Chocolate Avocado Shake

March 2013 042When I was growing up, there was nothing I loved more than a chocolate shake. While the rest of my family feasted on popcorn as a pre-bedtime snack, I would pull out the blender, haul a gallon of ice cream from the freezer, and set to work creating my favorite frozen treat. While it may seem a little absurd and indulgent for a 10-year old girl to be making herself a 25 ounce chocolate shake nearly every night, I was a competitive swimmer at the time, putting in countless hours at the pool each week. I was constantly hungry, and chocolate shakes were a special treat I looked forward to each night after a hard practice.March 2013 048

Eventually my metabolism caught up with me and I realized I could no longer sustain a daily chocolate shake routine. But I do still love ice cream and it’s no secret I indulge rather frequently. Recently, I came across this recipe for a Chocolate Avocado Shake in Eating Well Magazine. Avocados help make the shake nice and creamy, and pack in monosaturated fat, fiber, potassium, magnesium and protein. It almost makes me want to revive my nightly chocolate shake habit and start singing, “My milkshake brings all boys to the yard…”

Chocolate Avocado Shake (from Eating Well, April 2013; makes 2 servings)

1 ripe avocado, halved and pitted
1 1/2 cups vanilla almond milk (regular milk is fine, too)
3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
3 tablespoons maple syrup, or to taste
2 tablespoons semisweet chocolate chips melted
1 tablespoon vanilla extract, or to taste
12 ice cubes

Scoop avocado into a blender; add milk, cocoa, maple syrup, melted chocolate and vanilla. Pule and puree until smooth. Add ice and puree until thick and frosty.March 2013 045

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