If you’re looking to sneak some extra probiotics into your diet, this chocolate kefir smoothie recipe is a tasty way to do it. This nutritious drink is refined sugar-free and so easy to prepare.
You can scale this recipe up and make a few servings at a time, then store them in the fridge for a few days for an easy breakfast or snack on the go.
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Kefir is the star of this recipe and it’s what gives this smoothie its tangy flavour and creamy texture. Kefir is a drink made from fermented milk. It’s similar to yoghurt, and is a good source of probiotics.
If you require a dairy-free version of this drink, you can certainly substitute coconut kefir. If you’re not able to find coconut kefir you can use a combination of plant-based milk and coconut yoghurt. That should give you a similar flavour and consistency.
This smoothie is sweetened with medjool dates. I love using medjool dates because they’re a good source of various nutrients and have a lovely, caramel-like flavour.
You can substitute other varieties of dates if you prefer, but keep in mind that if the dates you choose are particularly small, you may have to add a few extra dates in order to achieve the same level of sweetness.
If you don’t have any dates at all but still want to make a kefir smoothie, you can substitute some raw honey or maple syrup to taste. Alternatively you could leave out the sweetener altogether and add 1/2 cup of banana, mango, or any other sweet fruit you like.
This smoothie gets its intense chocolate flavour from cocoa powder. If you’re a chocolate mint lover, you could add 1/4 cup of fresh mint leaves to whip up a delicious mint chocolate smoothie.
This chocolate kefir smoothie also tastes great with the addition of some berries such as raspberries or strawberries, so go ahead and add 1/4 cup of your favourite berry if you like. Or toss in a handful of some mild greens such as baby spinach to up the nutrition factor even more.
More refined sugar-free drink recipes
For another refreshing drink recipe, try this homemade refined sugar-free ginger ale. It’s also sweetened with dates and turned out so delicious.
Or try this yummy refined sugar-free hot chocolate recipe. It’s the perfect drink when you’re craving something warm and cozy.
Chocolate Kefir Smoothie
- 3/4 cup kefir
- 2 medjool dates
- 2 teaspoons cocoa powder
- 1/2 cup cold water
- Add the kefir, medjool dates, cocoa powder, and water to a blender.
- Blend until smooth.
- Serve or refrigerate until ready to serve.
- Makes one serving of chocolate kefir smoothie.
- You can substitute coconut kefir to make a vegan version of this smoothie.
- For a make-ahead breakfast, prepare extra servings in advance and store in the fridge for a few days.