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Cocovo Smoothie (RECIPE) – Cocoa, coffee and avo smoothie

The breakfast series continues…

And this time without egg or coconut. This is my cocoa, coffee and avo smoothie. In this recipe we provide quality protein from both the milk and yoghurt (or from the addition of whey if necessary), we will get decent fats from the avo, yoghurt and nuts too. The yoghurt will also provide a morning dose of probiotics if you have chosen wisely at the supermarket. The avo lends very little taste if you are concerned about that, rather it gives a slight earthiness in flavour and a delicious creamy texture. Protein. Fiber. Fat.

Cocovo Smoothie

Cocovo Smoothie

You can adapt and tinker your smoothie as you like beyond these key elements. I used cocoa for flavour, coffee to compliment the cocoa and avo’s earthiness (plus for the caffeine obviously) and half a banana for a little fruit goodness (potassium, fiber and sweetness). A chocolate flavoured whey protein would also make a great substitute for the cocoa to increase the protein a little more.


1/4 avo, peeled
1/3 cup plain yoghurt (with live cultures)
1/2 cup milk or milk substitute
1/2 banana (pear or apple with skin would work too)
1 Tbsp walnuts
1 flat tsp instant coffee
1 flat tsp cocoa powder (or 1 scoop chocolate whey protein)
2 block of ice
a blender


Pop it all in a blender and whizz until smooth. Done. Enjoy.

For those of you trying to improve your metabolic efficiency (i.e. burning more fat during exercise) this may be a nice pre-workout option in place of a high carb choice. It is a nice and easy snack for a few extra calories with a good protein to carb ratio too.

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2 Responses to Cocovo Smoothie (RECIPE) – Cocoa, coffee and avo smoothie

  1. Nick M Aug 13, 2014 at 8:52 am #

    By coincidence I had all the ingredients for this yesterday evening (and no idea what to have for supper) so I rustled up a decaf version of one of these. Flippin brilliant, thanks!