Mostly Veggie Chocolate Smoothie by Lindsey | Dolly and Oatmeal

Mostly Veggie Chocolate Smoothie | dolly and oatmeal

hey guys. sorry it's been a couple weeks since checking in here.  life has been busy with my little 27-inch baby who just turned 6 months old, and has two. tiny. teeth!!! amesy/all of us went through a little rough patch back a couple weeks ago.  he began waking up for the day around 3:30am, was wasn't taking his regular naps, and was just generally unhappy.  poor bb. during one of his sweet crying fits i noticed a teeny tiny tooth bud!  so, extreme sleep deprivation aside, we were happy to know what the cause of his discomfort was, and that hopefully it would pass quickly for him.  i'm happy to report, that he's in much better spirits the past few days and we're all getting steady sleep.  so here's hoping i can be a bit more present in this space.

on another note, let's talk smoothies.  some people call it a trend, but replacing fruit in your smoothies with veggies is definitely worth the hype in my book.  while on my cleanse a few weeks ago, i had to give up bananas as they maintain that they're high in sugar and starch.  but pre-cleanse i would add a banana into my daily smoothie.  and while i never felt terrible from them, i did notice during the cleanse process that my banana-less smoothies didn't give me that heavy, glut feeling which was super enlightening.  i first experimented with replacing the bananas with concoctions of cauliflower, avocado, sometimes zucchini, sweet potatoes, and small portions of berries.  

about a half week into cleansing i desperately needed something chocolatey.   i experimented for a day or two and came up with this version of a (almost fruitless) chocolate smoothie.  it completely sated that chocolate craving, while also being super nourishing, and i was completely hooked on it.  i generally make this in the morning, as the carbs in the sweet potato and dates provide a great baseline to get your day started with the energy that your body demands.  dates actually have more potassium than bananas and are known to be easier to digest. getting extra veggies in is something i am always striving for especially when you have zero time to prepare food.  it's rounded out with some creamy, healthy fats making it the perfect velvety smoothie.  this is a pretty loaded smoothie and therefore i would say it's definitely a meal.  it has way too many calories and carbs to be a snack-y smoothie ;)


Mostly Veggie Chocolate Smoothie | dolly and oatmeal
Mostly Veggie Chocolate Smoothie | dolly and oatmeal
Mostly Veggie Chocolate Smoothie | dolly and oatmeal

mostly veggie chocolate smoothie | v

i love this smoothie as is, but for more of a chocolate chocolate chip vibe, add up to 1/2 tablespoon of cacao nibs during the last 10 seconds of blending.  for better digestion, i suggest steaming your cauliflower and sweet potato, then freezing it.  but i have also just blended them up frozen (not steamed) as well.  generally add 1/8 of an avocado to my smoothies for a creamy quality, but for an even creamier vibe you can add 1/4 of one.  lastly, feel free to add whatever herbs or oils you choose.  personally, i'm an ashwaghanda, reishi, mct oil kind of girl, but add what makes you feel good :)

| makes 1 serving |

  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 cup filtered water
  • 1/2 heaping cup frozen cauliflower
  • 1/2 heaping cup frozen sweet potato
  • 1/8-1/4 avocado
  • 1 scoop vanilla or chocolate protein powder
  • handful baby spinach
  • 3 soft pitted dates
  • 3 tablespoons raw cacao powder
  • 2 tablespoons cashew butter

Mostly Veggie Chocolate Smoothie | dolly and oatmeal
Mostly Veggie Chocolate Smoothie | dolly and oatmeal


  1. add all the ingredients to a high speed blender (preferably a vitamix) and blend starting on low and working your way up to high, using tamper as needed.
  2. pour into a large glass or bowl and top with extra cacao powder and shredded coconut.  

