Everyone knows that you shouldn’t read food blogs on an empty stomach — not unless you’re masochistic, anyway. All that delicious food staring back at you from your computer screen, just begging to be made and enjoyed… It’s torture!
The same goes for food photography. I will never (ever, ever, ever) pick up my camera for a shoot unless I’m properly fed… and even that’s not a guarantee that I won’t try to eat my subject(s) anyways. But can you blame me when I’m working with things like this?
Ugh. You guyssssss. This smoothie… I’m having a hard time trying to talk about it and keep things PG. I just want to make all sorts of inappropriate noises, which will do nothing to entice you to make it and probably only scare you away. But I can’t help it! You know those things that render you completely speechless? And all you can do is moan, groan, and try to express yourself by making odd gestures with your hands? This is one of those things for me! Luscious, thick, creamy, whipped, chocolatey goodness… And all you need is 5 minutes, a few ingredients, and a blender…
I can’t. I just can’t. I mean, look at the creaminess!
It’s the avocado… and the chia. You can’t taste them at all, but they do incredible things for the texture. And to make things even better, they also add a nice little boost of healthy fats, fibre, protein, omega 3s, and calcium. Not bad for something that tastes like decadent chocolate mousse! So if you’ve never tried adding these gems to your smoothies, you need to stop what you’re doing and go change that. I mean, don’t stop what you’re doing yet — keep reading until you reach the recipe — and then stop what you’re doing and go make it. I promise you won’t be disappointed…
- 3/4 cup vanilla almond milk (or milk of your choice)
- 1 Tbsp. chia seeds
- 1 small/medium banana, frozen
- 2 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/4-1/2 of a ripe avocado
- 1 tsp. instant coffee granules (optional)
- 2 Tbsp. chocolate or vanilla protein powder (optional)
- Place all ingredients into any standard blender and blend until smooth.
- Transfer to glass and drink immediately or place in fridge for 15-20 minutes to allow it to thicken up even more. If you want a more pudding-like consistency, prep the day before and leave in the fridge overnight.
Hungry yet? 😉