Smart Sweet: Banana Coco-Nuts Dessert Smoothie

Is there any more perfect trifecta than nuts, chocolate and coconut?? I must admit, I crave this combo on a regular basis. This smoothie satisfies those cravings while providing beneficial electrolytes, B vitamins, omega 3 fatty acids, and a healthy dose of protein and fiber. Because it is rich, and really, more of a dessert, I have made the portion size a bit smaller than the standard smoothie. Think those old fashioned juice glasses of your grandmother’s.

 

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (250 ml) coconut water
  • 1 medium banana
  • 1/3 cup nut meal/pulp (leftover from making nut milk; you can use regular nuts as a replacement, but you may need to increase the amount of liquid slightly)
  • 2 medjool dates, pitted
  • 2 tsp hemp hearts
  • 1 ½ tsp carob powder (or cacao powder)
  • 1 tsp coconut butter
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract

Directions

Add all ingredients to a high speed blender and blend on high for 45 – 60 seconds until smooth.

Enjoy!

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Servings: 2 - 3

Serving Size: 5 oz. - 10 oz.

Calories: 200

Fat: 9g

Trans Fat: 1.5g

Cholesterol: 0mg

Sodium: 90mg

Carbohydrates: 26g

Fiber: 5g

Sugars: 16g

Protein: 6g