Navitas. This company has it down. Not only are their products on the cutting edge of “superfoods”, foods that provide health enhancing antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, but they source their products direct from farming communities around the world — providing economic opportunities for native agriculture. No, not “local” as in “within 60 miles of home”, but supporting “local” in places of the world that could use a helping hand from a responsible company.
Ok. To the point. This chocolate smoothie is DELICIOUS. I have been tinkering around with cocoa smoothies over the months, but a personal consulting session with one of my friends (who drinks one of these every day for his breakfast) helped me nail it. (In fairness, we are trying to reproduce a smoothie that was created by raw food aficionado, Elaina Love.) It is best if you make the almond milk (see my recipe — you can search in the upper left of this website), but in a pinch, go ahead and use your favorite brand of almond milk or unsweetened soy milk.
1 cup almond milk
2 medjool dates, pit removed
2 tablespoons cocoa powder (I like Navitas brand, but I told you that already…)
2 tablespoons cacao nibs (Navitas)
1 tablespoon maca powder (Navitas)
2 brazil nuts
1 1/2 cups ice cubes
1. Place all ingredients into a powerful blender and smoothie-fy.
Amy’s Kitchen Coach Tips
- Don’t go posing for a “close up with big smile” immediately following your enjoyment of this smoothie. The little bits of cocoa nibs, while delicious, do tend to find little places to hang out for awhile. If this is really troubling to you, omit the nibs and add an extra tablespoon of cocoa powder.
- You say “cacao”, I say “cocoa”…what’s the deal? Generally the cacao bean is “cacao” and products from the bean = “cocoa”, but who knows…I did find this.