Stay warm this winter with this creamy hot chocolate breakfast smoothie! Made with wholesome ingredients and loaded with fiber and plant based protein, this vegan smoothie makes a healthy and comforting breakfast or snack.
I came across an article the other day that made my chocolate-loving heart feel all warm and fuzzy inside.
It basically said that eating chocolate for breakfast
is awesome isn’t a horrible idea, stating that it can actually help prevent junk food binges later in the day since you’re satisfying your sweet tooth straightaway instead of spending the whole day thinking about it and letting the cravings build up to the point where you want to eat all the sweets in sight.
Makes sense, right?
I know this isn’t necessarily the case for everyone, but I personally have to start my day on a sweet note or I’ll be in the kitchen looking for dessert about 15 minutes after finishing breakfast. And it doesn’t matter how much fibre, protein, or healthy fat I eat — the sweet tooth will still demand satisfaction.
Needless to say, I’m a big fan of sneaking chocolate into breakfast… and definitely no stranger to it. Whether it’s in the form of chocolate oats, chocolate smoothies, or chocolate muffins, a little bit of cocoa in the morning can go a long way towards keeping the cravings at bay. Especially when it’s done right.
And this, my friendly faces, is morning chocolate done very right.
It’s no secret that I’m a complete sucker for thick chocolate smoothies, and that I’ll happily enjoy them all year long… even if it means having to sip them while bundled up by the fireplace in the dead of winter.
But because I know not everyone is as crazy as I am, I came up with a comforting chocolate smoothie that’s perfect for the cooler weather that we’re heading into. I call it — the hot chocolate breakfast smoothie. And yes, it does indeed involve both a blender and a stove… but I promise you that the extra step is so very worth it. Not only does it mean you get to enjoy a warm and cozy smoothie, but the heat helps thicken up the oats and make the finished product super creamy…
I’ve been enjoying this for breakfast every day for almost a week now because I wanted to test out different ingredient ratios and preparation methods to see which one worked the best, and the recipe below is definitely my favourite out of the bunch. It doesn’t involve any extended soaking for the oats (unnecessary), or pouring hot liquids into blenders (potentially dangerous), and yields one of the creamiest and chocolatiest smoothies I’ve ever had the pleasure of drinking.
It legit tastes like a cup of creamy hot chocolate, but it’s made with wholesome ingredients that you’d normally enjoy for breakfast, like oats (I promise you can’t taste/feel them), nut butter, maple syrup, and almond milk… with some cocoa powder tossed in for good measure. You know… to keep those mid-day cravings at bay 😉
- 1 1/4 cup (300 ml) unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- 1 Tbsp (16 g) nut butter OR dairy-free chocolate chips*
- 1 Tbsp (15 ml) maple syrup**
- 1/2 cup (40 g) rolled oats
- 2 Tbsp (10 g) unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- The night before, add all ingredients (except chocolate chips, if using) to the bowl of your blender and give it a stir to ensure that everything is well combined. Cover and place in fridge for at least 3 hours, preferably overnight. This step isn't absolutely necessary, but allowing the oats to soak for a few hours will make them easier to blend and give you a smoother, creamier smoothie.***
- When ready to eat, blend on high until oats are fully broken down and a smooth and creamy consistency is reached.
- Transfer the smoothie to a small saucepan set over medium heat (adding chocolate chips, if using) and bring to a simmer or boil, depending on how hot you want it. If the smoothie is too thick, add an extra splash of almond milk until desired consistency is reached.
- When your smoothie reaches your preferred temperature, transfer it to a heat-safe glass, garnish with toppings of choice, and enjoy!
** You can sub this with whichever liquid sweetener you have on hand.
*** if you have no time to let your oats soak, you can simply skip to step 2 and 3, but then transfer your warm smoothie back to your blender and blend until it becomes creamy.
Looking for more healthy chocolate-for-breakfast recipes? Try one of these!
Do you prefer sweet or savoury breakfasts?
How about afternoon snacks? Do you crave sweet or savoury things?