and delicious:
- Using frozen cauliflower as it helps keep the smoothie cold and thick. Sometimes ice doesn’t blend as well, so it’s best to skip unless absolutely necessary.
- Don’t be afraid to add more coconut milk if your smoothie is too thick or won’t fully blend. High powered blenders tend to blend frozen ingredients much better, so if you have a regular or personal size blender, you may need to add more milk.
- Start the blender on low speed, then gradually increase the speed to high to help blend all ingredients. End with the blender on low speed.
How do you soften dates for smoothies?
You’ll simply soak your pitted dates in 1 cup of warm water for at least 5 minutes. This will help them soften up and make sure that you can easily blend them.
Meal prep this healthy chocolate zucchini smoothie
Yes, you can make this easy coconut chocolate zucchini smoothie ahead of time to enjoy later! I have three amazing methods for prepping and storing smoothies right in your freezer. You’ll learn the ice cube tray method, the mason jar method and the freezer pack method. Get all of my tips and tricks here!
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I hope you love this easy, healthy chocolate zucchini smoothie recipe! If you make it be sure to leave a comment and a rating so I know how you liked it. I greatly appreciate it – xo!
Coconut Chocolate Zucchini Smoothie (with sneaky veggies)
Creamy coconut chocolate zucchini smoothie made without banana and with sneaky veggies from zucchini and cauliflower! This delicious, vegan chocolate zucchini smoothie recipe packs in protein & healthy fats from almond butter and coconut milk and seriously tastes like an Almond Joy.
- For the smoothie:
- 2 pitted large Medjool dates
- 1 cup light coconut milk, plus more to thin if necessary
- 1 cup frozen cauliflower
- ¾ cup sliced zucchini (about ½ a medium zucchini, sliced)
- 1 tablespoon almond butter or peanut butter (any nut or seed butter will work)
- 1 1/2 tablespoons cacao powder (or sub unsweetened cocoa powder -- do 1 tablespoon if you want less intense flavor)
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- Pinch of salt
- To garnish:
- Toasted coconut flakes or regular coconut flakes
- Mini chocolate chips or a drizzle of almond butter or chocolate almond butter
First soak your pitted dates in 1 cup of very warm water for at least 5 minutes. This will help them soften up and perfect for blending. While the dates are soaking you can get all your other ingredients out, measured and ready.
Next add all ingredients to a high powered blender: pitted dates, coconut milk, cauliflower, zucchini, nut butter, cacao, vanilla extract and salt. Feel free to add any optional add-ins to your smoothie if you’d like. Blend until smooth, adding more coconut milk to thin, if necessary. Pour into a glass and enjoy! Top with almond butter, granola and coconut flakes, if desired. Serves 1. Feel free to double the recipe to serve 2.
See the full post for tips, tricks, and easy nutritional boosters to add to this smoothie!
Recipe by: Monique Volz // Ambitious Kitchen | Photography by: Eat Love Eats
This post was originally published on August 6th, 2020, and republished on April 13th, 2023.
Just a quick question about the recipe… for the light coconut milk, is that the kind you buy in the can or the coconut milk that’s in the refrigerator section? I would love to try this smoothie, but definitely want to make sure I have the right ingredients. 🙂 Thanks so much!
Use canned for a creamier version! 🙂
Can i use frozen shredded zucchini?
Is the coconut milk canned or like milk in a carton? Or does it matter?
Use canned for a creamier version! 🙂
Can I sub almond milk?
Yes that should be fine!
HI! I made your recipe, but changed a few ingredients due to the high carb count. I did not use the dates but used Monk Fruit extract instead. I used unsweetened almond milk in place of the coconut milk. Is the coconut milk you used out of a can rather than a carton? You mentioned using the lite, Is it sweetened or unsweetened?
I did add in spinach and collagen powder as well.
I loved getting in almost 3 cups of veggies to start my day!
Hi! I like to use light coconut milk from the can to make this smoothie nice and creamy. I use a lite, unsweetened coconut milk from the can. Glad you enjoyed with a few swaps!
Wow! 10 outta 10 smoothie right here. Follow it exactly and it blends perfectly with an awesome consistency. The flavor was almost like a brownie batter, so can’t go wrong there at all.
Absolutely! Almost like dessert 🙂
Can i use frozen shredded zucchini?
I modified the recipe to respect my portions for a meal because this smoothie has twice the fats and carbs I need. As is, I would have to halve the recipe and add a scoop of protein. Even without the coconut milk it tasted delicious! It was so good I shared the recipe with people that get coaching with me. Adding cauliflower and zucchini is genious!!!
Perfect! I’m glad that worked out well! 🙂
Can i use greek yogurt instead of cauliflower to thicken the smoothie?
Sure! You might want to try frozen greek yogurt cubes 🙂
Hi! I can’t find dates anywhere. What can I use instead? Thank you so much! Can’t wait to try this.
A banana would be great!
This might be a stupid question but do you use cooked or raw cauliflower?
Not stupid at all! I use raw frozen cauliflower but you can also blanch it a bit before freezing if you’d like 🙂
Loved this! Followed exactly plus added flaxseeds. Definitely a bit thicker but enjoyed with a spoon. Cannot taste zucchini or cauliflower!
Perfect! This one’s great as a yummy smoothie bowl with toppings, too 🙂
My blender is not strong enough to blend dates do you think I could sub something else like maple syrup or honey, and if so how much would you guess? a tbsp?
