Strawberry,
Chocolate Hazelnut ,
Banana Cream Smoothie



Natasha from 5 Star Foodie has perfect timing!


This months 5 Star Makeover comes with the anticipation of being a winner of a the HealthMaster Blender. So here I made a smoothie just for the event.. "without a blender". I hope this counts as a smoothie with a twist. Last week I was cleaning out the cupboards and my blender jar tumbled out as I was pulling out the rest of the cabinet contents, shattered glass everywhere! "This isn't good.. we use our blender often". But not to fret, :) I have a mini and a large capacity food processor which worked well for this smoothie.

The layers go like this..
Strawberry on the bottom,
Chocolate Hazelnut in the middle
and Banana cream on top.

This is a yogurt and fresh fruit based smoothie with layers of fresh fruit between the flavor layers. I did add a little bit of whey protein to each filling.. besides the nutrient benefit, it also adds a creamy texture with a vanilla flavor enhancement. I use Jarrow Formula Vanilla Flavored Whey Protein which I purchase from Henry's Markets here in So. Cal.


Ingredients

Strawberry
1 1/2 Cups Fresh Strawberries (reserving 2 strawberries for slicing)
1 Cup Plain or Vanilla Yogurt *
1 rounded Tbp. Protein Powder

Chocolate Hazelnut
1/2 Cup Nutella
1 Cup Plain or Vanilla Yogurt *
1 rounded Tbp. Protein Powder

Banana
1 1/2 Bananas (reserving 6-7 thin slices)
1 Cup Plain or Vanilla Yogurt *
1 rounded Tbp. Protein Powder

2 tsp. Nutella & 2 tsp. cream warmed and heated for drizzling on top

* If you are using plain yogurt but would like some extra sweetness, honey is a good alternative.




Directions
Blend the individual fruits and flavors separately. Set aside.
With a spoon or small ladle pour Strawberry blend in the bottom of the glass.
Layer the reserved strawberry slices on top. This will ensure that the next layer will not blend into the first layer.
Next carefully ladle the chocolate blend onto the strawberries. Layer that with the thinly sliced bananas.
Next carefully ladle the banana blend on top. With your warmed nutella cream, drizzle a few swirls on top of the banana blend. If you have fresh whipped cream go all out and scoop a dollop on top. I was intending on doing tjhis but I was out of heavy whipping cream so I used the next best thing, Nutella!


Buon Appetito!
Laurie

6 comments:

5 Star Foodie said...

Wow, Laurie, this is an amazing creation! I love the layers and the fresh fruits in between - what an excellent idea! Thank you!

Joanne said...

I do love the sound of strawberry with chocolate hazelnut! Heavenly.

bellini valli said...

You had me as soon as you mentioned Nutella:D Good luck in winning the blender!!!

YankeeSoaper said...

I know what I'm bringing to a Memorial day cookout now. I love this Laurie! With fresh fruit season arriving soon, I'm dreaming of other possible layered smoothies. Best of luck in your contest! Thank you!

Lori Lynn said...

A flavor explosion! And healthy too. You came up with a sure winner here Laurie!
LL
P.S. Happy Memorial Day weekend!

bed frames said...

I like the combination of this one! So refreshing!