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Strawberry Chocolate Chia Smoothie

Strawberry Chocolate Chia Smoothie

Last week, I worked with several sponsors to create chocolate recipes, one of which was Barlean’s. I made this Chocolate Mint Smoothie that was SO good, but I also made this Strawberry Chocolate Chia smoothie that I am sharing with you today.

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I added chia seeds after my cousin came to visit and told me how she adds chia to her smoothies and lets the smoothie sit for about 10 minutes to plump up the seeds. Total game changer! This is a filling and delicious way that I am starting my mornings this week- addicted to this combination of strawberry and chocolate too! Now, if you are not familiar with chia seeds, number one…get out from under that rock…number two, these are not of the “cha, cha, cha, chia!” fame:

image of bob ross chia pet

How can you resist the Bob Ross version…This is going on my holiday wish list!!

And number three, chia is SO good for you- let me tell you that WebMD notes that indeed the jury is still out on proven health and weight loss benefits, but that chia IS a “concentrated food containing healthy omega-3 fatty acids, carbohydrates, protein, fiber,antioxidants and calcium.” Specifically for one tablespoon, it adds 2-3 grams protein, 4.5 grams of fat, 6 grams carbs and 6 grams of fiber in addition to all the other great nutritional benefits!

But a little goes a long way- one tablespoon can pack 70 calories, so take care to measure when you are adding it to your smoothie. Here is the breakdown:

Strawberry Chocolate Chia Smoothie

8-12 oz. ice water
1 scoop Barlean’s Greens
1 scoop chocolate protein powder (Mine is Advocare of course but any will do)
5-6 frozen strawberries
1/3 of a frozen or fresh banana
1 TBSP. chia seeds

Add ingredients in the order above and blend until mixed. Let sit 10 minutes so the chia can “gel” up, and enjoy!!

Strawberry Chocolate Chia Smoothie

After a week of “Choctoberfest” and all-things chocolate, I needed to lighten my load a little! I have been drinking these all week, and for the life of me, I cannot get a good picture with natural light! It has been raining here all week, and I am sorry to say, that smoothies are hard enough to get a nice picture of with good lighting, but with rain and dark skies…well, you have to imagine that these smoothies look way better in person! If you love the strawberry and chocolate combo, then I highly recommend this take!

Strawberry Chocolate Chia Smoothie

Total Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 1 large smoothie

Serving Size: 16 oz.

Strawberry Chocolate Chia Smoothie

Letting this sit for 10 minutes before drinking is key to letting the chia seeds set up- then you have a delicious and nutritious start to your day!

Ingredients

  • 8-12 oz. ice water
  • 1 scoop Barlean's Greens
  • 1 scoop chocolate protein powder (Mine is Advocare of course but any will do)
  • 5-6 frozen strawberries
  • 1/3 of a frozen or fresh banana
  • 1 TBSP. chia seeds

Instructions

  1. Add ingredients in the order above and blend until mixed. Let sit 10 minutes so the chia can "gel" up, and enjoy!!

Notes

This is a great on-the-go breakfast for busy mornings! Make it ahead by placing all the ingredients in the blender jar the night before and setting in the fridge. Just wake up and blend!

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Chocolate Beet Muffins #Choctoberfest

Welcome to my final day for #Choctoberfest! It has been so Chocolatey! So far this week, I have made:

Mint Chocolate Greens SmoothiesChocolate Lover’s Puppy Chow MixChocolate Cheesecake Dip 

…and today, I am bringing you these amazing Chocolate Beet Muffins!!

Chocolate Beet Muffins

I am a huge muffin fan, but I have also found that it’s a great way to hide things that are healthy and get them into my kids! These Chocolate Beet Muffins, are so good, no one even knows how good-for-them they really are! Chocolate is key here- pink muffins from the beets alone might fly, but I didn’t want to risk it, so I made them with the cocoa added and “red velvet” muffins were born! My very picky eater eats these as does my no-vegetable or fruit daughter! Granted, I haven’t owned up to the beets with her…but I still consider this a WIN!

My idea here for flavor combinations, is inspired by the Minimalist Baker’s vegan version, but the recipe here is all mine adapted from my very versatile AAA Muffin recipe! I love this recipe since it is so easy to adapt to just about any flavor combination and things that you love in your muffins. I used Rodelle brand cocoa too, which has some really great-for-you things about it:

Antioxidants
Dietary Fiber
Calcium
Vitamins like magnesium, potassium, and iron
Naturally cholesterol free
Kosher, gluten-free and non-GMO

Chocolate Beet Muffins

Honestly, the taste was very different than the regular dutch-process cocoa that I normally use- the color is richer, but Rodelle’s Gourmet Baking Cocoa contains one of the highest levels of cocoa butter on the market, which gives it a rich chocolate flavor. From rich hot cocoa to fudgy brownies, using Rodelle Gourmet Baking Cocoa makes a difference you can taste. And, if you need it to be organic they have that option too!

Let me break down this awesome recipe for Chocolate Beet Muffins for you:

Dry and Wet:

Chocolate Beet Muffins

Mix in the beets- I seriously LOVE this color- no filter!!

Chocolate Beet Muffins

Combine the two and add to the muffin tins- sprinkle a little more chocolate on top for good measure! Bake and Done!

