Chock-Full Chocolate Surprise Smoothie

from The Blender Girl Smoothies app

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  • Dairy Free
    Dairy Free
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    Gluten Free
  • Egg Free
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  • Nut Free
    Nut Free
  • Soy Free
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One of the most popular recipes from The Blender Girl cookbook, this delicious shake is a fun way to get kids to eat more veggies.

Unlike the murky color of some vegetable smoothies, the brown of this smoothie makes it look like a regular chocolate milkshake, enabling you to hide all manner of nutritious goodies inside. And it’s so delicious and creamy, nobody will know that it contains greens!

Note that the broccoli must be frozen and the cauliflower must be steamed and cooled, not raw. This is quick and easy to make if you have a bit of leftover cauliflower. If you can’t quite get your head around blending wet florets, you can always add an extra banana and reduce the sweetener.

Find this recipe and more delicious smoothies in The Blender Girl Smoothies app.

*Probiotic Powder - I add 1/2 teaspoon of probiotic powder to all smoothies to replenish stores of healthy bacteria for immunity, digestion, detox, and to balance the acidic effects of high-sugar fruits and other sweeteners. The really potent probiotics require refrigeration. If you have capsules, break the shell and release the powder. Unsweetened probiotic-rich liquids like kefirs (water, coconut water, milk varieties) or kombucha make wonderful health-promoting additions to shakes, too.

*Celtic Sea Salt - I add a pinch (or more) of this alkalizing, mineral-rich salt to all smoothies to boost the natural flavor of fruits and veggies; temper the acidity of sweet fruits and sweeteners; stimulate the lymphatic system; replenish electrolytes; aid digestion; and help the body access energy. I do not recommend adding common table salt which is generally heated to extreme temperatures, iodized, bleached, processed, and refined. This salt does not have the same benefits. If you have a health condition that requires you to limit your sodium intake consult your doctor before adding salt to your smoothies.

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Chock-Full Chocolate Surprise Smoothie

Chock-Full Chocolate Surprise Smoothie

from The Blender Girl Smoothies app

Makes two 16-ounce glasses10 MINS
  • 1 cup (240ml) unsweetened hemp, almond, or rice milk (strained if homemade) 
  • 1/2 teaspoon probiotic powder (optional, see post)
  • 1/2 cup (22g) firmly packed baby spinach
  • 1/4 cup (25g) frozen broccoli (about 2 florets)
  • 1 medium-sized banana, plus more to taste
  • 1/2 ripe pear, cored, plus more to taste
  • 1 cup (120g) steamed cauliflower florets (cooled completely)
  • 2 tablespoons cacao powder, plus more to taste
  • 2 teaspoons natural vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup, plus more to taste
  • 1 cup (125g) ice cubes

Optional Boosters

Throw everything into your blender (including any boosters) and blast on high for 30 to 60 seconds, until smooth and creamy. Tweak the banana, pear, cacao, vanilla, and maple syrup.
*This smoothie is best consumed immediately before the vegetables get assertive.

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