Happy Valentines Day! Dark Chocolate Strawberry Smoothie

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Not feeling very festive at 8 months pregnant and not being married to Mr. Romance, I thought I’d celebrate with a simple Valentines day treat for myself.

It seems V-day is all about the chocolate covered strawberries anymore. They were sold out of them at the grocery store and my local candy spot has been taking ordered for weeks! I thought, why not put the flavors of dark chocolate dipped strawberries into a simple smoothie? Happy Valentines Day! Dark Chocolate Strawberry Smoothie

The result was a a yummy combo of strawberry milk with flecks of dark chocolate. Not too sweet but oh so satisfying! I loved the texture. It was a fun twist for me to celebrate the holiday.

Here’s what I did..

  • 20g of your favorite dark chocolate
  • 140g of frozen strawberries (about 1 cup)
  • About 1 cup Almond Milk (I used unsweetened but vanilla would be awesome!)
  • Extra sweetener of your choice to taste (optional)

As I said on my Weight Loss Blog this is my newest obsession…

Happy Valentines Day! Dark Chocolate Strawberry Smoothie - dark chocolate trader joes

SO decadent and fruity and amazing! A “serving” is listed as 40g. I chose to use half for this idea which is about what I eat in a sitting as well. It’s really the perfect amount with this type of dark chocolate.

Put the chocolate and strawberries in the blender.

Happy Valentines Day! Dark Chocolate Strawberry Smoothie - step 1

Add the milk.

Happy Valentines Day! Dark Chocolate Strawberry Smoothie - step 2

Blend until smooth.

Happy Valentines Day! Dark Chocolate Strawberry Smoothie - step 3

As you can see the chocolate never really gets incorporated which is what I thought would happen.

Happy Valentines Day! Dark Chocolate Strawberry Smoothie - step 4

I’m not sure others will but I love those tiny bits of chocolate!

As I said, my version is not overly sweet so you may want to add some sweetener. I enjoyed it with the simple sweetness from the strawberries and the bitterness of the chocolate.

This isn’t something I’d make every day but I loved the variation on this laid back Valentines day. :)

Approx Nutritional Information per serving
Servings Amt per Serving
1 entire recipe
Calories Fat Fiber WWPs
290 11g 6g old: 6 new: 8
Sugar Sat Fat Carbs Protein
38g 5g 47g 3g
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  1. Kim

    SOUNDS and LOOKS DIVINE!!! Happy Valentine’s Day Ronnie – I too am not married to Mr. Romance… and we have been together for 23 years – what he lacks in romance, he makes up in other areas! He trys though! :O)

  2. Julie

    Thanks Roni, this is great, i just bought a Magic bullet(similar) and i can’t wait to try new smoothie drinks
    do you have an other favorite you would like to share :)
    I love your blog, ever since i have been reading it i have been trying many of your receipies, I love to cook

  3. Jonna

    Just made these this morning for my sweetie & myself, and boy are they yummy! I used Hershey’s Special Dark Chocolate syrup in mine, because neither of us like little chunks in ours. The taste is quite nice, and it blended in very well.

    I love your site, and while I still haven’t found the courage to try a green smoothie, the makings are in the fridge!

  4. Karen Chatters

    This is goood. I wish I had vanilla almond milk. I’m trying to get used to the unsweetened almond milk but it’s taking a while. But I was thinking about this shake as I stood in line at the checkout at Whole Foods, fortunately they had a dark chocolate bar right there for me. The good thing is that I now have more dark chocolate so I get to make it again!

  5. Paige

    Oooh! Going to have to try this one. It reminds me of a smoothie/ice cream thing I used to make all the time. It’s chocolate cherry rather than strawberry. So good!

    • 1 10 oz. bag of frozen cherries (cheapest at Trader Joe’s, I’ve found)
    • About ½ a cup of almond/soy/cow/whatever milk
    • 1-2 tablespoons of cocoa powder
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (can be omitted if using vanilla milk)
    • 1 or 2 dates, pitted, can be added for sweetness (or 3-6 raisins) (or a couple of drops/dashes of stevia, or nothing)

    Probably better to make in a food processor since it’s so thick, though you could probably double the liquid and get a more smoothie-like consistency.

    I haven’t had this in a while and I’m realizing now that it would be like 1 PP for the entire thing if I used stevia/no sweetener. Hmmmm… I’m going to have to see how things like this affect my weight loss. I definitely like the free fruit thing. Definitely helps me make better snack decisions. But for something like this it might be too much. I suppose if it does turn out that things like this stall out my weight loss a bit (which I haven’t experienced yet, thank goodness!), I could count them as maybe half of the points that their nutrition information would give me? I definitely want there to be an incentive to eat fruit rather than junk, but when you can make fruit taste this good, I might never stop!

  6. hellooolife

    Hi Roni, Besides the bullet, can you share the brand of the other blender you use? Also, is it good for blending green/veggie smoothies?

    I can’t afford the vitamix so, so i’ve gotta look for other options. :)

    thanks!

  7. Lindsay

    I made this the other day but didnt have chocolate so I subbed a tbsp of hershey’s chocolate powder. Still really good and full of chocolate/strawberry goodness! Thanks for the awesome idea!

  8. Christine

    I just tried this smoothie today – I added a couple of dates to sweeten just a touch and some protein powder so I don’t fall asleep this afternoon before I finish working. :-) It was delicious! Thanks for all of your awesome ideas and inspiration!

  9. Barbara

    I have a question. How do you work a 8 point smoothie into the plan. Most of us only geat 29 points for the day. do you take it out of your weekies.

  10. roni

    I would use weeklies if I wanted it. This was a special treat for the holiday. I wouldn’t drink it daily just like I wouldn’t have a slice of birthday cake daily.

    Sometimes you just have to indulge.

    Not to mention I was pregnant when I made it.. I wasn’t on plan.

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