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Chocolate Protein Shake

Who doesn't like chocolate! This smoothie is all about indulgence, in a healthy way with a little bit of chocolate going a long way.

Raw cacao, like the one found in this recipe is bursting with a variety of health promoting benefits, as it's un-processed which ensures it retains all of its nutrients and raw enzymes, unlike its counterpart cocoa which has hardly any health promoting benefits left due to it being processed!

As well as being rich in the minerals magnesium, iron, potassium, calcium, zinc, copper and manganese, raw cacao is also high in antioxidants including resveratrol, a potent antioxidant also found in red wine, so if like me you don't indulge in alcohol raw cacao offers a great alternative. - chocolate protein shake

The other star ingredient in this smoothie is maca, which is a root vegetable grown in high altitudes in South America. Considered an  “adaptogen”, it can help the body naturally adapt to stressors like a busy schedule, demanding job, or illness.

It also has a great nutritional profile which includes (in varying amounts) protein, carbohydrates, fat, fibre, minerals and vitamins. It has also been shown to help to naturally balance hormones, including having a protective affect on those transitioning through the menopause, and has a positive effect on energy and mood. So a good reason to make this chocolate protein shake.

Chocolate Protein Shake

Recipe makes 1 serving | Takes 5 minutes to prepare

What You Need

1 cup of organic plant milk (almond/cashew/hazelnut/hempseed)

1 small fresh or frozen banana

Optional - 2 dates (soak overnight if they are dry)

1/2 – 1 tablespoon of Maca powder

1 tablespoon of hemp protein, or tahini (sesame seed paste),
or a small handful of walnuts/pumpkin seeds (soaked overnight)

1 tablespoon of raw cacao powder

1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon powder

A pinch of cayenne powder

Optional - 2 drops of Do-Terra peppermint or wild orange oil

Blender – a high speed one would work better, however a normal domestic blender will also work, but will take a little longer

How To Do It

  1. Add all the ingredients into your blender (minus the essential oil if using), and combined well until the dates are no longer visable. Now add your essential oil and blend for a few seconds.
  2. Pour into a glass, or travel cup.