Chef Carla's On-the-Go Chocolate & Collagen Smoothie

  • Written By:Carla Contreras

I get so many smoothie questions and one of them is how to create a healthy smoothie that can be made quickly so you can get on with your day. This recipe is super basic—think of it as the “little black dress” of smoothies. It’s instantly ready to go (and yes, you can even make it the night before).

I recommend making this in a blender, so it’s super creamy and delicious, but you can also put the collagen and the cacao in a to-go cup (a blender ball will help or you’ll have to stir vigorously). This recipe is so easy that you can even bring the dry powders straight through airport security or on a road trip — all you have to do is add the plant-based milk, an optional shot of espresso, and ice.


Serves 1


  • 1 cup almond milk or preferred plant-based milk

  • 2 tbsp cacao powder

  • 1 scoop EVOLUTION_18 Beauty Collagen

  • 1 shot of espresso (optional)

  • 3-5 ice cubes (optional)


  1. Add the almond milk, cacao powder, collagen, and shot of espresso to the blender. Blend on high until smooth (about 30–60 seconds).

  2. Pour over the ice cubes.

Chef Carla Contreras is the founder of the online cooking school Cook+Chop. She competed on season 12 of Chopped! on Food Network. She is Nutritious Life Certified, a Certified Holistic Health Coach, a food stylist, and photographer with a stacked culinary resume.

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