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Chocolate Açaí Pudding Smoothie

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I called this chocolate-açaí smoothie a pudding smoothie, because that's what it tastes like. More accurately, it tastes like something of a cross between pudding and chocolate-raspberry cheesecake. Either way, it's absolutely delicious. I'm happy to use this to replace dessert, without feeling like I'm missing anything at all.

The flavors in this smoothie are so nicely balanced, as the cacao brings out the açaí's flavor, and the bananas and yogurt add creaminess. It's a little bit of an indulgence, but as indulgences go, this one's relatively healthy!

Açaí (pronounced ah-sigh-EE) is a berry found in the Amazon rainforest in Brazil. I actually first tried açaí on a trip to Rio de Janeiro about ten years ago. Since then, it's become easier to find in the United States, especially in frozen form.

This recipe uses unsweetened frozen açaí packets, which are available at most grocery stores. If you can only find the sweetened variety, leave out the maple syrup, and add it at the end if you need it. I'm also using sweetened non-dairy yogurt, so you may need to adjust your maple syrup amount if you're using an unsweetened yogurt.

This chocolate açaí smoothie is made with an unsweetened açaí packet, a banana, non-dairy yogurt, cacao powder, and maple syrup.

Chocolate Açaí Pudding Smoothie

Yield1 smoothie

Prep Time5 minutes

Cook Time0 minutes

Total Time5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 3.5-oz. packet frozen unsweetened açaí

  • 1 banana

  • 1/2 cup vanilla non-dairy yogurt (I used Trader Joe's almond milk yogurt)

  • 1/4 cup cacao (or cocoa)

  • 4 tsp. maple syrup

  • cacao nibs and banana slices for topping (optional)

Instructions

  1. Add the açaí, banana, non-dairy yogurt, cacao, and maple syrup to a blender. Blend on low speed until large pieces are broken up, then switch to high speed until everything is smooth.

  2. Pour smoothie in a glass, then top with banana slices and cacao nibs (if desired) and serve immediately.

Notes & Hints

If you can't find unsweetened açaí packets, leave the maple syrup out. Then add it to taste, if needed.

If you're using an unsweetened yogurt, you may wish to add more maple syrup, to taste.

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Hi! I'm Steph, and I love to explore vegan food, health, and of course, the world. I'm sharing my best vegan recipes, and things I've learned and loved from my travels and health journeys.