Malted Chocolate Cauliflower Smoothie


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

Ingredients Needed:

  • almond milk – I prefer almond milk, but any milk will work here.
  • frozen cauliflower rice – store-bought or you can make your own
  • chocolate protein powder – I love Nuzest’s Rich Chocolate Clean Lean Protein powder (use code eatingbirdfood for 15% off your order).
  • ice – to get the smoothie super cold.
  • 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. Feel free to skip this if you don’t have maca powder or aren’t a fan of the taste.
  • cacao nibs – cacao not only adds a rich chocolate flavor but is also packed with powerful nutrients; including antioxidants, fiber, magnesium, and iron.

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 to Try:

More Cauliflower Rice Recipes to Try:

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. 

Malted Chocolate Cauliflower Smoothie

5 from 15 votes
No fruit smoothies are a thing! This chocolate cauliflower smoothie is thick and creamy without any added sugar or fruit.
Cup of chocolate cauliflower smoothie topped with cacao nibs and a blue and white striped straw.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Servings 1



  • Blend: Add protein powder, milk, cauliflower rice, ice, maca, and cacao nibs to a high-powered blender and blend until smooth and creamy.
  • Taste: Add more liquid (if necessary) to get the consistency you like!
  • Serve: Pour into a glass and sprinkle a few extra cacao nibs on top and enjoy!


maca powder – feel free to skip this if you don't have maca powder or aren't a fan of the taste.


Serving: 1smoothie Calories: 250kcal Carbohydrates: 22g Protein: 22g Fat: 4g Fiber: 10g Sugar: 4g
Course: Smoothie
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cauliflower smoothie, no fruit smoothie


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    1. TeresaThorne
      June 24, 2021 AT 8:49 am

      5 stars
      Traveling and staying on track can be challenging but I’m determined to be disciplined. This was amazing. Loved the cauliflower

      1. Brittany Mullins
        June 24, 2021 AT 9:54 am

        Yay! I’m so glad this smoothie was a success, Teresa! Thanks so much for the review and star rating. It means the world to me!

    2. Taylor
      June 7, 2021 AT 11:11 am

      5 stars
      Now this recipe is a keeper!! A thick chocolate milkshake without all the unnecessary sugar from a regular milkshake from the parlor! Highly recommend when having those cravings on a hot summer day or just for an ice cream run! Will definitely be making again and again. So glad to try this recipe for the EBF Recipe Club!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        June 8, 2021 AT 1:15 pm

        So glad you enjoyed this smoothie, Taylor!! Thanks for trying it and for the review. I so appreciate it!

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

      5 stars
      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. 🙂

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

      5 stars
      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!

    5. 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!

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