Coconut Cacao Smoothie
21 January 2016 | 0 comments
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.Coconut Cacao Smoothie – full of antioxidants, magnesium and essential fatty acids. Find it here. Click To Tweet
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 [1, 2]. Cacao of course is a great source of iron, magnesium and flavonoid antioxidants [3-5]. 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
A naturally sweet and creamy dairy-free smoothie, made with coconut flesh and raw cacao. Serves 1-2.
- 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.
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