Most of the time, what I find in the produce aisle inspires me in the kitchen. And with summer here, inspiration can be found everywhere. My favorite season, hands down, is summer. I love the warm weather, the laid back schedule and all of the fun summer foods my family and I enjoy during these months. Summer is just the best time of the year.
The summer months also means we are making smoothies all the time. I love how easy they are to prepare and the kids love a cold, frothy treat for breakfast or as a snack. I can sneak in all kinds of secret healthy stuff in a smoothie and all the kids see is something delicious to eat.
I typically add protein powder to our smoothies, but many of them have a bad after-taste that is so not kid-friendly. And since pasteurized eggs from Davidson’s Safest Choice Eggs became readily available in San Diego, I now like to drop in a raw egg in the smoothie for added protein. The kids are safe from salmonella poisoning and they get the protein they need without the bad taste. It’s a win-win for all of us.
I asked my eldest, The Professor, for a new smoothie flavor he would like this summer. He thought long and hard and finally shouted, “I want a s’mores smoothie!”
Of course, he did. What shouts out SUMMER better than a chocolate s’mores smoothie?
This smoothie uses unsweetened cocoa power. To sweeten the smoothie, I used ripe bananas and a bit of honey. Feel free to adjust the sweetness to your taste buds. I wanted a healthy yet fun snack, so I kept the smoothie mildly sweet. Plus, it is garnished with graham cracker crumbs and topped with a flaming marshmallow. Why add even more sugar? Feel free to substitute with mini marshmallows, a dollap of marshmallow cream or nothing extra at all.
Now resume your summer fun.
Disclosure: As part of the Darling Dozen, I did receive a stipend from Safest Choice Eggs™ to develop a smoothie recipe using their product. The story I have written is all true, and the opinions expressed are truly mine. If I didn’t like it, I wouldn’t blog about it!