Maybe not what you think of when you think of keto. Likely more along the lines of a lunch of eggs, salad greens, sour cream dressing with bacon. Perhaps a keto dinner like keto cheeseburger or slow cooker pot roast with low carb veggies.
But smoothies can be very keto friendly. Smoothies can be tweaked to be a great keto meal replacement shake for breakfast or lunch or an anytime snack. This Keto Avocado Chocolate Smoothie fits the bill. It also has collagen hydrolysate which is a great source of glycine. An amino acid that the modern diet is low in by a conservative estimated 10 g per day.
Regular cow’s milk won’t work like it might in regular smoothies. It has too many carbs from the naturally occurring milk sugar lactose. Almond, soy and rice beverages don’t work as they are too low in fat and soy beverage also has too many carbs. Coconut milk is the obvious choice for a keto smoothie. It provides ‘body’ to this smoothie, along with calories and needed fat for this smoothie to be keto friendly.
Be forewarned, coconut milk calories add up quickly. Depending on your goals, calorie requirements and preference, you can choose lite coconut milk or use less full fat coconut milk and thin with water
This recipe is a twist on my Raw Avocado Chocolate Pudding recipe. It’s no so keto friendly. It has agave and maple syrup as sweeteners so there are too many carbs. As a fruit, even thought it’s high in fat, avocados still have net carbs so you’ll have to watch the quantity. This keto avocado chocolate smoothie is the next best thing.
Stevia and erythritol
These two sugar substitutes are great to enhance the natural flavors of this smoothie – it needs it. Stevia is a great sugar alternative and erythritol is a well-tolerated sugar alcohol which will not give you any gut troubles. See my post SPLENDA Stevia No Calorie Sweetener review for more info.
Keto Avocado Chocolate Smoothie
- 1/2 cup coconut milk, full fat
- 1 cup water
- 1/2 cup ice
- 1/2 medium avocado
- 1 Tbsp raw cacao powder Don't use Dutch Cocoa powder
- 2 Tbsp shredded coconut unsweetened
- 1 Tbsp whey protein powder unsweetened, natural
- 2 Tbsp collagen hydrolysate Great Lakes Collagen Hydrolysate
- 1 tsp maca powder
- 1 tsp sugar substititue Splenda Stevia & Erythritol
Add all ingredients to a blender and blend on high until mixed well. Thin with water as needed
Top with shredded coconut
TIP: Splenda brand stevia and erythritol sweetener is sucralose free and contains only stevia and erythritol. There are no carb calories to worry about