Cacao Blueberry Smoothie
Raw cacao is a very high antioxidant food containing up to 300 different antioxidant nutrients. It is said that cacao contains many more nutrients than its cooked heat-treated cousin cocoa powder. Raw cacao is cold pressed from the raw cocoa beans while cocoa powder is heated at very high temperatures. When health articles discuss the benefits of chocolate, they are not referring to the average chocolate bar but rather the nutrients in raw cacao. There is also some research that indicates eating chocolate with milk products decreases its health benefits.
In this smoothie you’ll soak in the many benefits of cacao while also satisfying a sweet tooth!
1 cup/140 g of blueberries (fresh or frozen)
1 banana (fresh or frozen)
1 Tbsp. raw cacao powder
1/2 cup/118 ml of coconut milk
Large handful of ice or 1 cup/235 ml of coconut water
2 teaspoons chia seeds
Place all ingredients in blender and blend on high until smooth, about 45 – 60 seconds. Enjoy!
Blueberries – raspberries, strawberries
Banana – avocado, strawberries, kiwi
Coconut milk – coconut water, almond milk, cashew milk
Date – 2-3 tsp honey, maple syrup or rice syrup