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.
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.
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Sugar-Free Chocolate Smoothie Recipe (Dairy-Free)
- 50 g (½ cup) frozen berries of choice
- 250 ml (1 cup) coconut cream
- 100 g (3.5 oz) spinach chopped
- 25 g (¼ cup) cocoa powder (unsweetened)
- 1 tablespoon 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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I normally don't like green smoothies (I don't want veggies for breakfast), but I am willing to try this one. I have some questions, though. This seems like small servings, volume-wise, so I'm wondering if you consider it a whole meal? The other question is, given the low level of protein, does this really keep one going all morning? I've calculated that I should have about 75g of protein per day from 3 meals and a snack (what I usually eat), so I'm not sure it has enough to help me met my requirements for a day. Thank you for any help you can give.
Hi Susan, yes many people would consider this to be a complete meal. Once you live low-carb or keto for some time, appetite often diminishes and due to the high-fat content of the smoothie, it regulates your hunger so the point is you won't need anything more. As for protein, sure thing, you can add protein powder, whey powder, chia, or collagen if you want to bump it up.
Hi Libby, Greetings from Scotland! Have tried this smoothie every morning this week and WOW! it not only tastes DELICIOUS but I find it gives a nice helping of fibre - much needed when on a low carb diet. Sometimes I've substituted the coconut cream for almond milk and added some single/double cream for the good fats. Might add some avocado next week too!
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Oh, my goodness, something must be different in the ingredients I used! My husband and I were unable to gag this down, and it still tasted bad after adding a lot more sweetener and putting it in the freezer for a while. I was careful to measure everything, although I already was using some extra sweetener since the frozen raspberries I have are not sweet. Splenda is an import item here so I was using half erythritol. Was this the problem, or maybe I got a bitter batch of baby spinach? I didn't taste any of it before putting it in the blender, but it's the same kind I always use for salads and things.
I'm confused as to how you calculate your calories/serving for this recipe?
I'm *very* new to trying to eat low carb due to a recent diabetes diagnosis, and smoothies have been my go-to breakfast for a while.
But when I calculate the numbers for this recipe, I arrive at something VERY different than the 186 kcal you suggest above.
50 g frozen berries of choice (lets go with raspberries) = 26 cal
250 ml coconut cream (using the Kara UHT you recommend: 15 ml = 35 cal, so 250 ml = 583 calories
100 g spinach chopped = 23 calories
25 g cocoa powder = 50 calories
26 + 583 + 23 + 50 = 682 calories for a batch of 2 servings
which means 1 serving = 341 calories
I even omitted any additional sweetener for this recipe.
If you reduce the 341 by half again, you get much closer to your claim of "186 kcal"; however the volumes given for the ingredients I listed above are the quantities listed for "2 servings".
Awesome question Samantha! This is a rogue post from 2014 when I used to use My Fitness Pal, I now refuse to use it any more because of the number of "user added" entries which are totally incorrect. I thought I had been through every single one (over 200 recipes) and recalculated them as soon as I discovered how inaccurate MFP really is (as you can see). I have updated the values on this post using cronometer.com Thanks for alerting me to this one 🙂
Been doing very strict keto for about three months. This feels like a cheat but it's not. If you've got a sweet tooth this will cure it quick. Was expecting a more thin consistency but this came out of the blender like pudding. Rich and sweet deliciousness!
Could I make this with chocolate quest powder instead of the cocoa powder? I wonder if it would still taste similar to yours?
I'm not sure, I have never used protein powders. Too expensive and over processed. Try cacao powder instead, you will be amazed at the difference.
Would this work with dairy cream instead of coconut cream?
Sure thing! Just calculate the fat and carbs with which type of dairy you decide to use. It would be beautiful and creamy.
do you use baby spinach or silverbeet? or can you use either? thank you 🙂
I have used both. The baby spinach is slightly milder in flavour so is easier to hide the flavour from picky kiddies. 🙂
Delicious smoothie, I love it. I used chilled coconut cream to make it super thick and if I don't feel like adding the berries it will still be thick like a milkshake 🙂
Help! it's Christmas, and I need a sugar free egg nog recipe. Please?
I don't have one but my friend Carolyn over at All Day I dream About Food has a low carb egg nog recipe, take a look here.
