Cacao Energy Smoothie

by Laurel on June 8, 2013

Gah, I love chocolate. It gives me such a boost of energy! Did you know that chocolate comes from a fruit tree called the cacao tree (officially Theobroma Cacao) that grows in tropical climates? One of my favorite raw chocolate sellers, Fine & Raw, recently posted  beautiful pictures of cacao fruit growing in Peru: cacao tree, cacao pods, and broken open cacao pod. I’m dying to see one of these trees in person and break open the fruit in my hands. Someday I will make this happen!

Until I can make my dream come true, I’ll keep whipping up lots of cacao smoothies. The recipe below is a great choice for a day when you’re running low on energy. Imagine enjoying a milkshake that leaves you energized instead of sluggish!  Treat yourself on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon when you’re trying to power through all your chores and errands.

Cacao Energy Smoothie
(makes 1 smoothie)

Cacao Energy Smoothie

1 heaping tbsp. cacao powder
1 heaping tbsp. cashew butter
1 tbsp. chia seeds
1 frozen banana
4 ice cubes
3/4 cup filtered water

Tip 1: If you want to make this smoothie a meal replacement, substitute the water for unsweetened almond or cashew milk to make it extra filling.

Tip 2: Wondering where to buy cacao powder? Most health food stores carry it these days, but you can also order it online. I recommend One Lucky Duck. It’s affordable, raw/vegan/organic, and great quality.

Tip 3: For variety, try adding 1 drop of peppermint essential oil for a mint chocolate shake!

Cacao Energy Smoothie
Cacao Energy Smoothie
Laurel drinking a Cacao Energy Smoothie in NYC
Laurel drinking a Cacao Energy Smoothie in NYC

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