Chocolate Health Shake

A thick and creamy shake that is packed with goodness!


  • 4 chopped dates
  • 1 frozen banana, skin removed
  • flesh of ¼ avocado
  • 1 tbspn pumpkin seeds
  • 2 tbspn cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup low-fat milk or water


Soak the chopped dates in a few tablespoons of boiling water and allow them to soften for a few minutes while you prepare the rest of the ingredients.

Chop the banana into a few chunks and pop into a blender or food processor.

Add the remaining ingredients, including the soaked dates, and blend thoroughly before serving.


  • This smoothie has a slightly coarse texture because of the seeds and dates.  If you prefer to have a smooth shake then replace the pumpkin seeds with peanut or almond butter and soak the dates for a little longer before adding them.

Top tip

  • For a rich chocolate taste, try using raw Dutch cocoa.  You can buy it at some supermarkets, health stores and specialty food stores.