Wow! This was amazing! Thank you so much for sharing
Hi Libby - do you think you might be developing any more green (or other) smoothie recipes? I would love to try any of your new ideas as the chocolate smoothie is so good. Here's hoping it's a warm summer in NZ so just the right weather conditions for inspiration! Thank you. Gemma
Yes I have one in my drafts folder, so thanks for the reminder. I must finish and publish it soon. Great suggestion Gemma.
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I'm a very strict LCHF I keep carbs to about 5 to 10 g daily, any suggestions on how to make this more carb friendly, I hope so cause this reads like a yummy drink
The main source of carbs in this recipe is from the frozen berries so you cut them back and add some ice cubes instead and possibly some more stevia for the lack of sweetness. I'm not sure it will be as full flavoured as the recipe intends however.
Do you add ice? I prefer my smoothies very cold. Great website 🙂
The frozen berries are instead of ice but you could add more if you really like it FREEZING 🙂
Do you ever use a nutribullet to make breakfast smoothies? I would like to try this given the nutribullet apparently keeps all the fibre in unlike regular juicers and blenders. Do you have any good low carb and tasty smoothie recipes suitable for a nutribullet?
It's on my 'to-do' list. If I do make smoothies, I generally base them on vegetables rather than fruit, and add plenty of healthy fats in them. Watch this space 😉
I look forward to seeing your recipes! I'm guessing avocado and green veggies like kale might feature?!
Wow, you know me too well x
Does one need to add any fruits to this ? I don't eat fruit and wondered.
You don't have to, but I find the frozen berries just adds a nice flavour and it instantly thickens the coconut cream in the smoothie.
Can I use stevia in coffee?
Yes that would be a great step, but eventually try and give up sweetener in coffee. Once you go stop having sugar in tea and coffee there is no going back, if you take a sip of a sweetened coffee you will be amazed at what you put up with all these years.
I am from South Africa and love your recipes. Please advise how much full cream milk can I have a day I am having 250ml milk per cup and no sugar. Probably have 2 cups a day. Is this too much milk.
Milk is very very high in lactose (milk sugars). 250ml milk = 13g carbs. If you are drinking 2 cups = 26g carbs which are equivalent to a meal for most people. If you want to cut back, nut milk such as almond milk (if you can tolerate almonds) will be lower in carbs but check each brand, they vary considerably and some brands have added sugar which you would want to avoid. Alternatively, if you use milk for milky coffees, instead, add 1-2 tbsp heavy cream and that is only 1-2g carbs and a lovely creamy drink too.
What is coconut cream?
Coconut cream is the full fat coconut milk. Take a look at my food pantry list, and food brands to give you an idea. Each country it would seem has quite different coconut milks, so try different brands, then use one that works for you. I always go for a coconut cream with 20% fat or above.
I couldn't find coconut cream (tesco - UK) but have got coconut mik and creamed coconut. Appreciate smoothie won't be as thick but will the milk work? Will adding creamed coconut help? My son is desperate to try this!
Yes any milk will work, but you're correct, it won't be as thick but I'm sure the addition of creamed coconut will help.
Since your last email on coconut cream from amazon, I've since found Blue Dragon UHT. Very low in carbs but not sure whether additives defeat the object. Should this be avoided?
Just try and buy the best you can with the least additives. This is the one I buy 🙂
Tina - I buy coconut cream in Tesco (UK), here's the link on Tesco website - https://www.tesco.com/groceries/product/details/?id=272374929, little tins 160ml for about 95p. Most major supermarkets now stock coconut cream in tins, you just might need a big enough branch of the shop, or do an online shop and get it all delivered!
Thanks Chez. What aisle can I find this - world foods aisle? Have been using the blue dragon but will look again for this.
I only ever buy online, so not sure what aisle in the shop you would find it in I'm afraid. But World Foods sounds possible. I'm sure a member of staff would be able to tell you!
Yummy, yummy, yummy.
I can't find boysenberries, can I substitute raspberries instead?
Sure, any frozen berry would do.
Hi, May I ask which recipe app (not sure what its called) you use? Most others don't properly calculate the ingredient measurements when changing serving numbers, but this one does! I've been thinking about starting a low-carb blog for WLS patients and this is one of the things I've been noticing with a lot of recipes... Thank you in advance for sharing.