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Turtle Mocha Smoothie

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Turtle Mocha Smoothie

Carrie Masek

Summer's warming up here in Chicagoland, and sometimes the best way to keep cool is with an icy drink. Iced Cold Brew is the favorite choice around here. The purists among us drink it black. The rest of us add milk and/or sweetner for a creamy, sweet treat.

For those who enjoy coffee shop style smoothies, Catie sent us this easy and adaptable recipe that can be made with traditional ingredients or as a dairy-free, sugar-free* treat.

Turtle Mocha Smoothie

Time: A few minutes, blending time only.

Ingredients: 1 C milk of choice (nut milks work really well here).

1 1/2 C ice cubes (smaller is easier to blend, or crushed ice)

1/4 C chopped pecans

4 tsp (1 T + 1 tsp) cocoa powder

1-2 shots espresso or 1/4 C strong coffee or Cold Brew concentrate (chilled if possible, room temp works fine)

1 tsp caramel sauce or liquid sweetener of choice (maple or agave are both great, or substitute a couple of drops of stevia)*

Healthy, optional add-ins: 1 T protein powder of choice

1 tsp flax seeds

Steps: 1. Add all ingredients to blender and blend until smooth. Serve and enjoy!

*(sweetener is optional for those cutting out sugars. I found the other flavors, mixed and chilled, had a sweet note unto themselves.)

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