Banana Cocoa Coco Smoothie

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Sometimes (actually, often), I get a craving for chocolate that the recommended 1 oz. serving of dark chocolate just doesn’t satisfy.  I absolutely love dark chocolate, and almost always have some at home .  But a lot of the time, I’ll start eating it, and just can’t stop.  Then all of the fun is sucked out of the experience since I feel guilty.  Food should be about pleasure and nourishment, not about a guilt trip.  So lately, I’ve been turning to this smoothie to get my chocolate fix, without those negative feelings :)

Silken tofu is perfect for smoothie making.  I recently saw it in shelf-stable form at Trader Joe’s (score!), and bought a bunch to have on-hand.  Tofu is high in protein, and makes this a very filling smoothie.  I prefer to use coconut or almond milk (vs. soy milk) since I don’t want soy distracting from the chocolate flavor.  Unsweetened cocoa powder is sweetened up naturally, by honey and banana.

honey drizzle

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If you’re feeling fancy, top it with some toasted coconut flakes.

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I urge you to feel fancy.  They’re sooo good drenched in the chocolate and eaten with a spoon ;)

topped w/ toasted coconut

ps – We’re heading off for our vacation in a few hours (Scotland, so excited!!!), so I won’t be posting for a week plus.  I’ve got a feeling I’ll be recharged and bursting with ideas when I get back. :)

Banana Cocoa Coco Smoothie

  • 1 cup silken tofu
  • 1 – 1.5  cups plain coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tbsp. honey
  • 2 frozen bananas, sliced
  • 2 tbsp. flaked coconut, toasted*

In a blender, blend all ingredients except the bananas. Add the frozen banana slices, and blend until smooth. Top with toasted coconut.

Yield – 2 servings

* spread flaked coconut on a baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 5-7 min.

If you only want to make one smoothie, halve the recipe and either use the blender, or an immersion blender.

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