Delicious Chocolate Banana Smoothie!

My cousin was in town this week and since he loves chocolate, I decided to have him try my breakfast smoothie.

Guess what? He loved it!

Every morning I’ve been making this smoothie for him and of course sharing with him how fantastic the combination of ingredients are for his health.  As delicious as this smoothie is, it is packed with some great health benefits.

If the smoothie is made the night before and refrigerated, it thickens which makes for a lovely dessert after dinner the following day or in this case, a lovely dessert for breakfast.  😉

In this recipe, I use cacao powder.  Not cocoa, but cacao.  944328_383430008432343_105806600_nI prefer to use organic raw cacao powder because of its enormous health benefits.

When included in recipes, the flavor of cacao is rich and naturally bitter (intended for an added sweetener of your choice).

Cacao is a superfood, the most purest form of chocolate, and has been used in South America for thousands of years.

It’s raw which provides a healthy abundance of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.

cocoaCocoa (which comes from cacao and is used to make processed chocolate) has been chemically processed and roasted destroying many of the antioxidants and flavanols (the things that keep you young and healthy).

RawCaco_51a0ced5a8f32_w587.pngCacao is one of the highest plant sources of magnesium. It is estimated that 68 to 80 percent of Americans are magnesium deficient.

Cacao contains more calcium than cow’s milk, 40 times the antioxidants of blueberries, and 119 times more than bananas.

In addition, cacao is a natural mood elevator and anti-depressant. 😉

When preparing this shake, you can certainly use cocoa. Just make sure it’s pure cocoa and doesn’t have any added ingredients in it.

If you choose to use raw cacao, I recommend Navita’s Naturals.

Ingredients:

  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup coconut milk (full-fat preferred)
  • 1 Tbsp whole white chia seeds
  • 2 Tbsp raw cacao powder
  • 2 Tbsp almond butter
  • 2 medjool dates, pitted *

Directions:

  1. Put all ingredients into a blender and blend well.
  2. Enjoy!

* You can add an extra medjool date, or remove one, to adjust the sweetness of the smoothie.

Sources:

OneGreenPlanet.org, http://www.onegreenplanet.org/vegan-food/cacao-vs-cocoa-what-you-need-to-know/

American Chiropractic Association, http://www.acatoday.org/content_css.cfm?CID=3956

BeGoodOrganics, http://begoodorganics.com/blogs/begoodness/7991527-cacao-5-little-known-benefits-of-this-amazonian-superfood

Daily SuperFood Love, http://dailysuperfoodlove.com/2852/21-fantastic-benefits-of-cacao/

Kris Carr, http://kriscarr.com/recipe/vegan-peanut-butter-cup-shake/

Photo Credit, http://todosobredieta.com

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About Sunita Sukhraj

I'm a software quality engineer, mother, model, mentor and philanthropist who has a thirst for arts, writing, Latin dancing, healthy organic vegetarian cooking (especially raw foods and desserts), spirituality, socializing and just enjoying life! I believe in the mind-body-soul connection; fill your mind with positive thoughts, feed your body healthy natural foods, and fulfill your soul's purpose with truth and love. These will help create balance in your life which in turn, will help foster humanity. Live life passionately, laugh often and love unconditionally but more importantly, live in unity with love!
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