Yes, you read correctly! Below is a recipe for a HEALTHY dark chocolate green smoothie loaded with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants! If you like dark chocolate, you’ll like this!
As is, this smoothie has the flavor of extra dark chocolate. You can modify the flavor by adding vanilla bean, flavored protein powder or add sweetener to decrease the bitterness of the dark chocolate. For a sweetener, I recommend using stevia for this particular smoothie.
If you do not have mangoes on hand, use peaches or bananas for the base fruit.
Why Raw Chocolate?
Cacao (raw chocolate from the cacao bean) is a healthier addition to a green smoothie than processed chocolate syrups or powders because you’ll benefit from the heat-sensitive antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. Making chocolate smoothies with cacao is a great way to lift your mood and get your chocolate fix without the fear of gaining weight or consuming excess sugar and additives, although I do recommend that you use it as an indulgence and not as a regularly consumed health food.
Raw cacao powder can be found at health food stores or purchased online.
Healthy Dark Chocolate Green Smoothie Recipe
- 1 mango, peeled and pitted
- 1 cup frozen blueberries
- 3 cups baby spinach
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds, soaked for 5 minutes
- 2 tablespoons cacao powder
- 8 ounces of homemade almond milk
- 1 teaspoon of honey, agave or maple syrup (optional, to add more sweetness if desired)
Start by adding the liquid to your blender (see my blender recommendations), followed by the soft fruit. Add the greens to your blender last. Blend on high for 30 seconds or until the smoothie is creamy.
Fat: 3 grams
Protein: 9 grams
Fiber: 15.7 grams
Carbohydrates: 68 grams
Calcium: 13% daily value (DV)
Folate: 282.1 mcg
Vitamin A: 80%
Vitamin C: 158%
Serving Size: One.