Can we talk about smoothies for a minute? Preferably, how much I love them and how my concept of the smoothie has recently been revolutionized? I’m talking mind-blown revolutionized. Gone are the days where I only made green smoothies that tasted like tropical dirt. Did you know that you could make a smoothie that is rich in protein, packed with superfoods, literally tastes like a bowl of chocolate, and is actually GOOD for you? I kid you not.
I recently happened upon a man who can cook (or un-cook?) better than I can and much to my dismay, I realized that for the past eight years I have been making sub-par smoothies. Let me tell you, if you make this recipe, you will never look at a smoothie the same way again. This creamy chocolatey goodness is jam-packed full of micronutrients, good fats, and protein. It uses my new favorite fruit – the young coconut (which surprisingly doesn’t taste like coconut … because that would be gross), pumpkin seed protein, and ingredients like ashwaghanda (a well-known natural remedy for stress and adrenal exhaustion), reishi mushroom (enough said), and raw magnesium-rich cacao.
What I love most about this recipe is that there are so many add-in options. You can add additional collagen, sub out the plant-based protein for whey if that’s your sort of thing, add in oats, switch out the superfoods you don’t like with superfoods you do, and cover up any of your bad decisions with an additional date. (Yes, this cacao smoothie is very forgiving). I’ve literally tried 25 different versions of this recipe and it turns out amazing every time.
I know it’s hard for you to get over your dislike of all things chocolate or the belief that you can’t have it in the morning, but allow me to clear up any misconceptions you may have: Cacao is good for you … especially in the morning.
- 33g (or ¼ cup) of Raw/Organic/Unpasteurized Almonds
- 1 Young Coconut (Meat + Juice)
- 3 Pitted (chopped) Dates
- 2-3T Raw Cacao
- ½ tsp Vanilla Bean Powder
- ½ tsp Reishi Mushroom Powder
- ½ tsp Ashwagandha Powder
- 2T Pumpkin Seed Protein
- Ice + Water
- Optional: 2 oz. Concentrated Coffee
- Optional: 1 Serving of Collagen (for additional Protein)
- Rinse and soak almonds and dates. (You can skip this step if you want but I find that soaking the almonds for a few minutes makes it blend easier.)
- Open the young coconut. (I use this coconut opener.) Scrape out the meat and add it to the blender with the milk of the young coconut.
- Blend almonds, dates, and coconut milk.
- Add the remaining ingredients and add ice and water to your desired texture. If you want a smoothie bowl, use less water. If you want to drink it in a glass, add more.