Chocolate Covered Strawberry Smoothie Bowl
As Valentine's Day is just around the corner, I saw it fitting to make this smoothie bowl an ode to the classic February delicacy: the chocolate covered strawberry. Yes, this bowl has all the tastiness of that treat, yet is a naturally sweetened breakfast or dessert option. Although using chocolate chips is the way to go if you want to make it more dessert-like, carob chips work incredibly well as they are rich and naturally sweet. I also used cacao powder (made from a cold-pressed cocoa bean) instead of cocoa as it has less fat and contains more antioxidants while still maintaining the same, chocolatey flavor. While I found this bowl very tasty with strawberries, it also tastes great with blueberries, raspberries, or bananas for a less Valentine-themed option. So, whether you are wanting to switch up your typical breakfasts or turn your favorite treat into an ice cream-like dessert, I hope this blend makes the month of February a little more festive.
1 1/2 cups frozen strawberries
1 1/2 tbs cacao powder (or unsweetened cocoa powder works too!)
4 pitted dates (the medjool or deglet noir types taste best with this recipe)
2 tbs chocolate, carob, or cacoa chips (I used carob chips because they are naturally sweet but any chocolate-tasting chip will be delicious)
1/2 cup almond milk (or more, depending on consistency)
Shredded coconut (on top, optional)
Simply mix up the strawberries, cacao, dates, chocolate (or cacao or carob) chips, and almond milk in a blender. Continue to add almond milk to the mixture and stir until the blend is thick and creamy. If you are having trouble blending all of the strawberries, I would suggest thawing a couple in the microwave or using fresh ones if you have them. After the mixture reaches your desired consistency, put into a bowl and add a few more chocolate chips (or chocolate chip substitutes) and shredded coconut on top. Make a smoothie using this recipe by simply adding more almond milk and blending until the consistency is a little thinner than the bowl.
Happy Valentine's Day & enjoy!