I’m not saying to not let your kids indulge in a little Valentine’s Day chocolate.
I am not a monster.
I’m just saying that making something delicious and fun and very Valentine’s day-y, while also being healthy, is feasible option.
So this took me a few tries. I know. It’s just a smoothie bowl. It shouldn’t be that big of a deal.
To begin with, I really tried to health this up a little more by using some spinach, chia seeds, and yogurt in my smoothie base. The result was not unpleasant in the taste department, but the gray color was a bit of a turn off. I was looking for a bright happy pink. What came out of my blender looked like a smoothie corpse.
I guess throwing in some dark chocolate chips would be an easier option, but I really wanted tiny flecks of chocolate running throughout the smoothie, as well as no added sugar, so I made my own chocolate drizzle out of coconut oil, honey, and cacao powder. (Bonus: super food!) And because coconut oil solidifies almost immediately when touching something super cold, it was perfect.
–You will want this smoothie to be thick and icy, so add ice for consistency. It needs to be really cold so when the chocolate is drizzled in, it will solidify immediately, then break into little bits.
–I tried to make chocolate curls by using the same chocolate mixture, then spreading on the back of a baking pan in a thin layer. I let it harden, then I used a small spatula to scrape up rows that would curl. They were not perfect curls, but the potential is there for someone who has way more patience than I.
- 2 tablespoons (solid) organic virgin coconut oil
- 2 teaspoons honey
- 2 tablespoons cacao or cocoa powder
- ¾ cup almond milk, plus more if needed
- ½ banana (fresh or frozen)
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 cups frozen strawberries (can use fresh too)
- 1 tablespoon honey
- Ice for consistency
- Heat the coconut oil and honey on high heat for 30 seconds in microwave or just until oil melts. Whisk, then add cacao powder and whisk again until smooth. Set aside.
- Blend the smoothie ingredients together adding ice cubes for consistency—this smoothie should be thick and ice cold.
- When smoothie is done, stop the blender and drizzle the chocolate in while using a long spoon to stir the smoothie so the chocolate breaks up into small bits spread throughout the smoothie. (The coconut oil in the chocolate should harden almost immediately when it touches the frozen mixture.) Pulse the blender a couple of times to make the chocolate bits smaller, but don’t over blend. You want tiny chocolate bits running throughout.
- Pour into two bowls and serve with a spoon! Garnish with fresh fruit if desired.