This is a really basic smoothie recipe that we make a lot - especially because it's a great way to refuel after a workout. The combo of nut butter, dark chocolate and vanilla really make this taste like a cookie milkshake! Coconut bowl not necessary!
More cocoa solids = more nutritious. So to get the most out of this recipe, stick with 85-90% dark chocolate. Dark chocolate is packed full of antioxidants. This means it fights off free radicals and lowers your risk of developing chronic diseases like cancer and heart disease. It’s also a great source of caffeine and theobromine so it’s the perfect way to boost your energy. And it contains a really important mineral called magnesium, which promotes relaxation and reduces sore muscles after a workout. Bananas contain a heap of potassium and vitamin B6. Potassium helps to keep you body’s fluid in check and combined with the carbs in bananas these are an athletes best friend! Vitamin B6 is important in supporting your digestive, muscular and nervous system. So get blending!
- 1 x banana (use frozen if you want it to be more like ice-cream)
- 2 TBSP almond or cashew butter
- 25g dark chocolate or a handful of cacao nibs
- 2 TBSP coconut yoghurt or greek yoghurt
- ~120ml (1/2 cup) unsweetened almond milk or coconut milk (add slowly to get the texture you want, you may need more or less)
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- Add all ingredients to your blender and blend until smooth. Or use a hand blender - just make sure the banana is chopped into small chunks before freezing.
- Then the best bit, add your favourite toppings! We went with goji berries, cacao nibs and a little more almond butter.