It’s not often we do book reviews here. In fact, we’ve only ever done one before – and that was a murder mystery. This is a little different; an 86 page paperback choc full of chocolate smoothie recipes.
The book itself is paperback and quite plain looking. Somewhat disappointingly, there are no pictures to go with any of the recipes (although I guess all chocolate smoothies look similar), but they’re all so simple that shouldn’t really matter.
As you might expect with a book on smoothies, there’s an emphasis on the the healthier recipes, with dark chocolate and unsweetened cocoa powder being used most often. But more unusual ingredients like tofu are also used regularly. Here’s one example:
- 2 cup apricot nectar
- ½ cup unsweetened apple juice
- ½ cup plain low-fat soy milk
- ½ (4 ounces) firm silken tofu
- 2 tablespoons raisins
- 1 banana, in chunks
- 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
Method: Place all ingredients in a blender and mix for 1 minute. Pour into tall glasses, slurp joyfully, go outside and howl at the moon.
I’m not sure that people will necessarily have some of the more obscure ingredients these recipes call for to hand when the urge for a smoothie strikes, but personally I’m more likely to use a book like this for ideas than to follow the recipes to the letter. Using it that way, I certainly got a lot of new ideas for using up some of my ever-growing chocolate stash.
Overall, a simple book, but one that does exactly what it says. I think you’d really need to be a hardcore smoothie addict to get the most of it, but it certainly has potential to provide inspiration for the rest of us. It didn’t make me want to buy tofu though.
Luscious Chocolate Smoothies is available on Amazon.com for $10.