Saturday, January 8, 2011

Chocolate Smoothie

Just reading recently about the health benefits of pure cocoa- a recent article that touted a component of cocoa as needing to be classified as a vitamin. Apparently pure cocoa has the potential to reduce risks of cancer, diabetes, stroke and heart failure! A perusal of my organic cocoa "nutrition facts" revealed it also contains protein, fiber, iron and potassium.

My kids don't need to know that it is healthy for them because that might ruin the fact that this is a big treat in our house. This decadent drink sometimes makes an appearance as a weekend breakfast treat or, sometimes an evening dessert.

If you want to read about cocoa's benefits, read on-otherwise, just make the smoothie!

Chocolate Banana Smoothie- makes 4 regular or 2 large servings
I highly recommend Cocoa Camino Organic Cocoa for this!

2 bananas (frozen is best)
2 cups milk or soy milk
1/4 cup cocoa (use less if you aren't a chocoholic like us!)
1/4 tsp vanilla
2 tbsp agave syrup
4 ice cubes (if desired)
1. Blend until smooth and serve immediately!