A naturally sweet and creamy smoothie made from the flesh and water of a whole, young coconut, antioxidant rich blueberries, and raw cacao powder.
I usually start my day with a nourishing green smoothie - however - thanks to this strange Summer we're having, my plants don't know what they're doing - they've all gone to seed so quickly. So until I can make it back to the Farmer's Market to collect some more plant babies, I have to mix things up a little.
I decided to post this on a whim - I whipped it up this morning and it was particularly good so how could I not share it with you? I had a fresh young coconut in the fridge, so used that as a base. I have a nifty little gadget called a Coco Tap which pokes a tidy hole in the coconut, enabling you to easily drain the water out. A cleaver will then make some cuts around the pointed top to create a lid, from there you simply lift it off and scoop out the soft coconut flesh with a spoon. The flesh will be covered in a little debris, so you just rinse that off under running water and you're good to go.
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I'm quite a fan of using a scoop of sprouted plant protein powder in my smoothies also, as I find that protein with breakfast keeps you feeling fuller longer, and combined with a little cinnamon, helps keep those blood sugar levels stable .
Cacao of course is a great source of iron, magnesium and flavonoid antioxidants. I much prefer using whole cacao nibs in a smoothie than the cacao powder - it is insane - the texture and the taste. Finally, a spoon of chia is always a good idea, both for fibre and those fab omega-3 fatty acids.
Hope you enjoy!
Coconut Cacao Smoothie
- 1 whole young coconut
- 1/2 cup blueberries/strawberries or other
- 1 scoop sprouted plant protein
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- 2 tablespoons cacao nibs
- 1/4 - 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon - depending on your taste
- 1 teaspoon probiotic powder for a happy tummy
- Coconut yoghurt - optional to serve
- Open the young coconut, and pour out 1 cup of the water to use in the smoothie, if there is a little left over, keep in the fridge.
- Scoop the flesh out, rinse it to remove any debris, and add to a blender with the coconut water.
- Add all other ingredients and blend well.