This raw chocolate banana smoothie is so sweet, creamy and rich, it’s almost hard to believe it’s good for you.
Before I get to the smoothie recipe, though, I want to tell you about my Garden of Life Giveaway!
The great people at Garden of Life are going to give one bottle of their awesome organic coconut oil and one bottle of their delicious Hawaiian raw honey to one of my lucky readers. All you have to do to enter the giveaway is leave a comment below, and I’d love it if you tell me about your favorite smoothie recipe.
If you want an extra entry into the giveaway, mention this post on twitter or facebook and then leave me another comment telling me you did so…
You can enter the giveaway between now and midnight of February 15th. I’ll pick a winner at random on the 16th. Make sure I have your email address so I can notify you if you win! Good luck!
Back to the smoothie…
This one is very different from the green smoothie recipe I posted the other day- both are very nourishing, but in completely different ways.
This is a higher protein smoothie. It makes a great breakfast; I also like it as a pre/post-workout snack, and I sometimes make a version of this for dessert, as well.
I’m not generally a fan of protein powders, but I did add some Garden of Life Raw Protein Powder to this smoothie. I received a jar of this as a complementary gift from the company (I told you they were great people!) and I’m very impressed with it.
Raw Protein is derived from raw organic sprouts. It’s vegan, gluten-free, soy-free and dairy-free. It does not contain any artificial ingredients and it doesn’t change the flavor of the smoothie. I give it a definite “thumbs up”. If you can’t find this product or a very similar one, though, I’d probably skip the protein powder: I find most of them to be very processed and I don’t really trust what’s in them to be good for you.
If you’re not using the protein powder, though, you can still load this smoothie up with healthy protein by adding raw milk or organic plain yogurt or kefir and/or 1-2 raw eggs; if you use fresh, local, organic free-range eggs, there is very, very little risk of salmonella. I’ve been adding raw eggs to my smoothies for years and I’ve never had a problem.
This smoothie also contains organic coconut oil, a healthy fat that I love (more about organic coconut oil)…
…as well as raw cacao (aka raw chocolate) powder.
I can not say enough good things about raw cacao/chocolate powder. It’s high in magnesium, iron, fiber, and anti-oxidants and I absolutely love it. I used Divine Organics Sacred Cacao this time, which I found at my local natural foods store (unfortunately I don’t it see available online). I’ve also used and love Navitas Naturals Dark Chocolate Powder/Organic Cacao Power, which might be easier to find (more about healthy chocolate).
Healthy Chocolate Smoothie Recipe
Healthy Chocolate Smoothie Recipe
Adapted from the Garden of Life Mochacchino Smoothie Recipe
*1 cup organic plain yogurt or Greek yogurt (or 1/2 cup yogurt and 1/2 cup organic coconut milk or 1 cup coconut milk for a dairy-free smoothie)
*1 cup filtered water (or use more liquid(s) above)
*1 1/2 organic bananas, previously peeled, cut into chunks, and frozen
*1-2 Tb. Garden of Life or similar organic raw protein powder
*1-2 organic, free-range eggs- optional
*1-2 Tb. organic raw cacao powder (use the larger amount if you really like chocolate)
*1-2 tsp. organic freeze-dried coffee (regular or decaf; I use Mount Hagen brand)- optional, for a mocha flavor
*1 Tb. organic coconut oil
*1 Tb. organic flax oil or ground flax seeds- optional
*1 Tb. raw honey or stevia to taste- optional
*pinch of Himalayan or sea salt- optional
Blend all ingredients well, adding ice or additional water to produce desired consistency. Serves 1.
This post is linked to the February 5th edition of Fight Back Friday. Head over to Food Renegade to see all the other Real Food submissions this week!
p.s. I’d like to take the opportunity to thank everyone who linked to my healthy breakfast recipe carnival to help Haiti. I think I was just short of a combined 50 links/comments, but I’ll round up and send $50 to Haiti. I am also donating my January ad revenue to Haiti. If you are interested in doing the same in the coming months, contact Marc Matsumoto of No Recipes at Blog Away Hunger/Help Haiti.