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Warm Hazelnut Hot Chocolate Green Smoothie


Warm Hazelnut Hot Chocolate Green Smoothie
We love sipping on healthy hot chocolate. It’s downright a necessity when it’s chilly and the only thing that sounds nice is cuddling up to some Netflix and a comfy blanket. We love our hot chocolate recipe from Let’s Eat, but we also love this hot chocolate green smoothie made with fresh spinach and hazelnuts. It’s proof you can have your green smoothie and dessert in one. Mmm! #yesplease

If you’re a fan dark, thick, rich hot chocolate, then this recipe is definitely for you! It’s kind of a game changer, honestly. It’s naturally sweetened with dates and gets its chocolatey flavor from one of our favorite superfoods, raw cacao powder. Does that packaged hot chocolate have vitamin K, iron, and antioxidants? Yeah, we didn’t think so.

Healthy Dessert: Warm Hazelnut Hot Chocolate Green Smoothie

 

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HAZELNUT HOT CHOCOLATE GREEN SMOOTHIE

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 2 1x
  • Category: Breakfast, Drinks

Description

To make this Hazelnut Hot Chocolate Green Smoothie extra decadent, we suggest topping it with thick coconut cream (the canned kind) and a good sprinkling of chopped hazelnuts and the tiniest sprinkle of cacao powder. And you’ll be set. It truly tastes like Nutella in green smoothie form.


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Ingredients

  • 2 cups spinach (fresh)
  • 2 cups almond or coconut milk (warmed)
  • 1 ripe pear (peeled and cored (optional)*)
  • 1/2 cup toasted hazelnuts
  • 4 tablespoon medjool dates or 1 maple syrup
  • 24 tablespoons cacao powder (to taste (use more for a dark chocolate flavor))
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Whipped coconut cream and chopped hazelnuts (for topping (optional))

Instructions

  1. Blend spinach and almond or coconut milk until smooth.
  2. Next add the remaining ingredients, except whipped coconut cream and garnishes. If using a high speed blender, start blending again on low speed working up to high speed. Allow to blend for 3-5 minutes, or until very hot. If using a regular blender, blend until smooth and heat gently on the stove or transfer to mugs and heat in microwave.

Notes

Note: Use caution when blending hot liquids. Be sure to let the lid vent so the liquid doesn’t leak and splatter. Blend on low speed, working up to high speed until smooth.

*The pear adds additional sweetness and makes the smoothie thicker, but it tastes great without, too, for a thinner hot chocolate.

 

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  1. Amanda

    February 25th, 2016 at 5:40 pm

    I’m excited to try this but I don’t have any hazelnuts on hand…any substitutions? has anyone tried it without them? or should I just wait until I can get to the store?

  2. SGS Rawkstar

    February 26th, 2016 at 8:24 am

    Hi Amanda,

    No hazelnuts on hand? No worries! Swap in another nut you do, or even almond butter would be a yummy addition! 🙂

  3. Lisa

    February 26th, 2016 at 9:34 am

    I know what I will be drinking this weekend. Perfect for when you cannot decide between a smoothie and a warm beverage. Mmm!

  4. SGS Rawkstar

    February 26th, 2016 at 11:09 am

    Hi Lisa,

    YAY! Reach back out after the weekend + let us know what you think!

  5. Tee

    February 27th, 2016 at 7:32 pm

    I just tried this (sans whipped coconut cream), and it’s fantastic! I will try it again, once I make the coconut milk later this week to make the cream.

  6. SGS Rawkstar

    February 29th, 2016 at 11:45 am

    Hi Tee,

    YAY! Adding coconut whipped cream makes it even more of a treat!!

  7. Amy

    March 5th, 2016 at 6:25 pm

    I just got your book yesterday. I can’t wait to try some of the recipes. Ive done your challenge in the past too. I can’t wait to try this recipe. I’m hoping it will be a way to get greens into my boys. I can’t wait to start my green smoothies again.

  8. SGS Rawkstar

    March 6th, 2016 at 5:49 pm

    Hi Amy,

    We’re so excited to have you blendin’ with us! Thank you so much for all of your support. Make sure and reach back out and let us know what your boys think of this recipe!

    Cheers!

  9. Pam

    December 13th, 2018 at 10:09 am

    Looks yummy! Can’t wait to try it. Your Let’s Eat link is not working. I was also interested in the hot chocolate…..

  10. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    December 19th, 2018 at 3:09 pm

    Hey Pam,

    It is super yummy and I hope you enjoy it! Here is the link for the hot chocolate https://simplegreensmoothies.com/recipes/green-meals/hot-chocolate-healthy

    Cheers 🙂

  11. Pam

    December 13th, 2018 at 10:10 am

    This looks yummy! Can’t wait to try it. Your Let’s Eat link is not working. I was also interested in the hot chocolate…..

  12. Camilla L Maguire

    December 13th, 2018 at 8:37 pm

    I am sensitive to cacao powder. Is there anything else I can use?

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