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Mexican Chocolate Breakfast Shake

Mexican Chocolate Breakfast Shake Recipe

Mexican Chocolate Breakfast ShakePhotos by Emily Caruso

When I was in college, I often started my day with a weight loss shake. I’m not gonna name names, but they rhymed with GrimFast. They were pretty disgusting (and kind of tasted like the can they came in–because really, who doesn’t like a gritty metallic chocolate flavored shake first thing in the morning?), but they were quick and I was trying to lose weight, so I’d chug them as quickly as I could and then wash them down with a big glass of water. Inevitably, a few hours later, I’d start obsessing about lunch, so much so that I had trouble concentrating in class. Guess what? Those dinky little shakes aren’t very sustaining.

As I’ve gotten older, I’ve become a little more conscientious about the foods I eat. Shakes like that just aren’t going to cut it anymore. Even if they did taste good (and they don’t–I mentioned that, right?), I try to eat natural and whole foods now. But I do miss their convenience–a breakfast in drink form is easy to take with you or, as is often the case with me, drink while you work.

Mexican Chocolate Breakfast ShakeA good smoothie works in most cases, but sometimes all that fruitiness is just a little too virtuous for me. I wanted something that tasted like an indulgent treat, while still being healthy. It needed to be creamy and rich and obviously, it needed to be chocolatey. Since chocolate breakfast shakes have been done a million times, I thought I’d try making this a Mexican chocolate breakfast shake. The first time I tried it, I added a little bit of cayenne, but I settled on adding some of cinnamon alone instead when I made it again–it still gave the breakfast shake that Mexican chocolate flavor, without the weird hot pepper kick. I mean, hot pepper kicks are great and all, but maybe not so early in the morning.

Mexican Chocolate Breakfast Shake

This Mexican Chocolate Breakfast Shake is delicious, healthy, and unlike those sad weight loss shakes, it will keep you satisfied until lunchtime. And hello, it’s Mexican chocolate! That little bit of cinnamon makes chocolate taste even better.

This December, we’re republishing updated recipes from Oh My Veggies’ first year. This post was originally published on May 10, 2012.


Mexican Chocolate Breakfast Shake

Mexican Chocolate Breakfast Shake Recipe

An easy, healthy (and Mexican chocolatey!) alternative to the typical breakfast shake.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 1 shake 1x


  • 1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1 cup almond, soy or coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Agave nectar, honey, maple syrup or other sweetener, to taste (optional)
  • 1 small banana, cut into pieces and frozen overnight in a freezer bag


  1. Combine the oats, milk, cocoa powder, cinnamon and sweetener in a resealable bowl. Stir together, cover and refrigerate overnight.
  2. Add the banana and oat mixture to a blender and blend until completely smooth. If the shake is too thick, add more milk for a thinner consistency; if it’s not sweet enough, add more sweetener.


Making the oatmeal mixture ahead of time and refrigerating it overnight softens the oats and gives the shake a smoother texture. If you’re feeling impatient (or don’t mind little bits of oatmeal in your shake), you can make this without that step–put the oats in the food processor or blender first, process until it becomes a fine powder, and then add the rest of the ingredients and blend until smooth.

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  • Reply
    January 30, 2014 at 9:35 am

    I just finished making this smoothie for breakfast and it is ABSOLUTELY delicious. I used ground flax seed meal instead of the oats because I made this recipe at the very last minute (like I literally just ran across this recipe and went in the kitchen and made it lol) and it still came out great, but I will definitely try making it the original way as well. Thanks for a great recipe!

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      Kiersten Frase
      January 30, 2014 at 2:28 pm

      I’m glad it worked out with the flax instead! I’ve got a big bag sitting in the fridge just begging to be used, so I’ll have to try that too! 🙂

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    March 4, 2014 at 8:51 pm

    I’ve made this twice with no sweetener, and it was amazing! I think the banana sweetened it just perfectly. Note that with any sweetener, if you use a tablespoon it’s about as bad as your average sugary breakfast cereal in grams of sugar. The second time I used a heaping teaspoon of cinnamon, the more cinnamon the better in my opinion. This is definitely a new breakfast staple for me–absolutely delicious!

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      Kiersten Frase
      March 5, 2014 at 8:47 pm

      I’ve found with a ripe banana, it doesn’t need any sweetener, but when they’re a little less sweet, I usually add some honey. I’m glad you enjoy the recipe!

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    April 22, 2014 at 12:10 pm

    I am very excited to try this recipe bc I’m a huge fan of mexican mochas! Do you happen to know the nutritional information, ie. how many calories? Thanks 🙂

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    Sean Huncherick
    May 28, 2014 at 12:54 pm

    Good! Definitely soak the oats overnight. I also added about 1/8 teaspoon of cayenne to give it an extra kick. The spice takes it to a new level.

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    July 20, 2014 at 12:39 pm

    Just made this without soaking the oats and adding peanut butter and a handful of raw almonds (using a blendtec it comes out very smooth). Delicious! Oh, and instead of cocoa powder (didn’t have any) I used raw cacao nibs and a few extra-dark chocolate chips. Oh, and maple syrup. Needless to say, I didn’t save any calories on the sweeteners, but it was devine! Next time I am going to try less sweetener.

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      Kiersten Frase
      July 21, 2014 at 3:56 pm

      Yeah, the soaking is less necessary if you have a high-powered blender. 🙂 I’m glad you enjoyed the recipe!

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    September 15, 2014 at 4:04 pm

    Can you taste the banana? I do not like banana’s at all and so many smoothie recipes call for them and I haven’t figured out how to work around it. Any suggestions?

