Healthy Dark Chocolate Strawberry Smoothie for Breakfast — Meal Prep

Healthy Dark Chocolate Strawberry Smoothie for Breakfast — Meal Prep

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Apparently thirty comes with wild nights like, oh, you know, straining a ligament in your jaw while trying to enjoy half a bar of extra dark chocolate with your partner after the kids go to bed. Sooo glamorous.

After finding out I couldn’t chew without crazy pain and then seeing a specialist who told me to just not chew anything for two weeks—wait, what—I went through as much pudding and jello as I could stand. Going back to the 1950s for a couple days was fun. But I need real food.

Thankfully, it’s the beginning of strawberry season! That means we’re clearing the frozen Costco strawberries out of our freezer with smoothie and popsicle recipes. And we’re rolling into enjoying the first precious local berries of the season the fresh and unadulterated way nature intended. 

Gorgeous fresh strawbabies

Gorgeous fresh strawbabies

Here we have my beautiful Hurricane Creek Farms strawberries. I take them out of the fridge, inhale their beautiful smell, eat a handful, and place carefully back in the fridge. This smoothie recipe belongs to frozen store berries or surplus berries at the end of strawberry season. Leave those fresh, new berries for by-the-handful eating!

All my smoothie supplies on deck

All my smoothie supplies on deck

Get out two bananas. (We buy those from Costco too. Shopping in bulk is great for all the things we can’t get locally. Yay budget!) Also grab cacao or cocoa powder, a dairy or nondairy milk of your choice, 12 oz of strawberries (yes, weigh them), almond butter, and vanilla extract. I make my own vanilla extract and I’ll show you how soon!

Chunked bananas, strawberries, almond butter, cocao, vanilla, and cow juice

Chunked bananas, strawberries, almond butter, cocao, vanilla, and cow juice

Break your bananas into chunks and drop them in the bottom of your blender. Next, the strawberries, then 1/4 cup of almond butter, two tablespoons of cacao powder, and a teaspoon of vanilla. Pour one and a half cups of milk over all this.

The magic happens overnight in the fridge—smoooooth texture

The magic happens overnight in the fridge—smoooooth texture

Here’s where I put the lid on the blender canister and stick it in the fridge overnight. The strawberries thaw a little and it’s easy to have breakfast ready quickly in the morning.  

Blend this till smooth when ready. 

Protein and fiber powder!

Protein and fiber powder!

Then take out ground oats, flax, and hemp hearts. So much protein and fiber! 

Ground and added to the smoothie

Ground and added to the smoothie

Pour them into the blender and give it one last good blend. Now time to pour this into four glasses and drink up!

This smoothie tastes like delicious dark chocolate mixed with a strawberry shake. But is great for you with no added sugar and plenty of protein!  Strawberries and bananas taste great together in this, and also do two jobs.

Bananas have a lot of sugar and make you feel full. Great for the first meal of the day! Strawberries have very little sugar and tons of fiber—great for keeping you full on very few calories. The two balance each other out well. 

Choose cow’s milk, almond milk, soy milk, or whatever milk agrees with you most. The milk, almond butter, hemp, flax, and oats all add protein, and the cacao powder delivers extra antioxidants. This smoothie does it all! 

Healthy Dark Chocolate Strawberry Smoothie

Makes four servings

  • 2 ripe bananas

  • 12 oz strawberries (frozen is great)

  • 1/4 cup almond butter

  • 2 tablespoons cacao or cocoa powder

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1 1/2 cups dairy or nondairy milk

  • 1 tablespoon ground flax

  • 1 tablespoon ground hemp hearts

  • 1 tablespoon ground oats

Layer fruit, almond butter, cacao powder, vanilla extract and milk in the blender. Blend until smooth. Open the canister and sprinkle ground flax, hemp hearts, and oats into the blender. Close and blend again until smooth. Pour into four cups and serve. 

Try this and tell me how it went for you! What is your favorite smoothie recipe?

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