Hi friends! This week my family flew stateside to visit my relatives for the first time in two years. They’re snuggling the little ones and trying to shove all the sugar they can into my little girl while Husband and I take evening bike rides and enjoy the local ice cream parlours. That’s a recipe for summer bliss but not so much for coming up with new posts for you.
That’s why I’m so glad my friend Carrie from The Frugal Foodie Mama stepped up to the plate and has a fantastic summer treat for you today. I’m all kinds of crazy for Almond Joy bars, and making them into a green smoothie… See, this gal’s a genius!Hello all! My name is Carrie, & I am happy to be hanging out at Jellibean Journals today sharing my deceptively delicious & healthy recipe for this Almond Joy Green Smoothie.
But first let me say hello and tell you a little about myself and my blog…
I have been blogging over at Frugal Foodie Mama since January of 2011. Most often you will find me there sharing my favorite recipes, my antics as a stay-at-home mama to a toddler and a teenager, my tips for how I have managed to remain a foodie on our single income budget, & most recently I have branched out into family friendly travel– reviews & travel guides! 🙂
Now let’s talk about this Almond Joy Green Smoothie, shall we? 😉 It is no secret to my regular readers and followers that I have a crazy mad sweet tooth. Sweets are my #1 downfall to not always eating as healthy as I would like to. While I will never completely give them up (moderation not deprivation is my motto!), I do like to create a few lower calorie and lower fat versions of some of my dessert favorites. My fave way to do this? With simple & creamy green smoothies!
While there are a handful of candy bars that I crave, Almond Joys often top my list. Creamy coconut & crunchy almonds coated in sweet milk chocolate…
I am pretty happy to report to you all that my Almond Joy Green Smoothie comes pretty close to the real deal. 😉 Perfect for when you need a sweet treat without overindulging…
- ⅔ cup nonfat plain regular or Greek yogurt
- 1 large handful of fresh spinach leaves
- ¼ cup shredded coconut
- 1 tbsp cocoa powder
- ½ cup coconut milk
- 1-2 drops of almond extract
- Your favorite sweetener, if needed (I added 1½ tsp sugar to mine.)
- Add all all ingredients to your blender and blend until smooth. Pop a straw in your blender cup or pour into a glass and enjoy!
- Garnish with a little shredded coconut, if desired. Enjoy!
Which sweet treat do you crave often that you wish could be made into a good-for-you green smoothie? 🙂
A BIG thanks to Jelli for having me over today! 🙂
I hope you all enjoyed the recipe!
If you loved this recipe, you might also like my…
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Let’s Be Friends!
Carrie @Frugal Foodie Mama says
Thank you for having me over, dear! 🙂 Enjoy your visit stateside!
Mary Frances says
That is so exciting! Wishing you lots of fun and safe travels here in the States!
Carrie, this smoothie sounds incredible. Almond Joys are my favorite, because coconut for the win! 🙂 Love that you snuck in the greens, too. Pinned!
Claire @ A Little Claireification says
Wow – this looks delicious Carrie! What a great idea – Almond Joy is one of my fave candy bars ever! Pinned!
Emily @ It Bakes Me Happy says
Yum Carrie I love a good green smoothie and I love, love almond joy bars 🙂
Lisa @ Cooking with Curls says
You definitely know how to make a mean smoothie Carrie!! 😉 Have fun stateside Jelli!!
Jennifer | The Deliberate Mom says
I love smoothies but GREEN smoothies are my favourite because I could never eat that much green in one serving… but I can drink it!
Thanks for sharing.
Wishing you a lovely day.
While I do love veggies you’re right about being able to pack even more in when it’s in smoothie form. What are your favorite ingredients to use, Jennifer? I’m pretty partial to spinach and just recently discovered kale, but am always up for more green smoothie ideas! Thanks for stopping by today.
Your summer sounds like a lot of fun! Have a great time with the family. Carrie I love this smoothie 🙂
Have lots of fun with your family 🙂 I am a big fan of green smoothies and love this smoothie Carrie!
Thanks so much, Krista! I so wish I grew up on these things! The first time I ever tried a cream puff was in high school. To think I had to wait so long… Have a great day and be sure to tell me how you like them when you give the recipe a try.
Great Smoothie and It’s also Healthy!
Glad you liked it! It’s a winner for sure.