Creamy Chocolate Hazelnut Shake (Vegan, Paleo)

Chocolate and hazelnuts are a match made in heaven, if you ask me.


Particularly when they’re paired together in this cold and creamy shake!

What I love about this recipe is that it’s naturally sweetened with fiber-rich dates and gets its creamy texture from a combination of blended chia seeds and hazelnuts. Hazelnuts have a pretty fibrous texture themselves, but they blend and digest easier when soaked in water overnight, so you may want to plan ahead by keeping a small bowl of hazelnuts soaking in your fridge. Of course, if you have a high-speed blender, it will pretty much pulverize the hazelnuts easily, soaked or not. Paired with chia seeds, which are a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, this is a treat that will leave you feeling truly satisfied without a sugar crash.

Happy summer sipping!

Creamy Chocolate Hazelnut Shake (Vegan, Paleo)
Serves 1-2


3/4 cup water
1/4 cup whole hazelnuts (with or without skin), soaked overnight and drained
1 tablespoon chia seeds
1 tablespoon raw cacao powder, or cocoa powder
3 to 4 dates, pitted
pinch of salt
10 ice cubes


Combine the water, hazelnuts, chia seeds, cacao powder, dates, and salt in a high-speed blender, and blend until smooth. Adjust any ingredients to taste, then add in the ice and blend again to create a milkshake-like texture.


Pour into two glasses and serve immediately!


4.9 from 11 reviews
Creamy Chocolate Hazelnut Shake (Vegan)
Serves: 1-2
A creamy, dairy-free milkshake featuring chocolate and hazelnuts.
  • ¾ cup water
  • ¼ cup whole hazelnuts (with or without skin), soaked in water overnight and drained
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon raw cacao powder, or cocoa powder
  • 3 to 4 dates, pitted
  • pinch of salt
  • 10 ice cubes
  1. Combine the water, hazelnuts, chia seeds, cacao powder, dates, and salt in a high-speed blender, and blend until smooth. Adjust any ingredients to taste, then add in the ice and blend again to create a milkshake-like texture.
  2. Pour into two glasses and serve immediately!


  • The chia seeds are included in this recipe as a thickener, but feel free to leave them out if you don’t care for them. (A frozen banana is usually my go-to choice for thickening milkshakes, but I didn’t want the banana flavor in this particular recipe. )
  • I would guess that any other nuts would work instead of hazelnuts, so feel free to experiment if you feel so inclined.


Reader Feedback: Are you a fan of chocolate and hazelnut flavored treats?

Meet Megan Gilmore

Hi, I’m Megan. A former fast food junkie turned certified nutritionist consultant, trying to make healthy living as easy as possible. I believe in eating delicious whole foods on a regular basis to help naturally support the body’s detox organs— no juice fasting required. (Unless you want to!) If you make one of my healthy recipes, tag @detoxinista on Instagram or Facebook so I can see!

44 thoughts on “Creamy Chocolate Hazelnut Shake (Vegan, Paleo)

  1. Tom @ Raise Your Garden

    Yes, and YES! Hazelnuts and Chocolate what’s not to like? I was at Starbuck’s the other day and wanted the chochlate brownie frappuccino, do you know how many calories are in that? Yes way too many. You even threw in the omega 3 fatty acids which my doctor say’s I need more of. This is great, thank you, thank you, thank you. I just hope my wife can follow the recipe so it comes out just like yours. 🙂

  2. Julie

    Thanks for the recipe! Saw it and immediately started gathering all the ingredients. I used cashews, since I’m out of hazelnuts, and carob instead of chocolate, and it was quite yummy! Can’t wait to try it with hazelnuts!

  3. Sophia

    I like the idea of combining dates and chia to achieve the sweetness and thickening aspects of a banana. Sometimes you want something sweet and thick but not bananay.
    As someone that lives in Oregon, I love hazelnuts! Instead of dates, I may try prunes since I can buy prunes (and hazelnuts) at the Farmers Market. And prunes are a perfect compliment to chocolate!
    Hazelnut butter is delicious and I want to make some homemade Nutella w/o all the questionable ingredients.

  4. Tasha

    Hey! I live in the Metro STL area and want to know where you purchased your hazelnuts? We have a Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods in our area, not sure if that helps. In the meantime, I will call my local grocery stores to see if they carry them. Thanks!!

