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:)
This is another gem I have discovered over the past few weeks – how to make chocolate mousse using the same ingredients that I use for my chocolate banana ice cream! It is so easy, tastes incredible and makes for a very filling yet SUPER healthy breakfast:)
Do understand, this is not intended to be a mousse that you serve to guests for dessert! As lovely as it is, it is not the light fluffy or dense, rich and creamy chocolate mousse that I deem “guest-worthy”. For a dessert chocolate mousse for guests, make this recipe of mine – it will knock their socks off – guaranteed! This does, however, make for a perfect breakfast or lunch. As I was eating this, I kept telling my husband how I can’t believe this is actually good for me! He agreed:)
- 130g pitted dates soaked in 3/4 cup water overnight (medjool or brick dates – any will do)
- 420g chopped up frozen bananas
- about 5 tablespoons raw cacao powder
- 1 teaspoon maca powder (optional)
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla powder or extract
- additional stevia if needed
- water as needed
Add dates along with their soaking water to your food processor and process until the dates are all broken up and the liquid is nice and frothy. Now add the cacao and process until well-combined. Now add the frozen banana pieces along with cinnamon, maca and vanilla and process until a light and fluffy mousse forms. You will need to add water as you process it – just add a 1/4 cup water at a time so that you do not use any more than is necessary. Taste:) These ratios of ingredients above are just guidelines. Play around with the ratios to suit your taste – perhaps you like less cacao or more vanilla or no maca or no cinnamon or perhaps you want to add chilli! Use this as a template to create a dream breakfast for YOUR taste buds:)
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 is a simple DIY vegan hair mask that you can slap together in 5 minutes for a lovely hair treatment.
- 1 ripe banana, peeled
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 2 tablespoons homemade almond milk
- 1/2 avocado (optional)
Place all these ingredients into a mini food processor bowl and process until completely smooth. Wash your hair with your chosen shampoo. I like to use a stripper shampoo before doing a hair treatment. Towel dry your hair. Massage this mixture all over your hair and scalp – focusing on the ends and mid section. Gently come through your hair to remove all knots. Pin your hair up and do something else for the next 20 minutes. Your hair feels quite stiff but this is normal. Wash out in the shower. I like to just rinse it out with warm water and avoid using shampoo again.
Hope you like it!