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Rich Dark Chocolate Smoothie

Photo: Greg Dupree
Active time 5 mins
Total time 5 mins
Yield

Serves 1 (serving size: about 2 1/3 cups)

This super-chocolaty smoothie is a tasty nondairy option. Dates offer up lots of richness and a caramel-like sweetness—naturally. As a bonus, they also boost fiber by about 2g. The smoothie recipe is designed to make just one serving, since weekday breakfasts are often solo meals; you can easily double the ingredients to serve 2

Ingredients

  • 3 pitted dates
  • 1 cup unsweetened chocolate almond milk (such as Almond Breeze)
  • 1 cup ice
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 (5.3-oz.) container vanilla soy yogurt
  • 1/2 banana, sliced and frozen
  • Dash of instant coffee or espresso granules (optional)

Nutrition Information

  • calories 302
  • fat 7.2 g
  • satfat 0.5 g
  • monofat 2.7 g
  • polyfat 2.5 g
  • protein 9 g
  • carbohydrate 58 g
  • fiber 7 g
  • cholesterol 0.0 mg
  • iron 3 mg
  • sodium 200 mg
  • calcium 483 mg
  • sugars 37 g
  • Est. Added Sugars 13 g

How to Make It

  1. Place dates in a small bowl; cover with hot water. Let stand 3 minutes or until softened; drain.

    2. Place milk and dates in a blender; blend 30 seconds or until pureed. Add ice and remaining ingredients; blend 30 seconds or until smooth.

  2. Place milk and dates in a blender; blend 30 seconds or until pureed. Add ice and remaining ingredients; blend 30 seconds or until smooth.