Chocolate Beet Muffins

I know you are going to love these and make them as much as I do- we have no shortage of chocolate here! So let’s get to it:

Chocolate Beet Muffins

Ingredients:

Dry 1st:
3 cups all purpose flour
4 tsp.baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar

Wet 2nd:
1/4 cup applesauce
1/4 cup canola oil
1 cup low-fat milk
1/2 cup low-fat plain yogurt (greek or regular)
2 eggs
1 cup of beet puree (can add up to 1/2 cup more)*
1 tsp. vanilla extract

Mix-In
1/2 cup mini-chocolate chips

How to make them:

  • *First make the beet puree: Either roast 3 beets in their skins, by first washing them, rubbing with olive oil and tightly wrapping in foil. Roast in a 400* oven for one hour. Remove the foil and skin and discard. Puree the beets in a food processor or blender with 1/4 cup of water. **If you want to use canned beets, and skip roasting, that works to. You just drain the liquid before pureeing and then add 1/4 cup of water as you blend.
  • Prepare your muffin tin by lining with paper cups and additionally spraying the paper cups (this keeps them from sticking). Preheat the oven to 350*.
  • In a large bowl, mix the dry ingredients together and whisk to fully incorporate all the ingredients.
  • In a separate bowl, mix the wet ingredients using a whisk, and once combined, add this to the dry ingredients. Mix thoroughly.
  • Add the chocolate chips and scraping the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula, spoon 1/4 cup of the mixture into the prepared muffin tin.
  • Bake at 350* for 20-25 minutes.

Chocolate Beet Muffins #Choctoberfest

Chocolate Beet Muffins #Choctoberfest

Ingredients

    Dry 1st:
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 4 tsp.baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • Wet 2nd:
  • 1/4 cup applesauce
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1 cup low-fat milk
  • 1/2 cup low-fat plain yogurt (greek or regular)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup of beet puree (can add up to 1/2 cup more)*
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • Mix-In
  • 1/2 cup mini-chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. First make the beet puree: Either roast 3 beets in their skins, by first washing them, rubbing with olive oil and tightly wrapping in foil. Roast in a 400 oven for one hour. Remove the foil and skin and discard. Puree the beets in a food processor or blender with 1/4 cup of water. **If you want to use canned beets, and skip roasting, that works to. You just drain the liquid before pureeing and then add 1/4 cup of water as you blend.
  2. Prepare your muffin tin by lining with paper cups and additionally spraying the paper cups (this keeps them from sticking). Preheat the oven to 350*.
  3. In a large bowl, mix the dry ingredients together and whisk to fully incorporate all the ingredients.
  4. In a separate bowl, mix the wet ingredients using a whisk, and once combined, add this to the dry ingredients. Mix thoroughly.
  5. Add the chocolate chips and scraping the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula, spoon 1/4 cup of the mixture into the prepared muffin tin.
  6. Bake at 350* for 20-25 minutes.
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For more delicious idea for indulging your chocolate cravings, check out the #Choctoberfest line-up!


This is a sponsored post on behalf of Rodelle where I received product or compensation to facilitate this post. See my full disclosure page. Rodelle Gourmet Baking Cocoa is Dutch-processed which provides a much more consistent product and flavor than natural cocoa.


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Mint Chocolate Greens Smoothie

Mint Chocolate Greens Smoothie #Choctoberfest

You know I love my smoothies. I’ve made orange, berry, and pineapple-green… I was going strong there where I had one every morning during the summer. I am not sure why I stopped, but I think I am officially out of any rut I might have been in. Enter the mint-chocolate in this Mint Chocolate Greens Smoothie!

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Barlean’s where I received product or compensation to facilitate this post.. See my full disclosure page.

Mint Chocolate Greens Smoothie

I used the Barlean’s Chocolate Silk Greens- which in a nutshell, are amazing! It’s powdered greens are full of vital antioxidants from fruits and veggies. The delicious chocolate flavor comes from Fair-Trade, antioxidant-rich cocoa. It’s delicious hot or cold with no added sugars. You’ve got to try it to believe it. Seriously.

As if that wasn’t enough goodness in this smoothie, I added another Barlean’s powerhouse, the Essential Women Omega-Swirl in Chocolate Mint flavor. Look at this stuff:

Mint Chocolate Greens Smoothie

Doesn’t it look like chocolate syrup?! It tastes like it too! Do you take your Omega-3s? They are essential fatty acids needed by everyone, everyday for the rest of our lives. Most people get their Omega-3s from fish capsules or flax oil, but Barlean’s emulsified the flax oil to give it a smoothie like texture and used all natural ingredients to give it a chocolate mint flavor. It’s perfect for #Choctoberfest. You can use it in smoothies, in yogurt, oatmeal or even on top of ice cream. Ah-mazing.

Mint Chocolate Greens Smoothie

So here’s the power-smoothie that tastes like a mint-chocolate chip ice cream shake!

Mint Chocolate Greens Smoothie

Ingredients

1/2 frozen banana
1/2 small (5oz) container of 0%fat plain greek yogurt
1 scoop of Barlean’s Chocolate Greens
1 TBSP. Barlean’s Essential Woman Omega Swirl
8 oz. of ice water

What you do:

To a blender, add all the ingredients. Blend. Enjoy.

Mint Chocolate Greens Smoothie

Mint Chocolate Greens Smoothie #Choctoberfest

Serving Size: one serving

Almost no measuring and quick for a busy morning, this Mint-Chocolate Greens Smoothie is a healthy and great way to start the day!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 1/2 small (5oz) container of 0%fat plain greek yogurt
  • 1 scoop of Barlean's Chocolate Greens
  • 1 TBSP. Barlean's Essential Woman Omega Swirl
  • 8 oz. of ice water

Instructions

  1. To a blender, add all the ingredients. Blend. Enjoy.
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Here’s today’s amazing recipes from the other #Choctoberfest bloggers!



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