Raw Salted Cacao Walnut Smoothie
I have had a decades love affair with chocolate. As a teenager I literally had a 'Chunky' bar every single day, yes every single day. It's been decades since I've had one of these sugar-laden processed bars, but my love and craving for chocolate remains the same. Today, I feed my cravings with the magically anti-oxidant powerhouse of raw cacao. This smoothie is the perfect RX for when that serious craving for chocolate hits, even at 5 am! Wonderful as a breakfast smoothie, mid-afternoon pick-me-up or an evening dessert. No matter the time of day this smoothie will feed your body and soothe your soul.
Serves 1 or 2 as a dessert
Approximately 1.5 cups almond milk
1/3 cup of walnuts
1/4 of an avocado, 1/2 an avocado for tiny fruit
2 tbsp chia seeds
1 tbsp + 1 tsp raw cacao
1 tbsp maple syrup
1 tbsp maca powder
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp of vanilla extract
1 tbsp raw cacao nibs
Pinch or two of Himalayan salt
Reserve half the walnuts along with the cacao nibs. Throw the rest of your ingredients with one pinch of Himalayan salt into your Vitamix and blend until really smooth.
Let the smoothie set for 30 minutes to allow the chia seeds to soften.
Sprinkle top with a pinch of Himalayan salt, the cacao nibs and remaining walnuts and savor!
For a breakfast smoothie, blend the night before and store in a Ball glass jar in the fridge. When ready to serve top with Himalayan salt, cacao nibs and walnuts. A delicious and healthy start to your morning!