Sweet Strawberry White Chocolate Smoothie is made with whole natural ingredients, has no added sugar, and is made with real raw cacao butter for a dairy-free, authentic white chocolate flavor!
Happy Valentine’s Day!
Valentine’s Day is my absolute favorite holiday besides Christmas… seriously. And if I can say that as a woman who has been single for over a decade now, I hope you believe me. I truly love the holiday because it’s filled with bright, beautiful colors, lots of flowers, and most of all because it’s a chance to show everyone in our lives that we love them and appreciate them in a fun, childlike, colorful way.
And it doesn’t hurt that chocolate is usually involved! 🙂
I also love the holiday because my daddy used to have a special Valentine’s Day gift delivered to me every single Valentine’s Day while I was in elementary school and it was something I looked forward to every year. I felt like the most special little girl in the world as the school office called me up to receive my Valentine’s Day bouquet of flowers, balloons, and the stuffed animal that he always had sent for me. He truly loved me and my brother so much, and I suppose in some ways, I love Valentine’s Day because of him and my mother and their love for us.
Anywho, besides being grateful for my family, God’s love for me, and the freedom to be able to express love to others, I’m also grateful for all of you!
So, I had to create a special recipe for you today that you can make at home because although I don’t know most of the people that read this blog, I’m grateful for all of you who come back post after post. I’m also grateful for the opportunity to do something I love every single day. And for me, Valentine’s Day is about spreading love and happiness wherever I can, including on this blog.
So, I made you all something really special today for Valentine’s Day! 🙂
Today’s recipe features real, raw cacao butter which is where white chocolate actually comes from before they add a bunch of sugar and dairy milk to it. This is why white chocolate products sold at the store typically aren’t good for us, but raw cacao butter (or cocoa butter) can actually be beneficial for us if we use the real deal and not the processed stuff.
Sidenote: I don’t keep raw cacao butter on hand all the time (#budget) but right before Christmas, Navitas Naturals sent me some raw cacao butter as a Christmas gift and I have yet to experiment with it. I knew I had to save it for Valentine’s Day since I didn’t end up using it for Christmas and what a better opportunity to use real white chocolate than at Valentine’s Day?!
What is cacao butter?
Cacao butter is extracted from the cacao bean during the making of chocolate. They separate cacao butter, cacao nibs, and cacao powder to make all different types of chocolate. Cacao butter is what is used to make white chocolate for the richness it contains, but it contains no bitter elements that raw cacao and dark chocolate do.
Cacao powder and cacao nibs (the darker parts of cacao) are definitely more beneficial in terms of the nutrients (iron, magnesium, fiber, zinc, copper) and antioxidants they contain, but raw cacao butter offers incredible emollient and beautifying benefits from the raw fats that it contains too.
The smooth, creamy, unique-tasting fats from raw cacao butter are why it is used in as the main ingredient in white chocolate products, and that’s why it is used so often in beauty products– because those high-quality fats help improve the moisture and complexion of the skin. We can get those same skin benefits just by adding a little bit of raw cacao butter—real white chocolate— to our diets on special occasions like Valentine’s Day! 🙂
White chocolate was always my favorite form of chocolate anyway. I love the dark stuff now (especially raw cacao powder), but something about the beautiful white color of raw cocoa butter just makes things special.
And special it is! Cocoa butter can be used to make more than just desserts; it can also be used to make body spreads, toppings for a variety of dishes, and yes, in smoothies too! It’s similar to the way that coconut butter feels in terms of texture and can be melted down to make white chocolate candies, cups, etc.
But today, we’re keeping this healthy and simple by just using a little bit of chopped raw cacao butter on top of this smoothie.
Speaking of the smoothie, it’s packed with love and goodness and beauty in every single way!
I decided to made this recipe a little sweeter than I typically would because today is Valentine’s Day and you and I deserve a little extra sweetness in our lives today! 🙂
Instead of using added sugars in this recipe, I used real, simple whole ingredients.
Strawberries for vitamin C, a beautiful bright color, fiber, and potassium
A little banana for creaminess and sweetness plus vitamin B6, potassium, fiber, and vitamin C
One Medjool date (nature’s candy!) which is full of B vitamins, magnesium, potassium, fiber, and antioxidants
Unsweetened non-dairy milk (I used unsweetened vanilla almond milk by Silk)
You can also add a vanilla plant-based protein powder or rolled oats to make this smoothie more nutritious and creamy, or if you need more staying power. Two other great options are to add some hemp seeds or chia seeds for healthy protein and omega-3 fatty acids.
Whatever you do, just be sure you make yourself something extra special today that’s also good for you.
You deserve it, my friends! 🙂
- 1 cup of frozen organic strawberries
- 1/2 a frozen banana
- 1 Medjool date, pitted
- 1 1/4 cup of unsweetened non-dairy milk (I used Silk unsweetened vanilla almond milk)
- (optional): 2 tablespoons vanilla plant-based protein powder (such as Vega One French Vanilla)
- 1 tablespoons of raw cacao butter (raw cocoa butter)
- (optional): 1 tsp. of unsweetened coconut flakes
- Add all of the smoothie ingredients into the blender in the order listed and blend until thick and creamy. A high-speed blender works best, but if you don't have one, you might need to add a little more liquid or some water to get it going.
- To make the topping, just process the raw cacao pieces into smaller pieces in a mini food processor, clean coffee grinder, or with a knife.
- Top the smoothie with the raw cacao nibs (and coconut flakes if using) and swirl into the top of the smoothie.
- Feel free to use dairy-free dark chocolate chips or raw cacao nibs if you don't have any raw cacao butter on hand. It will still taste great!
- You can also add some hemp seeds, chia seeds, and/or some rolled oats to make the smoothie creamy and add protein if you don't want to use protein powder.
Oh, and by the way… if you think this is the last that you’re seeing of raw white chocolate, think again. I have the rest of that bag of raw cacao butter to use up. 🙂
Have a great Valentine’s Day, everyone. Lots of love and blessings your way!