Chocolate Smoothie Granita

It has been almost a week since I started the 21 Day Sugar Detox. It hasn’t been too difficult but I also haven’t been 100% perfect in cutting out all things sugar either. An unexpected $500 vet bill lead me to the neighboring cupcake bakery and a movie night with my husband called for candy. Both left me feeling downright awful.


Cutting out bread and pasta? No problem. It’s desserts that are my weakness.

Then I stumbled onto the Coco-Monkey Smoothie recipe in the 21 Day Sugar Detox book (see recipe below). The recipe calls for basic smoothie ingredients like a frozen banana and almond milk. It also calls for 1/4 avocado. I love avocados but wasn’t sure how I’d like it in my smoothie.

Let me tell you: It was off-the-charts good. It was like eating a decadent chocolate ice cream. The best part was it was dairy-free. I don’t eat dairy at all and this was satisfying every single part of my ice cream cravings. When I told a friend that it was just as good as ice cream, she suggested freezing the smoothie to see if it would set up like regular ice cream. So, that’s what I did.


I followed the original recipe as directed and then poured the smoothie into a shallow glass dish. The next afternoon, I decided to treat myself. The dessert was frozen solid. I had to let it sit out a good 30 minutes before I could get the ice cream scoop into it. Once slightly softened, the texture was similar to a chocolate smoothie granita instead of an ice cream. It had a coarse, flaky texture but was still equally delicious. If you prefer a creamier dessert, stick to the original smoothie recipe.

I’d love to know if you try this Coco-Monkey Smoothie turned Granita-ish dessert!

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Coco-Monkey Smoothie
Dairy-free, low sugar smoothie
  • 1/4 avocado
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 green-tipped banana, frozen
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons almond meal
  • pinch of cinnamon
  • small handful of ice
  1. Puree all the ingredients in a blender until smooth.



  1. Beautiful. I’ve been making my ‘ice cream’ with frozen bananas, bit of milk (almond milk or coconut milk works too) and a tablespoon of coco powder. Avocadoes are a nice touch, but they give my belly troubles. I wonder if adding the cream from the coconut milk would have a similar effect?

    Keep going with your sugar-free movement. Sooner than later you’ll probably start to find the refined sugar sweets too sweet.


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