Chocolate Black Bean and Broccoli Basil Smoothie (Day 4 of 6)
Chocolate Black Bean and Broccoli Basil Smoothie
If you’re having guests and you want to blow them away, make this Chocolate Black Bean & Broccoli Basil Smoothie. This smoothie takes time to make…so we are giving you the recipe now so you can get the ingredients and plan ahead for Saturday or Sunday morning…but it is totally worth it.
This smoothie is a two-fer…it is a double smoothie. You make each half separately and then simultaneously pour them side by side into a glass. It is an incredible presentation and an even better surprise when sipped either separately or mixed together (when it becomes yet a third, distinctly different flavor).
We hope you enjoy this as much as we did. It is amazingly healthy, too.
Ciao for Now!
V & K
Chocolate Black Bean
- 1 (15-ounce) can black beans
- ¾ cups cocoa powder
- pinch of sea salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/3 cup Dixie Crystals Light Brown Sugar
- 4 ice cubes
- 1/2 cup half and half
- 1 tsp instant coffee (can be omitted)
Drain and rinse the beans in a colander. To the blender, add the half and half first, then the rest of the ingredients. Blend until smooth. Transfer to a measuring cup and place in the refrigerator for 15-20 minutes. This step is crucial because it allows the smoothie time to set up.
- ¾ cup sugar
- 14 g fresh basil leaves (about 3 tbsp) very finely chopped
- ½ tsp salt
- 1 1/2 cups half and half
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 ½ cups broccoli (steamed, cooled, then chopped finely)
To the blender add the half and half first, then the rest of the ingredients. Blend until smooth. Transfer to a measuring cup and place in refrigerator for 15-20 minutes. This step is crucial because it allows the smoothie time to set up.
To make your final smoothie:
After the refrigeration time, get your smoothie glass ready. Simultaneously (one on each side of your glass), pour the two different smoothies into the glass; one on the right and the other on the left, so that they each pour into their own side and don’t mix. Top with some whipped cream and a basil sprig to amaze your guests.