German Chocolate Smoothie

There’s no way to convince you it’s healthy so I’ll call it dessert.

By Kevin RR Williams

NUTRITION Like most children, when little, I loved chocolate. I struggled to understand why it was sometimes tough and chewy like Tootsie Rolls but light and airy in a Milky Way bar. I figured some just had more milk. See’s Candies offers so many varieties, that it seemed it would take a pleasurable lifetime to taste them all. Beyond the candy realm, double-chocolate cake lit up my face. But impressions of chocolate were soon altered forever.

I recall the life-changing moment that I was delighted with german chocolate cake. The frosting that combines coconut, pecans and caramel both pleased and perplexed me. The cake itself was a milder version of chocolate. It quickly became a favorite. Now that I am eating A Bit More Healthy, it is appropriate to pay homage with a smoothie. We need to capture that sweet and nutty flavor with significant calorie restraint. Again, this is an homage, not an identical taste replication.

German Chocolate Smoothie Ingredients

Semi-Dry
  • 3 Tbs pecans
  • 1 Tbs flaxseed
  • 2 Tbs carob chips
  • 2 Tbs shredded coconut*
  • ¼ tsp cardomom
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg
  • Moist
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ cup pineapple (preferably frozen)
  • ½ cup apple
  • ½ banana (preferably frozen)
  • 1 cup± Silk Coconutmilk*
  • ¼ cup± ice (if needed)
  • Instructions

    With the 24-ounce cup and NutriBullet, I prefer to first combine dry ingredients and blend until powder. But this time, because of the moisture content, use the extractor blade attachment. It will resemble clay. (Don’t worry if a few whole pecans remain. They will be pulverized when liquid is added.) Afterwards, mix in half of the coconut milk so the dry ingredients don’t get stuck on one end. Then add the fruit, vanilla extract, ice (less if frozen fruit is used), and fill coconut milk to max line. Shake well and blend together for one minute or less, until smooth. Pulse if necessary.

    For some extra crunch, add Granola (or oatmeal) to the dry mix. Or do yourself a solid and drink the smoothie while munching on a Granola bar — they complement each other. You might have this for as a treat at the end of the day. Shush, don’t tell, but I have also had this for breakfast. It’s the smoothie I drink most. Follow the Desserts, Sweets & Smoothies on Pinterest.

    Coconut Benefits

    * Rich in vitamins, minerals and dietary fiber, Coconut (cocos nucifera) improves heart, improves digestion, reduces sweet cravings and provides a quick energy boost. Technically, it is a fruit and not a nut. A whole medium coconut has 1405 calories and contains 590% of the recommended daily saturated fat. A cup of shredded coconut contains 283 calories and 119% of RDA saturated. This recipe uses significantly smaller portions. Two tablespoons of shredded coconut has about 18 calories and 1 gram of saturated fat. A cup of Silk Coconutmilk contains 80 calories.

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