[donotprint] You ever make a smoothie that had so much frozen fruit it was almost like soft serve?
I made a berry filled smoothie packed with frozen raspberries, strawberries and blueberries and just to add to the frostiness I also added half a frozen banana for some extra thick and creaminess! Not adding half a banana to a smoothie just doesn’t seem right, it has a role to play, a flavour to contribute and it makes smoothies all the satisfying.
I decided to let it thaw out a bit and added a bit more almond milk to get things going before serving up and digging in. It was still super duper chilled; nothing worse than a warm smoothie!
It was no ordinary berry smoothie…the topping gives it away…
It was a chocolate berry smoothies. The blend of tart, sweet, juicy fruits with the rich dark cocoa powder was incredible, complimented beautifully by some raw cacao nibs, coconut and fresh berries. I always save my fresh berries for toppings or mix ins unless for some strange reason I have an abundance of them to use; not something that happens very often as I tend to eat them by the punnet load as and when I buy them! Chocolate and berries…were could you go wrong!
Frozen berries work so much better in smoothies anyway, the flavour is that little bit more intense.
As if this smoothie wasn’t thick enough I decided to add some flax seed; and of course to bring some healthy fats in to the mix. Blended up with half a scoop of Sunwarrior Vanilla…not only was it a berry blaster is was a belly filler! Perfectly satisfied. It kept me going right up until breakfast round 2 a few hours later.
I made a fantastic new discovery the other day; it was more of a find rather than a discovery.. Frozen cherries! Unfortunately found them after my berry smoothie so they didn’t get thrown in to the mix though it does mean I will get to make myself a cherry filled smoothie very soon! I’m just hoping the shop I found them in stocks them all winter long..I see a cherry filled winter ahead of me!
I have tried tinned but can only find them in syrup which isn’t ideal, they don’t retain they’re cherry flavour quite as much as I’d like and the texture unless blended up or used to make a jam leaves little to be desired.
My favourite frozen fruit, one which I think I may actually prefer frozen (thawed or blended) are blueberries! They just tend to burst with juiciness…though this might change when I get some frozen cherries in to me!
What’s your favourite frozen fruit? [/donotprint]
Chocolate Berry Blaster Smoothie
Servings – 1
Preparation Time – 5 minutes
- 375ml (1 ½ cup) almond milk
- 1 ½ cup frozen berries (I used blueberries, raspberries and strawberries)
- 1 tbsp ground flax seed
- 1 tbsp Dutch unprocessed cocoa powder
- ½ frozen banana
- ½ scoop Vanilla Sunwarrior Protein powder
- 1/3 cup fresh berries (blueberries, strawberries and raspberries)
- 1 tbsp raw cacao nibs
- 1 heaped tsp desiccated coconut
- Blend together all smoothie ingredients. If too frosty leave to thaw for about 5 minutes.
- Serve topped with cacao nibs, coconut and fresh berries.