Are you addicted to chocolate, but want to stay away from the sugary processed kind of chocolate that you know is not good for you?
What about coffee? Another common addiction that I’ll admit I share.
I love coffee. For me it’s not so much the caffeine, but the taste. And there’s just something about the feeling of a nice warm cup of coffee that makes me happy. Am I right?
I’ve been experimenting with replacements for my morning coffee, some that taste like coffee, others not so much (but still awesome!). The best “substitute” I’ve found (although there is no substitute for coffee really, if we’re being honest) is Dandy Blend which is an instant herbal blend made primarily from roasted dandelion roots, chicory, barley and rye. I know it sounds kinda crazy, but it really does taste a lot like coffee.
And the health benefits are far superior to coffee!
Check out my Better than Coffee Mocha Dandy Latte post for a fancy hot coffee version of this smoothie recipe.
The herbalist in me gets excited that something we consider a pesky weed has so many awesome health benefits!
- Good for the kidneys, it has a strong diuretic action. But unlike some kidney medications that deplete the body of potassium, dandelion has one of the best natural sources of potassium, making it an ideally balanced diuretic.
- As a bitter, it has a tonic effect on the digestive organs and stimulates hydrochloric acid that’s needed for good digestion.
- It’s mildly detoxifying for the liver and works to draw wastes form the cells.
- It helps clear congestion from the lungs and helps alleviate the inflammation of arthritis in the joints.
Super important to know the difference between cocoa and CACAO. Think of raw cacao as chocolate in it’s most perfect state, just as mother nature designed. You can’t beat that!
I love using raw cacao in smoothies and healthy decadent dessert recipes. Check out my Decadent Chocolate Mousse Recipe here if you missed it.
Raw cacao is unprocessed and filled with lots of minerals and enzymes that aid in digestion, flavonoids that help improve the skin’s hydration and complexion, and magnesium that helps with relaxation, sleep quality and reducing PMS.
So next time you’re suffering from PMS symptoms, give in to your cravings and make yourself a healthy chocolate treat!
I love adding avocados to smoothies to give them a nice creamy texture. And very healthy!
Avocados are super trendy these days. It seems like everyone is posting beautiful pics of avocado on toast on Instagram. Gluten free toast with avocado and egg is a great, healthy breakfast.
Avocados are full of heart healthy monounsaturated fats that can help reduce LDL, the “bad” cholesterol, and increase HDL, the “good” cholesterol. They’re also high in fibre and potassium.
Chocolate Protein Powder
This is optional, but awesome if you want to make this smoothie a complete breakfast, or even lunch, maybe with a small side salad?
I’m using Genuine Health Fermented Vegan Proteins+ in this recipe right now, but there are plenty of other good quality proteins out there. SunWarrior and Vega are also great brands that I use all the time.
But back to the Fermented Vegan Proteins for a moment.
Fermentation basically breaks sown the food which makes it easier for your body to absorb and utilize the nutrients. Plus it contains healthy bacteria that’s great for gut health, and supports your immune system.
Guilt Free Chocolate Mocha Smoothie
Before I get into the ingredients, if you’ve been reading my blog, you probably have already heard this before, but I think it’s really important, so you’re going to hear it again.
Take this recipe and make it your own! Don’t have any Dandy Blend and want to use instant coffee granules instead? Cool! Decaf or caffeinated, whatever you want. The healthier the ingredients, the more benefit you will get out of it, and the better you’ll feel. But you don’t have to be extreme about it. I’m a big believer that taking small steps that will become habits is better than trying to make drastic changes that you know you won’t stick to. Every step counts! And if you want to rush out and buy some Dandy Blend, super awesome! You will love it.
Why not make it a Mocha Chocolate Breakfast Smoothie Bowl! This would be the best breakfast ever and I am going to try it, sprinkled with my Mountain Climbers Chocolate Breakfast Cereal! Reduce the amount of almond milk in the recipe to make it thicker if you’d like, and top with fresh fruits, maybe some unsweetened coconut, fresh nuts… The options are unlimited!
Please try this out and let me know in the comments how it turned out. I would love to hear your ideas!
So before I get too carried away, here’s the smoothie recipe.
- 1 1/2 cups almond milk (or nut milk of your choice)
- 1 avocado
- 2 tbsp raw cacao
- 2 tbsp Chocolate Fermented Vegan Proteins+ (or your choice chocolate protein powder)
- 2 tbsp Dandy Blend
- 1 tbsp pure maple syrup
- Cinnamon, cacao nibs, goji berries, or your choice of toppings (optional)
- Add all ingredients to your blender or Nutribullet
- Blend until smooth
See, I told you that you can enjoy the great taste of chocolate and coffee in a smoothie without any guilt (which is totally useless and unnecessary by the way) and with lots of amazing health benefits. Life is good!
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With so much love and gratitude!
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