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      Kiersten Frase
      September 18, 2014 at 1:54 pm

      You can taste the banana a little bit, but it’s not really pronounced – I guess it depends just how much you hate banana. 🙂 If even a hint of banana flavor turns your stomach, I’d skip it. Maybe try yogurt instead? The banana adds a creamy texture, so you’ll need something for that.

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    October 24, 2014 at 9:50 pm

    I was wondering what type of almond milk you’d think would add the best flavor? Sweetened? Unsweeted Vanilla? Just curious! I can’t wait to try this recipe!

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    December 8, 2014 at 11:19 am

    I am trying this bad boy out in the morning 🙂 Could you use raw cacao instead of cocoa powder?


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    Liz @ The Lemon Bowl
    December 8, 2014 at 11:39 am

    This sounds so delicious and creamy! Love the cinnamon and oats.

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    December 8, 2014 at 12:29 pm

    This smoothie looks great! I’m always looking for a smoothie that is a little less milk + yogurt or fruit on fruit heavy, because the sugar content adds up quickly. Do you think I could sub in a chocolate protein powder for some or all of the cocoa powder? I’d like to up the protein so it’s more comparable to the Greek yogurt I usually start my day off with.

    Can’t wait to try it!

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    December 8, 2014 at 8:46 pm

    I use to drink the Grimfast for breakfast too then I found other healthy things to have. I bet this is delicious! Anything chocolate I can have for breakfast is a go in my book.

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    Heather @ HeatherOMade
    December 8, 2014 at 11:08 pm

    yum. can i make this with regular organic milk too?

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    December 9, 2014 at 6:07 am

    Fantastic. I just noticed that the Save Recipe feature is gone. On a quick Google search of Ziplist I found out the not so good news. I love your recipes, saving them has been a lifeline and a time saver as I don’t have to keep searching. Are you going to bring this feature back using another provider? I really hope so, especially for the run up towards Christmas. This is so disheartning

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      Kiersten Frase
      January 2, 2015 at 1:43 pm

      I know! I was so disappointed when I heard the news about ZipList. We’re currently exploring other options and I hope to have something in place within the next few months.

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    Kylie @ immaeatthat
    December 9, 2014 at 12:46 pm

    You’re brilliant! Can’t wait to make this!

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    She Rocks Fitness
    December 9, 2014 at 1:24 pm

    Can you use steel cut oats if you soak them overnight? Let me know when you have a free moment. Looks DELISH!

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    December 12, 2014 at 8:43 am

    I feel like my day would be so much better if I started it off with a healthy delicious shake like this! Love that it actually contains real ingredients and SUSTENANCE. Not that I would expect anything less from you!

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    December 25, 2014 at 3:46 pm

    Cant wait to make this 🙂

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    December 26, 2014 at 12:10 pm

    So it’s Mexican because it combines chocolate and cinnamon? Hmm…

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      Kiersten Frase
      December 26, 2014 at 12:15 pm

      Have you ever had Mexican chocolate before? It’s chocolate with cinnamon in it.

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        December 26, 2014 at 12:23 pm

        Yes, I have. I lived in New Mexico for several years. Just seems like a strange name for a chocolate shake, that’s all! :p

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    Michael Kinee
    January 5, 2015 at 7:41 pm

    Do you have to put the milk thing in over night and can you also add blueberries to the smoothie

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      Kiersten Frase
      January 6, 2015 at 3:54 pm

      You can skip the overnight part, but if you don’t have a powerful blender, it may leave some grit in the shake. You can add anything you like to it.

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    Ashley Evers
    January 10, 2015 at 11:57 pm

    I don’t like bananas. Is there something else I can use to substitute?

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      Kiersten Frase
      January 14, 2015 at 3:04 pm

      You could try Greek yogurt, but I haven’t made it that way myself.

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    Val - Life Of A Vegaholic
    January 13, 2015 at 10:48 am

    I’ve heard of Mexican Hot Chocolate, but I don’t think I haven’t. This recipe looks good!

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    February 10, 2015 at 12:39 pm

    I think I have made this atleast three times! I love it! It’s like I just can’t get enough of it! I used sweetened cocoa because that’s what I bought accidently so I don’t add any sweetner and the sweetness of the ripe bananas is perfect for me. I didn’t get to make a smoothie this morning because my bananas are not ripe enough yet and I am so sad 🙁 Great recipe! love, love, love it! Oh and the green detox smoothie, that is my second favorite! Very Yummy! 🙂

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    March 8, 2015 at 10:04 am

    I’m a novice when it comes to home-made smoothies, but I’m also allergic to all grains except for oats and i’m lactose-intolerant, AND a sucker for everything chocolatey, so this seemed like a perfect solution for me. And it is! I didn’t soak the oats overnight so the texture is still noticeable, but I think I even prefer it that way. Thank you so much for this recipe, it’s delicious! xoxo

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    March 12, 2015 at 4:38 am

    This was truely yummy and so easy to make. Thanks for sharing the recipe. Just thought that dates may be an alternative for sweetener, I would add 1-2 to the mix and blend it in. Works well in my green smoothies 🙂

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    December 1, 2015 at 10:40 pm

    I found this awesome recipe and tried it out right away. It was excellent! I didn’t have all the exact ingredients, I substituted what I had on hand and it turned out pretty darn good.

    For my version I used:
    1/2 cup steel cut oats
    1 teaspoon cinnamin
    2 teaspoons ground flax seed
    1 sliced, frozen, yogurt dipped banana
    1 cup chocolate 1% milk’
    a few frozen blueberries

    I’ll be making this or some variation on a regular basis!

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