This Coconut Almond Cherry Chocolate Smoothie is NOT green, for a change! Its consistency is thick, creamy, and milkshake-y. I think it’s amazing that sweet treats like these can be so healthy.
Coconut milk promotes healthy skin and may help repair wrinkles and sagging in aging skin. Almonds contain iron, which is especially important for women who have not undergone menopause. Women need more iron at this time because they lose blood each month during their period. Iron is of vital importance to the body, as it is responsible for cell growth, especially the formation of red blood cells, which transport oxygen throughout your body. An iron deficiency may result in a lack of energy.
Cherries are a good source of melatonin, which helps you sleep better at night. If you are feeling drained during the day because of insomnia at night, you may benefit from an increase of melatonin intake. Cherries also have a very low glycemic index, which means your body gradually absorbs the fructose found in the fruit. This further prevents your blood sugar from spiking, providing you with lasting energy throughout the day.
Cacao contains antioxidants and a chemical which is responsible for boosting endorphins, which in turn boost your mood. Because regular cocoa powder is processed and no longer contains as many antioxidants, look for raw cacao powder for maximum nutrition. Add a little maple syrup if you don’t find this smoothie sweet enough.
- 1 banana
- ½ cup coconut milk
- 1 tablespoon almond butter
- 1 tablespoon raw cacao powder
- ½ cup pitted cherries
- ¼ tablespoon maple syrup (optional)
- cacao nibs, for garnish (optional)
- unsweetened shredded dried coconut, for garnish (optional)
- Put all ingredients in a blender.
- Top with cacao nibs and shredded coconut. (optional)