Chocolate Coconut Strawberry Smoothie + The Latest Scoop on Chocolate & Health

Chocolate Coconut Strawberry SmoothieWhat would you say if I told you this super delicious and nourishing chocolate coconut strawberry smoothie may be just your ticket to a happy gut and a healthy heart?

If you’re saying “Cheers!”, read on for the latest research findings on dark chocolate, gut microbes, and heart health, then get my super simple recipe for delicious health!

The Latest Scoop on Dark Chocolate and Health

Chocolate Coconut Strawberry Smoothie

Total Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 1 serving

Calories per serving: 350 calories*

Chocolate, coconut, and strawberries pair together deliciously in this super easy to make, heart healthy smoothie.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup fresh strawberries {stems removed} or frozen strawberries
  • 1 cup coconut yogurt, dairy or non-dairy
  • 1 tablespoon raw cacao powder
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon cacao nibs, for garnish
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened shredded coconut, for garnish
  • Ice for serving

Instructions

  1. Combine strawberries, yogurt, cacao powder, and vanilla in a blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Pour over ice, and garnish with cacao nibs and shredded coconut.

Notes

Nutrition notes: 350 calories & 17 grams of protein per serving when made with 1 cup Chobani 2% yogurt. Naturally gluten-free and vegetarian {use e non-dairy coconut yogurt for a vegan version}, and contains 9 grams of fiber per serving.

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Chocolate Coconut Strawberry Smoothie // The Spicy RDWant more delicious updates on nutrition, well-being and health? Check out my favorite posts from this week…

Weekly Link Love

  • The super lovely, smart, and talented Kellie of Food to Glow discusses the latest study on just how many fruits and veggies we should aim for eating each day for good health, then shares her fully-loaded Cauliflower Salad with Roasted Turmeric Chickpeas.  Oh, my, yum!
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  • Seasonal Fruit and Veggie Love Pin of the Week: This Roasted Sweet Potato Soup with Lemon Yoghurt from Min at MJ and Hungryman is DEFINITELY on my list to make!
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  1. Chocolate Coconut Strawberry Smoothie

Had you read the latest research on chocolate, GI microbes and heart health? Do you get a daily {or almost daily} dose of dark chocolate? Chocolate pill or Chocolate Coconut Strawberry Smoothie for heart health…Which would YOU choose???

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Comments

  1. looks so good love coconut and chocolate

  2. Thanks so much Rebecca! The first time I made it, I just used chocolate and strawberries, but the coconut adds a delicious touch :-)

  3. Cannot wait to make this smoothie!! Enjoying your Weekly Link Love list – and totally voted for ya :) xxoo

  4. Some of my favourite ingredients in a an exotic, holiday-like quencher that is nourishing and delicious, oh yes… Xxx

  5. Thanks so much for the unexpected shoutout re my rant on the latest veg study ;-). I was coming by anyway to see this yummy looking and simple recipe and found my name. Cheers! And I have all of the ingredients for the smoothie and I will be making this in, oh, about 1/2 an hour! Seriously! My strawberries were left out over night and need eating asap so I will get out my Vitamix and start blending – and sharing (my daughter is on school holiday right now so she gets a share too).I have delicious CoYo, so this is perfect (do you have that? Probiotic coconut milk yogurt – mmm)

  6. PS I enjoyed reading the “What’s the deal with fermented foods” link on this page. I learned a lot!

  7. nice! I hadn’t heard about chocolate and gut health yet! exciting news!! great news for this chocolate lover.

  8. This is my kind of smoothie! :) Love this recipe and the pictures, it looks wonderful!

  9. This smoothie sounds delicious! I’m obsessed with coconut lately, I can’t get enough.

  10. Oh, I need to make the tofu chocolate mousse again VERY soon, Yum! Thank you for the mention! Your smoothie sounds delicious, love your addition of coconut yogurt! I am having fun eating healthy, and learning about new healthy ingredients to use in recipes! Delicious, Hugs, Terra

  11. Oh my goodness!! Cheers indeed!! Love the ingredients… this is one my daughter will love. She’s loves smoothies and drinks like this and I make them for her often as we are often “on the go”. I may have to make a little extra here for me too!!
    Hope you are having a lovely Easter! Woke up to beautiful skies and a gloriously day! Enjoy!

  12. That sounds delicious! I love chocolate and coconut but I don’t know that I’ve ever had them together.

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