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Recipe of the Week - Chocolate Berry Almond Smoothie
Recently we purchased a Vitamix blender and we LOVE it! I make everything from smoothies to soups, to dips and everything in between. I use it daily. It was an investment but it was well worth it. It's wonderful for homemade hummus, mashed cauliflower and I even prepare my own flours and nut butters.
Today, I'd like to share one of my favorite "dessert" smoothies - Chocolate Berry Almond Smoothie. It's creamy and chocolatey! It also sneaks in some veggies and packs a protein punch with the addition of almond butter. It really is a full meal in itself. Who could ask for anything more?
I love using raw cacao in my recipes instead of cocoa powder but either can be used. I like raw cacao because of the health benefits which are:
- Magnesium, and other essential minerals such as calcium, sulfur, zinc, iron, copper, potassium, and manganese.
- Polyphenols, antioxidant rich flavonoids.
- Vitamins: B1, B2, B3, B5, B9, C, E.
This recipe can be made in any blender so don't be afriad if you don't have a high powered blender. It will still be delicious.
Chocolate Berry Almond Smoothie
2-3 dates, pitted and chopped (and soaked in water for 30 minutes if not using a high-speed blender)
2-3 cups frozen berries (I love raspberries and cherries)
2 cups packed spinach
1 1/2 cups almond milk (unsweetened)
2 Tbsp almond butter
1 Tbsp cacao powder (or 2 tbsp cocoa powder)
Mix everything in a blender until smooth and creamy. Enjoy