Chocolate Raspberry Swirl Smoothie

Is there anything more disappointing than coming up with an awesome sauce recipe, something that is decadently delicious and having the pictures turn out terribly? Enter this chocolate raspberry swirl smoothie. I had this awesome idea for a smoothie. I could picture how it would look in my head and it was beautiful! And then putting it into action didn’t quite translate. The smoothie didn’t look how I pictured, and even worse, the pictures came out all wrong.

In an act of sheer bravery, I have decided to proceed with this recipe post in the hope that you can look past the icky pictures and try an awesomely delicious smoothie ;p

Chocolate Raspberry Swirl Smoothie (serves 2)

Part 1

1 cup of frozen raspberries

1/2 cup of coconut water (or plain water)

1/4 cup of almond milk

Throw this in your blender and whir it up until you get a nice, pinky-red liquid. Put aside in a cup

Part 2

1 large handful of spinach

2 bananas (frozen is best for a thicker texture – I didn’t have any frozen or the patience to wait so my smoothie was a little on the thin side)

1 + 1/4 cup of almond milk

2 heaping tbsp of cacao powder (cocao or carob is fine)

2 heaping tbsp of almond butter

I also threw in 1 heaping tbsp of honey, 2 tbsp hemp seeds, 1 tbsp maca & a tsp of lacuma – all optional, throw in your favourite smoothie mixins)

Blend all ingredients until well combined.

Start to slowly pour the spinach, chocolate mixture into your smoothie glass, once partly filled, start to slowly add the raspberry mixture at the same time and “swirl” the two together until your glass is full. Repeat with another glass and enjoy =)

Alternately – if you don’t need the pretty swirl look, just throw everything in the blender together and blend until combined.

Ok, ok. So the pictures aren’t that bad. But trust me when I say I had something completely different and way more awesome in mind and these do not do my original idea justice.

I’ve been feeling a little frustrated lately with my lack of picture-taking skills for this blog. Any tips, tricks, websites would be greatly appreciated =)

I’ve shared this recipe on my favourite bloghops: Healthy Vegan Fridays, Raw Food Thursdays, Gluten Free Fridays & Wellness Weekend

15 thoughts on “Chocolate Raspberry Swirl Smoothie

  1. here’s my totally amateur photo advice 😉

    – simple plates and dishes, i love white. white background and tablecloths are great for a clean look. you can throw in accents or change up your tablecloths from there according to the dish you are preparing

    – lighting lighting lighting! natural daylight is the best. i shoot right by a big window.

    – put small portions on plates for photographing- food looks better when framed by the dish i find and consider staging the food- a well placed fork, straw or serving dish of the same food in the background never goes amiss

    – get familiar with the manual mode on your camera- you can adjust the exposure, aperture and “scene” settings. and always ALWAYS shoot in macro mode. you can do so much with a point and shoot!

    – get a good photo-editing program. there are tons of good free ones out there and they can fix many of the problems bad lighting, etc. will create. i used to use google’s picasa. now i have a mac and use fotor and iphoto for most things and occasionally paint and

    hope this was helpful :)

    and this sounds so delicious kimmy! i’ll keep it in mind for when the weather warms up :)

    1. WOW! Gabby – thank you so much!
      You give tips that are fairly simple, but could make a big difference. I’ve been trying some of these anyway, but I like the white tips. I hadn’t really noticed that most people seem to be doing that, it makes for a much cleaner look! Love the small portions tip too.
      Ideally, I’d love to make a light box, but not sure I have the time or patience for it.
      Thank you!

  2. Looks great! I love the swirl. I use Picasa for editing too. The auto-enhance button is your friend. It’s free to download. You can also use the blemish eraser tool to get rid of crumbs, drips or any other small blips you don’t want seen. Like Gabby, I shoot near a window for natural sunlight, turn the flash off and often use macro (no zoom).

    1. Picasa huh? I’ll check that out. I use Snapseed – it’s pretty good. I normally try to shoot near a window, but sometimes the recipe inspiration comes when it’s not light out. Thanks!

  3. Hi Kimmy,
    What a pleasure it is to discover your delightful recipe for such a pretty, nutrition-packed smoothie! I love to make smoothies and your recipe is so creative and amazing! I am so glad to discover your chocolate raspberry smoothie recipe and your wonderful blog at Healthy Vegan Fridays. I have subscribed and am following your blog on social media so I can enjoy your recipes and posts regularly. All the best, Deborah

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