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Double Thick Chocolate Smoothie

by | Jan 20, 2014 | Smoothies & Juices | 0 comments

Smoothie in my eye, my hair, up the walls, down the cupboards and all over the floor! How clichéd! I switched on the smoothie machine without putting on the lid and I’m sure with a little imagination you can guess what followed …

After a mammoth clean-up and finishing off what I had started, seeing the delight on my boys faces when I served them a ‘chocolate milkshake’ made it all worth it!

Traditionally, a smoothie is a blend of fruit, ice and either milk, yoghurt or ice-cream, but in an attempt to eliminate dairy from my diet, I have been experimenting with alternatives and oh my, what a success!

How? By using nuts with water to create a milk substitute, and adding chia seeds to thicken the mixture.

If you are looking for a thick, creamy chocolate smoothie that will give you and your family a boost of energy for the day, do give this a try.

Ingredients

 (serves 4)

1/4 cup of almonds or cashews pieces (preferably soaked over night – but honestly, who thinks ahead!)

1/4 cup coconut flakes

1 tablespoon chia seeds

1 cup of ice-cold water (or tap water if hubby has forgotten to refill the water bottle)

3 large bananas

1-2 peeled and chopped apples 

1 tablespoon raw cacao powder

2 teaspoons carob powder

1 tablespoon of peanut butter or almond butter

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Ice blocks (I use a full ice-tray)

Optional:

1 tablespoon Rawlicious Superfood Shake or maca powder

Scoop of protein powder (I use either whey isolate or pea protein)

A few raisins or dates (for sweetness)

Mixed seeds (pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, flaxseeds, sunflower seeds)

Goji berries 

Method

I blitz almonds (or cashews) with water until it creates a milk-like mixture.

I add chia seeds and coconut flakes and leave to soak in the liquid for about 5-10 minutes (or until the boys are screaming for their smoothie) to allow the seeds to swell and thicken the mixture.

I throw in a concoction of seeds, goji berries, raisins, etc, and blitz again.

I then add the bananas and apples, followed by the cacao powder, Superfood Shake Powder and nut butter.

Add a tray of ice blocks and blitz until it’s smooth.

I usually add a second tray if too thick (or want it to go further) but I don’t blitz it thoroughly so it is more like crushed ice.

Pour into a glass and serve with a straw. 

Slurp away! (hah, if only my great-grandmother heard me saying those words I’d be in the dog box!) Honesty, the more slurping I hear, the more satisfaction I get knowing my boys are enjoying every last drop of pure goodness.

Do try it, it’s simply delicious!

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