December 18, 2014 14

Chocolate Hazelnut Smoothie Bowl

Chocolate Hazelnut Smoothie Bowl | @withfoodandlove
Thank you for letting me write you that story last week. It felt so damn good to release all of that. And after purging all those thoughts, I’m shifting my focus to the present. By creating packing to-do lists {we leave in exactly two weeks from today!!} and ramping up my super self-care regimen. I am getting there, one step at a time.

And, before we get to this Chocolate Hazelnut Smoothie Bowl powered by ALOHA {O.M.G.} let’s talk acupuncture.

Last night I had my first ever acupuncture treatment. And I’ll totally admit it, I was super nervous. I wasn’t apprehensive that it would hurt or be uncomfortable. I just had this nagging irrational fear that the process would somehow agitate my pre-existing conditions {anxiety, worry, stress} and I would be left in a worse state of mind. I guess it was the fear of the unknown, how I would feel afterwards, etc. But I conjured up enough guts, bundled up and walked across the street, up four floors and into the historic old brownstone that houses The Wellnest, the cutest little integrative health center in my whole neighborhood.

Chocolate Hazelnut Smoothie Bowl | @withfoodandlove

Chocolate Hazelnut Smoothie Bowl | @withfoodandlove

Chocolate Hazelnut Smoothie Bowl | @withfoodandlove

I’m really glad I did it. The center’s warm and soothing environment, flickering candles and meditative music put my worries at ease. As much as I was uneasy going into the process, I was just as relaxed leaving. My treatment left me renewed with optimism; I’m eager to do more treatments when I get to St. Louis. The Wellnest is owned by a mother/daughter duo, Alyssa Kelly Boente + Dr. Maureen Kelly. Together they operate with an accommodating staff of acupuncturists, massage therapists, counselors, nutritionists and yoga instructors. Philly people – you can grab $20 off your first session by heading over to their site + signing up for their mailing list. DO IT, you won’t regret it, I promise!

And with acupuncture comes more self-care, a cleaner diet. Something I’m generally pretty good at. I for sure put forth my best effort to practice what I preach. But with all these transitions and moving and packing and Christmas, I barely have time to fit everything in. So let’s talk protein powder, shall we?

As a health coach and natural foods lover, there aren’t too many protein powders that I can get behind. Honestly I rarely use them, if ever at all. They’re usually flooded with junk, synthetic fillers and nasty chemicals. But ALOHA does it right. ALOHA Premium Protein Powders come in a vanilla flavor {so delicious blended with citrus + greens!} + a chocolate flavor {see smoothie bowl creation below}.

These premium protein powders are terrific blended into your daily smoothie. They’re keeping me fueled {18 grams of protein per packet!!} and full for hours. They’re too easy, especially this time of year when putting yourself first doesn’t always happen. You know when you’re so busy wrapping gifts, planning parties or when you accidentally/on purpose binge-eat a whole tray of cookies orrrr forget to eat altogether.

ALOHA products are just my steeze, for real. Here’s the scoop…they’re made with real non-GMO, sustainably harvested organic foods, free of artificial or “natural” flavors, gluten, soy + dairy. Also, totally vegan, yay! To get a FREE taste, sign up for a commitment-free trial here.

Chocolate Hazelnut Smoothie Bowl | @withfoodandlove

Chocolate Hazelnut Smoothie Bowl | @withfoodandlove

Chocolate Hazelnut Smoothie Bowl | @withfoodandlove

Chocolate Hazelnut Smoothie Bowl {print me!}

Notes: I made this with ALOHA protein powder, but any brand of chocolate flavored protein powder will do. This will make two rich and creamy smoothie bowls.


  • 2 tablespoons of chocolate protein powder
  • 1 tablespoon raw cacao
  • 1/2 cup toasted hazelnuts {toasting tips here}
  • 1 1/2 bananas
  • 1 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk or water
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt

Combine all of your smoothie ingredients in a blender and whiz until smooth!

Pour the smoothie mixture into two bowls and top with garnishes below.

Garnish options:

This post is sponsored by ALOHA, all opinions are my own.

14 Responses to "Chocolate Hazelnut Smoothie Bowl"

  1. Reply

    Baby June

    December 18, 2014 at 8:37 PM

    I just read your post from yesterday. I really feel for you, on a personal level….depression is a bitch. Just keep self-caring and looking up and you can do this :)

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar

    December 18, 2014 at 9:26 PM

    A smoothie bowl?!?! Omg. NEED this in my life!! Totally crushing on this idea!

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    December 18, 2014 at 11:50 PM

    Amazing breakfast!! What is the most important – healthy!))

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    dorota @ plants on the plate

    December 19, 2014 at 4:48 AM

    i wish being good to oneself didn’t require all that discipline and long-term focus which i, as a just-turned-twenty baaby at life didn’t lack.. i know it pays off in the long run, but all the wine and cheese and banana bread! and then the regrets. eh. your smoothie bowl looks amazing, amazing styling! happy holidays :) best, d.

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    Millie | Add A Little

    December 19, 2014 at 10:01 AM

    Love this! Sounds amazing!

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    Meg @ BeardandBonnet

    December 19, 2014 at 10:01 AM

    This looks SO good! I cannot wait to try it out.

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    kristie {birch and wild}

    December 20, 2014 at 11:27 AM

    This looks incredible! I love that the smoothie bowl is both nourishing and sort of decadent, too. I just love everything about it.

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    January 9, 2015 at 2:42 PM

    Oh man this looks AWESOME. In every single way possible!!! I need one in my life ASAP.

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    January 19, 2015 at 5:25 PM

    Hi! I love your recipe but am not sold on protein powder. Is there a substitute you would recommend?

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    October 20, 2015 at 9:01 AM

    Not bad to the taste but I find that if this really makes 2 portions it is a lot of calories (541) for a breakfast unless it is a late breakfast early lunch. If you are counting calories maybe divide it in 3 portions would help.

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    February 8, 2016 at 6:00 PM

    Did you remove the skin from the hazelnuts?

    • Reply


      March 1, 2016 at 8:16 PM

      Hi Jennifer – I did. Follow the link to the tips in the ingredients section for a how-to!

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    March 11, 2016 at 3:40 PM

    I bet this smells awesome.

    • Reply


      March 11, 2016 at 4:08 PM

      It totally does :)

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