Orange Chocolate Chip Frozen Yoghurt Smoothie

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Oh dear. I think I died. And went to breakfast heaven . . .

This is the most amazing ‘smoothie’ bowl I have made yet, full of zingy orange and crunchy chocolate chips. The frozen creaminess comes from yoghurt ice cubes, and the chocolate ‘chips’ are broken strands of frozen chocolate. Combine this with the hint of cinnamon and sweet orange – a winner!

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This is actually incredibly healthy – the ingredients are all nutritious and pretty well accepted by all as ‘breakfast foods’. Doubtful? How about oranges, yoghurt, cinnamon, coconut oil, chia seeds, and milk? The only other ingredient is cocoa powder, and let’s face it, without any sweetener it’s a darn superfood (antioxidant-and-mineral-rich!).

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Yoghurt provides plenty of calcium, protein, and fats, as well as a healthy dose of probiotics for your stomach health. Cinnamon helps regulate blood sugar levels, oranges provide Vitamin C, and chia seeds add omega-3 fatty acids, protein, fibre, and calcium. Coconut oil is packed with medium chain triglycerides, which are fantastic for your metabolism.

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If you want a more ice-creamy texture, you could freeze this for an additional 30 minutes. I didn’t have time, and was shovelling the gorgeous mixture into my mouth as I raced for school! Oh, the life of a student.

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This recipe can be gluten-free, grain-free, nut-free, and egg-free.

Preparation time: 15 minutes (plus freezing)

Serves 1

Ingredients:

– 2/3-3/4 cup unsweetened, full-fat yoghurt

– 1 orange, peeled and cubed

– 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

– 1 teaspoon ground chia seeds

– 1/2 cup milk, or as needed

– 1 heaped teaspoon coconut oil, melted

– 1 scant Tablespoon cocoa powder

– extra cinnamon, to garnish

Method:

1. The night (or a good few hours) before you want to make this, spoon the yoghurt to fill an ice cube tray. Freeze.

2. The next morning, or when yoghurt is frozen, place the cubes, orange, cinnamon, and chia in blender. Add enough milk to blend these together. Transfer the smoothie into a bowl and freeze for 20-30 minutes.

3. Mix together the coconut oil and cocoa. Drizzle half this sauce over the surface of the frozen smoothie in thin, criss-crossing lines. After a moment, stir the smoothie together so the set chocolate breaks up. Repeat with remaining chocolate sauce.

4. Return your bowl to the freezer for a further 15-30 minutes if desired. Sprinkle with cinnamon and enjoy! 🙂

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