Decadent dark chocolate and tart raspberries come together in an amazingly- healthy protein-packed smoothie, perfect for any time of day!
Can you believe Valentine’s Day is THIS WEEK?
I am in shock and awe at how fast this year is already flying by! I feel like Christmas Day was just a couple days ago, and yet it’s already halfway thru February! Where has all the time gone??
Probably my favorite part about Valentine’s Day, is that it’s essentially a holiday to celebrate chocolate!
Deep, dark chocolate. With Raspberries.
And I love it!
And something I love even more than just dark chocolate and raspberries, is having it for breakfast. And on top of having it for breakfast, is that it’s healthy, but it tastes like dessert.
This giant-sized smoothie is packed with healthy protein, is low in calories and will keep you full for hours! The perfect breakfast (or lunch…or dinner…or snack!).
The only major recommendation I always have when making yogurt-based smoothies, is to freeze your yogurt before blending everything together. An hour or two in the freezer will harden up your yogurt enough so that it turns your smoothie into this thick, creamy milkshake-like drink! It’s the best. I typically use Greek yogurt and whey protein when I make this, but feel free to use almond or coconut yogurt + milk and a vegan protein powder if you’d like to keep this smoothie dairy-free.
Deliciously decadent and so thick and creamy, you’ll never guess that this giant chocolatey-raspberry smoothie is actually a perfectly healthy breakfast!
- 1 cup crushed Ice
- 1 carton Vanilla or Raspberry Yogurt (Greek, regular, or a Dairy-Free version all work well), slightly frozen*
- ¾-1 cup Milk (Cow’s, Soy, Almond, Coconut, etc.- use your favorite!)**
- 1 scoop Protein Powder (optional)
- ½ cup Frozen Raspberries
- 1 Tablespoon Unsweetened Dark Cocoa Powder
- ½ teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- 1-2 Stevia Packets, or Liquid Stevia to taste**
- Pinch Xanthan Gum (about ⅛ teaspoon)**
- Combine all ingredients in a high-powered blender, and blend until smooth. It may be necessary (even 2-3 times, depending on the type of blender you use) to stop the blender, scrape down the sides with a rubber spatula, add additional liquid or xanthan gum if needed, and then restart to complete blending.
- Makes 1 large serving
**Use your favorite variety of milk in this recipe! I always use refrigerated Unsweetened Coconut milk; the variety of milk you use will affect the sweetness and the thickness of the smoothie. I always recommend starting by adding the least amount of sweetener and Xanthan Gum to the blender your first time making this, and then partway thru the blending, stop the blender to taste the smoothie, and add more sweetener/xanthan gum/milk to taste.
Smoothies are such an awesome way to get a lot of healthy goodness into our meals!
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