Smoothie of the Month: Chocolate with Coconut and Mint

by in Amy's Whole Food Cooking, June 3, 2014

chocolate smoothie

Refreshing, ice-cold and perfectly sweet, this drink is actually more like a shake than a smoothie. Made with nut milk and coconut ice cream, it has all of the components of a classic shake but without the dairy — although the coconut ice cream is so rich and creamy, you would never know.

The thinner texture and thirst-quenching qualities of shakes are ideal in hotter months, and the flavor of fresh mint and a little caffeine boost from the cocoa can also help one stay alert on sleepy summer afternoons.

Chocolate Shake with Coconut and Mint

Serves 2

Here I opt to use raw cacao powder in place of cocoa powder. Milled at low temperatures and not highly processed, raw cacao is a good source of antioxidants, iron and magnesium. Cacao nibs (used as a garnish) are made by crushing the whole cacao bean. They add a deep chocolate flavor and a great crunchy texture.

 

¾ cup unsweetened almond milk

¾ cup dairy-free coconut ice cream, plus more to serve (I like Coconut Bliss, sold at Whole Foods and similar markets)

1 frozen banana, broken into pieces

2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

½ cup ice cubes

6 mint leaves, plus more to garnish

½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Cacao nibs to garnish, optional

 

Add all ingredients (except cacao nibs) to an upright blender and blend until smooth. Pour into glasses, top with a spoon of ice cream, a sprig of mint and a sprinkle of cacao nibs. Serve immediately.

Amy Chaplin is a chef and recipe developer in New York City. Her cookbook At Home in the Whole Food Kitchen will be available fall 2014. She blogs at Coconut & Quinoa.

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  2. Joy Hart says:

    How many calories, Amy?

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