Chocolate-covered Pear Smoothie

Dark Chocolate smoothie

Dark Chocolate smoothie

Cook’s notes: I had dark chocolate almond milk on hand but not any bananas. This green smoothie recipe is definitely on the sweet side: you don’t need to add any sugar, and it would be good for a smoothie beginner (you cannot taste the baby spinach at all). The oatmeal thickens the smoothie, and it has a consistency similar to a milkshake.

Makes about 22 oz. The glass shown at right was filled to the top.

5 oz. dark chocolate almond milk
5 oz. plain, fat-free Greek yogurt
2 Tablespoons rolled (old-fashioned oats)
1 Tablespoon flax seeds
1 teaspoon overflowing vanilla extract
3/4 teaspoon cinnamon powder
1 cup (30 g) baby spinach
1 ripe pear, cored and wedged (6.5 oz before coring)
1/2 cup frozen blueberries without added sugar

Add all ingredients in the order they are listed (from liquids to soft to hard to ice) to the Vitamix container. Secure the lid.

Turn the machine on, set to Variable speed 1, and slowly increase to speed 10. Turn the machine to High.

Use the tamper to push ingredients into the blades as needed.

Blend for about 45 seconds or until desired consistency is reached. Serve immediately.

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NOTE: This recipe has been written for the Vitamix 5200 with Standard 64-ounce container. If you are using a different machine, you may need to make adjustments to the speed or processing time. Know your blender and don’t overload the machine.

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