Spiced Cocoa Smoothie

spiced cocoa smoothie

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! 🙂

Spiced Cocoa Smoothie
 
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Serves: 1 serving
Ingredients
  • 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
Instructions
  1. Put all ingredients into blender.
  2. Blend until smooth!
  3. Enjoy

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:

spiced cocoa smoothie blender

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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LeAnn Nome

Hi there! Here's a little info about me: I've been married to my husband for over 10 years and I'm a stay-at-home mom to our three young kids (a six year old daughter and four year old twin boys). As you might imagine, they keep me quite busy! In early 2013, we decided that we wanted to be a healthier family. To do this, we cut out all processed foods from our home and we now eat only REAL, whole foods. (When we're on vacation or at someone's house, we're not quite as strict.) We also try to exercise every day. Our goal is to raise healthy, happy kids...while maintaining our own health and happiness along the way! I hope you will follow along with us in our journey.

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