Recipe! Cacao Banana Smoothie
This smoothie is my current new favourite drink. I guess it’s more of a dessert than a drink, but it’s delicious, takes about 2 minutes to prepare and it is actually full of nutritious goodness!
Here’s just some of the great stuff that it contains. Raw cacao is massively high in antioxidants, and contains calcium, magnesium and iron. Bananas are high in potassium and also contain vitamin B6, magnesium and vitamin C. Cashews contain omega-6, iron, phosphorus and calcium. Flaxseeds are really high in omega-3 and also contain calcium, fibre and lignans.
You know those chocolate milkshakes that you buy in the supermarket? Well, rather than all this great stuff, they contain sugar, milk and other powders, modified starch, stabilisers and gums. How un-delicious does that sound?
Here’s a couple of examples. According to the frijj (UK) website, their chocolate milkshake, which they describe as a “chocolate lover’s dream”, consists of: Skimmed Milk (68%), Whole milk (22%), Sugar, Fat Reduced Cocoa Powder, Buttermilk Powder, Modified Maize Starch, Stabilisers (Carrageenan, Guar Gum).
Now I love chocolate, and I definitely don’t dream about those ingredients!
In Australia, the Kick Double Choc milkshake manufactured by Brownes is made up of: Milk, Sugar, Chocolate (1.7%), Flavours, Cocoa, Colours (150c, 155), Emulsifiers (Soy Lecithin, 471, 476), Vegetable Gums (407, 412).
So rather than consume that synthetic, nutritionally-devoid rubbish, try this instead!
Cacao Banana Smoothie Recipe
This is the recipe for one smoothie. But make two and share it with someone – they will appreciate it!
1 cup raw cashew milk (see how to make your own here – it’s dead easy)
1 tbsp raw cacao
1 small banana (or half a large one)
1 tbsp ground flaxseeds
(Optional – 1 dsp maca or mesquite powder)
Put the banana, cashew milk and cacao in a blender. Blend until combined.
Add the flaxseeds (and maca/mesquite powder if using) and whizz briefly to mix.
Top with some cacao nibs for some crunch!