A banana would be great!
I assume the cauliflower is raw, is this correct?
wow what an amazing smoothie!!! You would never know there is so much veg in it!!! I doubled the recipe and it served three people as it is really filling!
I enjoyed this smoothie post workout. Some days my only motivation to workout is knowing I get to have a delicious smoothie afterwards. This smoothie felt like a treat very good and rich! With a ton of veggies, I also added spinach, collagen and flax to mine. Thank you!
Amazing! So delicious post-workout 🙂
Can you freeze zucchini for ready made packs?
Absolutely! I have a full tutorial here 🙂
I just made this smoothie and I loved it. I added in spinach and flaxseed. One of the best smoothies I’ve ever tried !
Love it! Glad you enjoyed 🙂
Good recipe and great use of veggies!! I didn’t find it sweet enough to my liking, so I added a bit of maple syrup and Vanilla Unsweetened Almond Milk as well (and a handful of ice cubes). Delicious, thanks for yet another great recipe! Best of luck Monique on Baby #2 Boy!!
Perfect! Glad that worked out well. And thanks so much!
Crazy good! You do not taste the vegetables at all. Just creamy, chocolatey goodness!
Absolutely! Love those sneaky veggies 🙂
Can I add banana to the smoothie for more flavor?
I absolutely 💯LOVED LOVED this Recipe! If you blind fold and taste test you simply can not tell your not eating a Calorie Packed Almond Joy Almond Joy Candy Bar! Enjoy the Sneaky Veggies!
Haha YAY so happy you loved it!!
We looooved ❤️this smoothie at our house. The chocolate you crave with the added benefit of nutrition with zucchini and cauliflower!! This easy smoothie is one to make again and again!!!!!
Woohoo! Thanks for the review!
Tastes rich and delicious like chocolate cake batter but super healthy! You could never tell that there are 2 cups of veggies in this smoothie.
Right?! Sneaky veggies for the win!!
Another winning smoothie recipe! Love that it packs in the veggies and tastes like dessert!
I modified this recipe a bit based on what I had on hand. I used a third of a banana to sweeten instead of the dates and a cup of almond milk with a half cup of coconut milk due to the calories. I also added Primal Kitchen’s coconut chocolate collagen powder and omitted the cocoa powder. So surprisingly creamy and luxurious – it tasted like dessert but still packs a punch with vitamins and fiber!
Those are all great subs! And that collage powder is the PERFECT flavor for this, wow!
Are we talking raw zucchini?
It totally works! I was skeptical, but you don’t even taste the raw zucchini or frozen cauliflower at all!
Everyone needs to go run and make this ASAP! It was like drinking a decadent coconut chocolate shake! I used full fat coconut milk as that’s what I had on hand, which made it extra thick and creamy. I just thinned it out with some almond milk and it was perfect. My 20 month old and I DEVOURED it for breakfast this morning, and we even saved some leftovers for dad!! I love the zucchini and cauliflower for an extra boost of veggies without comprising on taste. Another smoothie to add to our rotation for sure!
Woohooo! I’m so happy you loved this one, Kayla! Thank you so much for leaving a review 🙂
Great recipe! Made me like zucchini in smoothies.
So glad to hear that!!
10/10 smoothie combo! My daughter and I both loved it. Made as written! Definitely will make again and next time I’ll make enough to have leftovers to freeze into popsicle molds!
Nice! I’m so happy you both loved this one 🙂 Popsicles are such a great idea!!
We LOOOOOOve this smoothie!!! It’s thick and creamy. We always add the protein powder. Sometimes we add a shot of espresso in the mornings. Lastly we also leave the nut butter out sometimes and add cinnamon or mint leaves! Thanks Monique for a great recipe!!!
Omg those additions all sound AMAZING! Thanks for sharing! I’m so happy you love it 🙂
We always have an abundance of zucchini in the summer from our garden (looking forward to zucchini week this summer again!). Would it be possible to sub out the frozen cauliflower for extra zucchini instead? Thanks!
Hi, Diane! I haven’t tried it but I think that should be fine 🙂 Enjoy!
You can’t even taste the veggies!! So so so good! I’ll be making this again 🙂
YAY I’m so happy you loved it, Lina!
I only had FF coconut milk, so was thicker, but legit tastes like chocolate pudding. May make for snacks during the week like this. Sooo good!
Omg YUMMMM that sounds incredible! I’m so glad you loved it!
Thanks for figuring out a thick shake with no bananas! I found the raw zucchini gave it a very slightly sandy texture (I cleaned it! That’s just in the nature of raw zucchini), but I didn’t particularly taste it or the cauliflower. In general, I found the flavor kind of light. Not a lot of chocolate flavor, not a lot of nut butter flavor, bulked out with 2 very mild veggies. Despite being visibly thick, it had a watery quality to me. I think next time I’ll swap out the coconut milk for slightly less water + 1 – 1.5 Tbs more nut butter and see if that gives it a richer flavor and mouthfeel.Still! I like this idea for a veggie-based chocolaty shake and will play around with upping the cocoa and nut butter to see if I can find a worthwhile flavor.
Thank you for sharing, glad you enjoyed this recipe. Appreciate your feedback!
This is delicious and you CANNOT taste the veggies. My two year old scarfed it down!
Ah yay!! I am so glad this recipe is a hit – If it’s a win for the kiddos it’s a win for me!!
This was surprisingly quite good!!! Definitely making it again.
I am so glad 🙂