I’ve been on such a smoothie kick lately. They are just so perfect for satisfying any dessert cravings that might hit. And let me tell you, they hit hard sometimes. Please, tell me you get them too! So, it’s nice to have something I feel good about that gives me the flavors I’m looking for. In this case, chocolate covered strawberries.
With Valentine’s Day around the corner and falling on a weekend this year, I though a Chocolate Covered Strawberry Smoothie would be perfect. It could be a quick and easy breakfast, an afternoon treat or a dessert that leaves you feeling great. This easy recipe has simple ingredients that add up to under one hundred and twenty-five calories per serving. How’s that for a low calorie, filling treat?
The trick to creating healthy smoothies that taste like desserts is keeping the ingredients simple, plant-based and omitting any refined sugar. You probably already know that I love using unsweetened almond milk in most all of my smoothies. The reason is unsweetened almond milk has just thirty calories per cup, with no saturated fats and more calcium than dairy milk. Plus, there’s no added sugar, giving you the ability to sweeten your smoothies using just fruit alone or something natural, like a bit of pure maple syrup.
Freezing your fruit beforehand and adding some ice also gives you a nice thick smoothie that feels richer and almost like ice cream-like. Frozen bananas are wonderful as well. They add a creaminess and some body to the smoothie, while giving it some natural sweetness. You can’t even taste the banana once you add all of your other ingredients.
Chocolate Covered Strawberry Smoothie
- 1 1/2 cups unsweetened almond milk or other plant based milk
- 1/2 cup ice cubes
- 8 medium strawberries hulled and frozen
- 1/2 banana frozen
- 1 1/2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup or one pitted date
- grated dark chocolate for garnish optional
- Place all ingredients, up to and including the maple syrup, into your blender. Process on high speed for 30 to 45 seconds or until smooth.
- Divide in two tall glasses. Garnish if desired.