i think we have our green smoothie game going strong at our house! we make them often, especially since the kids love them and it’s a great way to sneak in some extra greens into everyone’s diet. we shared a kale smoothie recipe last year that we love and make regularly here, if you’re interested. but lately, josh and i have been trying to perfect our own take on a creamier, sweeter smoothie… something we can make when my sweet tooth starts to kick in and i am craving oreos (ack!). we have been loving variations on this recipe below. it’s been fun experimenting more with coconut water as a base, and i think cacao powder is so good. i love the bitterness to it and also love that it’s considered a superfood like acai.
josh’s berry butter cacao smoothie:
1 pack (about 3.5 oz) frozen acai
1 1/2 -2 bananas
1 1/2 cups raspberries (save half cup for the end)
1 cup coconut water
1 spoonful (we say glob at our house, so whatever looks globby) natural peanut butter made of just peanuts
2 tsp cacao powder
sprinkle of salt
blend everything besides a 1/2 cup of raspberries in a blender together until creamy. Put heavier ingredients on top to help get everything mixed. once smooth and creamy, throw in the last 1/2 cup of raspberries and pulse the blender 2-3 times so the berries are mixed in but not entirely blended (gives it such a great texture!)
coconut water is sometimes pink and i LOVE that about it. haha! it just looks more delicious! ;)
i dare you to have this as a dessert one night this week and come back here and report if you liked it over a bowl of ice cream or plate of cookies! it’s amazing how it can taste a little indulgent to me these days even though there is chocolate (or cookies) in it! maybe i’ve just been off treats for too long but i don’t know, i’m into it. or maybe the natural sugar in the fruit is tasting sweeter and sweeter?
if you have any good smoothie combinations of your own that are sweet and delicious and worth trying, leave them in the comments below! LOVED all the recommendations and recipes you guys suggested in the comments of this post for snacks you might substitute for treats, and when we get back to the city from california, i can’t wait to try some of them out! thanks again for sharing them!