Thermobexta’s Smilo – Chocolate Drink Powder Thermomix

thermomix smilo milo chocolate powder in glass jar on its side on the right, left shows a glass of smilo with milk

This awesome Milo-like chocolate drink powder recipe for the Thermomix is additive-free and super simple!

Smilo is so simple to make, taking just a few minutes and using just three ingredients. It is free gluten, dairy, grains, nuts, refined sugar and additives.

The recipe makes a large batch which will keep well for months in an airtight container in the pantry.

Once you’ve made it, it’s a simple case of stirring a couple of teaspoons into a glass or (warm or cold) milk! We love it in my Cashew Coconut Milk.

thermomix smilo milo chocolate powder in glass jar in the background on left, right shows a glass of smilo with milk

It will dissolve in warm milk, but if adding to cold milk it won’t really dissolve, unless you blitz together in your TMX – I don’t bother doing this as my kids like eating it off the top then drinking the milk.

So what do we need to make this tasty chocolate drink powder in Thermomix?

Just three ingredients, or four if you want to boost the protein!

Cacao (or cocoa) powder

This is what gives Smilo it’s chocolate flavour! Cacao and cocoa powders are similar. They are both derived from the Theobroma Cacao Tree and produced by fermentation. The difference being that cocoa is processed at a much higher temperature than cacao.

This means that cacao powder is more nutritious, as nutrition is lost during the heating process when making cocoa powder. Either will work for this, but if using cocoa, do make sure it is pure, as often sugar and flavours are added to cocoa powder.

Coconut sugar

Due to the fact that cacao/cocoa powder is very bitter, you need quite a bit of sugar to sweeten and make a very delicious chocolate drink powder.

You can use other powdered sugars too, or even low carb sweeteners I would imagine (I’ve not tried low carb sweeteners in this but would LOVE to hear how you go if you do!)

Coconut sugar definitely gives the best flavour, next best is rapadura sugar. At a last resort you can use raw sugar, it is still nice, but it really does take it up a notch to use coconut sugar, or rapadura.


I love vanilla and it adds a lovely extra bit of flavour to Smilo. Buying real vanilla has gone up so much in price since I wrote this recipe, as there is a worldwide shortage. Back then, I always used vanilla powder, but it’s just too costly nowadays.

If I can get my hands on vanilla beans, I use one of those. If not, a couple of teaspoons of extract do the job.

Protein powder

I have added whey protein isolate powder to the most recent batch of Smilo that I made and this is definitely how I will be making it from now on. I wanted to increase the nutrition mainly because two of my kids have a Smilo every morning so I wanted to try and make it that bit healthier. BUT not only has this new addition made it more nutritious, the texture is better!

Don’t get me wrong, the OG Smilo is awesome and has been a regularly-made item by so many Bexta’s for many years now, but if you would like to increase the nutrition, I do recommend adding 150g pure flavourless protein powder to this recipe.

I did a lot of research on different brands of protein powders a couple of years ago and I finally settled on this brand. I met with the owner of the company, asked her my questions and decided I liked the sound of it. (So much so, I am now an affiliate – this means that if you make a purchase via my links, you don’t pay any more than you would otherwise, but I will receive a small commission).

I like that all of their products are as close to their natural state as possible and the milk they make the protein powder from is from grass-fed, hormone free cows.

I use the WPI, they also have a (cheaper but still excellent) WPC and even a vegan protein powder for those that prefer.

Update of Smilo Chocolate drink powder 28 August 2021

I’m updating this recipe today (28 August 2021) as it’s been needing a freshen up for a long time. I’ve added a couple of photos and a little info that I hope you find helpful!

close up photo of smilo milo thermomix in glass jar on it's side

Please tag me on Instagram @thermobexta and/or post your pics in the Facebook group if you make this! I love to hear what you think of my recipes xx

thermomix smilo milo chocolate powder in glass jar on its side on the right, left shows a glass of smilo with milk
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Thermobexta’s Smilo

This very popular alternative chocolate powder is a great, additive-free option to add to milk!
Prep Time2 mins
Total Time2 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Australian
Keyword: Milo recipe, Smilo, Thermomix chocolate powder, Thermomix Smilo
Servings: 1 jar
Calories: 978kcal


  • 100 g cacao powder or cocoa powder (1 cup)
  • 230 g coconut sugar or rapadura (1.5 cups)
  • 1 whole vanilla bean quartered, or 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • See notes below for adding protein


  • Place all ingredients in mixer bowl. Process for 1 minute/speed 7/MC on (if using extract, 30 seconds/speed 7/MC on is enough)
  • Store in an airtight glass jar or container.


  • For added nutrition, add 150g natural whey protein powder.
  • Stir 1-2 tsp into a glass of warm or cold milk. It will dissolve in warm milk, but if adding to cold milk it won’t really dissolve, unless you blitz together in your TMX – I don’t bother doing this as my kids like eating it off the top then drinking the milk.


Serving: 1jar | Calories: 978kcal | Carbohydrates: 258g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Sodium: 472mg | Potassium: 1524mg | Fiber: 33g | Sugar: 152g | Calcium: 128mg | Iron: 14mg

Please note, nutrition information is calculated via an online recipe nutrition calculator and is a guide only. It is provided as a courtesy and is not guaranteed 100% accurate. I am not a nutritionist or trained health professional.

Tried this recipe?Please rate it and leave feedback in the comments section below, or mention @Thermobexta or tag #Thermobexta on Instagram.
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6 years ago

if we cant get vanilla powder, what would be a good substitute? thanks!

6 years ago

can you possibly let us know what weights we need of cacao powder and coconut sugar? Buying ingredients online and not sure of cup quantities. thankyou!

6 years ago
Reply to  Lisa

By my measurements, it’s 120g cacao and 225g coconut sugar. 🙂

7 years ago

Could you do this with out a Thermie? I do have a good food processor.

Carla Vowles
Carla Vowles
7 years ago

Mr 7yo LOVED Smilo so much that he gave it two thumbs up with upstretched arms. Mr 9yo thought it was good. They will enjoy it, I’m sure. They have only had the original a handful of times from cricket, as I’ve never bought it. Your recipe will allow me to never, ever buy the original in my life xx

7 years ago

Thanks Bec! Replacing Milo was this week’s goal, I tried out Smilo on my son the last 2 days, once as hot choc and once in his “Up & go”-style smoothie and he loved both, then I told him it wasn’t milo! He said Smilo is better! Thank you

7 years ago

Have made multiple batches of this! The kids have this as a “coffee” with Dad in warm or cold milk. Hubby actually saw me making it the other day in thermie and didnt realise that i had been making it – he just thought id been buying a healthier milo replacement haha Also good to pop a spoon full into a banana smoothie 🙂

7 years ago

This is an awesome recipe 🙂 we finished our first batch last night – making again now! Thank you x

7 years ago

Showed my 10 year old the milo tin ingredient list then showed her your recipe… taste got a big thumbs up…. I’ve now spotted her reading labels and asking if there is a healthier, wholefoods way to make things! Success!

Jo W
7 years ago

triple thumbs up from my three offspring! super super easy too! Thanks Bec 🙂


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