Breakfast Friday | Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookie Smoothie

Ummm. Yes. You read that title correctly. And the best part? This smoothie is totally breakfastable and incredibly filling. Truth is, I didn’t actually put chocolate chips in this bad boy, but I did put raw cacao beans in it.

I just thought Cacao Bean Oatmeal Cookie Smoothie sounded kind of…funny.

So this smoothie first starts with the thick oatmeal soup you see below. AKA: oats + chia seeds + almond milk

Breakfast Friday // Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookie Smoothie // #glutenfree #vegan

Next up we have almond butter. This strengthens the cookie-like flavor and helps create an intensely thick texture.

Breakfast Friday // Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookie Smoothie // #glutenfree #vegan

Banana goes in next for a little sweetness + flavor. It’s definitely not overpowering with banana flavor but if you hate bananas by all means leave it out. I would throw in a few extra dates, though.

Medjool dates, that is. Not whoever you met at the bar last night.

Breakfast Friday // Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookie Smoothie // #glutenfree #vegan

Here are the cacao nibs!!! Aren’t you excited?   …crickets?…

Cacao nibs are awesome, but if you throw a handful into your mouth you might be a little surprised. These are not chocolate chips. They are not sweetened at all. Cacao nibs are hulled + roasted chopped up cacao beans, which are actually seeds from the cacao fruit [a tropical plant]. These crunchy, chocolatey bits are super rich in antioxidants, vitamins, fiber, and loaded with minerals like magnesium and iron.

I don’t sit and slam this stuff by the handful but they are awesome when used as a topping, or in baked goods, or thrown in smoothies, granola, etc. Their crunch is addicting and they will also give you a little morning pep!

The best comparison I can make is to a coffee bean. Ever chomp on a coffee or espresso bean? Kind of like that but with a definitely chocolate tone.

Breakfast Friday // Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookie Smoothie // #glutenfree #vegan

So blend that all up with a few extra things and what do we have?

Breakfast Friday // Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookie Smoothie // #glutenfree #vegan

Your next breakfast.

Breakfast Friday // Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookie Smoothie // #glutenfree #vegan

Print this!

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookie Smoothie gluten-free, vegan // yields 16-20oz

  • 1 1/4 – 1 3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk, divided
  • 1/2 cup gluten-free rolled oats
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 small frozen banana
  • 3 medjool dates, pitted
  • 2 tablespoons almond butter
  • 2 tablespoons raw cacao nibs, or dark chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon raw cacao powder, or unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • [scant] 1/8 teaspoon almond extract
  • handful of ice

In a small bowl stir together 3/4 cup milk, the oats, and chia seeds. Set in the fridge for at least 2 hours or overnight [do not skip].

Place thickened oat mixture into your blender along with all other ingredients, starting with 1/2 cup more of the milk. Blend on high until smooth [there will be a bit of texture from the cacao nibs]. Add more milk to reach desired consistency.


notes: Soak + drain dates in warm water for 1-4 hours for easier blending, if desired. The cacao nibs will leave a bit of texture throughout the smoothie. To avoid this, sub with 2 extra teaspoons of cacao/cocoa powder instead. The almond extract [very potent] helps lend a cookie flavor, but if you don’t have it on hand use 1 teaspoon vanilla [total]. Sub 1-2 tablespoons pure maple syrup or honey for the dates if desired.

Breakfast Friday // Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookie Smoothie // #glutenfree #vegan

This smoothie is thick [!] and quite filling. I like to split it into 2 servings and serve it with fresh fruit on the side. But I also have no problem finishing the whole thing off myself. I am a breakfast monster. Roar.

Now, let’s get to the weekend. Heck yes.