Several of our neighbors will attest to the pure burst of positive, long-lasting energy derived from consuming one of these smoothies! We ALL love chocolate, but want to avoid the sugar and high fat levels in chocolate bars, even the very darkest ones. Gourmenator uses these smoothies as bicycling fuel to replace the coffee he was accustomed to using. The ingredients, once acquired, last a long time because really, only one of these smoothies every few days is all you need!
1 C cold filtered water
1 C non-dairy milk (we use hemp milk)
2 heaping T raw organic cacao powder
1/2 C raw cashews
1/2 vanilla bean or 1 tsp vanilla extract
1 T organic coconut cream concentrate
2-4 sweet dates (pitted)
2 tsp maca (optional)
1 T hemp protein powder (optional)
1 T raw agave syrup
1 C ice cubes
Best done with a high-powered blender, especially if using the whole vanilla bean. If not, any strong blender will do. Place all ingredients in blender and gradually raise speed to high. Blend for 30 sec to one minute and serve in goblets. Decadent energy boost loaded with antioxidants, balanced omega fats, and magnesium. Kick back and enjoy slowly with a friend!
Note: The best investment we have ever made is a Vitamix blender – our morning smoothies keep us going way past lunch time and these cacao smoothies make lovely mid-day pick-me-ups on weekends before gardening, hiking, biking, or whatever you can dream up! I have included sources that are the most reasonable for the ingredients, although some can be found at your local whole foods store. The vanilla beans alone are worth the group order – cheapest source of the best vanilla beans ever! Get neighbors and friends to order in bulk with you – once they have sampled the smoothies they will opt in. You will never crave a regular chocolate bar again once you start on these smoothies.