This chocolate apple smoothie is the perfect fall smoothie. Creamy, chocolatey and healthy. Made with apples, chocolate milk (or cocoa powder), maple syrup and cinnamon in under 5 minutes. A perfect breakfast smoothie, post-workout drink, or snack throughout the day.
During apple season, everyone is looking for different and creative apple recipes. This smoothie recipe is one of the quickest and easiest ways to eat those leftover apples.
Apples and chocolate?
Everyone knows slices of apples with chocolate spread go well together. So when they are blended together in a smoothie, it is no different.
Most of the time chocolate flavored smoothies use cocoa powder + some type of natural sweetener such as honey. However, I find that chocolate milk gives a more chocolatey flavor with none of the bitterness of cocoa powder.
That being said, you can substitute the chocolate milk with cocoa powder if needed (see below).
Ingredients for This Chocolate Apple Smoothie
Apples— Use fresh, whole apples. Don’t try to substitute them for apple juice. Using a whole apple adds thickness and creaminess to the smoothie.
Chocolate Milk— This adds the most chocolate flavor to any smoothie. However, if you want to substitute it for cocoa powder, use regular milk instead and add 4-5 teaspoon of cocoa powder and 1-2 tablespoon of maple syrup.
You will need to add extra sweetener (maple syrup) to balance out the bitterness of the cocoa powder.
Cinnamon— A dash of cinnamon gives this drink a fall flavor.
Maple Syrup— This adds a little bit of sweetness. You can substitute this with honey.
- For extra creaminess, add yogurt. If you want a thicker, smoother smoothie, add in a bit of yogurt.
- Use a high quality blender. A good quality blender is important for this smoothie, especially if you are blending the apples with their skin on. Make sure your blender is able to fully break down all the pieces of apple skin into a smooth drink.