I recently heard a (hopefully fictitious) story that Chipotle's will possibly be removing the insanely delicious guacamole from their menu. That creamy, perfectly-prepared dip is by far the best thing they make, in my opinion, and the one reason I continue to visit their restaurant.
Since that eye-opening information was released last week, I've been thinking about the precious fruit that has become a staple in my diet and a primary ingredient in so many of my dishes, including the chocolate pie I make all the time. I keep a stash of those green, vitamin-rich gems in my fridge and eat one just about every day, tossing it into my smoothie, salad or homemade guacamole. They are purely nutritious, great for the skin and contain anti-inflammatory properties. They also work extremely well with chocolate, absorbing the flavors of any food you add to them.
A few years ago, I began adding them to my chocolate smoothies, which became somewhat of an obsession. It is similar to my Chocolate Milkshake, but much creamier. It contains pure raw cacao, which is high in antioxidants, and two of my favorite ingredients: hemp seed and coconut oil. If you are not aware of these ingredients, I will list just a few of the health benefits so you can have a better idea of their value and understand the reasons this smoothie is perfect for breakfast, lunch or snack.
Raw Cacao: Improves digestion by stimulating the body's production of digestive enzymes. Boosts mood by triggering the brain to release neurotransmitters. Destroys free radicals and lowers risk of some diseases with its high content of antioxidants. Increases circulation and lowers LDL, or bad cholesterol.
Hemp Seeds: Contain essential amino acids and omega fatty acids, which help to: Promote healthy digestion. Lower blood pressure. Stimulate skin and hair growth. Maintain mental health. Reduce inflammation. Balance blood sugar. Strengthen immune system.
Raw Coconut Oil: Balance blood sugar. Boost brain function. Reduces inflammation. Aids in relieving symptoms associated with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Improves digestion. Supports immune system function. Destroys bacteria that causes infections and diseases. I use this on my skin as a moisturizer every single day.
If I had to choose just one smoothie for an every day indulgence, it would be this Raw Chocolate Smoothie. It is that good.
Raw Chocolate Smoothie
1 cup brazil nut milk (you can also use water or your choice of milk)
3 pitted medjool dates (or 2 tbs. raw honey)
1 banana, ripe
1 avocado, ripe
3 tbs. raw cacao powder, unsweetened
3 tbs. raw hemp seeds
1 tbs. coconut oil
1 tbs. bee pollen
1 cup ice
1. Place all ingredients in blender except ice. Blend until smooth. Add ice and blend until well combined.
*I use a high speed blender (Vitamix) to make my smoothies. The coconut oil may harden into chunks when it mixes with the ice if you use a less powerful blender. To prevent this from happening, I recommend blending all ingredients, except ice, and after they are well combined, add the ice and blend until smooth.