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Frozen Banana & Cacao Smoothie Recipe

Chocolata banana smoothie

This banana & cacao smoothie recipe is one of my all-time favorites! I posted it last year when I showed you a trick to never throw away a banana again, and realized the recipe got a little buried in the post so I wanted to post it again to make sure you saw it.

What’s cacao you ask? No, I didn’t spell cocoa incorrectly, but they both come from the same plant.

Cacao is raw chocolate in its natural state.

Cacao comes from the seed of an Amazonian fruit tree and is considered one of the highest–if not the highest–antioxidant foods on the planet. It’s full of magnesium, iron, manganese, and chromium and is also extremely high in anandamide (aka the “bliss chemical”). This superfood also contains plant-based protein, good fats & healthy carbs, and can improve cardiovascular health, builds strong bones, is a natural aphrodisiac, and can elevate your mood. What’s not to love?!

When both cacao and cocoa are produced, the fat (i.e. cacao/cocoa butter) is separated from the bean. The difference is that to make cocoa, the bean is first roasted. Cacao is left raw and never roasted, leaving its enzymes and many other nutrients intact. The end product is not mixed with anything else.

On the other hand, with cocoa powder you’ll notice it’s typically listed as a percentage, such as 70% or 80%, usually meaning is 70/80% cocoa powder mixed with milk and/or sugar to produce a sweeter taste. True raw cacao isn’t nearly anywhere as sweet as most conventional cocoa powders, but that doesn’t mean that it’s not delicious. Plus, since it’s so high in antioxidants, you’re doing yourself a favor by consuming its raw chocolatey goodness. 

Legend has it that the spelling of cacao comes from way back in the early trade days of people simply misspelling cocoa (or vice versa) and eventually the raw state came to be known as cacao. Who knows if that’s true, but it’s a fun story and seems to make sense. Regardless, when prepared correctly cacao tastes divine and will definitely satisfy your “chocolate tooth” — without the added sugar and dairy that usually comes with chocolate.

You can find raw cacao powder at most natural grocery stores or on Amazon. Keep it in the fridge for an even longer shelf life.

Frozen Banana & Cacao Smoothie Recipe

Serves 1

  • 1 cup purified water
  • 1 small frozen banana (2 small frozen halves)
  • 2 tablespoons raw cacao (raw cocoa powder)
  • 2 tablespoons almond butter
  • dash of cinnamon
  • handful of ice
  • optional: add 1 serving of high-quality, organic chocolate or vanilla protein powder if drinking post workout

Method: Blend all ingredients until smooth; serve cold.

Tip for your bananas: When bananas start to over-ripen, peel them, 1/2 them, then freeze them. Add them to your daily smoothies as needed for nutrients, fiber and extra creamy texture. Another option would be 2-ingredient vegan banana ice cream, you can find that here.

Frozen Banana & Cacao Smoothie Recipe
 
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Yield: 1 serving
Ingredients
  • 1 cup purified water
  • 1 small frozen banana (2 small frozen halves)
  • 2 tablespoons raw cacao (raw cocoa powder)
  • 2 tablespoons almond butter
  • dash of cinnamon
  • handful of ice
  • optional: add 1 serving of high-quality, organic chocolate or vanilla protein powder if drinking post workout
Instructions
  1. Blend all ingredients until smooth; serve cold.
Notes
Tip for your bananas: When bananas start to over-ripen, peel them, ½ them, then freeze them. Add them to your daily smoothies as needed for nutrients, fiber and an extra creamy texture. Another option would be 2-ingredient vegan banana ice cream, you can find that here.

 

 

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  1. Sonia

    September 24th, 2018 at 10:34 pm

    Thanks for this recipe! I used cacao paste and peanut butter instead and it tasted delicious! It definitely satisfied my sweet tooth and filled me up.

  2. Elizabeth Rider

    September 25th, 2018 at 7:31 pm

    Hi Sonia, sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing with us and stopping by to comment. ~E

  3. Emslea saba

    December 20th, 2018 at 9:24 pm

    What can I substitute for almond products?

  4. Elizabeth Rider

    December 21st, 2018 at 7:11 pm

    Hi Emslea, you can use oat milk or any unsweetened non-dairy milk of your choice. ~E

  5. Danyelle Catchens-Smith

    April 22nd, 2019 at 1:42 am

    Is the almond butter required? Will it affect the taste if I use natural peanut butter instead?

  6. Darrell

    October 5th, 2019 at 6:27 pm

    Try subbing out the almond butter (or halving it) and adding in a half avocado for super creamy texture and a dose of super-good-for -you fat

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