Thursday, February 8, 2018

Good Cookies Food Bloggers' Valentine's Event: White Chocolate Raspberry Smoothie



Valentine's Day is fast-approaching, and what better time than to show some love to kids who are in the fight of their life?

This is the second year that a bunch of food bloggers have gotten together for the Good Cookies Food Bloggers' Valentine's event, and we're raising money to make a difference in the fight against pediatric cancer! 

About 40,000 children in the United States are actively battleing cancer right now (and I've seen this firsthand through my years of working with the Make-a-Wish Foundation!)  With less than 4% of the National Cancer Institute's budget going toward all childhood cancer combined, it's important to get people involved in raising money for this super important cause.  Help us make a difference by donating to Cookies for Kids' Cancer!

Our Good Cookies Event goal was to raise at least $3,000, because our AMAZING sponsors (Dixie Crystals, Mediavine, and OXO) have each pledged to match the donations raised through this campaign up to $3,000!

Thanks to the bloggers involved in this event and our awesome readers and subscribers, we have already reached our $3,000 goal, which is amazing.  We're all still encouraging our readers who haven't put in a donation yet to continue to donate through March 1 and help us make an even bigger difference.  Donate here!

So the recipe.

I pinned this recipe to my Pinterest page by way of the Lively Table blog.

At the outset of this event, I thought I'd make cookies (like the event name implies).  However, my husband, Dennis, who you all mostly know as the long-suffering tester of my recipes, came to mind while I was looking for a good recipe to make.  (It is a Valentine's-themed post after all, and you're supposed to think of husbands during that time, right?)

I don't really talk about Dennis much on this blog aside from mentioning when he keeps me from setting breadcrumbs on fire, when he saves the day, or when he does not find my diabetes jokes funny. Some background is that Dennis and I have been married for 6 years, and had been together for a few years before that. He was the person that I dedicated my book to, and he also made the first entry in my Acknowledgments section. (Y'all remember that I published a book, right? #shamelessplug)

He and I have been through hell and/or high water in the years we've been together, but he is my person, my lobster, if you will, and the day I met him almost 11 years ago, I knew he was going to be an integral part of my life.

(I'm so bad at being sentimental. It feels weird. I love my husband is what I'm trying to say here.)

Look how cute we were when we went to see Hamilton, OMG!

I told Dennis I was going to be writing about him in my next blog post.

"I realized I don't ever talk about you in my posts, except when you say I made the best dinner ever," I said.

"I don't talk about you either," he replied. (He was referring to his YouTube channel. Check it out here.)

"What?" was my response. "Why not? I'm awesome!"

He (wisely) did not respond.

The reason this recipe is Dennis-centric is that he has picked up running again (he ran a marathon back in 2007!) and has started juicing (vegetables, not steroids), and I thought a more healthy treat would be a good idea for this Valentine's Day post. The slight irony here is that he couldn't even try the smoothie, because he's not doing sugar currently, so I had to drink the thing myself, because, despite being a Type 1 diabetic, I am ALWAYS doing sugar.

So here's a mostly-healthy Valentine's Day smoothie, dedicated both to those kids out there who are fighting cancer as hard as they can, but also to Dennis, who is living his best life, and who I adore.

White Chocolate Raspberry Smoothie
Makes 2 smoothies, or 1 smoothie if you're me

Ingredients

1 Tbsp. white chocolate chips
1/2 cup nonfat Greek vanilla yogurt
3/4 cup frozen raspberries
1 cup almond milk
Fresh raspberries and additional white chocolate chips for garnish (optional, but highly suggested)

In an itty, bitty, microwave-safe bowl, heat the chips for 30-45 seconds (or until soft), and stir until smooth.  Set aside.

Add all ingredients (except for garnish) into your blender (or Ninja blender in my case).  Blend until smooth.

Pour into glasses and top with remaining chips and berries.  Add a fun straw.






Check out all the other recipes from Good Cookies Food Bloggers' Valentine's Event bloggers!

Yellow Heart-Shaped Rainbow Funfetti Cookies from Julie of The Little Kitchen
Peanut Butter Cookie Cake from Julie of Julie Blanner
Cherry Coconut Macaroons from Miranda of Cookie Dough and Oven Mitt
Brownie Cookies from Mel of Mel's Kitchen Cafe
No-Bake Chocolate Candy Cookies from Debi of Life Currents
Double Dark Chocolate Chery Black Forest Cookies from Jamie of Southern Revivals
White Chocolate Valentine Madeleine Cookies from Marlynn of Urban Bliss Life
Pillowy Soft Sugar Cookies from Stephie of Stephie Cooks
Steak with Peppercorn Sauce from Sonja of Ginger & Toasted Sesame
Creamy Beet Risotto from Rachel of Copper & Verdigris
Valentine's Day Chocolate Sugar Cookies from Denise of Chez Us
Red Velvet Donuts from Gwynn of Swirls of Flavor
S’mores Brown Butter Panbanging Cookies from Marybeth of babysavers
Gluten-Free Chocolate Kiss Cookies from Audrey of Mama Knows Gluten Free
Gluten-Free Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies from Brianna of Flippin' Delicious
Rose Meringue Cookies from Kirsten of Comfortably Domestic
Raspberry Chipotle Chicken Curry from Shashi of Savory Spin
Double Chocolate Meringue Cookies from Dee of Meatloaf and Melodrama
Cream Wafer Cookies from Kelly of Live Laugh Rowe
White Chocolate and Raspberry Cookies from Wanda of My Sweet Zepol
Raspberry Fudge Cookies from Jessica of A Kitchen Addiction
Raspberry Cookies from Courtney of Know Your Produce
Syltkakor Raspberry Jam Cookies from Megan of Stetted
No-Bake Chocolate Tart from Rachel of Rachel Cooks
Heart-Shaped Chocolate Chip Cookies from Angela of About a Mom
Mexican Hot Chocolate Cookies from Lisa of TasteCookSip
Chai Latte Shortbread Hearts from Sue of It's Okay to Eat the Cupcake
Soft and Sweet Sugar Cookie Bars from Carlee of Cooking With Carlee
Strawberry and Cream Cookies from Ashley of A Cup of Charming
Cherry Cream Cheese Cookies from Lisa of Blogghetti
Galete Waffle Cookies from Shaina of Food for My Family
Almond Shortbread Cookies from Denise of addicted 2 recipes
Easy Strawberry Fudge from Chrysa of Thrifty Jinxy
Valentine's Day Mug Hug Cookies from Aimee of Southern From Scratch
Doughnut Sandwich Cookies from Bree of Baked Bree
Chocolate Nutella Cookies from Melissa of Modern Honey
Easy Crinkle Cookies from Amy of The Nifty Foodie
Chocolate Sugar Cookies from Becca of The Salted Cookie
Love Cake from Sara of Confectionary Tales
Meringue Cookies from Sara of My Imperfect Kitchen