About This Recipe
Chocolate for me is everything — but I could never understand the appeal of dark chocolate until I realized what went into most commercial chocolate. Now, raw cacao is my favourite superfood. With its chocolatey flavor and creamy texture, this is a great “breakthrough” recipe for people who are reluctant to try smoothies or raw foods. Greens in smoothies can be an acquired taste. I like amaranth, but you can start with baby spinach, mint, and milder greens.
Raw cacao has super-high antioxidant levels — much more than blueberries. It has more calcium than milk and is the highest plant-based source of iron. It is also one of the highest sources of magnesium. Leafy greens, hemp and other seeds add even more fiber and healthy fats. This is a great smoothie for taking the edge off PMS symptoms.
1 to 2 servings
For the Smoothie
- 2 small ripe yelakki banana or 1 medium ripe banana
- 1 medium chikoo (sapodilla) or 2 dates, seeds removed
- ½ inch ginger, peeled
- 1 tsp hemp seeds
- ½ tsp chia seeds
- ½ tsp flaxseed
- ½ tsp pumpkin seeds
- ½ tsp melon seeds
- ½ cup amaranth or other greens, washed
- ½ tsp turmeric powder
- 1 tsp raw cacao powder
- ¼ cup almond milk
- 1-2 drops orange essential oil
- Ice as required
For the Topping
- 1 tsp chia seeds, soaked and bloomed
- 1 tsp raisins, soaked for six hours
- 3 to 4 peeled orange segments
- ½ tsp orange zest
- Cacao nibs
Step 1Blend the chopped bananas, chikoo, and ginger with the leafy greens , turmeric powder, cacao powder, almond milk, all the seeds, and essential oil. If you didn’t freeze your fruit, or if your blender runs hot, add a couple of ice cubes while blending. Add a splash of water or more almond milk if required to get a smooth consistency.
Step 2Pour the smoothie into a bowl or a glass. Garnish with the remaining ingredients.
Substitutions: Use your preferred plant milk.
Level Up: Make your own seed mix with ¼ cup each hemp seeds, flaxseed, pumpkin seed, melon seeds or other seeds of choice. Refrigerate in an air-tight container.
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