Chocolate Hazelnut Smoothie

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This Chocolate Hazelnut Smoothie tastes like you’re drinking a Nutella smoothie! Inspired by my homemade Nutella recipe, it’s naturally sweetened with fruit, and takes just minutes to prepare. chocolate hazelnut smoothie in glass with straw

Ingredients You’ll Need

To make this hazelnut smoothie, you’ll need just 4 simple ingredients:

  • Hazelnuts (or hazelnut butter)
  • Medjool dates
  • Cacao powder
  • Vanilla extract

hazelnuts and dates in glass bowls

Add water and ice, and the smoothie will be ready in no time!

How to Make It

To make this Nutella-inspired smoothie, blend together the hazelnuts, dates, cacao powder, vanilla, and water. There’s no need to remove the papery skins from the hazelnuts, unless you want to.

The blender should take care of them!

hazelnuts and dates in blender

Blend until you can longer see any large pieces of dates or hazelnuts. Stop and scrape down the blender, as needed.

Once it’s smooth, you can add in some ice and blend again, until it has a slushy texture.

ice added to hazelnut smoothie in blender

It reminds me of a milkshake, only without the milk. Start with less ice, and add more to taste. The more ice you add, the more diluted the flavor will be.

Adding more ice also adds bulk to this smoothie, so it will determine how full your glass will be.

hazelnut smoothie poured into glass

Feel free to double or triple this recipe to make more, as needed. This is filling enough to act as a meal replacement (add a handful of spinach if you want some extra nutrients!) or you can split it into two smaller glasses for a sweet treat.

It reminds me of a healthy milkshake!

Substitutions

Need to make a swap? Here are some ideas.

  • Dates. You can replace the dates with a frozen banana plus 1 tablespoon of maple syrup, for a similar sweetness level. In this case, it will taste more like a banana-hazelnut smoothie, rather than a rich chocolate one.
  • Hazelnuts. This is key for the hazelnut smoothie, but you can use 2 tablespoons of hazelnut butter to replace the 1/4 cup of hazelnuts. Or try using 2 to 3 tablespoons of homemade Nutella, if you have some on hand already.
  • Water. You are welcome to use milk instead of water here, but it’s not necessary. Almond milk is simply made from almonds + water, so you’re basically making hazelnut milk in this smoothie recipe already.

spoon showing slushy texture of the smoothie

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Chocolate Hazelnut Smoothie

This Chocolate Hazelnut Smoothie reminds me of the popular Nutella spread! It tastes like a dessert, but it's naturally sweetened with fruit.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword hazelnut smoothie, nutella smoothie
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1
Calories 457kcal

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup water (6 ounces)
  • 1/4 cup whole hazelnuts (35 grams; with or without skin)
  • 1 heaping tablespoon raw cacao powder (7 grams)
  • 4 Medjool dates , pitted (73 grams)
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla exract (1 gram)
  • 6 large ice cubes

Instructions

  • Combine the water, hazelnuts, cacao powder, dates, and vanilla in a high-speed blender, and blend until smooth. If you taste it now, keep in mind that the flavor will be diluted when you add the ice.
    hazelnuts and dates in blender
  • Add in the ice cubes and blend again, until a slushy texture is achieved. If you use less ice, the flavor will be more concentrated, adn if you add more, the flavor will be diluted, so keep that in mind.
    ice added to hazelnut smoothie in blender
  • Serve right away for the best taste and texture.
    hazelnut smoothie poured into glass

Notes

Nutrition information is for the whole batch, and is just an estimate not a guarantee. Feel free to split this into two servings for a lower calorie dessert.

Nutrition

Calories: 457kcal | Carbohydrates: 78g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 14mg | Potassium: 887mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 65g | Vitamin A: 149IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 105mg | Iron: 2mg

If you try this Chocolate Hazelnut Smoothie, please leave a comment below letting me know how you like it! And if you make any modifications, I’d love to hear about those, too.

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Comments

Barbara Crossley

Seriously delicious. I left out the ice cubes and I think it could be used as a topping for ice cream.

Tegan

Really yummy and healthy as well! My only criticism is that the hazelnuts weren’t blended enough. Does anyone have an idea on how to fix that?

    Megan Gilmore

    You can use hazelnut butter instead of the hazelnuts, for a creamier result!

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