Chunky Monkey Smoothie

3 Mar

Looking for a sweet and energizing start to your day? First and foremost, eat breakfast as it provides a boost of energy and gets your metabolism going. Secondly, there are many foods you can eat for energy, two of which are bananas and dark chocolate.

Raw bananas are a very good source of Vitamin B6, and a good source of Dietary Fiber, Manganese, Potassium and Vitamin C (source). There are three kinds of sugar in bananas, and both complex and simple carbohydrates, all of which are used as sources of energy (source).

Dark chocolate contains a small amount of caffeine as well as theobromine, a central nervous system stimulant (source).

For this quick and simple morning smoothie, the addition of cacao nibs provides little crunchy notes for a fun change in texture. A product of the chocolate industry, cacao nibs are created when cocoa beans are roasted and de-shelled, then broken into pieces (source).

Chunky Monkey Smoothie

Chunky Monkey Smoothie

1 ripe banana
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1 cup vanilla almond milk (your choice of sweetened or unsweetened)
2 tablespoons raw cacao nibs

Combine the first three ingredients in a blender and process until smooth, approximately 15 seconds. Add cacao nibs and blend another 5 seconds, so as not to crush all of the nibs. Enjoy!


2 Responses to “Chunky Monkey Smoothie”

  1. Angela Nunez March 6, 2013 at 4:47 pm #

    This sounds very yummy! Since I can’t eat bananas, do you have any suggestions for a replacement? Thinking about trying raspberries or strawberries. Have you used Chia Seeds in anything like this?

    • megmeister March 8, 2013 at 9:39 am #

      Hey Angela! No, I haven’t used Chia Seeds before but that may very well be good in this smoothie. I think it’s worth a shot! Also, your idea of raspberries or strawberries should be good. Anything that goes well with chocolate. Even cherries, or maybe blueberries? You could even add in some peanut butter. Yum!

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