Chocolate and veggies for breakfast...Sounds a little weird, but absolutely works in this creamy chocolate zucchini smoothie!
I love finding ways to add different veggies to my smoothies, but recently I got into a bit of a veggie-smoothie rut. I’ve been making all sorts of smoothies with greens, red beets, golden beets, and carrots…but then I got stuck. I needed another vegetable to try in smoothies that would actually taste good.
And that’s when squash smoothies entered my life! I was working with a client (and fellow smoothie-lover) a few weeks ago, and they mentioned reading an article about using different types of squash in smoothies and asked if I had tried it. And no, I hadn't even thought about using squash in smoothies...but how could I have missed this?!
There’s an abundance of squash in season right now and it’s the perfect veggie option for a smoothie because it’s like a blank canvas. There’s not much in terms of bold flavor or color in zucchini, yellow squash, or other varieties like patty-pan squash, so they should blend in pretty seamlessly into most smoothies. And they happen to be packed with nutrition and are naturally lower carbohydrate and high in fiber.
So I went straight to the store on my way home that day to buy some yellow squash and make a smoothie. And it came out great! I tested it out again on co-workers the next day and they absolutely loved it. That tasty blueberry-peach yellow squash smoothie recipe will be coming to the blog next week, so stay tuned!
My next venture involved adding zucchini to one of my very favorite smoothies: chocolate, peanut butter and banana. Here’s the original recipe for this smoothie without the veggies; it basically tastes like a chocolate milkshake. :) Adding zucchini to this recipe was an easy way to boost the nutrition of the smoothie without really changing the flavor.
One thing I did notice with the zucchini addition to this smoothie is that the extra bulk of the veggie seemed to mellow out the sweet, chocolaty flavor just a bit, so I added a touch of vanilla and pure maple syrup, and that little problem was solved!
So if you’re a fellow lover of drinking your veggies for breakfast, enjoy! And if you think it’s weird, don’t knock it till you try it! ;) Happy blending!
Chocolate Zucchini Smoothie
Makes 1 serving
- 1/2 banana
- 1/2 cup chopped raw zucchini
- 3-4 ice cubes
- 1 cup milk of choice (low fat milk, almond, cashew, soy, coconut milk)
- 2 teaspoons cocoa powder
- 1 tablespoon natural peanut butter or 2 tablespoons PB2
- 1/8 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 teaspoons pure maple syrup
- Place all ingredients in a blender and blend at least one minute or until the ingredients are completely combined and the smoothie is creamy.
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