Chocolate Orange Smoothie

Chocolate Orange SmoothieCombining the taste of chocolate and orange in a smoothie is a match made in heaven. The chocolate and orange combo isn’t quite as popular as chocolate and cherry or chocolate and raspberry, but it’s definitely in the same league of tastiness.

This is one of those smoothies that qualifies as a dessert, albeit a healthy one. What health benefits do the ingredients of this smoothie have to offer? Let me tell you.

Cacao (raw chocolate) is an excellent source of magnesium and vitamin C, high in antioxidants, and good for your heart, brain, and teeth. It also contains nature’s feel good chemical, the amino acid tryptophan.

Oranges are also high in vitamin C, and a good source of potassium, folate, and vitamins A and B1. These vitamins and minerals along the other phytonutrients in oranges provide antioxidant properties, support a healthy cardiovascular system, and protect against certain types of cancer.

Add in a little avocado and vanilla, and you’ve got one delicious and nutritious smoothie. Enjoy!

Chocolate Orange Smoothie Recipe

The Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 oranges, peeled
  • 1/4 avocado
  • 1 tablespoon cacao powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract or vanilla powder
  • 3 – 6 ice cubes to thicken (optional)
  • A little honey, maple syrup, or stevia to sweeten (optional)

The Add-ons

  • 1/4 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 serving of your preferred chocolate protein powder
  • 1 tablespoon flax seeds or chia seeds
  • A little fresh ginger
  • A dash of cinnamon

Show Time

Add the ingredients into your high speed blender and blend for anywhere from 30-45 seconds or until the desired consistency is reached.

Nutrition Information

  • Calories: 248
  • Fat: 8g
  • Protein: 5g
  • Carbohydrates: 43g
  • Fiber: 11g
  • Sugar: 24g
  • Vitamin A: 2% RDA
  • Vitamin C: 284% RDA
  • Calcium: 14% RDA
  • Iron: 7% RDA

Please leave a comment below if you try this decadent chocolate orange smoothie or have a similar recipe of your own. Happy Blending!

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15 Responses to Chocolate Orange Smoothie

  1. Pinkstardust #

    Scrumptious! My fav.!

    • Ryan Carmody #

      *Big Smile*

  2. Mary #

    The membranes and pith of whole citrus do a number on my innards, and I admit I can be a bit lazy about segmenting oranges to avoid the membranes (it’s quite messy and tedious) or pushing the whole thing through a strainer (ditto) so instead of the two oranges I toss in a ~12-oz container of mandarin oranges packed in water or juice. I usually don’t need the water. I usually keep a jar stashed in the back of the fridge to make this or a “Creamsicle” smoothie with Greek yogurt. I grew up with chocolate oranges at Christmas and chocolate-dipped candied orange peel whenever I could get it (loved that combination of bitter and sweet) so I’d MUCH rather have chocolate-orange than chocolate-mint or chocolate-raspberry.

    • Ryan Carmody #

      Hi Mary,

      Nice to hear you also enjoy the excellent (and underrated) chocolate and orange combo. A 12-oz container of mandarin oranges packed in water or juice for use in smoothies, interesting, and a “Creamsicle” smoothie with Greek yoghurt, I’d like to know more :)


  3. Mary #

    I’ll have to get back to you with a proper recipe for the “Creamsicle” after I can get to the store for more mandarin oranges. It’s currently a “spoonful of this and a slosh of that”, which is how I make most of my smoothies, so I’ll have to make it again (oh, such suffering!) and measure things out properly.

    • Ryan Carmody #

      Thanks, Mary. I remember the days of meticulous measurement when first starting on smoothies :) If it would be easier to just provide the ingredients I can take it from there.

  4. Mary #

    You got lost in my inbox. :) Drain the _chilled_ can of mandarin orange slices & use roughly equal amount Greek yogurt, tablespoon or so frozen OJ concentrate, splash vanilla extract, sweetener of choice as needed (or use vanilla Greek yogurt), ice as necessary for desired volume and texture. A half-scoop of Sunwarrior vanilla protein can hide in here, no more. I use a pinch each of guar and xanthan gums in my banana-less smoothies, not a big deal if you don’t have/use it. Remember Creamsicles are SWEET, this is dessert we’re talking about here – and this is not a smoothie to go putting kale in! :)
    If you’re REALLY organized, you could drain the oranges ahead of time, lay them out on a pan lined with wax paper, and freeze them, and freeze the juice in an ice-cube tray. I’ve only done that once and it came out especially good, but it was kind of a pain in my crammed freezer.

    • Ryan Carmody #

      Lots of things get lost in my overflowing inbox ;) Thanks so much for the detailed instructions for this delicious sounding smoothie, Mary. I’m definitely going to give it try soon. Cheers!

  5. Niko #

    Yum! I made this thinking afternoon snack… But my zeal for add-ons turned it into more of a light dinner :) I skipped the vanilla and sweetener, then added 1 Tbsp of flax seeds, 1 Tbsp of pumpkin seeds, and fresh ginger (roughly 1/4 inch). I fought my inclination to add soy milk, and chose the seeds instead. Very tasty!

    • Ryan Carmody #

      Right on, Niko! Sometimes I add so many ingredients into my blender I wonder if I’ve lost my mind ;) It’s all good though. I like your add-ons, but like what you didn’t add even more :)

  6. Niko #

    I made this little number again for breakfast this morning. It is now one of my very favorites. It turned into this:

    1/2 an avocado
    Handful kale
    1 large orange
    Small handful frozen blackberries
    1 T flax
    1 T cocao
    Fresh ginger

    Ryan, you have gotten me hooked on using avocados in smoothies and I love it!
    Big thanks! :)

    • Ryan Carmody #

      Hey Niko,

      Frozen blackberries, yum, haven’t had those in a while. Glad to hear I’m not only one with an avocado addiction :) Thanks for sharing another delicious version of this smoothie!


  7. Amber #

    Trying this one right now and not quite sure how I feel about it. Almost tastes dessert like, but then not. I didn’t have cacao powder, so instead used unsweetened cocoa powder. Maybe it’s the not so sweetness of the cocoa and avocado I’m not liking. Would this have tasted better with cacao powder? I did add about 1/2 tsp of honey, a dash of cinnamon, and a tbsp of chia seeds. I don’t think I’ll be making this one again. Maybe a different variation of this recipe? Thanks though for posting this one. I’m always up for trying new things! :)

    • Ryan Carmody #

      Hi Amber,

      Using cacao instead of unsweetened cocoa powder wouldn’t have altered the taste much. Sounds like you needed sweeter oranges and/or a little more sweetener to achieve a more palate pleasing, dessert like smoothie.


      • Amber #

        Thanks so much for the suggestions! I might give it a go again in the future. Maybe add some yogurt. :)

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