Monday, June 23, 2014

Mexican Cacao Smoothie... aka the best "healthy" chocolate shake ever

I have been meaning to share this amazing smoothie with you for a very long time.  It fits right in with my philosophy of cooking with whole, not fractured or processed foods as it features raw chocolate.  I got this recipe from a friend and colleague who is a Health Practitioner back in DC.  She introduced me to the wonderful world of the cacao bean.

This smoothie is chocolaty and delicious, but also gives me a lot of energy.  If you get an afternoon slump, this could be a fun way to give you a little boost instead of grabbing candy or triple latte.  Cacao beans (or nibs) are the bean that chocolate is made from, but still in its raw and whole nature.  Cacao beans have been called brain food, a mood enhancer and are as old as the Aztecs.

This recipe is dairy and refined sugar free.  It is quite flexible so you can substitute milks and sweeteners with what you have in the house. This recipe serves two, or one really big glass.  It is best made in a Vitamix but another high powered blender will work.

Mexican Cacao Smoothie
(adapted from, used by permission)

1 cup plain hazelnut milk (almond, hemp or soy milk are good too)
3 tablespoons cacao nibs
2 tablespoons agave nectar
pinch sea salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract or vanilla paste (1 tsp alcohol free vanilla works great)
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 medium frozen banana
10 ice cubes

Combine nut milk, cacao, agave, sea salt, vanilla, cinnamon and banana in a blender and process until completely smooth (I blend for 2 minutes to get the cacao as smooth as possible).

Taste and adjust ingredients if you want it more sweet, or more cinnamon, etc.  You get the idea.  Add ice cubes and blend again until smooth and frosty (about 30 seconds). Pour into glasses and enjoy immediately.

* Tip: if you do not have a Vitamix, soaking the cacao nibs in the milk ahead of time, say for about an hour, could help them break down in your blender. I like this drink to be as smooth as possible and try to get rid of any bits the blender cant break down.


Sabrina Spence said...

This looks yummy!!!! We should have a movie and smoothie night sometime soon!

sophiesfoodiefiles said...

MMM,..that Mexican cacao smoothy looks like a real winner!

I must make this tomorrow!

Anonymous said...

Hey - I am definitely happy to find this. great job!