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.
Cacao (raw chocolate from the cacao bean) is a healthy addition to a green smoothie and is loaded with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. Making chocolate smoothies with cacao is a great way to lift your mood and get your chocolate fix without the fear of gaining weight or consuming excess sugar and additives.
Chocolate Coconut Green Recipe
- 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)
Directions: Start by adding the liquid to your blender (see my blender recommendations), followed by the soft fruit. Add the greens to your blender last. Blend on high for 30 seconds or until the smoothie is creamy.
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. (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.)
Alternate Recipe: Creamy Coconut-Chocolate Green Smoothie With Kiwifruit
One of my favorite flavor combinations are coconut and chocolate. Coconut milk and raw cacao blend deliciously in this green smoothie. The bananas provides a creamy texture, but this is not banana-flavored smoothie. The flavor it accented with kiwifruit.
- 8 ounces unsweetened coconut milk
- 2 small bananas, peeled
- 1 kiwifruit, peeled
- 2 teaspoons of raw cacao powder
- 2 cups or handfuls of fresh baby spinach
Nutrition Information: Calories: 307 | Fat: 6.7g | Protein: 7g | Carbohydrates: 62g | Calcium: 17% RDA | Iron: 3.5mg | Vitamin A: 271% RDA | Vitamin C: 131% RDA
This smoothie is also a rich source of folate, vitamins B1 – B6, vitamin K, copper, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus and potassium.
(NOTE: Nutritional information is going to vary based on the coconut milk you use. The nutritional information below is based on 2 ounces at 15 calories. The iron content will also vary depending on the brand of cacao you use and is not included in the values above.)
Serving Size: One (meal-replacement).
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