Recipes: “Chocolate” Green Smoothie

I said I was going to add some spinach into my next smoothie and I did. If you’re wondering about the title, here is the background on how the name came about…

I was adding the ingredients into our Vitamix when Aristotle walks past.

Aristotle: Green! I’m not having any of that!
Me: It’s okay. You don’t have to. It’s for me.

At this time, I already had reservations about trying to offer my “green” smoothie to Aristotle. After blending everything, I noticed that it looked brown – like a chocolate smoothie (even though there isn’t any chocolate in it) – so I offered a little to Aristotle. He eyed it suspiciously and I quickly added, “It’s a chocolate smoothie! Sort of…” He agreed to try it. His reaction after he did? “Mmmm, not bad.” And he drank a cup.

And that’s how it got the name “Chocolate” Green Smoothie…

What’s in it?

  • 3 stalks of celery
  • 50 grams of baby spinach leaves
  • 100 grams of blackberries
  • 1 medium orange, peel removed
  • 1 medium banana, peel removed
  • 1 tbsp honey dissolved in a 100ml of hot water and cooled with 8 ice cubes
  • 200 grams of mango yoghurt (I used Emmi)
  • 2 scoops of Bulla Wildberry frozen yogurt

Throw everything into a high powered blender, like a Vitamix, and blend it into a liquid. This recipe makes roughly enough for 3 IKEA glass tumblers (plus/minus – depending on the size of your fruits and veggies).

"Chocolate" Veggie Smoothie

The key to a “green smoothie”, when your target customer is a child who avoids “green veggies” like the plague, is to make sure it doesn’t look green. Dark coloured or strong coloured fruits or veggies can help to mask the colour. In this case, the blackberries did the trick.

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