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3 Healthy Smoothies That Taste Like Dessert

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There is nothing like a thick, rich smoothie that is healthy but tastes like dessert. These 3 smoothies are my go-to smoothies when I want a sweet, creamy treat that is filling and nutritious. The Coffee Cashew Smoothie combines chocolate and coffee, the Velvet Elvis smoothie combines banana and peanut butter, and the Chocolate Covered Cashew Smoothie is well…self-explanatory & delicious! Enjoy!

3 HEALTHY SMOOTHIES

 Coffee Cashew Smoothie

This coffee cashew smoothie is a creamy and decadant snack.  I love coffee and chocolate together, and the soaked cashews give this smoothie an amazing creamy texture.  It is  dessert-like, but so filling, and packs a great protein punch with 5 grams!

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Coffee Cashew Smoothie

1/4 cup cashews (soaked for awhile in milk to soften if you don’t have a high-speed blender)
1/2 banana, peeled (frozen optional)
1 tablespoon cacao nibs
1/2 cup ice
1/4 cup cooled coffee
1 cup milk of your choice (I use almond)
1/2 tablespoon coconut sugar (optional, or sweetener of choice)
Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. I added a bit of almond butter & cocoa nibs on top for pretty.

 {5 grams of protein}
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The Velvet Elvis Smoothie

One of my favorite smoothies comes from a local place called NuVibe Juice and Java.  They have an delicious smoothie called The Velvet Elvis smoothie.  It is unique, filling, creamy & tastes like a decadent peanut butter banana smoothie treat. It has Grape Nuts cereal in it which makes it extra filling. I replicated the smoothie and it is just as delicious as Nu Vibe’s!

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The Velvet Elvis Smoothie
{makes 2-15 oz smoothies}

1/4 cup peanut butter
1 banana
1/2 cup Post Grape Nuts Cereal
1 cup oats
1 1/2 cups almond milk (or milk of your choice)
2 Tbsp honey
1 cup ice

Add all ingredients to the blender.  Use a high speed blender for best results.  If you don’t have a high speed blender, let the oats and Grape Nuts Cereal sit in the milk for a few minutes to soften.  Blend until smooth.  Add more milk if needed.  Consistency is right when a vortex forms in the blender and contents move freely.

{10 grams protein}

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Creamy Chocolate Covered Cashew Smoothie

This Creamy Chocolate Covered Cashew Smoothie tastes decadent and you would never guess how nutritious it is. It has protein from the cashew butter and nuts, fiber from oats and banana, potassium, and antioxidants from the cocoa and honey.

 

Creamy Chocolate Covered Cashew Smoothie

{makes 2 – 15 oz smoothies}

1/4 cup cashew butter (or almond butter or peanut butter)
1 banana
1 tbsp cocoa
1/2 cup cashews
1 cup oats
1 1/2  cup milk (your choice – I love almond or cashew)
2 Tbsp honey
1 cup ice

Optional: cocoa nibs

Add all ingredients to the blender.  Use a high-speed blender for best results.  If you don’t have a high-speed blender, let the oats and cashews sit in the milk for a few minutes to soften.  Blend until smooth.  Add more milk  if needed.  Consistency is right when a vortex forms in the blender and contents move freely.


Adding nuts or nut butters in smoothies are a great way to add protein naturally, without resorting to protein powders, and will fill you up!

Have you used nuts in smoothies? What is you favorite way to make dessert healthy?

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