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“It’s the Berries” Chocolate Smoothie

Tips:
A quick and easy dessert, meal, or pick-me-up, you can make this with either strawberries or raspberries. Raspberries have a stronger flavor and deeper pink color, so they tend to yield a redder-looking drink, but that never bothered me or any of my tasters. If you use fresh berries, briefly wash and thoroughly dry them. Raspberries can be used whole, but I like to slice the straberries before measuring them. While I always prefer fresh berries, lately they’ve looked so awful in the markets that I’ve turned to frozen berries. If you use frozen berries, make sure they’re the type without added sugar, and they should be thawed but still cold for this recipe. Cascadian Farm offers some organic frozen raspberries, and they work very well.

For the yogurt, I use Stonyfield Farm, a favorite brand of mine, but you can use whatever brand you like. Unlike most shakes, this needn’t be consumed immediately after it’s made. To store leftovers, place in the refrigerator and cover tightly; serve within a day. For those who enjoy playing with their food, I’d think that this would work handily as a frozen yogurt, though I haven’t tried that. I’d double the recipe for a one quart ice cream churn. Bear in mind that freezing suppresses sweetness, so if you’re going to freeze this you’d want it sweeter than normal.


Yield: About 2 cups; 2 to 3 servings

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup raspberries OR sliced strawberries
  • 2 cartons, 6 ounces each, vanilla OR plain yogurt (this is
  • about 1-1/3 cups)
  • 3 Tbsp. chocolate syrup (I use Hershey’s Special Dark)
Optional:
  • Milk for thinning

Method:

Combine all ingredients in blender container. Cover; blend at high speed until smooth and well-mixed. If you wish, add a little milk to thin to desired consistency.

Serve. Store any leftovers in refrigerator, covered, for up to a day.

Variations: Peel 1 very ripe, medium banana; slice and add to ingredients before blending. You can also use chocolate yogurt in this recipe. Stonyfield Farm makes a Chocolate Underground flavor I enjoy; if I use that, I reduce the quantity of chocolate syrup to 1 Tbsp.

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