Raspberry Cocoa Smoothie

July 31, 2015

Raspberry Cocoa Smoothie

One thing I’ve learned over the years is that people have strong opinions about the combination of fruit and chocolate.
I don’t judge, I mean, I have strong opinions about pretty much everything, such as the combination of chocolate and cayenne pepper (sometimes), whitefish salad sandwich (no thanks), pillow fight in Union Square (once is more than enough), and how many rounds of Candy Crush it is acceptable to play back-to-back (non-stop, what kind of question is that?)
What I’m saying here, is that pretty much the only thing I don’t have uncompromising views on is the combo of fruit and chocolate.

Raspberry Cocoa Smoothie




And yet when I spotted this recipe for a smoothie with raspberry, avocado, banana, cocoa, chia, and milk I said to myself, as emphatically as ever, “I dunno, wouldn’t it be kind of weird mess?
Which is when I realized that I might have an intransigent, inflexible, absolutist view of smoothies. I can be labeled as some sort of smoothie fundamentalist.
To me, they’re a very specific thing, one or two fruits/veggies, mixed with a liquid (fruit juice or milk), a touch of sweetness, and some add-ons (e.g., chia seed) if desired.
A smoothie with avocado, banana, and raspberries? Cocoa? Honey, chia seeds, milk, and salt?
Two words: smoothie mess.

Raspberry Cocoa Smoothie




Forget all that: Let’s put a lot of stuff in our smoothies. Let’s put cocoa and raspberries in everything.
Seriously, can we talk about how good this smoothie is with a tad of dusted cocoa on top?
Raspberry and chocolate are one of those combinations that seem like they were meant to be. The sweet tartness of the raspberry compliments the sweetness in chocolate so well.
The banana and the avocado give this smoothie a thicker consistency all the while bringing long-lasting energy and healthy nutrients.
Guys, this smoothie is a total winner. I think you know what needs to be done.

Raspberry Cocoa Smoothie


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Barely adapted from ThrivingHomeBlog

Ingredients
Serves 2

1 cup frozen raspberries
½ avocado, pitted
½ large ripe banana, sliced and frozen
3 tablespoons cocoa powder
1 ½ cups milk of choice
1 tablespoon chia seeds
3 teaspoons honey (I used this raw organic honey)
Pinch of fine grain sea salt

Directions

Place all ingredients in a blender and process until smooth.
Serve immediately!

Nutrition facts

One serving yields 251 calories, 10 grams of fat, 49 grams of carbs, 5 grams of protein.

23 comments:

  1. This has some creamy goodness in here with the banana and avo! Love the cocoa and raspberry flavor combination and especially loving that topping- so pretty!

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    1. Dusted cocoa Medha, it's all about dusted cocoa!

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  2. If this is a mess, then I am 100% down for messy smoothie goodness. That avocado and banana? Hello creamy! And raspberry and chocolate? Yes to putting that in ALL the smoothies. Pinned!

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  3. Hmmm, now that is one delicious looking mess, Alpha. I'm not usually a huge chocolate + fruit kind of guy, but Laura recently brought back some Lindt chocolate from Germany that was filled with passionfruit puree. Holy chocolate that was delicious. I've never added cocoa to the top of my smoothies, but I sense a new trend about to start! #WolfpackTrendSetters

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    1. I've to look out for those chocolates...
      #WolfpackHunting

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  4. You know what - at times, I've put avocados in smoothies and at times I put in bananas - but never together - and never with cocoa and raspberries (which are awesmazing together) - this might look like a mess - but, it sure does sound delish!

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    1. You should try this Shashi, it's that good!

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  5. I love the colour of this. It looks delicious.

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  6. Hi Mike, this might be a mess but it sound delicious, love the picture of each item but all together in the glass. Have a great week-end!

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  7. I'm taking your word on this one & giving it a go! It sounds strange but looks amazing!!

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    1. It really is amazing Senika, you should totally give it a try!

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  8. Ahhh the avocado - adds a nice creamy touch!! I love the choco/rasp combo. Happy Friday!!

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    1. Thank you so much Jess, hope you had a great weekend

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  9. Absolutely agree, Mike - the combo of fruit and chocolate is legit. I love incorporating cacao in my green smoothies. It lifts them up to a new level. Love your smoothie collection and their pictures (I've haven't been able to get any decent pictures of that chocolate green smoothie yet).

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    1. Choco green smoothie, I like the sound of that!

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  10. This looks like perfection! That combo of cocoa and fruit looks so great, and not at all a mess! And that avocado! Yum! I definitely need to try this out sometime, Mike! :D

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  11. Be right back. Going to make this NOW!

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  12. Chocolate and raspberry is the best, and I can't wait to make this for breakfast!

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