Chocolate-covered strawberries…for breakfast? Why not!
When I was a little girl, there was a strawberry man who would ride a horse drawn cart around our neighborhood and shout, “Strawwwwberries! Strawwwwwwberries!” as he sold pints of fresh strawberries to us and our neighbors.
I couldn’t quite say such a complicated word at the time, so my dad tells me that I called them “strawbetties.” 🙂
Berries have always been my favorite fruit, so I try to take advantage of them for the limited time they’re in season each year, which happens to be right now for strawberries!
Not only do they taste delicious raw or cooked, but they’re also loaded with fiber and antioxidants, low in sugar, and are one of the 6 GBOMBS foods (anti-cancer/anti-fat storage!). Eat berries…lots of them!
Today’s recipe calls for frozen berries (makes the shake creamier), so you can either use fresh ones and throw in a few extra ice cubes OR cut the tops off of the fresh berries put them on a parchment paper lined container and freeze them yourself 🙂
I don’t know about you, but chocolate-covered strawberries are one of my favorite treats, and this recipe gives us a nourishing way to have our strawberries AND chocolate. Try this shake/smoothie for breakfast, a midday snack or as a dessert. It’s really yummy!
Cacao powder is one of the superfood ingredients in this recipe. Cocoa powder (such a slight difference in spelling!) is treated with heat, which destroys a lot of the health-boosting antioxidants of the cacao plant (where chocolate comes from!), so we use cacao powder instead. It’s a little more bitter, but it does the trick to create a chocolately taste! Or grate a locally made Chocotenango bar; Ismael literally crafts his chocolates in a walk-in refrigerator to preserve the antioxidants and quality without preservatives or heat processing.
To learn more about the difference between cacao powder and cocoa powder, click here.
Indulgent Chocolate-Covered Strawberry Shake
- 1 cup water or almond milk
- 1 frozen banana
- 1 cup strawberries (best frozen, so you can buy them fresh, snip off the tops and freeze them yourself!)
- 1/4 ripe avocado
- 2 handfuls fresh spinach
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 heaping tablespoon raw cacao powder or grated Chocotenango bar
- ice, if needed for texture
Click here for the full recipe from The Detoxinista!