  5. Denise

    Oh- goodness!!! I made this tonight with cashews and my 2 year old and I loved it!!! So, so good! I am anxious to use the hazelnuts as soon as I can buy some!

  6. Jennifer

    If I don’t have a high speed blender, do you think it would work in a food processor? Chocolate and hazelnuts are one my all-time favorite combinations, so I would LOVE to try this!!!

  7. Bina

    This was so yummy! My kids loved it too! Perfect for when you really need some chocolate or dessert- hits the spot and iits full of healthy ingredients. Love your blog!

  8. Emily

    I am sure I food processor would work! We use our food processor for nearly everything, including smoothies and they always turn out wonderful!

    1. Jennifer

      Thanks Emily – I am pretty confident that the food processor will work – I’m off to buy some hazelnuts!

  9. Helena (Sweden)

    Hello there. I’m about to start a healthier lifestyle and found your website. I really like it and will continue to be inspired by you and all your recipes. I’ll try your Creamy Chocolate Hazelnut Shake tonight. Regards from Sweden

  10. Charity

    I made this shake this morning- and I CANNOT TELL YOU HOW AWESOME it was! SO delicious! Makes me so happy that I have something else so healthy and yummy to look forward to. Thank you!

  11. Jess @ Crunchy Hot Mama

    I just made this and subbed Brazil nuts, since that’s what I had on hand, and added half a banana. It was tasty! I will definitely try it with hazelnuts next time 😉

    As always Megan, another 5 star recipe!

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  13. Sabine

    Oh yum! This shake is super delicious and super simple. I like how it’s smooth and creamy because of the nuts but it’s also magically light weight. How is this?? I’ve made it almost every morning since you posted it. I’ve been tossing in a few espresso ice-cubes and sometimes I also add maca powder

    Thank you Megan. I’m looking forward to your cookbook.

  14. sydney

    I made this as directed the first time. Deelish! Next time I used walnuts in place of hazelnuts and 1/2 C almond milk and 1/2 C water for a texture that was creamier and not as thick. YUM!!

  15. Sabrina

    YUMMMY, this looks delicious!! I’ve never tried adding hazelnuts in my chocolate milkshakes, but with this recipe I have to try this some other time. I’m kinda excited though, I’ll use my new Blendtec Blender for a great quality!

  16. Olga S-Pezold

    Finally I mastered it! See, I don’t have Vitamix and use Cuisinart processor. I also make hazelnut milk and use pulp as a facial scab. Thank you very much for your web-site, Megan!

  17. Jessie Foodie

    Made these this weekend. I’ve tried them with flax or chia, or both (testing my body’s reaction). Such a great recipe, and can’t wait to share with my 11yr old!

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  19. Jackie

    Love every recipe on your site! I’m a stay at home who doesn’t like to spend a lot of time in the kitchen but your recipes have changed that! My husband and I’ve been cooking and baking everything on your site. My oldest daughter is a picky eater but now she eats pumpkin thanks to your pumpkin pie bar recipe. Thanks so much!!

      1. Natallia

        Didn’t want to take a chance and soaked them last night. Made it this morning – soo good! Thank you for all your recipes! Can’t wait to buy your book!

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  21. Taylor-Rae

    I’m going to make this tomorrow morning because it looks AMAZING. I’ll probably do it with a small handful of greens though (or green powder). I’m sure that it’ll taste just fine !

  22. Nancy

    Thank you for the recipe!
    I added an extra tablespoon and a half of cocoa, a total of 8 dates (smaller, not Medjool). I added a little bit of coconut/almond milk, a splash of maple syrup, 1 tablespoon of coconut oil, and some VEGA protein powder.
    YUMMY! Not going to lie, I made it a little sweet.

  23. Anne

    Made this with cashews today. It was ridiculously delicious!!!! My husband, who hates all health food, adored this shake, and this will finally get him to drink a healthy smoothie. YUM!

  24. Amanda

    All the fiber in this upset my stomach. I would like to try it by first making Hazelnut Milk and straining it with the nut milk bag. Also, I didn’t have dates and used figs instead; which gave it more of a cherry flavor. I’m also going to sub hemp seeds for the chia, and add some frozen banana.

  25. Casey

    This tasted exactly like a chocolate milkshake! It was so yummy and refreshing. I used cashews, but I was wondering if I used hazelnuts would it have a deeper, more Nutella taste?


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