A few years back our son spent some time in Columbia doing missions work. He partnered with a church to build an orphanage for at risk young girls. My husband and I went down to visit and to help. While out sight seeing we went to a very fancy chocolatier shop. It was like one of our finest jewelry stores…only beautiful assorted chocolates filled the show cases instead of jewelry. Can you imagine? They had curried chocolate (my fave), ginger, fruit, and a wide variety of flavors you wouldn’t even think of. When I was creating this smoothie it brought me back to that Columbian chocolatier where there were few limits to mixing flavors. I had some chocolate protein powder in my pantry that I needed to use up. There were a few failed attempts at this recipe before I got it right. It’s all about the ginger. Once I nailed this Blueberry Chocolate Smoothie, I couldn’t stop making it. It’s like summertime in a glass. The fruity flavor has undertones of chocolate, a hint of ginger and a spritz of citrus that makes the flavors just pop! The hubs isn’t a fan of ginger, but he downed this without a raised brow. Loved it! So I’ve been making it at least once a week in my green smoothie morning rotation. We prefer our smoothies not so sweet so I add more ice than others would like. Make it your own by making it more or less sweet. The ginger gives it a refreshing zing, but very much behind the scenes compared to it’s fruity flavor.
Give it a try this spring holiday weekend for a late afternoon snack or for a light breakfast in the wee hours of the morning. It’s a keeper for the hot days ahead! I’d love your feedback.
Enjoy the long weekend!
1 1/2 cups almond milk (homemade or store bought)
1 scoop (1/3 cup) chocolate protein powder
2 heaping tablespoons almond butter
1 1/2 – 2 inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled
1 cup frozen or fresh blueberries
juice of 1/2 lime
2 cups packed mixed greens (I used Costco’s mix of spinach, kale and chard)
1 – 2 cups of ice
chopped raw almonds (optional)
Place almond milk, protein powder, ginger, almond butter, blueberries and greens in the pitcher of a powerful blender like a Vita-Mix. Blend on low for 1 minute then on high until smooth and creamy. Add the lime juice and ice until desired thickness and sweetness. Serve with chopped almonds on top.