This Almond Joy Smoothie is rich, creamy & chocolatey sweet! You won’t find refined sugar or processed junk in this glass of goodness – just pure & natural ingredients to nourish your body.
This is the second healthy Almond Joy recipe that I’ve posted in a week. I’ve been addicted to these Almond Joy Energy Bites -I just can’t get enough of the chocolatey, coconut-y and almond-y flavors lately. These ingredients in their natural form, can turn any recipe into a delicious & nutritious treat. So now I present to you, this Almond Joy Smoothie. It won’t taste like that famous candy bar we all remember, but it’s better, in my opinion. No sickening sweet taste, no sugar crash and no chemicals.
You can have this decadent smoothie for breakfast and not even feel guilty about it. It will keep you going until your next meal. You can even have this smoothie as a uber healthy dessert. It will curb that sugar craving and make you feel great! Being healthy, doesn’t have to be bland or boring. This smoothie has tons of flavor and it’s not missing a thing. Well, it’s missing unnecessary fats, sugar, chemicals and other junk. Who needs that?
So what’s in this Almond Joy Smoothie?
For the chocolate flavor, I used Raw Cacao Powder which is loaded with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Yes, it’s true, chocolate is really good for you, when it’s in a natural state. Chocolate comes from the cacao bean and it actually grows on trees. Chocolate growing on trees sounds just like heaven, right? There’s a small process where the ripened beans are fermented and dried, before it’s turned into chocolate. Also, the inside of this heavenly bean tastes nothing like store-bought chocolate and can be a little bitter, but the right amount of natural sweetener will bring out the chocolatey flavor and give your body loads of nutrients.
For the coconut flavor, I used Young Thai Coconut Meat, which is packed with Lauric Acid, Chloride, Iron, Potassium, Magnesium, Calcium, Sodium, Phosphorous, Fiber & Healthy Fats. I also used fresh coconut water to boost the flavor and pack in more nutrients. Coconut water is filled with electrolytes and it’s like a natural form of Gatorade. Does anyone still drink that stuff? I also added some unsweetened coconut shreds for extra flavor and texture.
For the almond flavor, I used raw almond butter which provides lots of protein, healthy fats, vitamins and minerals. It adds a nice almond-y flavor and a rich, creamy and thick texture to the smoothie. To boost the almond flavor, I added almond milk and a dash of pure almond extract.
So what makes it sweet?
Now, “where’s the sweetness”, you ask? Well, it comes entirely from Medjool Dates. Have you ever tried them before? They are sweet, caramel-y and delicious! Believe it or not, they are loaded with beneficial phytonutrients, too. They’re a fabulous source of Iron, Magnesium, B-6, Phosphorus, Potassium, Sodium, Zinc, Copper, and Manganese. Wow, a sweet food that is actually good for us. This is truly nature’s candy.
If you don’t have these ingredients in your home, but you want to make this yummy smoothie now, I have listed some substitutions in the recipe and notes section. It will still taste fantastic, trust me. Have fun with it and enjoy!
- 1 cup almond or coconut milk (or any plant-based milk)
- 1/2 cup coconut water
- 1 cup young Thai coconut meat (fresh or frozen)
- 2 tablespoon raw cacao powder (or unsweetened cocoa powder)
- 4-6 medjool dates , pitted
- 2 tablespoons almond butter
- 1 tablespoon coconut shreds (optional)
- 1/4 teaspoon almond extract (sub 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract)
- 8-10 ice cubes (less if using frozen coconut meat)
- Pinch sea salt
- *See notes for topping ideas
Place all ingredients in a blender, starting with the liquid first. Blend until completely smooth and creamy. If the smoothie is too thick, just add more coconut water or milk and blend. Pour into you favorite glass and place a thick straw in the smoothie. Enjoy!
*See notes for garnishing your glass, if desired.
*If you don't have coconut meat, you can sub in 1 large frozen banana and use half the amount of dates. The smoothie will still be incredibly delicious.
*If you don't have medjool dates on hand, you can sub in 1 tablespoon maple syrup. (add more if needed) It will lose a little texture, but will still taste wonderful.
*Topping ideas: Rim the glass with homemade vegan chocolate sauce and dip in crushed almonds and coconut shreds. If chocolate is dripping, just pop in freezer for a minute. Top with homemade coconut whipped cream and crushed almonds. Add a piece of vegan dark chocolate if desired. You can also use store-bought vegan chocolate sauce and whipped cream, or just omit all together. The smoothie is just as delicious on its own.
If you make this Almond Joy Smoothie, I’d love to hear from you. Leave a comment below and let me know what you think. It would really make my day. You can also follow me on Instagram and share your creation with me, Just tag me @veganhuggs and hashtag #veganhuggs.
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