Vegan Chocolate Hazelnut Smoothie

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    It is Valentine's Day this week, and I have been saving my most decadent make-your-sweetheart-weak-at-the-knees chocolate hazelnut shake for this occasion. Valentine's Day is a fabulous excuse to spoil yourself and your special somebody, and this smoothie that tastes like liquid nutella delivers in spectacular fashion.

    I am going to offer a disclaimer right off the bat and say that this is not a low-calorie or low-sugar smoothie. This shake is luxurious, decadent, and all about the fun! "Hello, My Name is Tess, and I'm a Chocoholic." Today, I'm giving myself permission to enable my addiction with reckless abandon. Hazelnuts and chocolate are a culinary match made in heaven, and this shake is a blendaholic's wet dream. It will seriously rock your world.

    I used my homemade hazelnut milk as the base for this smoothie. If you don't want to make your own fresh hazelnut milk, you could use the Pacific Foods hazelnut milk and use less sweetener in the recipe. This recipe makes about one 16-ounce glass. It's very rich, so I like to serve it in shot glasses topped with fresh raspberries.

    Either way, this recipe is a stunner, a winner, and not to be missed.

    Find more delicious smoothie recipes 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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    Vegan Chocolate Hazelnut Smoothie

    Vegan Chocolate Hazelnut Smoothie

    Makes two 16-ounce glasses10 MINS

    optional boosters

    Throw all of the ingredients (including any boosters) into your blender and blast on high for 30 to 60 seconds until smooth and creamy.

    Find more delicious smoothie recipes in The Blender Girl Smoothies app
    Photo by Trent Lanz; styling by Alicia Buszczak

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