No fruit smoothies are a thing! This chocolate cauliflower smoothie is thick and creamy without any added sugar or fruit.

Meet your new favorite smoothie ingredient — frozen veggies.

Most of the smoothie recipes on EBF use frozen banana as the base because it gives smoothies that perfect thick and creamy texture. I still use bananas for smoothies occasionally, but lately I’ve been experimenting with using frozen veggies like zucchini and cauliflower instead.

A chocolate cauliflower smoothie made malty with maca powder! The frozen cauliflower makes the smoothie thick and creamy without any added sugar or fruit.

Frozen Banana vs. Frozen Veggies

Zucchini works great, but I feel like frozen cauliflower is the new banana when it comes to making smoothies super thick and creamy. Literally cauliflower makes the texture so smooth it’s almost velvety. And it does this without making your whole smoothie taste like cauliflower or adding a a ton of sugar. It’s pretty awesome!

Just FYI — one banana has around 15 grams of sugar where as one cup of frozen cauliflower has about 2 grams. Obviously, if you’re watching your sugar intake or trying to keep your blood sugar balanced, cauliflower is the better choice.

Can I Use Frozen Cauliflower Florets?

In general I’ve found that frozen riced cauliflower works better than frozen florets for smoothies because it blends up easily and quickly. Some stores, like Trader Joe’s, carry riced cauliflower in the freezer section but you can easily make your own too. Either buy a package of fresh riced cauliflower and freeze it or buy a whole head, pulse it into rice using your food processor, place in freezer bags and freeze.

Malted Chocolate Cauliflower Smoothie Ingredients

Malted Chocolate Cauliflower Smoothie Ingredients:

Maca Powder in Smoothies

For this particular cauliflower smoothie I wanted to make it like a malted shake so I used a vegan chocolate protein powder and maca powder. If you’re new to maca powder, it’s a Peruvian superfood made from the maca root. I’ve heard some people describe the flavor as malty or similar to butterscotch. Personally, I think it has a unique flavor that is slightly bitter sweet. It definitely took some getting used to, but I’ve come to love it, especially knowing all of its amazing health benefits.

Malted Chocolate Cauliflower Smoothie -- The frozen cauliflower makes it thick and creamy without any added sugar or fruit.

Maca Powder Health Benefits

Maca is rich in essential minerals such as calcium, magnesium, and iron. It’s best known for its ability to enhance libido and stimulate fertility, but it also helps increase energy, stamina and endurance, support the immune system, reduce chronic fatigue and regulate and support endocrine system. 

Maca powder is readily available in most natural grocery stores now, but you can also buy it on Amazon. If you don’t have maca powder or don’t love the flavor, no worries at all. This chocolate cauliflower smoothie is worth trying because it will still taste delicious without the maca.

More Smoothie Recipes You Might Enjoy:

If you make this malted chocolate cauliflower smoothie, please be sure to leave a comment and star rating below. Your feedback is super helpful for the EBF team and other readers who are thinking about making the recipe. 

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Cup of chocolate cauliflower smoothie topped with cacao nibs and a blue and white striped straw.

Malted Chocolate Cauliflower Smoothie

  • Author: Brittany Mullins
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1
  • Diet: Vegan


No fruit smoothies are a thing! This chocolate cauliflower smoothie is thick and creamy without any added sugar or fruit.


  • 1 scoop chocolate protein powder (I like Nuzest)
  • 3/41 cup almond milk
  • 1/4 cup frozen riced cauliflower
  • 1/3 cup ice
  • 1 Tablespoon maca powder
  • 1 Tablespoon cacao nibs


  1. Add all ingredients into a high powered blender and blend until smooth and creamy. Sprinkle a few extra cacao nibs on top and serve.
  • Category: Smoothie
  • Method: Blender
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1 smoothie
  • Calories: 250
  • Sugar: 4g
  • Fat: 4g
  • Carbohydrates: 22g
  • Fiber: 10g
  • Protein: 22g

Keywords: cauliflower smoothie, no fruit smoothie

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    1. Nicole
      January 29, 2021 AT 10:48 am

      I made this because I was so intrigued how cauliflower in a smoothie could possible be good! Hah but it was sooo good! I had it after a light dinner and it tasted like a dessert. You can’t even tell cauliflower is in it. My husband even wanted his own after tasting mine. Highly recommend!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        January 29, 2021 AT 1:07 pm

        Ahh yay!! So glad you tried this and loved it, Nicole!! Thanks for the review, I so appreciate it. 🙂

    2. Roxana
      February 27, 2020 AT 6:04 pm

      Hi Brittany 🙂 that’s a great idea 🙂 I have been adding veggies such as Raw grated zucchini, baked pumpkin to my breakfast oatmeal for the volume 😆🙂 as well as in my protein pancakes.
      I love broccoli and cauliflower And this looks like an excellent idea. Is the frozen cauliflower raw or do you cook it previously? I’ve tried my “nice cream” with frozen peas but your idea sounds more sugar free friendly! ❤️

      1. Brittany Mullins
        February 28, 2020 AT 2:13 pm

        Hey Roxana – I normally just use pre-frozen cauliflower. I do know some people who steam the cauliflower and then freeze, but it’s totally up to you!

