I know I promised a final installment to the Dole Summit recaps (and I’ll be posting that one next), but I just had to share this amazing smoothie that I
guzzled created this morning!
After spending the past three days with a miserable cold (damn you, recirculated airline air), I woke up today feeling marginally better and craving something substantial–but also comforting. This drink hit the mark perfectly, since it combines a few of my very favorite things: breakfast; chocolate; my VitaMix; quick; and easy. I mean, with a quintet like that, how can you go wrong?** For me, it’s just what the
doctor naturopath ordered.
I adapted this recipe from one I came across in Ladies Home Journal magazine (May 2012 issue). I loved the concept of a mocha/nutella mix, but wasn’t crazy about the 305 calories, 15 grams (!) of fat, 6 grams of fiber and only 7 grams of protein in each serving.
My version replaces banana with pear (and if you can do banana, please feel free); coffee with Dandy blend; and nutella with the base ingredients of hazelnuts and raw cacao. I also used some chocolate rice protein powder to increase the nutritional content.
This low glycemic, dairy-free and whole foods version clocks in at 275 calories per serving, with 11.5 grams of fat, 12 grams of fiber and 12.5 grams of protein. I’d say that’s an improvement. . . and it seems to have given the boot to my cold today, too. Way better than a musical serenade, any time.
Chocolate Hazelnut Breakfast Smoothie
adapted from Ladies Home Journal, May 2012
This smoothie is a perfect combination of dessert-like flavors with nutritional value. Quick and easy, it provides a good balance of healthy fats, carbs and protein. I keep cored, quartered pears on hand in the freezer for just this type of recipe.
1/2 pear, frozen
2/3 cup (160 ml) rice milk, plain or chocolate
2/3 cup (160 ml) water (use ice if your pear isn’t frozen)
3 Tbsp (45 ml) whole hazelnuts, lightly toasted
1-1/2 Tbsp (22.5 ml) chia seeds
1 tsp (5 ml) Dandy blend or other instant coffee substitute
1 serving chocolate rice protein powder (I use Nutri-Biotic)
1 Tbsp (15 ml) raw cacao powder (or use cocoa, but increase the stevia)
10-15 drops plain or chocolate stevia liquid, to your taste
Place all ingredients in a high-powered blender and blend until smooth. Serve immediately. Makes 2 servings.
Suitable for: Anti-candida diet Stage 2 and beyond; dairy-free, egg-free, sugar-free, Diabetic-friendly.
** Actually, there is one quintet I’d rather be greeted with in the morning (which we heard live a few years ago). But giventhat the HH was born without a “romance gene,” I’d say there’s no chance he’ll be arranging a private concert for me any time soon.
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Other smoothies on DDD:
- Chocolate Mint Milkshake (ACD All Stages)
- Cranberry-Oat Smoothie (ACD Stage 2 and beyond)
- Swamp Thing Smoothie (ACD All Stages)
- Groovy Green Smoothie (ACD Stage 2 and beyond)
© Ricki Heller, Diet, Dessert and Dogs