German Chocolate Berry Smoothie

Just when I thought I reached a smoothie summit, I climbed higher.

By Kevin RR Williams

NUTRITION Among all the smoothie recipes we try, there’s a natural tendency to settle upon a favorite. This makes shopping easy and requires little thought during preparation. Occasionally, when the staples run low, we improvise. This can open opportunity for unanticipated enhancements.

Over time I settled in on my German Chocolate Smoothie with granola. However, upon scrutiny it seemed to beg for a pit more pizzaz. Cardamon is an expensive spice. When it ran out, I purchased a much larger jar of pumpkin spice for less than half the cost. In case you’re wondering, the spice doesn’t contain any pumpkin. Rather, it is a blend of cinnamon, cloves, ginger, nutmeg and allspice. This morning, with the freezer open and no apples in view, my hand quite serendipitously reached for berries. After my customary sip, I knew I stumbled upon something extraordinary.

German Chocolate Berry Smoothie Ingredients

Semi-Dry
  • 3 Tbs pecans
  • 1 Tbs almonds
  • 2 Tbs shredded coconut
  • ¼ tsp pumpkin spice blend
  • ½ tsp chia seeds
  • 1 Tbs Granola
  • 2 Tbs carob chips
  • Moist
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ cup pineapple*
  • 2 Tbs blueberries*
  • 4 cherries*
  • ½ banana*
  • 1 cup± Silk Coconutmilk

  • * Preferably frozen

    Instructions

    With the 24-ounce cup and NutriBullet, I blend dry ingredients until powder. Afterwards, mix in half of the coconut milk so the dry ingredients don’t get stuck on one end. Then add the moist ingredient. Shake well and blend together for one minute or less, until smooth. Because I like a little coarseness, I add carob chips and Granola at the end and blend for about 20 seconds. This is a drink you MUST TRY. Follow the Desserts, Sweets & Smoothies on Pinterest.

    Blueberry Health Benefits

    Blueberries are not only popular, but also repeatedly ranked in the U.S. diet as having one of the highest antioxidant capacities among all fruits, vegetables, spices and seasonings. Antioxidants are essential to optimizing health by helping to combat the free radicals that can damage cellular structures as well as DNA. A recent study that included blueberries as a low-GI fruit has found that blueberries, along with other berries, clearly have a favorable impact on blood sugar regulation in persons already diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. New studies make it clear that we can freeze blueberries without doing damage to their delicate anthocyanin antioxidants.

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