Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Chocolate Cherry Doughboy Smoothie

Living without air conditioning in mid-July Florida temperatures can really affect your appetite.

Trust me. I lived through it.

To make a long story short, the motor in the downstairs air conditioning unit in my parents' house blew out last week after my dad tried to "clean it." It took three days to replace the faulty part (a.k.a. an eternity when the humidity makes it feel like 100 degrees Fahrenheit in the shade).

During this time, my brother, mother and I didn't go near the oven, toaster oven or any additional hot kitchen appliances for fear of creating a true sauna in the house. Instead, we enjoyed a lot of cold foods, including the following smoothie and a few cartons of Ben & Jerry's ice cream.

Chocolate Cherry Doughboy Smoothie


Recipe adapted from Kath Eats Real Food



As you may know, I LOVE smoothies and have created many slurpable concoctions since January. However, I can't take full credit for the above-pictured doughy masterpiece. The truth is that Kath Younger's spoonable smoothie-in-a-bowl (SIAB) provided inspiration for my fruity, chocolaty creation.

I usually use avocado to make my smoothies silky and smooth. However, cooked oats give this chocolate cherry bomb its thickness. No avocados are necessary.


I topped my SIAB with coconut butter, which acts as a homemade magic shell, as per Kath's suggestion. However, unlike Kath's version, I added a few extra ingredients to up the protein. I also topped my bowl with a handful of Kashi Go Lean Crisp! Toasted Berry Crumble Cereal and a dollop of homemade chocolate hazelnut butter.


I try to follow the 50-30-20 approach with my diet, which means I strive to create meals where 50 percent of the calories come from carbohydrates, 30 percent come from protein and 20 percent come from healthy fats. This plan keeps me full and energized throughout the day and prevents me from snacking obsessively shortly after I finish eating each meal.

This new favorite smoothie of mine fits these standards almost perfectly, which makes me giddy. However, I'm sure you'll enjoy this drink-in-a-bowl even if you're not concerned about the nutritional stats. Let's face it - this smoothie tastes like a chocolate milkshake even if you don't consider yourself a "fit" foodie.

Chocolate Cherry Doughboy Smoothie


Recipe adapted from Kath Eats Real Food


Serves One


Difficulty: Nonexistent


Total preparation time: 45 seconds max! (plus 60 to 90 seconds needed to cook the oats and cooling time)


Ingredients:

  • One medium-sized frozen banana
  • 1/4 cup fresh or frozen dark, sweet cherries 
  • 1/2 cup cooked old-fashioned oats (Cook a big batch of oats ahead of time and store it in the fridge for a few smoothies. You can also cook the oats right when you need them and place the bowl in the freezer for about five minutes immediately after cooking if you're short on time.)
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 scoop protein powder (I used MuscleTech 100% Premium Whey Protein Plus, Deluxe Chocolate flavor.)
  • One tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/3 cup milk (I used unsweetened vanilla almond milk)
  • 1/2 cup plain, low-fat Greek yogurt (I used Cabot's version.)
  • One large handful of fresh spinach
  • 1/2 tablespoon coconut butter (optional)
  • 1/2 tablespoon chocolate hazelnut butter (optional; I used homemade.)
  • Handful of Kashi Go Lean Crisp! Toasted Berry Crumble Cereal (optional)

Steps:

  1. Add all ingredients listed above through the spinach to a blender. Blend and pulse for 30 to 45 seconds until you have a smooth consistency.
  2. Pour the mixture into a large bowl. Top with cereal, coconut butter and/or hazelnut butter, if desired.
  3. Enjoy with a spoon!

Question: 

  1.  What are your favorite smoothie ingredients?

Related HGG Posts:


Chocolate-Covered Strawberry Smoothie

 

Banana Vanilla Power Smoothie

 

Healthy Thin Mint Smoothie  

 

Banana Split Overnight Oats 

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