What’s better than a rich cup of hot chocolate on a cold day? Kids and adults alike can enjoy this fun beverage. I’m taking it up a notch with my hot chocolate smoothie, the chocolaty taste you love with a healthy twist. And my version tastes like a chocolate hazelnut shake.

hot chocolate smoothie topped with hazelnuts and whipped cream in a mug with a knit wrap.

I try to get my leafy greens whenever I can, yet it’s got to taste good. This warm smoothie recipe is a great way to add greens while also satisfying your sweet tooth.

Table of Contents
  1. Is Chocolate Healthy?
  2. How to Make a Warm Green Smoothie
  3. More Warm Smoothie Recipes
  4. Hot Chocolate Smoothie Recipe

Is Chocolate Healthy?

Heck yes! Unsweetened cacao and cocoa powder are loaded with natural energy, antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. Read your ingredients to ensure you’re buying 100% cacao or cocoa with no additives (because you don’t need them!).

Also, if you are sensitive to caffeine, then enjoy this hot chocolate smoothie in the morning to capitalize on the natural energy and still sleep soundly at night.

chocolate hazelnut shake with spinach

How to Make a Warm Green Smoothie

While the phrase ‘warm green smoothie’ might sound odd, you have to try one! They still have all the plants we crave, just wrapped in a warm mug. Here are a few tips when making a warm smoothie:

  1. Don’t use frozen ingredients. This is the perfect time to use fresh fruits and veggies.
  2. Make sure your blender is rated for hot liquids. Most high-powered blenders use their power to heat up the contents, but if you don’t have one you can still make a warm smoothie. My hot chocolate smoothie can be blended until smooth, poured into a microwave safe mug then heated to the desired temperature.
  3. If your warm smoothie has leafy greens, make sure to use my two-step blend method. First, blend the leafy greens and liquid, then add the remaining ingredients and blend again. This gives the greens time to break down into a creamy drink.

The hot chocolate hazelnut shake below may make you fall in love with warm smoothies.

More Warm Smoothie Recipes

You read that right. I’ve got more recipes like this hazelnut chocolate shake! I know drinking refreshingly cold smoothies isn’t easy when the weather is anything less than sunny, so I have a list of warm smoothies (as well as a list of healthy winter recipes) that I turn to during the cooler months.

Give one a try and let me know what you think:

Don’t forget to rate + review this smoothie once you’ve made it. I can’t wait to get your feedback!

hot chocolate smoothie recipe
5 from 5 votes

Hot Chocolate Smoothie

This dessert-like smoothie is perfect for a cool day or healthy treat. It's packed with chocolaty flavor as well as ingredients like spinach and hazelnuts.
Prep: 5 minutes
Total: 5 minutes
Author: Jen Hansard
Course: Dessert, Smoothie
Cuisine: Plant-Based
Serves: 1


  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1 cup almond milk unsweetened
  • ½ pear peeled and cored
  • ¼ cup toasted hazelnuts
  • 2 medjool dates
  • 2 tbsp cacao powder to taste
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • Coconut whipped cream optional, for topping
  • 1 tbsp cacao nibs optional


  • Blend spinach and almond milk until smooth.
  • Add the remaining ingredients, except coconut whipped cream. If using a high-speed blender, start blending again on low speed working up to high speed. Blend for 3-5 minutes, or until very hot. If using a regular blender, blend until smooth and heat gently on the stove or transfer to mugs and heat in a microwave.
  • Top with coconut whipped cream and cacao nibs.


  • Use caution when blending hot liquids. Be sure to let the lid vent so the liquid doesn’t leak or splatter. Blend on low speed, working up to high speed until smooth.
  • The pear adds additional sweetness and makes the smoothie thicker, but it can be omitted for a thinner consistency.
  • The Medjool dates bring most of the natural sugar content. Use just one date for less natural sugar. 
  • If you aren’t able to find cacao powder, you can use 100% unsweetened cocoa powder instead.


Calories: 443kcal, Carbohydrates: 63g, Protein: 10g, Fat: 23g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g, Monounsaturated Fat: 16g, Sodium: 352mg, Potassium: 964mg, Fiber: 14g, Sugar: 43g, Vitamin A: 2913IU, Vitamin C: 14mg, Calcium: 416mg, Iron: 4mg
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About the Author

Jen Hansard

I went from exhausted mama to running across the Grand Canyon, riding & hiking to the top of the tallest waterfall in North America with my kids. How? I fell in love with the smoothies and plant-based meals you can find on my blog.

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  1. 5 stars
    This is so yummy! A great morning beverage on a cold autumn day… just before I head out to work!

    1. Warm and healthy to start the day. Way to rawk it Carla!