This smoothie literally tastes like chocolate milk. It is extremely nutrient dense and filled with healthy fats, protein and whole food carbohydrates. The dairy free milk is made from omega-3 rich nuts and seeds + coconut milk. Enjoy as a morning energy boost, afternoon treat or post work out fuel. It is such an easy and delicious (and chocolaty!) way to include the benefits of so many amazing foods into your diet like coconut oil, hemp seeds, brazil nuts, maca, medjool dates, cacao and chia.
Maca is a root vegetable grown in the Andes mountains of South America. It is often referred to as the “Peruvian ginseng” for its abilities to energize the body, increase stamina, reduce stress and increase libido. Maca has adaptogenic qualities which aid in balancing hormones and supporting the endocrine system.
Coconut oil contains medium chain fatty acids that are easily digested and utilized as an energy burning fuel source, rather than stored as body fat. It also acts as a natural anti-viral to eliminate parasites or viruses.
Hemp seeds are a complete protein containing all the amino acids needed by the body for energy, repair, building and healing. These little powerhouses also contain the perfect balance of healthy fats omega 3, 6 and GLA, among many other benefits.
Brazil nuts are one of the highest sources of selenium and contain a variety of important minerals required for heart health and a strong immune system.
Medjool dates are an excellent source of potassium, copper and fibre. They are the perfect way to sweeten a smoothie or nut mylk, and can also be enjoyed on their own. So decadent!
For raw cacao benefits, please see Raw Superfood Truffle Recipe.
Maca- Cacao Chocolate Milk or Smoothie
For 1 serving
3 tbsp hemp seeds or 5 brazil nuts
1.5 – 2 cups of water or almond milk, depending on consistency preference
1/3 cup of full fat canned coconut milk
1 tsp cinnamon
1-2 medjool dates, pitted
1/4 – 1 tsp maca. Start with a small amount and keep adding more until you are familiar with the flavour.
2 heaping tbsp of raw cacao
1 tbsp coconut oil
1/2 – 1 banana (frozen or room temperature, according to preferences)
Fresh ginger root, 1 inch piece (optional)
a pinch of pink Himalayan sea salt (optional)
Top with hemp and/or chia seeds.
Optional add ins include plant based protein powders or other superfoods like ashwagandha, chaga or reishi tincture, goji berries, bee pollen, etc.
Blend all ingredients until smooth in a high speed blender.
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