Blueberries and Chocolate? For Real? Ok, I know this sounds a bit strange and you’re probably thinking, no way. I am sure you’ve had strawberries dipped in chocolate, or maybe a dark chocolate raspberry truffle? But blueberries and chocolate in a smoothie might be pushing it.
Kind of what I thought too when I spotted this recipe for a smoothie on pinterest. Blueberries, chia, spinach, cocoa nibs, almond butter, almond milk, pinch of pink himalayan salt, and for a bit of sweetness, 1/2 of a banana. I said to myself, “I am not so sure…….wouldn’t it be kind of a weird mess”.
Remember my freezer full of wild blueberries I wrote about in an earlier post? Truth is, I have been bit stuck on my Blueberry Cheesecake Smoothie so I decided to try something different…..but blueberries and chocolate….hmmmmm?
I don’t mean to judge anyone or claim I am an expert at making smoothies, but I do have some pretty strong opinions of a lot of things. For instance, Strawberries and Chocolate (yes) liver and onions (no thanks, not a liver fan) running the wrong way in a race (once is enough) and how many times can I say “I love you” in a day (pretty much no limit, what kind of question is that?).
So maybe I am a bit of a Smoothie snob? Not really, it’s just that I used to think making a smoothie was a very specific thing; one or two fruits/veggies, mixed with a liquid (water or milk), a touch of sweetness, and some add-ons (e.g., chia seed) if desired. But a smoothie with blueberries, banana, spinach? Cocoa? Almond butter, chia seeds, milk, and salt? Seriously…. a Smoothie Mess!
WRONG! Delicious!!!!!!!!! You must try! So forget what I just said and PUT LOTS of STUFF in your smoothie! In fact, let’s put cocoa and blueberries in everything. Except my mom’s Blueberry pie🙂
I’ve discovered, blueberries and chocolate are one of those combinations that seem like they were meant to be. Tart berries and sweet chocolate…..what a complimentary pair! The banana gave this smoothie a thicker consistency so it’s like a thick milkshake!
I am obsessed with this smoothie! It tastes like a chocolatey, blueberry, almond buttery heaven and is packed with protein! I drink this in the morning for breakfast after my runs! I bet it would be good for dinner too when you’re too tired to cook. Desert for dinner….Yep I can. Seriously, can I just say this is even extra delicious sprinkled with raw cacao nibs on top!
1 1/2 cups of vanilla almond milk (unsweetened)
1/2 frozen banana
1 cup of frozen wild blueberries
1 serving of chocolate protein powder (I use the Chocolate Lifeshake but the Vanilla would work too).
1 heaping tablespoon of almond butter
1 handful of spinach
1 heaping tablespoon of chia seeds
a pinch of pink himalayan sea salt
a tablespoon of raw cocoa powder and a few cacaos nib for topping