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Candy bar smoothie? Is that a thing?
Well, yes. And also no. I did not actually put real candy bars in a smoothie. Of course that would be delicious. But it would also probably be more like a milkshake. Which I’m not against. Just not for breakfast. Well, I could definitely be talked into a milkshake for breakfast. I’m sure I’ve probably had one at some point in my life. But it’s not a regular thing.
Instead, I made a smoothie that tastes like a candy bar but has healthy ingredients. This one specifically, taste like a Butterfinger. As much as dates, cocoa nibs and bananas can taste like a Butterfinger anyway.
Smoothies are a favorite of mine. I like that you can pack a lot of healthy ingredients into a glass. They’re especially good when you’re on the run. You just throw everything in a blender and go. Plus you can tuck all kinds of healthy things in a smoothie that you might not eat. Like beets, for example.
And when you want a milkshake but you know you shouldn’t because you made two pies over the weekend (that’s true!) and don’t need more desserts? This candy bar smoothie is where it’s at.
If you don’t have a powerful blender, you may want soak your dates, or they may not blend all the way. I add the cacao nibs near the end, because it’s kind of like tiny pieces of chocolate. You can add them in the beginning if you don’t like that.
I’ve also made this with both frozen bananas and non frozen, and you will definitely get a creamier, thicker smoothie if you freeze them. You don’t even have to freeze them for long — peel slice and put in the freezer for an hour or so to make a difference.
Candy Bar Smoothie
For a healthy, decadent breakfast, this candy bar smoothie is perfect. Loaded with fiber from dates, cacao nibs, and almond butter, it will help you stay full for hours.
Put the dates, banana, almond butter, vanilla, and almond milk in a blender.
Blend until smooth, and add the cacao nibs and blend again.
Pour into glasses and serve immediately.
Storing leftovers: This should be served immediately after making.Variations: You can use peanut butter instead of almond butter if you want, and any kind of milk can be substituted — oat or soy milk are both good substitutes.Sourcing: I use these cacao nibs.Pairs well with:Chocolate Almond Smoothie Bombs, Vanilla Cacao Nib Peanut Butter