A chocolatey smoothie packed with fresh orange flavor!
Growing up, did you ever get those Chocolate Oranges in your stockings on Christmas morning? It was a giant chunk of chocolate the size of a baseball – that alone is amazing! But the magic really happens when you smack it and it breaks into slices that look just like orange slices! And when you bite into one of those slices — the perfect combination of fresh orange and milk chocolate. Those chocolate oranges were one of my favorite treats growing up!
This smoothie is the ultra healthy, super creamy version of those chocolate oranges! Made with a whole banana, an entire orange, and a splash of orange juice, this smoothie is full of nutritious ingredients! Add just a teaspoon of cocoa powder (or more, to taste) and get that rich touch of chocolate flavor! You won’t taste a lot of the banana in it – that is just there to give the smoothie some bulk and lots of potassium. You will mostly taste the delicious orange and the chocolate! If you want a stronger orange taste, just add more orange juice!
If you’re feeling extra fancy (most mornings when I am running out the door with a smoothie in my hand, I am definitely NOT feeling fancy, but if you have the urge!), go crazy with some fun orange peel garnishes! These were much simpler to make than I expected. Just use an vegetable peeler to scrape a long piece of peel from an orange. Trim the edges of that peel with a sharp knife to make a long, thin, and straight piece. Then twist the piece and hold it a minute to curl it and — voila!! A pretty orange garnish that brightens up any drink!
Chocolate Orange Smoothie
Time: 5 minutes
Yields: One large smoothie
1 orange, peeled
Half of an orange, juiced (more to taste)
1 frozen banana
1 to 2 teaspoons cocoa powder, plus more to taste (unsweetened or dark)
- Blend the orange, orange juice, and banana.
- Add the cocoa powder and blend for five seconds to combine. Add more orange juice or cocoa powder, to taste. Add zest for garnish, if feeling fancy, and enjoy!
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