The perfect healthy chocolate beverage to share with that special someone. A fresh and creamy blend of cocoa, strawberries, almonds, bananas and flax seed.
It’s the official month of L-O-V-E! Show that special person how much they mean to you by starting the day off with a little romance. I’m talking about this healthy chocolate dipped strawberry smoothie.
Yep, a sip of sweet indulgence with nutritious benefits. Say “you make me weak in the knees” by whipping up a quick fruit cocoa smoothie for an antioxidant and energizing boost! Oh, yea, there’s some chocolate strawberry dipping action too, you’re not going to want to miss out.
I make a smoothie every morning in my Vitamix blender, usually a matcha green tea or strawberry banana mix. So I thought, why not make something with a little Valentine’s Day inspiration? I always have cocoa powder, almonds, and frozen strawberries as my pantry staples, score! Here is how I made this smoothie healthy…
How to Make a Healthy Smoothie
- Add Fiber: Whole strawberries contain 3 grams total fiber per cup, this smoothie recipe contains 6 grams total! One whole banana contains about 3 grams, with a high amount of soluble fiber. The ground flaxseeds provide omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, and lignans for heart health and cognitive benefits, two essential things you need when you’re in love, wink, wink.
- Add Superfoods: Unsweetened cocoa powder adds a rich chocolatey flavor without all of the added sugar. If you are looking for an even healthier superfood alternative, give cacao powder a try. It has a mild chocolate flavor but a little more fiber, iron, protein, and antioxidant.
- Add Protein: To make this smoothie more satiating, protein from almonds and greek yogurt add a little boost. Almonds contain a whopping 20 grams of protein per cup. This recipe contains 5 grams.
Okay now for the cherry on top! You don’t have to serve this luscious chocolate covered strawberry smoothie with literally with one, but why not? As a woman who can’t resist any types of chocolate, I guarantee you that adding this sweet touch will bring instant joy.
This chocolate strawberry smoothie recipe only takes a few minutes to prepare but will make those happy moments last forever. That’s my goal at least! Do you have any special valentine’s food that you make each year? I’d love to hear about your favorite recipe.
– XOXO from the Gavin family!
What is the benefit of using frozen fruit in smoothies?
Adding frozen fruit like strawberries or bananas to your smoothies has a couple of tasty benefits. Pureeing the fruit gives a more smooth, thick and less icy texture compared to adding ice. As the smoothie melts, the flavor doesn’t get as diluted. The smoothie melts more slowly, so you can enjoy each sip a little longer. If you don’t have frozen fruit on hand, my rule of thumb is to use about 1 cup of ice to every 8 ounces of liquid for a cold and thickened smoothie.
Chocolate Covered Strawberry Smoothie
- 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips, (60% cacao recommended)
- 4 whole strawberries, (for dipping)
- 2 cups strawberries, frozen
- 1 medium banana, sliced
- 1/4 cup almonds, whole
- 5 teaspoons unsweetened cocoa powder, or Viva Labs cacao powder
- 1 tablespoon flaxseed, ground
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk, or dairy free milk
- 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup, or honey
- 1/2 cup vanilla greek yogurt, (optional)
- Add chocolate chips to a small microwave-safe bowl.
- Heat in 30-second increments, stirring in between until chocolate is completely melted.
- Dip strawberries in chocolate and allow to dry on a parchment paper lined sheet pan.
- Add all ingredients into a blender.
- Blend for about 30 to 60 seconds until the mixture is smooth.
- Add more or less sweetener as needed.
- Add more almond milk as needed to thin smoothie consistency.
- Top with some Greek yogurt, a sprinkle of cocoa powder and strawberries.
- Smoothie recipe yields 3 cups.
- If you don't have frozen strawberries add fresh strawberries plus 1 cup ice cubes. Add more ice as needed.
- If you like a stronger cocoa flavor at 2 tablespoons cocoa powder.