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Healthy Chocolate Shakes – Make These Tonight.

I owe Eating Well Magazine a big thank you for this recipe. As I try to cut sugar out of my diet (some days more successfully than others) I am constantly on the lookout for recipes that will fill the void left behind when I am not eating simple carbs, cookies, cakes, and the like. This one packs a pretty good nutritional punch and is seriously decadent tasting. As a bonus for any pregnant or trying to conceive women out there it is also a good source of folate! It’s also low enough in sugar and high enough in food value that you don’t have to feel guilty for letting your kids have some. Scout LOVED it!

Chocolate Avocado Shake

(Makes 2 pretty large shakes in about 10 minutes)

1 ripe avocado

1 1/2 cups of your favorite milk (dairy or non dairy)

3 Tbs unsweetened cocoa powder

3 Tbs agave nectar (original recipe called for brown sugar or maple syrup, but agave nectar is easier on those of us with blood sugar issues and the flavor works really well here).

2 Tbs chocolate chips, melted

1 Tbs vanilla or to taste

12 ice cubes

Pit the avocado and scoop it out of the rind and in to a blender. Add the milk, cocoa powder, agave nectar (or other sweetener), melted chocolate, and vanilla. Blend until smooth. Add the ice to the blender and puree until the ice is in small enough pieces that it is not noticeable (you don’t want those little balls of ice in your shake). If your blender has an “ice crush” setting, that can be helpful, but it isn’t necessary. Just blend until it’s smooth and frothy looking.

Serve immediately! And thank me later. 🙂

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