I crave chocolate every day. But I’m not talking about a handful of M&M’s or a peanut butter cup, I’m talking about the darkest of the dark chocolate that you let sit on your tongue and slowly melt away. The kind of chocolate that kids would spit out in a heartbeat because of its slight bitterness and barely noticeable sugar. Which is probably why I’m in love with raw cacao powder, chocolate in its purest form. Raw chocolate has been linked to helping lower blood pressure, regulate digestion and since it contains serotonin (the happy hormone), it's great for boosting your mood.
Once I started experimenting with it in my smoothies, I was hooked. In today's video, I’m sharing a smoothie recipe that doubles as a milkshake, minus the dairy, preservatives, cholesterol, refined sugars or any other unhealthy ingredients that might be hidden in that treat. With just four ingredients, you will be enjoying the creamiest and most decadent chocolate drink with no guilt.
The best part of this recipe is you could add less water to make it like a softserve ice cream or add more water to enjoy it as a thick smoothie. Either way, it's really good. I use a Vitamix which is a powerful blender but if you don't have one, let the frozen bananas defrost a bit before blending.
Cacao Banana Smoothie
- 2-3 frozen bananas
- 1 tablespoon of raw cacao powder with maca
- 1 teaspoon of cinnamon (I use a lot more)
- ½ cup of almonds
- ½ cup of water (add more depending on the thickness you prefer. If you want it to be more like a soft serve ice cream, use less water)
Combine all ingredients in a blender and enjoy!