We live in the Greater St. Louis area and we boast a very well-know frozen custard stand. My husband, older daughter and I lived in the city for several years and trips to this iconic location were frequent, albeit unhealthy and costly. This smoothie is reminiscent of one of our favorite concretes from this spot. The concrete is a mixture of creamy, homemade frozen vanilla custard, hot fudge, raspberries and macadamia nuts.
Since my husband's favorite type of morning smoothie always includes chocolate, I decided to create a recipe based on this crazy-delicious concrete. Using frozen raspberries and bananas and combining them with some non-dairy milk gives it that thick and creamy consistency we get with the concrete, without all the calories, fat and undesirable ingredients like egss and sugar. I use cocoa for the chocolate element and go lightly with the macadamia nuts to save money. The result is a pretty formidable rival to the concrete, considering it's for breakfast! If you want to up the nutritional value of this smoothie, add a handful of kale or spinach. You won't taste it but it will change the color.
I hope you find this as enjoyable as we do, and don't hesitate to use it as an after-dinner treat instead of breakfast. Please let me know how you like it!
"Fox Treat" Smoothie
(Prep time: About 5 minutes. Serves 1)
1 cup of non-dairy milk
1/2 cup frozen raspberries
1 small frozen banana
1 Tbs. unsweetened cocoa powder
2 Tbs. raw macadamia nuts
1 Tbs. hemp hearts (optional for a little extra protein)
Splash of pure vanilla extract
Liquid sweeter, to taste (optional)*
Place all ingredients into a high-speed blender and blend until smooth. Enjoy!
*If your banana is super ripe and sweet, you may not need the sweetener. Since the raspberries are usually fairly tart, I like 1-2 teaspoons of maple syrup or honey added in but prepare according to your own taste.