Hmmmmm……Thick, creamy, sweet strawberry milkshake with rich, dark chocolate swirl…..All overt fat free, cholesterol free and packed with fibre and vitamins. All around, you are doing your body a favour by drinking this…..In fact, by making this right now, you would actually be demonstrating what a responsible individual you are…..I’m just saying…
Let’s be honest, I’m sure you don’t need any encouragement;)
- 3 very ripe large, frozen bananas, broken into thirds
- 1 ripe, fresh banana
- 1/2 cup – 1 cup frozen strawberies
- stevia if additional sweetness is desired
- a bit of water to blend
- maple syrup or agave
- raw cacao powder or cocoa powder
Pour a little bit of water in the base of your blender – maybe 2 tablespoons to start with. Add your fresh banana on top of this. Now add the frozen banana and berries. Blend into a smooth milkshake, cautiously adding bits of water as needed to achieve the right consistency. Do not add too much water as you end up with a runny milkshake – and who likes that! Taste….if more sweetness is needed, add a touch of stevia, agave or maple syrup to taste.
To make the chocolate sauce, start with 1 tablespoon each of maple syrup, cacao and water and add it all to a small glass. Whisk this together with a mini whisk or a teaspoon. Taste and adjust to your palate. If you want it more chocolatey, add more cacao (I use WAY more cacao than 1 tablespoon), if you want it sweeter, add more syrup. If you like the taste but want it runnier, add a touch more water. When it is smooth and tastes good, pour teaspoons of this sauce down the sides of an empty jar. Then pour some milkshake into the jar. Stop and layer the milkshake with layers of sauce. Keep doing this until the jar is full. Pour all leftover sauce on top and give a little swirl…I added some of my raw brownie bits and raw cacao nibs on top for extra crunch. I will post the recipe for my raw brownie bits at some point too:)
Excuse the sad little ribbon, but I thought it was cute at the time:D
This is one of my favourite smoothies. I’ve been making it for a while, but keep forgetting to blog it…..So finally – Ta-dah! It is a super simple recipe and tastes so sweet and creamy – I’m always so sad when it’s up:) The three bananas ensure that it is very filling. A jar like this lasts me all the way until lunch.
- 2 very ripe frozen bananas
- 1 very ripe fresh banana
- About 1.5 cups of ripe frozen mango
- 2-4 medjool dates, pitted
- Optional: Sweetener to taste (I like to add a touch of stevia)
Blend the ingredients together, adding just enough water, until smooth and creamy.
This has become one of my favourite ways to start the day. It is bursting with vitamins, iron and anti-oxidants! Raw cacao and maca together also have a wonderful “pick-me up” effect – so ditch your morning coffee and start slurping up this good stuff for an extra boost of energy that should take you right through to lunch time.
- 1 cup frozen berries of choice (I love blackberries or sweet black cherries, but any berry will work well here)
- 1 very ripe frozen banana
- 1 tablespoon raw cacao (or cocoa)
- 1 teaspoon maca (optional but great for an energy boost)
- sweetener to taste (agave, honey, maple syrup, dates)
- cold water to blend to desired consistency
- cacao nibs and goji berries (optional but at least the nibs are HIGHLY recommended for crunch)
Place all ingredients except sweetener, nibs and goji berries into a blender and blend into delicious smoothie goodness! Go slow with the water – add just enough until the texture suits your liking. Add sweetener right at the end according to taste. Lastly stir some cacao nibs and goji berries through.
Pour it into a glass jar and off you go with a healthy smoothie to sip on, providing you with healthy energy all the way to lunch time:)
This is absolutely delicious, super filling and very quick to make. It is basically a smoothie which is made to be very thick so that you eat it out of a bowl with a spoon. Adding all of these wonderful toppings is not essential, but highly recommended, as it adds a whole new dimension of flavours and textures. This is just a basic recipe – use it as a template and make it according to what you have in your house.
Ingredients (Makes 1 large bowl or 2 small bowls)
- 1.5 large ripe frozen banana
- 1 cup frozen blueberries (use any berries you have)
- 1/2 cup frozen strawberries
- 1 cup almond milk (or 1/2 cup milk and 1/2 cup water)
- 4 tablespoons lite coconut milk (optional)
- 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed
- 1 teaspoon guar/xanthum gum
- 1 or more tablespoons raw cacao (optional – see note below)
- sweetener to taste – agave, honey, maple syrup, stevia, erythritol…
- Toppings of choice – I used goji berries, cacao nibs, chia seeds, flaked almonds and dried figs
Note: Raw cacao adds a bitter, chocolatey taste to this. I am obsessed with bitter dark chocolate and therefore like to add this, but most people would probably prefer the sweet taste of the fruit without the addition of cacao. Do according to your preference.
Add all ingredients to your blender and blend until smooth. You want this to be thick so I don’t suggest adding extra liquid. In order to blend thoroughly, you will need to scrape the sides of the blender down intermittently.
Taste and if you approve, pour it into a bowl, sprinkle on your toppings and munch away!
Isn’t it great to start your day like this?