Hello! Is that box of candy you got for Valentine's Day gone but the craving for chocolate isn't? But maybe you'd like something more on the healthy side? Well, why not try a Chocolate-Nut Smoothie?
Here's how you make it:
Chocolate-Nut Smoothie (adapted from an unknown source)
1/4 cup nuts (recipe suggested almonds or hazelnuts)
1 cup water
1/2 cup ice
4-5 dates (recipe suggested subbing honey or maple syrup)
2 teaspoons baking cocoa
1 teaspoon coconut oil (recipe suggested subbing flax seed)
Put all in blender and blend until smooth. Makes one serving.
Notes: I had walnuts, so I used those. The recipe didn't say, but I assume that the nuts are meant to be raw.
It didn't say how much honey or maple syrup to use, so I'd say add it to taste. I had dates already on hand so I used them. Unlike honey and maple syrup, the dates have the added benefit of fiber. According to the package, a serving size of five dates provides about 12% of the daily fiber recommended. Not bad!
True, those five dates also add calories - about 120. The nuts would add close to 200 calories per 1/4 cup serving (would vary some depending on which nuts are used). Thus, not an especially low-calorie smoothie, but I think this would be a good post-workout drink. It's not super sweet by any means, but the chocolatey taste from the baking cocoa is nice. A handful of fruit (berries or banana) would be nice too, I'm sure.
Here's how the smoothie turned out:
Just for fun, I drank my Chocolate-Nut smoothie in a drinking glass from Belts' Soft Serve of Stevens Point, WI. This is a deliberate irony, since during the three years we lived in Stevens Point I had many grape slushes and Heath Bar flurries (aka blizzard, cyclone, concrete, etc) from Belts'. But nary a smoothie; Belts didn't make them.
PS I realize that coconut oil and flaxseed may scream "health food store", but these ingredients can now be found in well-stocked grocery stores as well.