chocolate smoothie

It’s true, smoothies really are a summery treat. The cold creaminess. It’s straw-worthy sipping that keeps you cool while delivering potent nutrients either for breakfast, lunch or as a snack (dinner smoothies work too). Come winter, though, and we opt for heavier foods. Pancakes for breakfast. Or oatmeal. Big bowls of soup for lunch. Warm coffee and teas with pastries for snacks…And the blender sits in the cabinet waiting for the weather to break. Bust it out though, because this smoothie recipe will warm you up for winter and keep you healthy, too.

This smoothie recipe can be made cold or warm. It’s a chocolate base, so if you heat it up, it’s like a hot chocolate with a superfood punch!

Warming Winter Smoothie Recipe

Makes 2 large smoothies

Ingredients

6 cups nondairy milk, water or tea
1 banana (raw or frozen)
handful of raw nuts (I love Brazil nuts in here but any kind will do)
3 tablespoons raw chocolate powder
2 tablespoons coconut oil
2 tablespoons hemp seeds
1 tablespoon chia seeds
1 tablespoon maca powder
1 tablespoon pure maple syrup (a bit more if you have a sweet tooth, but not too much!)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ teaspoon each: dried ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom
pinch sea salt and cayenne pepper

Directions

Add all ingredients to your blender and process until smooth.

Note: If you’re making this into a warm smoothie, take precaution when blending hot liquids as heat expands. The heat will push everything up and blow the top off of your blender! So, if you have a low setting, start there. Also, take the plug of the lid out if you have that option so the air can escape.
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