Chocolate and strawberries often go hand in hand with Valentine’s Day. I don’t think this day of hearts and cupid is complete without them. I have a super simple recipe (which I will share as well!) to make chocolate dipped strawberries, but this week I was thinking that taking this recipe to smoothie form could be just what I need! I love the ease of packing fruits, veggies and protein all into one sippable, creamy drink. This smoothie in particular makes me feel like a kid. It’s pretty much like a milkshake, but packed with protein, vitamins and more!
I think that chocolate often gets a bad rap because it typically is combined with lots of sugar. Unsweetened cocoa can actually have a great deal of benefits. It contains copper, a mineral your body needs, fiber, and phytonutrients which can help prevent cancer. If you consume chocolate in its natural form, it’s not so bad at all! And if you combine chocolate with strawberries then you are talking about a way to make your day even brighter!
- 6-8 frozen or fresh strawberries medium to large
- 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt feel free to use vanilla or strawberry instead, but you may not need the maple then
- 2 1/2 T cocoa powder
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 T chia seeds
- 2 tsp maple syrup or honey
- 1/2 cup milk of choice
Combine all ingredients into a high speed blender and process until smooth.
Garnish with some whipped cream and cacao nibs if you prefer!
If using fresh strawberries, toss in a few ice cubes to thicken and chill the smoothie.
If using frozen strawberries, you may need 1/4 cup more milk.