If you love my smoothie recipes, then you’re going to die over this one… my German Chocolate Cake Smoothie might just be my best smoothie recipe yet. Rich cacao blended with lots of chopped pecans and shredded coconut makes for a smoothie that truly tastes like a liquid German Chocolate cake. If you don’t believe me yet, then keep reading, because this smoothie will blow your mind.
How can anyone say no to chocolate cake in smoothie form?! I know I can’t. If you’ve been following my blog for a while, then you probably know by now that I love a sweet breakfast, much more than a savory one. From muffins to pancakes, I will always opt for something sweet over something savory. And the same goes for my breakfast smoothies.
I love smoothies after my morning workouts, because they’re the perfect way for me to refuel my body and sneak in nutrients. Whether that’s getting a boost of protein from my protein powder, or getting an extra serving of veggies from frozen cauliflower, it’s such an easy and convenient way to get those added nutrients.
My smoothie recipes tend to be some of my most popular, and I know it’s because you guys love smoothies as much as I do. They are so easy to make in the mornings, or anytime you want something that’s healthy and will honor your cravings at the same time. This German Chocolate Cake smoothie is the perfect mix of that, and tastes more like a dessert that a healthy smoothie. I’d call that a “win” in my book!
What You Need to Make This German Chocolate Cake Smoothie
Frozen Bananas: I always keep a bag full of frozen bananas in my freezer, for smoothies. The banana is the key to the perfect sweetness in this recipe, so please don’t skip it, unless you have good reason to!
Almond Milk: I love almond milk, but you can use any plant-based milk here.
Frozen Cauliflower: This is optional, but I highly recommend it for a secret serving of veggies.
Cacao Powder: This will give our smoothie that rich, chocolate-y flavor!
Almond Extract: Almond extract may seem like a strange ingredient for a smoothie, but it will truly make it taste like cake!
Vanilla Protein Powder: You can use whatever protein powder you like, but I recommend using a vanilla one!
Pecans: An essential ingredient in German Chocolate Cake is pecans, and these add an unexpected texture to the smoothie, too!
Unsweetened Shredded Coconut: Like pecans, shredded coconut is essential to achieving that German Chocolate Flavor.
Shaved Chocolate: This is optional, but if you’re like me and LOVE the extra chocolate-y flavor, then topping your smoothie with some shaved chocolate is a must!
Tips for Making the Perfect Smoothies
Use frozen fruit: I’ve recommended it so many times throughout this recipe, and that’s because it’s so important to achieving that optimal texture and thickness!
Play Around with the Liquid Amount: If you find that your smoothie is too thick to blend, don’t panic! It happens! Just add a bit more milk, blend, open the cover, scrape down the sides if needed, and blend again. And if you have both a high-speed blender and a smaller blender (like a Nutri-bullet), use the high-speed blender instead, as it will blend the frozen fruit much better.
Blend your smoothie on medium speed. If you blend the smoothie too fast from the beginning, it’s really hard for the blender to properly blend the frozen ingredients – so start lower and then gradually increase the speed.
Other Smoothie Recipes You Will Love
If you love this German Chocolate Cake Smoothie, then I just know you’re going to love my other smoothie recipes! Here are a few that you can try next:
If you love my smoothie recipes, then you're going to die over this one... my German Chocolate Cake Smoothie might just be my best smoothie recipe yet. Rich cacao blended with lots of chopped pecans and shredded coconut makes for a smoothie that truly tastes like a liquid German Chocolate cake. I can't wait for you to try this one and add it to your recipe collection.
3LargeBananasbroken into small pieces and frozen
1ScoopVanilla Protein Powder
1/3CupRaw, Chopped Pecansplus more for topping
2TablespoonsUnsweetened Shredded Coconutplus more for topping
Add all of the ingredients to a high-speed blender and blend, pausing to scrape down the sides of the blender as needed.
Divide the smoothie between two glasses, top with the pecans, shredded coconut, and chocolate (if desired), and enjoy!
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I made this recipe this week as one of my smoothies in the morning for @kalejunkie January Smoothie challenge. It tasted like dessert – it is a smoothie for chocolate lovers, chocolate cake lovers, dessert lovers.
Dessert for breakfast is a win in my book! 🙂 Thank you so much for making this recipe, and for leaving such a kind review!
Heaven in a cup!!!!
Woohoo! I am thrilled that you love this recipe, Laura! Thank you for your review!
Yay! I love hearing that, Laura!
This was beyond delicious! I love the combo pecan-chocolate-almond and this smoothie tastes just like chocolate cake! Loved the creaminess of the added cauliflower too
Woohoo! Bo, I am so thrilled to hear that you loved this smoothie! Thank you so much for making it, and for leaving such a kind review!
Loved this! This smoothie felt like a treat — very rich, creamy, & so delicious! Thank you! Xoxo.
Woohoo! I am so happy to hear that! Thank you so much for making this recipe, and for leaving such a kind review, Christin!
Delicious!! Another favorite of mine! It’s a great chocolatey treat for breakfast or in the afternoon after my workout!
Yay! Heidi, I am so thrilled to hear that! I love this smoothie too, so it makes my heart so happy when other people do as well! Enjoy, and thank you so much for your review!
I made this as soon as I saw your post! It’s so flavorful! I added two dates to make it a little sweeter, and reduced the amount of milk to make it thicker. I also added all the toppings you suggested, using lily’s chocolate chips instead of chocolate shavings. Ate it by the spoonful! Delicious!
Aww yay! I love to hear that, Stephanie! Thanks so much for your sweet review. Also your addition of the Lily’s chips sounds delicious!