BANANA & CACAO SMOOTHIE

After a recent visit to The Yard in Manchester (see my recent blog post), I was inspired to try making a smoothie of my own.

I haven’t had much luck with smoothies in the past; they’ve usually ended up either a peculiar shade of brown or with a strange consistency… not particularly appetising! However, a few years down the line and I think it’s time to try again. Plus this time I’m making a smoothie that’s MEANT to be brown!

The reason I’m keen to try making smoothies again is simply to improve my health. I’m quite picky when it comes to fruit, but blend them up with some other ingredients and I’m easily converted. I don’t know whether anyone else finds this, but I get this especially with bananas. Eating them raw and I’m almost gagging, but put them in a smoothie – yum!

The smoothie I tried at The Yard was a mix of bananas, cacao powder, maca powder and coconut oil. As it was my first attempt, I didn’t want to splash out too much on ingredients and so I tried a mix of just banana and cacao. I added a splash of milk and yogurt for creaminess and sweetened it with a drizzle of honey.

This was extremely quick and easy to make (not to mention delicious!) and I’m definitely going to make it a regular fixture in my breakfast routine.

Ingredients:

  • 1 banana, chopped
  • 2 tsp cacao powder
  • 100ml milk
  • 2 tbsp Greek yogurt
  • 1 tsp honey (optional)

Serves 1

Method:

  1. Blend all ingredients together until smooth
  2. Pour into a glass and enjoy!

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The great thing about cacao is that it’s so much better for you than any sort of chocolate. It’s thought to be one of the foods that’s highest in antidioxidants, whilst also containing high levels of calcium, iron, vitamin C and magnesium. It’s therefore a great energy boost in the morning, whilst also being raw, virtually caffeine-free and free from any additives.

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