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.
Kefir is the star of this recipe and it’s what gives this smoothie its tangy flavor 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 flavor 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 flavor.
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 flavor 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 favorite 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 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.