I absolutely have no idea of whom had that crazily amazing idea to create smoothies, but I surely worship her (or him)! I am having smoothies all the time, especially in the spring and summer time, and for many different reasons: it is sometimes easier to drink a meal instead of eating it, which makes the digestive process much easier and the eating process much shorter; it also is a way to keep my meals lighter when working with food all day and testing each one of the recipes I am trying.
Let me tell you how that love story started. When beginning my yoga practice more than two years ago (Oh dear, why is he always talking about yoga…?!), my Mum and I started that lovely tradition which was to grab a smoothie after our morning practice, in one of the cute bakeries of my hometown, and to drink it while wandering through very quiet and peaceful streets, lightened by the dim and pinkish sunrise light… (what I am not telling you here is how we were very few times screaming at each other…isn’t love wonderful ?) Anyway, I was at first intrigued by that deliciously tasty fruit mixture, and soon decided to make my owns at home!
As you might have understood throughout my recipes and articles, I am a chocolate addict! Even though I normally find chocolate goods too sweet to be eaten early in the morning, it’s a little different with this smoothie. For it is only sweetened with natural sugar, from the banana to the dates, it’s not cloying even though still making your tastebuds smile like hell! The avocado adds a nice gooey and creamy texture, as well as very good and useful fats. The cacao powder brings that amazing richness, and the cinnamon that exotic and spicy flavour. Finally, what is wonderfully addictive with this one is that you can literally make it as a smoothie bowl (using a frozen banana) or a drinkable smoothie (by adding a little more milk), and garnishing it with whatever you like.
If you want to have dessert as breakfast, to be tiptoeing like a fairy all morning long, with a smile on your face and fairy dust on your trail, your belly to be dancing on the gentle and melodious notes of this cacao serenade…what else would you choose!
Cacao, Banana & Avocado Smoothie
Portions: 1 serving.
Preparation time: 5 minutes.
For the smoothie:
- 1 banana
- ½ avocado, flesh only
- 1 heaped tbsp of cacao powder
- 1 tbsp of hazelnut butter (or almond)
- 1 tsp of cinnamon
- 1 – 2 fresh Medjool dates, pitted
- 200ml of plantbased milk
For the toppings’ ideas (any of choice):
- Homemade granola
- Crushed nuts
- Coconut flakes
- Bee pollen
(1) Put all the ingredients together in a blender or food processor and blend on high speed until smooth. Top with whatever you fancy & enjoy directly!