Not every smoothie I make is a green smoothie. Sometimes I just want some color, and to indulge in the unadulterated goodness of sweet, refreshing fruit – and chocolate!
This cocoa-berry smoothie recipe with chia seeds and almond milk hits the spot on a warm summer day. Raw cacao (chocolate) adds minerals and antioxidants while chia seeds provide a super dose of omega-3s.
(If you can’t find chia seeds in your area, you can always order them online or you can use flax seeds instead.)
You can always add greens to this smoothie. Go ahead and toss in some kale, dandelion or whatever dark leafy greens you have on hand. You’ll boost the mineral content even further.
If you’ve never had pure, raw cacao powder, then you’ll be surprised at just how bitter it is. However, it is sweetened up beautifully by the banana and berries in this recipe. While cacao is loaded with antioxidants, it is also a stimulant so if you are sensitive to coffee, you might want to skip the cacao and use cocoa or carbo powder instead.
Cocoa-Berry Chia Smoothie Recipe
- 1 banana, peeled
- 1/2 cup blueberries
- 5 large strawberries
- 1 tablespoon cacao powder
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds, soaked for 5 minutes
- 8 ounces homemade almond milk
Start by adding the liquid to your blender (see my blender recommendations), followed by the remaining ingredients. Blend on high for 30 seconds or until the smoothie is creamy.
Fat: 6 grams
Protein: 7 grams
Fiber: 13.3 grams
Calcium: 11% DV
Iron: 3.9 mg
Vitamin A: 1% RDA
Vitamin C: 94% RDA
This smoothie is also a rich source of vitamins B1 through B6, vitamin K, copper, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, and potassium.
Serving Size: One. (This recipe makes a large, 32-ounce smoothie. It is a meal-replacement smoothie and not a snack. I recommend drinking half right away and the other half about 30 minutes later. If it is too much for you, store leftovers in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours.)
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