Almond Joy Smoothie

November 7, 2011

in Breakfast, Drinks

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I have always loved the combination of chocolate and coconut. So, as a kid, I was surprised to learn that I seemed to be in the minority when it came to coveting the Mounds and Almond Joy candy bars after my friends and I would go trick-or-treating. Fortunately, this taste preference worked out pretty well for me, and I was thrilled to trade my many Starbursts and Sweet Tarts for chocolate-covered coconut.

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This past Halloween, as I was walking home from the gym, a neighbor just happened to have a plastic pumpkin full of Almond Joy candy bars sitting on her stoop. I questioned for a moment whether it was wrong for me to take one (27 basically still qualifies me as a kid, right?), but ultimately I couldn’t resist my childhood favorite.

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Since then, I’ve had that flavor combination on my mind, and this morning I set out to recreate it in the form of a smoothie. This did not disappoint.

Almond Joy Smoothie
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Recipe type: Smoothie
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Serves: 1
 
Ingredients
  • 1 C. Vanilla Almond Milk
  • ½ Banana (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 Tbs. Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • 1 Tbs. Shredded Coconut (I used unsweetened), plus 1 Tsp. for garnish
  • 1 Tbs. Almonds (I used sliced), plus 1 Tsp. for garnish
  • 1 Tsp. Coconut Oil, melted
  • 1 Tsp. Chia Seeds (optional)
  • 1 Tsp. Mesquite Powder (optional)
  • ½ Tsp. Almond Extract
  • Stevia to taste
  • Handful of Ice Cubes
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth.
  2. If you'd like, put a little coconut oil around the rim of your glass and dip in shredded coconut.
  3. Top with remaining shredded coconut and sliced almonds.

 

If you really want to take your smoothie to the next level, drizzle a little chocolate syrup over top. Don’t worry – chocolate syrup is totally a breakfast food.

{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

Lee November 7, 2011 at 4:14 pm

I never liked Mounds or Almond Joy as a kid, but as an adult I love them. Well, I love Almond Joy. I’m not a huge dark chocolate fan.

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Amanda November 7, 2011 at 4:17 pm

I LOVE dark chocolate. 85% is my perfect chocolate.

For some reason, I was just reminded of accidentally eating baker’s chocolate as a kid. Blech!

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Gina @ Running to the Kitchen November 7, 2011 at 4:21 pm

I’ve grown to love Almond Joy’s and Mounds more and more over the years. Me and coconut are tight right now. This looks awesome. I’m thinking snack later this afternoon :)

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Giulia @ Tutupa's Lab November 7, 2011 at 7:54 pm

how can you not love the chocolate-coconut combo?!

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Amanda November 7, 2011 at 8:03 pm

I know, right?! Crazy.

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Suzzie V November 7, 2011 at 8:12 pm

this looks like Heaven!

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Amanda November 7, 2011 at 11:03 pm

Thanks, Suzzie!

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Emily November 8, 2011 at 6:21 am

Chocolate and coconut is one of my favorite combinations. I’m currently on a kick with the Chocolate Dipped Coconut Luna Bars- they’re amazing! They taste just like Samoa Girl-Scout Cookies, which were my favorite growing up!
Despite the cooler weather, I can’t wait to try this smoothie!

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Amanda November 8, 2011 at 12:51 pm

Oooh, those were always my favorite Girl Scout cookies! I’m going to have to try that Luna bar. :)

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Kim @ Eat, Live, and Blog November 8, 2011 at 1:50 pm

This sounds wonderful! almond and coconut is the best combo. :)

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Erin @ Big Girl Feats November 8, 2011 at 3:09 pm

Oh my goodness. So funny how taste buds change because I used to detest coconut and almonds! Now I can’t imagine baked goods without them! Or delicious smoothies….

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Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga November 9, 2011 at 7:30 pm

Wow, just delish looking!!! who doesnt love an Almond Joy ? :)

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emma November 16, 2011 at 2:05 am

I LOVE coconut and this smoothie looks soo good! Chocolate and coconut are almost as good as chocolate and peanut butter….almost. : )

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CarolS June 7, 2012 at 10:48 pm

I was never a big fan of the Almond Joy but the Mounds were always mine! Funny because I love almonds too!
You’re right, Halloween was a great time because no one else wanted them!
This drink sounds like another “must try”!

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Hannah November 20, 2013 at 6:53 pm

This looks delicious! What almond extract do you use?

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Amanda November 21, 2013 at 9:45 am

I’ve been using the Frontier alcohol-free brand of almond extract. I found it at Whole Foods :)

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