Chocolate + Strawberry Smoothie with California Prunes

If you love chocolate-covered strawberries, you’ll love this easy recipe by Alison Needham! This delicious and healthy smoothie has plenty of fiber, antioxidants, and vitamins to give you a healthy start to your day. Plus, prunes have potassium and vitamin K which help keep bones strong. Of course, the chocolate-covered strawberry garnish is optional (but is it really?).

Servings: 1 large or 2 small smoothies
Prep Time:

Ingredients

For the smoothie base:

1 cup plain yogurt

1 banana, peeled and broken into chunks

5 California Prunes

1 tablespoon ground flaxseeds

1 tablespoon honey

 

For the strawberry layers:

  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1 tablespoon beet juice powder, optional
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

 

For the chocolate layers:

  • 1-2 tablespoons dark cocoa powder
  • 1 cup ice

Directions

Add all smoothie base ingredients to blender, close lid and pulse until smooth. Pour out half of smoothie base mixture into a pitcher or glass with at least a 1 cup capacity.

To the remaining smoothie in the blender add the frozen strawberries, beet juice powder (if using), and vanilla extract. Pulse until smooth and pour into a second similar-sized pitcher or glass. Rinse the blender.

Pour the remaining smoothie base into the blender and add the cocoa powder and the ice. Pulse until smooth.

Pour a layer of chocolate smoothie into a glass. Top with a layer of strawberry smoothie, then chocolate smoothie, alternating until the glass is full. Garnish with a chocolate-covered strawberry, if desired.

Enjoy your chocolate strawberry smoothie creation!

 

Notes:

To make chocolate covered strawberries, melt chocolate chips in a small bowl in the microwave on high for 1 minute. Stir until smooth. Dip dry strawberries in melted chocolate and refrigerate until chocolate is set.

To ensure clean smoothie layers, it’s important that the smoothies have a similar thickness. If they aren’t, you can always add more ice and blend, or alternately, you can freeze the glass after pouring in each layer for about 5-10 minutes. If you decide to freeze between layers, be sure you keep the chocolate and strawberry smoothie bases in the freezer as well. Stir smoothie bases well before pouring another layer into the serving glass.