Chocolate Energy Smoothie

By Sally Cameron on February 01, 2018

Breakfast, Dairy Free, featured, Gluten-Free, Juices, Smoothies & Milks, Vegan

I’ve been drinking smoothies for twenty years and continually come up with new recipes to keep breakfast interesting. Here’s the latest, my chocolate energy smoothie. It’s like a healthy chocolate milkshake that powers up your morning. It increases energy, balances your mood and helps you sail through daily stress, so grab your blender and let’s get going.

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Chocolate Energy Smoothie

While cacao gives this smoothie its chocolaty flavor and lovely color, the health benefit is from flavanols. Flavanols are a type of phytonutrient found only in plants. Published studies demonstrate that consuming cocoa flavanols improves cardiovascular function and lessens the burden on the heart that comes with the aging. Study data indicate that cocoa flavanols reduce the risk of developing cardiovascular disease while lowering blood pressure, improving blood flow to the brain and heart, and preventing blood clots. If that isn’t good news for chocolate lovers I don’t know what is!

I buy a raw, organic, unsweetened brand on Amazon. More than just flavor and color, two tablespoons adds 5 grams of fiber and 6 grams of protein to your smoothie. Cacao powder even provides important minerals such as magnesium, manganese, chromium, phosphorus, iron, potassium, zinc, and copper.

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What is Maca?

I use a traditional medicinal herb called an adaptogen. in this smoothie. Adaptogens help your body cope more effectively with stressors. Maca is dried and ground into powder, making it easy to add to smoothies. It has a nutty kind of butterscotch-y flavor and it pairs well with chocolate. One tablespoon adds 3 grams of protein and 3 grams of fiber to your smoothie.

Peruvian folklore tells of maca used by warriors to increase strength and endurance. Maca is a root vegetable native to Peru, grown in the harsh high altitudes of the Andes mountains. Research on maca is in early stages. Reports show it helps increase energy and stamina, balance hormones, plus reduce stress and anxiety. It’s a healthy natural addition to your healthy diet and lifestyle.

Last Notes on Ingredients

Choose greenish bananas for their lower sugar levels and resistant starch, a type of starch than functions more like fiber. To sweeten your smoothie, use a half dropper of liquid chocolate stevia drops. For cinnamon, choose “true” or Ceylon cinnamon versus common Cassia cinnamon.

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Nutrition Facts
Chocolate Energy Smoothie
Amount Per Serving
Calories 415 Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value*
Fat 20g31%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Cholesterol 50mg17%
Sodium 382mg17%
Potassium 797mg23%
Carbohydrates 40g13%
Fiber 12g50%
Sugar 16g18%
Protein 33g66%
Vitamin A 145IU3%
Vitamin C 10mg12%
Calcium 462mg46%
Iron 5mg28%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Chocolate Energy Smoothie

Chocolaty, creamy and good for you, this smoothie will get your day started right with raw cacao powder for heart and brain health, and maca to help your body adapt to what they day throws at you.
Servings 1
Calories 415kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 cup almond milk preferably homemade
  • 2 tablespoons canned coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons ground flaxseed
  • 2 tablespoons raw cacao powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground maca powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 dropper liquid chocolate stevia
  • 1 small greenish banana
  • 1 scoop protein powder of choice see notes below

Optional Garnishes

  • 1 tablespoon raw cacao nibs
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened coconut thread
  • 2-3 slices banana

Instructions

  • Add all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth and creamy. If you prefer a cold smoothie, add a couple of ice cubes. Garnish as desired.

Notes

Recipe notes – Liquid chocolate stevia drops are made by Sweet Leaf, called Sweet Drops, available at many grocers, health-oriented markets and on Amazon at this link Be sure to check out the other great flavors too. 
Protein powder makes it easy to add protein to your smoothie. Choose unflavored, unsweetened powder with no additives. You can also use hemp seeds, chia seeds and other plant-based options. For suggestions, read this post on How to Choose a Protein Powder
 

Nutrition

Calories: 415kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 33g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 50mg | Sodium: 382mg | Potassium: 797mg | Fiber: 12g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 145IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 462mg | Iron: 5mg
2 Comments
  1. Sally Vargas - February 3rd, 2018

    This will definitely get me back on the smoothie train, Sally. I tend to avoid them in winter, but I am always looking for something I could have to jumpstart the day!
    Thanks for a great recipe.

  2. Sally Cameron - February 3rd, 2018

    Hey Sally. I know if you live in a cold area smoothies can be tough, when you might perfer something warm. I don’t drink my real cold, they are more room temp. I have another one I need to post real soon. A golden milk smoothie with turmeric and ginger, warm spices, which might sound good to you! So nice to see your comment. Thanks.

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