Monday, January 16, 2012

Chocolate Banana Smoothie

During the week my diet is pretty much low on the glycemic index.  On the weekends I do enjoy indulging my sweet tooth a little more.  Did you know that Raw Cacao is a superfood?  Yaaahoo!!!  Sorry, I am just a little crazy about chocolate.  Raw cacao is high in antioxidants and iron and it has one of the highest levels of magnesium.  Also it is rich in a host of other nutrients -- but remember, it must be raw to have all those beneficial nutrients. Here is a recipe for a smoothie that is decadently thick, rich and very chocolaty.  My kids absolutely love this smoothie.  You may want to have this a little earlier in the day rather than late at night.  It might keep you or your kids up later than you would like.

 Chocolate Banana Smoothie

  • 2 frozen bananas
  • 5 medjool dates
  • 1 cup raw cashews or almonds (you may presoak them for few hours)*
  • 3 heaping tablespoons of raw cacao powder (or roasted cocoa powder)
  • optional: 1 tbsp each of any superfoods you may have on hand (e.g., flax seed, chia seed, hemp seed, coconut oil, raw honey)
  • coconut or almond milk (enough to fill the carafe)
 Adjust ingredients to suit your taste, whether you prefer it thicker or sweeter.  A Vitamix blender will give you the best results with this recipe.  So good and guilt free!

(*Soaking raw nuts releases enzyme inhibitors and makes them more alkaline)

Enjoy the journey!