    3. Clare
      September 18, 2019 AT 6:53 am

      Hi Brittany. Could I use raw, unfrozen cauliflower florets. I have some in my fridge. Slightly scared to try this recipe, but it look delicious. Clare

      1. Brittany Mullins
        September 19, 2019 AT 12:28 am

        Hey Clare! Yes, you could definitely use raw, unfrozen cauliflower in this smoothie. The frozen cauliflower just helps make the smoothie super creamy and thick. You might need to add more ice, but I would start with the 1/3 cup of ice to see how you like the consistency and if you want it to be thicker you can always add in more ice afterwards. Let me know how it turns out for you!

    4. Hi my name is Rose i live in Hawaii im 67 yrs young trying to desperately loose weight no luck so this dmoothie sounds good plus i love cauliflower i hope this will help me

    5. Destiny
      July 20, 2018 AT 9:42 pm

      Should the cauliflower be precook prior putting it in the freezer? Or it’s served raw?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        July 22, 2018 AT 1:36 pm

        Hi Destine. I add it the cauliflower rice in frozen (so it’s technically not cooked). This works great for me but some people like to have it cooked because they find it easier to digest. If you want to cook it first, you would steam the cauliflower, let it cool and then freeze it before using. It takes extra time and a little forethought if you want to cook it first. Let me know if you try the smoothie. It’s a good one.

    6. Mary
      January 12, 2018 AT 7:06 am

      I have never heard of using cauliflower or veggies in smoothies but I am very excited about this! Can’t wait to try and experiment on my own! Thank you soooo much!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        January 12, 2018 AT 10:39 am

        Yay! Adding veggies to your smoothies is such an easy way to increase your veggie consumption and usually you can’t even taste them. I love using frozen veggies to give my smoothies a thick and creamy texture… the frozen cauliflower works perfect for this. Can’t wait to hear what you think of this smoothie.

    7. candace
      September 10, 2017 AT 8:59 pm

      If I make shakes in the morning but dont eat them til later in the afternoon would frozen cauliflower work? or would it water it down by the time i got around to eating it? I normally dont put in ice but it stays refrigerated

      1. Brittany Mullins
        September 11, 2017 AT 10:12 am

        Hmmm… I’m not so sure because I haven’t tried it. I say try it once and see how it works/tastes! 🙂

    8. Rocy
      May 20, 2017 AT 6:35 am

      Making a smoothie with the cauliflower is very new to me.
      It makes me give a try on this smoothie. Do you think, the kids love the taste of this smoothie?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        May 21, 2017 AT 9:17 pm

        Definitely give it a try, Rocy. You can definitely sneak the frozen cauliflower into your kids smoothie without them noticing. I’m not sure about the maca though! 🙂

        1. Rocy
          May 22, 2017 AT 12:13 am

          Yeah, you are right. Adding the cauliflower into this smoothie without them knowing would be a good idea. 🙂

    9. Nutrimarket
      May 13, 2017 AT 1:02 pm

      This is perfect, so on trend with maca and the cauliflower rice! We’re actually the exclusive distributors of Sunwarrior across the pond in the UK and will definitely share this recipe across social media as a creative example of including more plant-based protein in your diet.

    10. Ashley Diana
      May 5, 2017 AT 3:36 pm

      This has totally convinced me to try a cauliflower based smoothie, looks insanely creamy and yummy! So glad its healthy too! Thanks Brittany!

    11. Lauren
      April 21, 2017 AT 2:20 pm

      I have tried cauliflower in my smoothies and love it! Now to try maca…

    12. Casey the College Celiac
      April 18, 2017 AT 11:20 pm

      I’m loving that more people are jumping on the veggies-in-smoothies train! I’ve been putting frozen zucchini and squash in my smoothies for ages and I love how it makes the smoothies creamy and a little less sugary!

    13. Bethany @ athletic avocado
      April 18, 2017 AT 5:25 pm

      I’ve been hearing all the hype on riced cauli in smoothies but have never been convinced to try it until now! This smoothie looks so chocolatey and thick! Noms!

    14. Emily @ Pizza & Pull-ups
      April 17, 2017 AT 8:55 pm

      I love this idea, great way to get some extra veggies in and keep your sugar and calories a little lower. Thanks!

    15. jordan @ dancing for donuts
      April 17, 2017 AT 2:00 pm

      YUM! this sounds so good!!! i’ve recently started adding cauliflower to my smoothies too, but i’m still using half a frozen banana because i could taste the cauliflower i bit too much. i bet the flavor from the cacao and maca in this help quite a bit too! i’ll have to try. thanks for sharing 🙂

    16. Liz @ I Heart Vegetables
      April 17, 2017 AT 12:02 pm

      Ok I HAVE to try this whole frozen cauliflower thing! I’m so curious now!

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