Chocolate Cauliflower Shake

This Chocolate Shake is one part of TWO very cool things I have to share with you today.

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Let’s start with the non-chocolate shake related thing first, shall we?

Hunter is now 9 months old. I’ve basically been feeding him very plain, homemade veggie purées with the occasional fruit mixed in along with some organic brown rice cereal. Well the other day, I was eating some mujaddara (a simple spiced mixture of caramelized onions, lentils, and basmati rice) for dinner and he was flipping out. I assumed it was because he was jealous that I was eating and he was not, so I decided to give him a bite. The lentil mixture was pretty plain so I didn’t think he would have any adverse reaction to the introduction of new foods. I thought “Why not?”. And you know what? He LOVED it! He couldn’t get enough of it. I was just baffled. I couldn’t get Scarlett to get 3 feet near the dish and here is my 9-month old, hogging down lentils. Crazy! The kid’s got some serious promise.

Chocolate Cauliflower Shake |

I was able to have an awesome breakthrough with Scarlett’s diet the other day though too. That’s where this chocolate shake comes into play.

For the most part Scarlett avoids my smoothies. I guess the number of unpleasant smoothies has outweighed the number of good ones and so she doesn’t really trust me anymore when I ask her to take a sip…

I’ve got to re-build her confidence in me again, haha. And I really think this chocolate shake is going to help me do that! I somehow was able to get her to try it. And after that first taste, I swear I could NOT get it away from her to save my life. She was all about it. Sat there and drank the whole thing non-stop. I’ve never had her do that before with any of the smoothies I’ve made for her. Usually she can only drink, maybe, 1/2 a serving before getting bored and forgetting the rest. Not this one. This shake completely kept her attention.

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And I made it another two days after the first try, just to perfect the recipe, and the same thing- would NOT put it down.

Little did she know that she was drinking cauliflower and avocado, mwahahaha….

I’m tellin’ ya, this shake is the ultimate trickster for your kids. And for you too!

You really don’t taste the cauliflower or the avocado. They both just help contribute to the creaminess of the shake. You will need a good bit of sweetener to balance the flavors though since there is no fresh fruit in this recipe.

My sweetener of choice is dates. You’ll need at least 6 or more, depending on whether you are using the avocado or not. I used 6 dates and some added stevia. I thought the level of sweetness was perfect like that. You kind of have to play around with it and use whatever sweetener you are comfortable with. Some people don’t like stevia. I have grown to love it. You get the sweet taste without all the calories or effect on your blood sugar. You can also add a frozen banana instead of the dates if you prefer.

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Anyways, give it a try and see what your kids think!

What kinds of secret fruit/veggie combinations do you use with your kids?

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Chocolate Cauliflower Shake
Serves: 1 large smoothie
  • 1 cup frozen, steamed cauliflower
  • 2 tablespoons mashed avocado
  • 6 to 8 dates
  • 2 tablespoons cacao powder
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • additional sweetener to taste (I use stevia)
  1. Place all ingredients into blender and blend until completely smooth and creamy.
The avocado makes this shake really CREAMY. You can omit it if you'd like. It doesn't leave much of a taste. Some of you may be more sensitive to it than others. It didn't bother myself or my daughter.



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  • Pat December 22, 2013, 2:56 am

    Laura, If the cauliflower is defrosted it is still creamy and delicious, like pudding. Thank you for this fab recipe! I make this for me when I am hungry between meals or need a snack. I also convince myself it is dessert when I use coconut milk. I have added peppermint, with the vanilla, for a refreshing up lift as well as with the chocolate!

  • lmachell December 24, 2013, 8:51 pm

    That is wonderful to hear Pat! Thank you for sharing.

  • Tiffany May 21, 2014, 7:27 pm

    Can you use 2% Milk instead of Almond Milk? I am allergic to nuts but not sure if that will change the consistency too much? Thanks!

  • lmachell May 25, 2014, 12:06 pm

    Of course!

  • Melissa Steele July 4, 2014, 5:10 pm

    Do you steam fresh cauliflower and then freeze it? We have a nut allergy also. What do you think would be a good replacement for the almond milk?

  • lmachell July 13, 2014, 8:29 pm

    You can use soy milk or coconut milk. And for the cauliflower, I cut it into florets (without stems) and I steam it lightly. Let it cool, then freeze it on a baking sheet covered with parchment. I take the frozen florets and store them in a gallon-sized ziploc bag in the freezer

  • Aileen October 1, 2014, 2:46 am

    Thank you for this recipe! I never ever ever ever would have dreamed it up. The kids all loved it. I put it in the freezer for a bit and told them it was ice cream. They added bananas and loved it!

  • ~kimberly October 23, 2014, 1:24 am

    it sounds so outlandish, this chocolate cauliflower concoction, that we cannot wait to try it ourselves!

  • Farzana January 4, 2015, 6:14 am

    Very interested ! My naturopath told me today I need to add more cruciferous veggies to my diet, this is perfect !!! I just need to get the avocado tomorrow. I’m glad you didnt use banana … I am severely allergic LOL !! Trying this tomorrow !!

  • Amber January 20, 2017, 6:44 pm

    FYI, any smoothies that use bananas can be made without them. It will taste a little less tropical, but you will just need to add dates or some sort of sweetener instead. I find 3-4 dates substitutes well for one ripe banana

  • Casey May 8, 2015, 2:13 pm

    Thank you for sharing! I’m super excited to try this on my fussy/sassy 3 year old – she watches me make smoothies and juices and if its green she won’t touch it haha.
    But I’ve found a fresh juice that she loves! Which makes me happy.

    Chunk of watermelon
    half a cucumber – without the skin (so it doesnt turn anything close to green hehe)
    1/4 lemon, 1/4 lime
    Maybe a a couple strawberries and raspberries
    Toss in Juicer and away she goes :)

    and yes this is obviously a sweet and sour drink, but I’d rather her have the natural sugars then artificial ones right? and the vitamins and minerals are also a huge bonus :P
    Gonna start experimenting with some veggie juices – hopefully she’ll like the colour orange :)

    Thanks again!

  • lmachell May 9, 2015, 6:49 pm

    I agree with you about natural sugars! I personally believe a fresh juice with the live enzymes, vitamins, and minerals, is totally okay to give to kids despite the high sugar content. Your juice sounds delicious!

  • sharla August 5, 2015, 8:25 pm

    My almost 2 year old varies on her veggies, but I sneak the green in:
    handful of carrot greens
    1 cucumber (with skin)
    1/2 avocado
    4-6 dates
    flax and hemp seeds
    frozen peas
    she helps me turn on the vitamix and usually asks for MoY! :)
    Will try and thank you

  • Katharine larsen August 24, 2016, 4:24 am

    Need macros! Any idea?

  • Amber January 20, 2017, 6:50 pm

    I doubled this recipe for our breakfast smoothie. I used a half an avocado and 2tbs chia seeds. Sweetener I used a small apple, half a frozen banana, 3 dates, and 2 tsp raw, organic honey. Used purple cauliflower and a few extra kale leaves, and it still came out brown from the cocoa powder. Very tasty, though not as creamy as most avocado smoothies I have made.