Strawberry Chocolate (healthy!) Soft Serve Smoothie

Anyone who says strawberries and chocolate aren’t amazing is crazy.  Anyone who says strawberries and chocolate in the form of ice cream isn’t delicious, satisfying, dreamy creamy, and can just leave now.

I am the first to say that everyone is entitled to their opinions and preferences, so at okay if maybe this isn’t your jam. I just am also the first to say that chocolate has been the love of my life (sorry boys, the bar is set pretty high because of it…) and that chocolate ice milkshakes is the reason I denied my body’s negative response to dairy for over a year.  And this smoothie is the reason I can live without the dairy…

This is smooth and thick and sweet and decadent and sexy (okay maybe Ithats taking it too far…) and fit for literally any meal of the day.  The first time I made this recipe, I made it twice in a day because that is literally all I wanted to eat.  So if smoothies are your thing, definitely try this one out.

This is hearsay recipe that is going to fill you up with sustained energy throughout the day!! It is cold, thick, chocolates, sweet…all the things you’d look for in soft serve.


STRAWBERRY CHOCOLATE SOFT SERVE SMOOTHIE 
serves 1 bowl or 2 cups 

Ingredients:
1/2 cup almond milk (no more!!)
3 Tbs chia seeds
1 large handful spring mix
1 Tbsp cacao
1-2 Tbsp almond butter
1 cup frozen strawberries
1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder
1/2 cup ice

Method
Toss all ingredients in a high speed blender. Use a tamper to get all ingredients blended! If no tamper SAFELY use a wooden spoon, making sure to keep it out of the range of the blades. Top with any favorite toppings (shredded coconut, bee pollen, nut butter, cacao, berries, etc.) Serve immediately and spoon with a smile :)

Creamy Chocolate Mango Smoothie

This great smoothie came to be the way most of my smoothies do: I was in a week-long process of clearing out the freezer and decided to use what had been left over.  But let me tell you, this one is a winner.  I had it for dessert or a snack every single day for an entire week.

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Ingredients
serves 2

1 cup water
1 cup frozen mango
1 cup frozen blueberries
1/4 cup coconut cream
3-4 Tbs cocoa powder
1 serving protein powder (consult the label for how many scoops!)
1/4 Tbs vanilla extract
Optional: ice cubes, matcha, maca, spirulina, bee pollen, cinnamon, turmeric

Method

Blend until smooth and top with your favorite toppings (chopped fruit, chia seeds, hemp seeds, any of the optional ingredients above, unsweetened shredded coconut).  Serve in a glass or a bowl with a spoon, breathe, take a sip, and smile.

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I hope you enjoy this as much as me and my family do! Remember, your health is worth it!

Love,
Lucy

Chocolate Almond Butter Steel Cut Oats (Vegan, Gluten Free)

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What day is it? Snow Day Saturday! Okay, I know that saturdays are saturdays, but being snowed in makes it a lot easier to get excited about doing “nothing”.  Or in this case, creating some tasty oatmeal to warm me up on this cold morning in Harrisonburg.  As I was going to bed last night, the only thing I wanted was chocolate to fix a not-so-hot day.  So I decided to dream about the chocolate peanut butter oatmeal I would make in the morning. When I woke up, I forgot that I didn’t have any banana (one of the staples in my fast, 5 minute oatmeal) and I had much more almond butter than I did peanut butter.  So, I decided I’d spend the extra time with some steel-cut oats and try out the almond butter.  I even dipped some almond butter in my cacao to make sure the combination would be a good one! Though I was skeptical, this turned out to be a delicious breakfast–so delicious that I even surprised myself.

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One thing I love about steel cut oats is that you can really chew them.  I am a big fan of having a satisfying bite, with something crunchy or substantial to chew on (usually chia seeds, the seeds on raspberries, hemp seeds, almonds, sunflower seeds…the list goes on).  This oatmeal totally hits that requirement! It is creamy, chewy, chocolatey, comforting, and charge you up! It is super dense, and sure to keep you warm, this coming from a continually cold person.

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Chocolate Almond Butter Steel Cut Oats (Vegan, Gluten Free)
Serves 1

Ingredients
3/4 cup almond milk (or your milk of choosing)
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup steel cut oats (make sure they are gluten free!)
1.5 Tbsp almond butter
3/4 Tbsp cacao
1 Tbsp maple syrup or honey (though the honey is not vegan)
1/4 tsp Salt

Method
1.  Bring the almond milk, water, and salt to a boil in a small pot.
2.  Add the oats, turn the heat on low or low-medium and cover for about 10 minutes.  Stir occasionally.
3.  Stir in the cacao, almond butter, and maple syrup and let it sit for about 5-10 more minutes, depending on how soft you want the oats.
4.  Take off the heat and enjoy!

Notes:
Garnish with some more almond butter, hemp seeds, maybe bananas if you have them.
If you are as big a fan of cinnamon as I am, you will want to add cinnamon to this recipe–
DONT!  While I find that the cinnamon adds a great dimension to chocolate, it tends to mask
the nut butter. So try to resist if you want to have that great nutty flavor.
Definitely test this out with peanut butter or any other nut butter you have!

DSC_0421I hope you enjoy this as much as I did, and just remember to experiment and have fun! Go take charge of your life and do what you love (I think this is the caffeine in the cacao talking…not bad advice I guess).  Stay warm wherever you may be, and thanks for stopping by.

Love,
Lucy