As the weather gets colder, I find myself making less smoothies than I do in the warmer months. Now I seem to be on a rotation of eating oatmeal, granola, and toast more often than not. I found a recipe for a spiced cocoa banana smoothie in the cookbook that I reviewed recently: Broccoli, Love & Dark Chocolate by Liz Pearson. I thought it sounded really good, but because I make so many smoothies, I knew that I would prefer my version to be made with more banana, less milk, and a little more of the chocolate and spices. So, here is my version! It was delicious and a perfect combination of ingredients for a ‘cold weather’ smoothie! 🙂
- 2 bananas (1 frozen, 1 fresh)
- ¾ cup almond milk
- 2 T cocoa (or cacao) powder
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- ¼ tsp nutmeg
- ¼ tsp pure vanilla extract
- Put all ingredients into blender.
- Blend until smooth!
Notes: I use raw cacao powder instead of cocoa powder because it’s less processed and higher in antioxidants, but you can use either one for this recipe.
I usually prefer to make my smoothies with homemade almond milk, but sometimes the ease of store-bought is a little too appealing. So, recently, I’ve purchased a few containers of the Silk brand since it doesn’t contain any carrageenan. Homemade is easy, but buying from the store is sometimes easier! 😉
I make all of my smoothies with a Ninja blender that I love. (I actually have two! It’s a long story…) Anyway, I like that I can switch between using the whole pitcher for family smoothies and individual cups for when I’m making a smoothie for myself (or want to make different types of smoothies for each kid). The smaller cups are also good for blending small amounts of fruit or salad dressing ingredients. Here’s a picture of the spiced cocoa smoothie being blended in an individual Ninja cup:
And you know I love my stainless steel smoothie straws! I drink every single smoothie I make with them (and so do my kids). I will sing the praises of these straws for a long, long time! 😉
I hope you enjoy this delicious smoothie recipe! I know I did!
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