Smoothie

Here are some pictures of another Chocolate for Breakfast which I’ve had over the past few days, along with the recipe.  It’s very simple!

Not so beautiful but definitely colourful…

It’s not mango and it’s not peaches…the orange ‘stuff’ is canned pumpkin!

Chocolate Pumpkin Smoothie(2 Servings)

2 heaped tbsp Cocoa Powder

Some canned Pumpkin – I used half-a-can

2 heaped tbsp Greek Yogurt

3 tbsp Maple Syrup

Top up with milk – approx half-a-pint

Whizz the ingredients together with a hand blender until thoroughly mixed, with no lumps of Cocoa Powder.  Serve and enjoy!

The flavour of the pumpkin is not evident!  Do not fear!  The strong cocoa flavour masks it, and gives a dark chocolate taste, which I love.  The maple syrup gives some sweetness, but not too much.  I needed a bit more sweetener in this recipe than when I used a banana – the banana imparts some sweetness, whereas the pumpkin not so much.

It’s so thick that the straw stands upright in it!

This breakfast is great.  There’s a fibre-fix, with calcium and vitamins and minerals from the cocoa powder and pumpkin.  It’s very satisfying, and keeps my hunger at bay until lunch-time.  It feels like something ‘naughty’ for breakfast, which can only be good.  It can be made the night before, and stored in the fridge for a couple days.

You could serve this in a bowl to eat with a spoon, and have a sprinkling of granola on top for some crunch.  I thought about having it with some coconut shreds on top – yum!  Just like a Bounty bar!

This is just another way of supporting my goal of increasing my daily fruit & veg intake.

Do you have any quirky ways of eating extra fruit & veg?

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