I used to eat sugar and chocolate like it was my job. Literally, at least once a day, I would eat a sugar laden treat. To be honest, it has been surprisingly easy to find ways to get my sweet fix without the sugar. So if you are reaching for that pint of Ben & Jerry's Chunky Monkey Ice Cream (let's not lie, it is their best flavor by far), stop right there and make this Almond Joy smoothie instead. Trust me, you won't regret it.
The inspiration for this smoothie comes from a "health" food place located around the corner from my office. Every time I go in, someone is always ordering the Almond Joy. I decided to look into this concoction that they were making, based off of my favorite candy bar and see if it was actually healthy. Lo and behold, it wasn't half bad. And it tasted like an ice cream milkshake without the the ice cream, milk, and sugar. I know you're asking" so it's a dessert?" Just taste it!*
I played around with the measurements to figure out how to get it to taste just like the health food place, but feel free to adjust. Also, I got my honey from Andrew's Honey at the Union Square farmer's market, and it is SO sweet and delicious. It tastes completely different from that golden honey crap that they sell in those weird plastic bear shaped bottles.
*Hopefully you caught the Mad Men reference.
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 tbsp almond butter
1 tbsp unsweetened shredded coconut
Drizzle of honey (optional)
1) Combine all ingredients except honey in blender and blend.
2) Pour into glass, top with a drizzle of honey if you want, and enjoy!