Thursday, June 11, 2009

Super Healthy Chocolate Shake?

A few months ago I was trying to incorporate more MUFAs (monounsaturated fatty acids) and super foods into our diet and came across this really cool, very yummy, super healthy way to start the day. It does not really have any veggies, so most days we stick with freshly made veggie based juices, but I have no guilt serving this to my family. It has absolutely no sugar. The sweetness comes from the bananas and dates, both very nutritious foods. You could substitute the almond milk if you have nut allergies. I used raw cow's milk this morning. The almonds and chocolate are both MUFA foods and sometimes I add a little coconut oil, also a MUFA and very good and filling. All the ingredients are healthy, filling and raw. You just can't loose.

1 cup raw cashews or almonds, soaked for 3-5 hours7 small dates or 3 large Medjool dates3 tablespoons raw, organic chocolate powder4 frozen bananas (slice into small pieces before freezing)
Use a Vita-Mix blender or any other strong blender to blend cashews or almonds with one cup of water; blend until cashews or almonds are completely broken down into nut milk.
Add another cup of water, dates, raw chocolate powder, and banana slices to the nut milk in the blender. Blend until ingredients turn into a thick smoothie that resembles ice cream. Pour into tall glasses and enjoy these delicious, heart healthy chocolate smoothies.
Note: For an extra boost of flavor, add a touch of pure vanilla extract or a small piece of vanilla pod before the second blending.
The quantities listed in the ingredients section produce approximately 2 large servings.

Obviously there is a little prep time the evening before. I put bananas in the freezer and nuts soaked in water in the fridge.

Enjoy and let me know what you think.

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