How can I possibly make a caramel smoothie with no refined sugar? My secret, superfood ingredient: pitted dates. These guys add a wonderful caramel flavor and sweetness, as well as fiber, antioxidants, and minerals.
I added another nutrition boost with a scoop of Barlean's Chocolate Silk Greens, a mix of cocoa and powdered superfoods like spirulina, strawberries, and goji berries. It's a delicious addition to my chocolate smoothies (and would be a great way to add some goodness to your kids' hot cocoa or chocolate milk!).
Barlean's is one of the sponsors of Choctoberfest, so they provided me with the wonderful greens mix; I also used Divine Chocolate Cocoa Powder in this smoothie, as well as their chopped dark chocolate bar for garnish. Divine is another generous sponsor of our chocolate celebration this month.
- 2/3 cup plain Greek yogurt
- 2/3 cup milk
- 5 to 6 small pitted dates
- 1/2 frozen banana
- 1 to 2 Tablespoons cocoa
- 1 scoop Barlean's Chocolate Silk Greens
- 1 Tablespoon peanut butter
- pinch of sea salt
- handful of ice
- coarse sea salt, chocolate syrup, and/or chopped dark chocolate to garnish (optional)
Blend everything in a high-powered blender until smooth and frothy. If desired, garnish with some chopped dark chocolate and a good pinch of coarse sea salt, as well as a drizzle of chocolate syrup.
Whether you're starting your day with this smoothie for breakfast or ending your day with this smoothie for dessert, enjoy it! Sometimes it feels great to indulge a craving.
And don't forget to check out our other Choctoberfest featured recipe: our 10-minute Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Truffles. Packed with nutrition and deliciousness!
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