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Who doesn’t love a breakfast recipe that involves chocolate? Or a snack.. or a dessert..? Really, chocolate is great whether it is for breakfast lunch or dinner! Do y’all agree?
If so, this is the recipe for you. Watching what you eat? Great! This is still the recipe for you. Because this chocolatey smoothie only tastes indulgent but is actually packed full of super foods and great nutrients. So have it as a great start to your day, a mid-afternoon snack to ward off cravings, or a late night dessert to cure even the toughest sweet tooth!
Sneaky Super Foods
I am sure some of you out there heard “packed full of super foods” and wanted to run in the other direction thinking there is no way this could taste good. But I wouldn’t do that to you. All of the great nutrients in this smoothie are snuck in where your taste buds won’t find them!
Learning new vegetables that I can sneak into my smoothies has become one of my favorite past times (seriously). I love smoothies but when you only utilize fruits the sugar content spikes quickly. But when you have too many greens you might not get the flavor you were hoping for. So this recipe takes advantage of the first new veggie I have been trying: cauliflower. Frozen cauliflower adds a phenomenal texture to smoothies – with little to no taste. It is the perfect addition to increase the nutritional value of a smoothie, allow you to make a larger smoothie that will be more filling but without all that sugar, AND it makes your smoothie creamier! What is not to love about that?? I just bought a bag of frozen florets from the grocery store and measured out a cup to add to my blender. But you could also buy fresh cauliflower, steam it, and then freeze, or just stick some you already have in the freezer if it is about to go bad! Great way to get full use out of your groceries.
Want to add a solid amount of hemp, chia, and flax seeds to your smoothie all in one scoop? One of my favorite products is Nutiva’s Superseed Blend. It is a combination of all of these great seeds, along with a little coconut mixed in for sweetness, that makes it so easy to beef up the nutrients in your smoothie bowl.
I am obsesseddddd with Silk’s unsweetened cashew milk. Only 25 calories per cup, less fat content than almond milk, and dairy free! It has a great sweet taste and creamy texture to really make your smoothie the best it can be while providing all the nutritional benefits with none of the downsides of traditional cow milks (bad for people with dairy intolerance) or almond milks (usually contain additives and extra sugar).
Even the Chocolate is Healthy!
It would have been easy to just pour a cup of chocolate syrup into this smoothie and call it a day. But I wanted to provide you that great chocolate flavor without ruining the nutritional value of the smoothie. So I found a way to not only do that, but actually make it even healthier.
The secret? Ovaltine. I love having this on hand to make my own chocolate milk, because if I buy a gallon I’ll never go through it. And the idea struck me that I should put it in here! And I am so glad I did. It is packed full of 12 different vitamins and minerals, uses no artificial sweeteners or flavors, and only has 40 calories per two tablespoons (with no fat). Not bad!
Also – instead of adding a bunch of chocolate chips on top, I used cacao nibs (I buy these ones). These nibs are simply cacao beans that have been chopped up into edible pieces. So they are a little less sweet than chocolate chips, but still provide that chocolately flavor – just without all of the added sugar and fat – and with more nutrients! These little guys are packed FULL of fiber and iron. One ounce provides about 20% of the daily recommended value of each. They are also really rich in antioxidants.
So now that you know all the reasons it is so healthy, try it yourself and see for yourself all of the (DELICIOUS) reasons this is my new favorite smoothie bowl!
Note: This recipe yields a thicker smoothie, meant to eat from a bowl rather than through a straw from a cup. If you like your smoothies thinner and more “drinkable,” add small amounts of cashew milk to your blender and continue to blend until it reaches your desired consistency.