Combining the taste of chocolate and orange in a smoothie is a match made in heaven. The chocolate and orange combo isn’t quite as popular as chocolate and cherry or chocolate and raspberry, but it’s definitely in the same league of tastiness.
This is one of those smoothies that qualifies as a dessert, albeit a healthy one. What health benefits do the ingredients of this smoothie have to offer? Let me tell you.
Cacao (raw chocolate) is an excellent source of magnesium and vitamin C, high in antioxidants, and good for your heart, brain, and teeth. It also contains nature’s feel good chemical, the amino acid tryptophan.
Oranges are also high in vitamin C, and a good source of potassium, folate, and vitamins A and B1. These vitamins and minerals along the other phytonutrients in oranges provide antioxidant properties, support a healthy cardiovascular system, and protect against certain types of cancer.
Add in a little avocado and vanilla, and you’ve got one delicious and nutritious smoothie. Enjoy!
Chocolate Orange Smoothie Recipe
- 1/2 cup water
- 2 oranges, peeled
- 1/4 avocado
- 1 tablespoon cacao powder
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract or vanilla powder
- 3 – 6 ice cubes to thicken (optional)
- A little honey, maple syrup, or stevia to sweeten (optional)
- 1/4 cup Greek yogurt
- 1 serving of your preferred chocolate protein powder
- 1 tablespoon flax seeds or chia seeds
- A little fresh ginger
- A dash of cinnamon
Add the ingredients into your high speed blender and blend for anywhere from 30-45 seconds or until the desired consistency is reached.
- Calories: 248
- Fat: 8g
- Protein: 5g
- Carbohydrates: 43g
- Fiber: 11g
- Sugar: 24g
- Vitamin A: 2% RDA
- Vitamin C: 284% RDA
- Calcium: 14% RDA
- Iron: 7% RDA
Please leave a comment below if you try this decadent chocolate orange smoothie or have a similar recipe of your own. Happy Blending!