Chocolate Smoothie Recipes With Cacao

Cacao Smoothie Recipes and Nutrition

When you think of chocolate, you probably think of dessert. Sugar. Fat. A food to steer clear of.

But what if I told you that chocolate was actually a healthy superfood, and can turn a green smoothie into a decadent, guilt-free treat?

Well, I’d like to introduce you to RAW chocolate – known among us health nuts as “cacao”.

Cacao is raw chocolate, straight from the cacao plant with no additives. It’s chocolate in its healthiest, unprocessed form.

Raw Chocolate (Cacao) Nutrition and Health Benefits

Antioxidant Powerhouse! Cacao provides a powerful dose of antioxidants including polyphenols, catechins, epicatechins, and flavanoids.

Vitamins and Minerals. Cacao contains magnesium, iron, chromium, manganese, zinc, copper, vitamin C, phosphorus and calcium.

Cacao is a good source of healthy fat.

There are four different varieties of cacao beans (aromica, criollo, forestero and trinitario) which can vary in overall mineral content depending on the plant variety, growing conditions and region.

Total Body Wellness. Raw chocolate contains a variety of nutrients which help support the heart, brain, pancreas, liver, skin, digestion, and immune system as well as build stronger bones and healthy blood.

Eat Chocolate, Be Happy! Cacao is a mood-enhancer. Both anandamide (AKA “The Bliss Chemical”) and phenethylamine (AKA “The Love Chemical”) are found abundantly in raw chocolate.

Magnesium also helps to balance brain chemistry and tryptophan, an essential amino acid, plays an important role in the synthesis of serotonin, which also helps regulate mood and sleep patterns.

How To Use Cacao In Green Smoothie Recipes

By itself, cacao is bitter. If you like extra dark chocolate, you will enjoy the flavor but it can be an acquired taste for some people. The sweet fruits in the recipes below help sweeten the smoothies.

Cacao is sold as whole beans, nibs (pieces), or powder. Cacao powder is the easiest to use in green smoothies, and all blenders will handle it just fine.

Top 5 Chocolate Green Smoothie Recipes with Cacao

Here are some of my favorite green smoothie recipes with cacao.

To Make These Smoothies: Start by adding the liquid to your blender, followed by the soft fruit. Add the greens to your blender last. Blend on high for 30 seconds or until the smoothie is creamy.

1) Chocolate Anti-inflammatory Smoothie

Chocolate Anti-inflammatory Green Smoothie Recipe

Did you know that pineapple has anti-inflammatory properties? It’s great for those suffering from arthritis. (Browse more green smoothie recipes for arthritis.)

  • 8 ounces coconut milk (from carton, not can)
  • 1 banana, peeled
  • 1 cup (165 grams) pineapple, cubed
  • 1 tablespoon (13 grams) chia seeds, soaked
  • 1 tablespoon (5 grams) cacao powder
  • 2 cups (60 grams) baby spinach

Nutrition Information Calories: 345 | Protein: 9g | Carbs: 62g | Fiber: 13g | Calcium: 22% RDA | Iron: 5.9mg | Vitamin A: 270% | Vitamin C: 142% RDA

Serving Size: One. (This recipe makes a large, 32-ounce smoothie. It is a meal-replacement smoothie and not a snack. I recommend drinking half right away and the other half about 30 minutes later. If it is too much for you, store leftovers in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours.)

2) Chocolate-Orange Iron-Rich Green Smoothie Recipe

Chocolate Orange Green Smoothie Recipe

I love this orange and chocolate combination! Besides perking me up and turning me into a super-productive, highly focused person, cacao helps to boost my mood!

Cacao is also a great source of iron. Along with the spinach, this smoothie contains 4.4 milligrams of iron.

  • 1 and 1/2 oranges, peeled
  • 1 banana, peeled
  • 1 tablespoon (5 grams) cacao powder
  • 2 tablespoons (about 17 grams) raw cashew nuts
  • 2 cups (60 grams) baby spinach
  • 2 ounces of water if needed (or try coconut water)

Nutrition Information: Calories: 355 | Protein: 10g | Carbs: 67g | Fiber: 12.5g | Calcium: 15% | Iron: 4.4mg | Vitamin A: 267% RDA | Vitamin C: 202% RDA

3) Chocolate-Peanut Butter Green Smoothie with Almond Milk

Chocoalte Peanut Butter Green Smoothie Recipe

Okay, I probably don’t have to sell you on this green smoothie. You know it’s going to taste heavenly with rich chocolate (raw cacao), creamy peanut butter, and almond milk. Oh yes, this one is decadent!

But it’s also extremely nutritious, too! This green smoothie recipe is a great source of protein (10 grams). You can double the protein with a quality protein powder. It’s perfect for a post-workout smoothie, or when you need a filling green smoothie meal.

While I used fresh baby spinach in this recipe, the flavors are rich enough that you can hide much more potent greens like kale or dandelion. Doing so would give you more calcium than a glass of milk, lots of iron, and even more protein!

  • 1 large pear, cored (or banana)
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon raw cacao powder
  • 3 cups fresh baby spinach
  • 8 oz of hazelnut milk or almond milk

You can use almond butter instead of peanut butter if you have that on hand.

Nutrition Information: Calories: 323 | Fat: 12.9g | Protein: 10g | Carbohydrates: 48g | Calcium: 27% RDA | Iron: 3.9 mg | Vitamin A: 386% RDA | Vitamin C: 47% RDA

Serving Size: One.

4) Chocolate-Coconut Green Recipe

Chocolate Coconut Smoothie Green Smoothie Recipe

Here is a yummy raw chocolate green smoothie with a tropical flair. Sweet, young coconut and fruity pineapple blend well with raw cacao giving it a sweet chocolate flavor with a fruity hint.

You’ll easily mask the flavor of the greens while loading up on vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. This smoothie is also a great source of calcium providing up to 30% of your daily value for the whole recipe.

Young coconuts contain up to 16 ounces of coconut water. I recommend that you make this smoothie with 8 ounces of coconut water and drink the rest while you blend. Adding more than 8 ounces of coconut water will make the the smoothie thinner.

If you can’t find a young coconut, you can substitute 1/4 cup shredded coconut, 1/2 a banana and 8 ounces coconut water.

  • Meat and water from one young, Thai coconut
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen pineapple, cubed
  • 1 tablespoon cacao powder
  • 2 cups fresh baby spinach (or other leafy green)
  • 3 to 4 ice cubes to chill (optional)

Nutrition Info: Calories: 354 | Fat: 16.2 grams | Protein: 7.8 grams | Carbohydrates: 60.6 grams | Calcium: 30% daily value (DV) |
Vitamin A: 82% | Vitamin C: 135%

Serving Size: One.

5) Chocolate-Cherry Smoothie

Immune Boosting Chocolate Cherry Smoothie Reicpe

One flavor I love to combine with chocolate is cherry!

Studies suggest that eating cherries can reduce inflammation.

  • 8 ounces (236 ml) homemade almond milk
  • 1 banana, peeled
  • 1 cup (154 grams) frozen cherries, pitted
  • 1 tablespoon (5 grams) cacao powder
  • 2 handfuls of fresh or frozen baby spinach

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