Mostly Veggie Chocolate Smoothie | dolly and oatmeal

toasted fennel-seed, yam gnocchi w/ spinach + chive pesto (+ some rad news!) by Lindsey | Dolly and Oatmeal

let's get to the BIG news first, shall we?  dolly and oatmeal has been nominated in the "Best Original Recipes" category for Saveur Magazine's Best Food Blog Awards!!! so many happy emotions i can't even get into it! voting ends april, 9th, so i would be totally honored if you threw a vote my way!  you can click the image below to vote :)

on to all things green!

the past couple of weeks have been kind of awesome to shop at the market and grocery store.  there's a whole new fleet of veggies to choose from; soooo many beautiful baby greens, sprouts, spring onions, herbs and spinach!  i've been kind of torn on what to make for meals as it's spring, but there's still a significant amount of chill in the air.  i've been preparing a lot of items that are warm and soothing to eat when chilly, but also using a little spring in there; call it, my, winter meets spring campaign.  last week were warm mujadra tacos with spring greens + herbs, today, it's yam gnocchi, with some toasted and crushed fennel seeds, coupled with a spinach-chive pesto that is, what i'm calling, muddled spring (is there a cocktail with that name? there totally should be!).  the gnocchi is light enough to be a side dish, but sturdy enough for a meal, while the pesto just brightens the flavor and brings out the anise essence of the fennel seeds.  if there ever was a cozy spring dinner meal, this is it!

as i mentioned above spring is making it's presence known at markets and stores everywhere, but it's official when my favorite vendor, lani's farm, is back at all the nyc greenmarkets.  i made a special trip to the union square market this past saturday and almost squealed when i saw their tent! i think i bought up half their tray of spinach, then i purchased 2 large squares of kale and radish sprouts, plus every herb bundle that was available!  i was even happier when i got home and to wash my green loot in my beautiful new colander!  the kind people at Savora sent me one and it's really quite super, not to mention beautiful! while i usually go for a more rustic aesthetic, i'm loving how clean, polished and bright it is!  it comes in various colors but i'm really feeling the white as it gives off a spring/summer-y vibe.  i'm also really stoked to check out some of their other products, especially the hand-held grater (for all the veggies) and ice cream scoop (hello, summer!).  plus they're based in my native homeland, long island!  if you're interested you can totally get your hands on one of their beautiful pieces at bloomingdale's.

toasted fennel-seed, yam gnocchi w/ spinach + chive pesto (gluten free + dairy free)

serves 4 


  • 3-4 hannah yams (approx. 1 pound)
  • 1 1/2-2 cups brown rice flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 1 tablespoon fennel seeds, toasted + crushed
  • 4-5 garlic cloves, roasted
  • 1 free-range egg
  • 1 tablespoon parsley, finely chopped
  • salt + pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup spinach + chive pesto

spinach + chive pesto

  • 2 cups fresh spinach
  • 1/4 cup fresh chives
  • 1/3 cup raw pistachios, toasted
  • 1 clove garlic, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine grain sea salt


  • preheat oven to 400ยฐ.  place yams on a baking tray and bake for 45-50 minutes, until a fork can pierce the flesh easily.  remove yams from oven and allow to cool
  • in a large bowl, scoop yam flesh from the skin, add the roasted garlic and mash together until combined.  add the egg, toasted fennel seeds, parsley and salt + pepper; mix until combined.  a little bit at a time, add the flour until the dough comes together
  • on a floured work surface, cut the dough into 4 even pieces.  roll one piece at a time into a log, roughly 2 feet long, cut into 3/4-inch pieces (this is totally optional but you can use a fork to roll them into the shape in the images), transfer to a floured tray or plate
  • bring a large pot of water to a boil, gently transfer approx. 20 pieces of gnocchi  (more or less depending on the size of your pot, you don't want to crowd them or have them stick to one another, so refrain from adding too many), cook gnocchi for about 3 minutes - until they float to the surface.  with a slotted spoon, gently scoop them out and transfer to an oiled dish. repeat with remaining gnocchi. reserve a couple tablespoons of cooking water
  • place gnocchi in a large serving bowl and top with pesto, if needed, thin out consistency of pesto with reserved cooking water, taste and season accordingly
  • garnish with chopped chives, crushed pistachios and/or parsley