All-new wake-up chocolate cup

photo-32I love chocolate. The food of the gods, indeed. This is a recipe I’ve played with a lot over the last few years and have adapted in recent times.

It used to feature agave nectar, but I wanted to find a version that tasted great without any sugars that weren’t naturally occurring so that I can enjoy a guilt-free chocolate hit any time of day.

With a little trial and error, here it is.

It’s full of good fats & protein from the avocado, mood-boosting cacao (the unprocessed version of cocoa powder), vitamin-rich strawberries and banana. I have included Maca powder *(see note below) in this recipe.

I admit, I have had a hard time convincing the kids to love it. At five and seven, they are no longer easily duped into eating new flavours without a full briefing and warning beforehand! I have more success with the fruit smoothies and milkshakes. They tried this chocoolate cup and apparently the result doesn’t taste like chocolate.

I beg to differ – it’s rich, creamy, and chocolatey. So in this case, I’m happy with it didn’t pass the taste test – all the more for me!

Ingredients (serves 2 in small cups)
1/2 Large banana
1/2 Avocado
1 Dessert spoon raw cacao powerd
1 Dessert spoon maca powder
6 Strawberries (2, sliced, to serve)
Splash Almond milk
Splash water
Sprinkle of cacao nibs

You may like to add a handful of spinach for a vitamin boost. It turns it a more muddy brown but the taste remains the same!

Method
Put everything but the strawberries for serving and cacao nibs into your blender, blend until smooth. Serve in a cup, topped with strawberries & a sprinkling of cacao nibs.

I’ve enjoyed this as protein-rich start to the day, but it would be just as good as a delicious fatburning, nutritious dessert.

Til next time,
Sophie x

* Maca powder is derived from Peru – from a root vegetable belonging to the radish family. It is said to have benefits such as improving sexual function and helping to maintain a healthy hormone balance – with claims that it can even help with PMS. It appears that there have been some studies about it – but nothing concrete. I’m giving it a whirl to see whether it makes any difference to me, but I would recommend research and drawing your own conclusions as to whether you’d like to include it in your daily nutriton.

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