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Dark Chocolate, Dark Coffee Strawberry Breakfast Smoothie

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Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 3 (1 cup each)
Calories: 99 per serving
Percent from Fat: 13%
Cusine: American, Vegetarian
Course: Beverages
Diet: Vegetarian
Food as MedicineSM Ingredient: Dark chocolate

Food as MedicineSM Tip

A chocolate Kiss-sized serving of dark chocolate is enough to benefit your blood pressure.

Culinary Taste Tip

The best way to eat chocolate is very slowly, and the best reason to eat it is that you love its texture, taste and aroma.

Culinary Technique Tip

Use silken tofu rather than regular tofu; it blends and whips like yogurt.

Ingredients

1 cup low fat strawberry kefir
4 ounces cubed lite silken tofu
1 cup frozen organic strawberries
½ cup brewed filtered coffee (at room temperature or chilled)
2 teaspoons unsweetened cocoa powder---look for Scharfennberger, which is not Dutched.
2 small scoops (1/8 teaspoon total) stevia powder


Preparation

Place kefir and tofu in a blender container. Cover; blend until smooth, about 15 seconds. Add remaining ingredients. Cover; blend until smooth, about 30 seconds.

Substitutions

Frozen blackberries or raspberries may replace the strawberries and 1 tablespoon agave nectar, such as Madhava brand may replace the stevia powder. Look for lowfat kefir, such as Lifeway brand and lite silken tofu, such as Nasoya brand in many supermarkets and at Whole Foods Markets.

Nutritional Analysis

Total fat (g): 1.6; Fat calories (kc): 14; Cholesterol (mg): 3; Trans fatty acids (g): 0; Saturated fat (g): 0.5; Polyunsaturated fat (g): 0.2; Monounsaturated fat (g): 0.4; Fiber (g): 2.2; Carbohydrates (g): 14; Sugar (g): 9.7; Protein (g): 7; Sodium (mg): 42; Calcium (mg) 42

Comments on Dark Chocolate, Dark Coffee Strawberry Breakfast Smoothie

From: bbehrens

I love this recipe!

From: CocoPaz

Good, even though I didn't have all the ingredients. As I was too lazy to go to the store, I substituted 1 c yogurt + it's liquid for the Kefir, firm tofu + it's liquid for the lite silken tofu, 1 1/2 packets of Splenda for the Stevia powder, and used 1/4 c more strawberries. On my next visit to Trader Joe's I'll pick up the correct ingredients. I'm looking forward to making it properly.
CocoPaz

From: Bguillot

where can we find kefir? is there a substitute?

From: CocoPaz

Re: where can we find kefir? is there a substitute?
Trader Joe's and most large supermarkets in Santa Barbara. The third time I made it I substituted 1 c organic non fat yogurt for the Kefir. It tasted good but was more sour than Kefir (which I used the second time I made it), so I added more Stevia powder.

From: rpmcarebear

is Dutched cocoa not good for you? I have a cocoa that is half reg. cocoa and half dutched. Is Kefir Greek Yogurt?

From: ko6dr

No Kefir is not greek yogurt - it is almost the opposite. Greek yogurt is very thick, kefir is a thick liquid

From: ascollett

I went to the Lifeway site and found a store close to me that carried this product. I would provide the link but that is not allowed on this site.

From: CookyLee

What is Dutched Cocoa? What is Alkali? Is it deleterious to our health? Does it kill the polyphenols?
I've been using Hersheys Dark 100% Cacao powered cocoa but I see the ingredients list states that it is blended w/Dutched cocoa and made w/ Alkali.

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