Chocolate Covered Strawberry Smoothie Bowl

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I'm convinced there's nothing better than chocolate. Like, nothing. I can remember, back in preschool, one of my classmates had a huge crush on me (can't really say I blame him - I was adorable way back when) and tried his very hardest to woo me with costume jewelry. Well, long story short, I wasn't having it, and because I wasn't having it, his mom expressed to my mom that she didn't appreciate my disinterest in her son (translation: she was bitter about having to buy me little trinkets I wasn't accepting). My mother's response was simple: Buy her a Hershey's chocolate bar and she'll be his best friend. I never did get that chocolate bar…

You laugh, but that's a true story. And these days, I find any excuse I can to incorporate chocolate into meals and snacks because chocolate shouldn't always be saved for dessert. Ergo, when I learned about cacao - the purest form of chocolate you can consume, not to mention among the healthiest - I was spooning the stuff into smoothies and mixing it into bowls of oatmeal every day. Dozens of cacao combinations later and my Chocolate Covered Strawberry Smoothie Bowl was born.

See, my number one goal in life is to own a smoothie bowl franchise. I'm just kidding, it's not, but I do genuinely love mix and matching all kinds of frozen fruits, healthy fats, and non-dairy milks to create delicious treats I can devour for breakfast, lunch, even *gasp* dinner. One morning I was in the midst of pouring frozen strawberries into my Ninja cup and thought about how my the ingredients that made up my most recent go-to smoothie, when portioned out precisely right, could taste exactly like a chocolate covered strawberry. Naturally,  I had to perfect the recipe to share with all of you because, come on, who doesn't love chocolate covered strawberries? Or, better yet, who doesn't want to eat chocolate covered strawberries for breakfast with the added bonus of the bowl being loaded with good-for-you additives?

And so I became a scientist in the kitchen. Seriously, it was no small feat figuring out the perfect ratio of frozen banana pieces to strawberry chunks. Then I had to worry about overdoing the chocolate flavor. I know, I know, there's really no such thing as too much chocolate, but I was going for more of a berry-meets-cocoa flavor, rather than the equivalent of drowning the berries under a fondue fountain. With a little trial, and a lot of error, I finally found the perfect balance.

What You'll Need: 

3/4 of 1 frozen banana

1 cup of frozen strawberries

1 scoop of vanilla protein powder

1 (generous) scoop of raw cacao

1/2 cup of non-dairy milk

1 scoop of Moon Juice maca powder (optional)

1/2 scoop of Nutiva's MCT Powder (optional)

1/2 scoop of Navitas Organics Superfood (optional)

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