Zucchini Smoothie

This zucchini smoothie tastes like a chocolate milkshake, but shhh! It's made with healthy ingredients like almond butter, dates, and zucchini.

Zucchini smoothie

This zucchini smoothie tastes like a chocolate milkshake. It’s creamy, rich, and sweet. Even though it’s healthy enough to drink for breakfast or a snack, it could totally pass for dessert. It’s that good!

Why add zucchini to a smoothie?

But let’s address the elephant in the room: what’s zucchini doing in a smoothie?

My take: zucchini is actually a hugely underrated smoothie ingredient. Similar to spinach and kale—vegetables that we’re totally used to tossing in the blender—it has many health benefits. Zucchini is rich in fiber, minerals, and vitamins like vitamin C.

It also gives smoothies an amazing creamy texture. There’s no need for a frozen banana here! Frozen zucchini makes this smoothie thick and frosty on its own.

Zucchini smoothie recipe ingredients

Zucchini Smoothie Recipe Ingredients

Ready to try this chocolate zucchini smoothie recipe? Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Zucchini, of course! You’ll need one medium. Chop and freeze it at least a day before you plan to make the smoothie.
  • Medjool dates – For sweetness.
  • Almond butter – It adds protein and healthy fats.
  • Cocoa powder – It gives the smoothie a rich chocolate taste. Cacao powder works here too.
  • Nutmeg and vanilla extract – For warm, dessert-like depth of flavor.
  • Ice cubes – To make the smoothie cool and frosty.
  • Almond milk – Or any milk you like! My homemade oat milk would be great here, and coconut milk would make this smoothie taste even more decadent and creamy. If you don’t need this smoothie to be dairy-free, regular milk works too.

Find the complete recipe with measurements below.

Ingredients in blender

How to Make a Zucchini Smoothie

The first step in this zucchini smoothie recipe is freezing the zucchini.

Wash it, chop it, and spread it in a single layer on a small baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Freeze for 2 hours. Then, transfer the veggies to an airtight container, and store them in the freezer until you’re ready to make the smoothie. Tip: The initial freeze on the baking sheet prevents the zucchini from sticking together, which makes it easier to blend.

Creamy zucchini smoothie in blender

Once you have frozen zucchini handy, you can blend up the smoothie. Place the zucchini, almond milk, dates, almond butter, cocoa powder, vanilla, and nutmeg in a high-speed blender. Blend until smooth, adding more milk as needed to blend. Add a handful of ice and blend again.

Finally, enjoy! Pour the smoothie into glasses. If you like, top them off with chocolate chips, coconut flakes, and a drizzle of almond butter. Cheers!

Creamy chocolate zucchini smoothie

Substitutions and Variations

This recipe is fantastic as written, but if you want to change it up, by all means, do! Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • Change the nut butter. This smoothie is DELICIOUS with tahini. Peanut butter would be fantastic too!
  • Amp up the protein. Add a scoop of your favorite protein powder or a tablespoon of chia seeds.
  • Nix the chocolate. For a fruity zucchini smoothie, skip the cocoa powder and dates. Add your favorite fruit to the blender instead! Strawberries, blueberries, and banana would all be great. If necessary, add a drizzle of maple syrup to sweeten the smoothie to taste.

Let me know what variations you try!

Zucchini smoothie recipe

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Zucchini Smoothie

rate this recipe:
5 from 12 votes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Serves 2
This zucchini smoothie recipe tastes like a chocolate milkshake! It's made with healthy, plant-based ingredients, but it's sweet, rich, and creamy.



  • In a high-speed blender, place the zucchini, almond milk, dates, almond butter, cocoa powder, vanilla, and nutmeg. Blend until smooth, adding more almond milk as needed to blend. Add a handful of ice and blend again.
  • Pour into glasses. Drizzle with almond butter, sprinkle with chocolate chips and coconut flakes, if desired, and serve.


*If your dates are not soft, soak them in warm water for 5 to 10 minutes. Pat dry before using.


5 from 12 votes (8 ratings without comment)

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Rate this recipe (after making it)

  1. Beth

    5 stars
    Just made this for my breakfast and it is Fantastic!!! I added a small piece of frozen banana and it was absolutely like drinking a chocolate milkshake but better!! Thank you!

  2. Hannah

    Hello! Do I steam the zucchini first or just cut it and freezer

  3. Jen

    5 stars
    I’m blown away at the taste of this! Thank you for sharing your gifts with us!

    • Phoebe Moore (L&L Recipe Developer)

      Hi Jen, I’m so glad you love the smoothie!

  4. Janie

    5 stars
    I used my NutriBullet to blend – worked great.

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it!

  5. Janie

    Delicious! Will make again. Thank you for a great idea!!

  6. Gail Kelleher

    Question, do you remove the seeds before freezing?

    • Phoebe Moore (L&L Recipe Developer)

      Hi Gail, there’s no need to remove the seeds from the zucchini before freezing unless they’re unusually large. Most should blend up no problem!

  7. Sabrina from newkitchenlife.com

    ha, a great use of zucchini I would never thought of before, great idea, and love this healthy set of ingredients too thank you

  8. Christine H

    5 stars
    Love this idea of using zucchini as a base for smoothies! Was very filling and delicious–will definitely keep frozen zucchini on hand for future shakes! (Esp. given how there are always so many from the garden!) Thanks for the idea!

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      I’m so glad you loved it!

  9. Renee

    Do you have nutritional info that you can share

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Hi Renee, I’m sorry, we don’t post nutrition facts but you could plug the ingredients into a site like my fitness pal.

  10. kristin

    I am intrigued! I am also looking at 14 garden squash sitting on my counter. This could be the start of a beautiful smoothie relationship!! 🙂

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      this recipe is perfect for that! I hope you enjoy.

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