Chocolate Walnut Brownie Smoothie

Dessert in a jar! 

Maca is a root vegetable [from the broccoli family] grown in Peru. One of the greatest parts of maca root is that is has some ability to regulate, support, and balance the hormonal systems of both men and women for optimal function. Hellooooo potential increased sex drive! 😉 

Taste is sweet and a *little* bitter. Such a great addition to smoothies [my fave] and muffins/cookies.

*NOTE: do not consume maca root while pregnant.

Raw Cacao Powder looks near identical to baking cocoa powder but is significantly less processed. This makes for the perfect substitute. Cacao powder contains many more nutrients in its raw form versus what we know as traditional “cocoa powder” which has been heated, super refined, and stripped of nutrients. Additionally, traditional baking cocoa powder sometimes has many additives as well and may even include refined sugar that can be hidden on the label.

With all of these things taken into consideration, raw cacao is our choice. We add it to smoothies, oatmeal, muffins, black bean brownies, banana bread cookies, and mix it with raw almond butter to spread on apples.

Most health food sections in the grocery store [Trader Joe's, Natural Grocers, Whole Foods, Hy-Vee, Sprouts, etc.] will carry raw cacao. Otherwise, it's available online.

Category
Prep Time5 mins
 1 1/2 - 2 frozen bananas
 ½ cup cooked red lentils or cooked black beans
 ½ cup unsweetened soy milk
 ¾ cup water
 5-8 whole raw walnuts
 1 medjool date or 2 deglet noor dates
 1 heaping tbsp cacao powder
 1 tbsp chia seeds
 1 tsp maca root powder
 ¼ tsp pure vanilla extract
 1 or 2 dashes cinnamon
 cacao nibs and more walnuts for topping
1

Add all ingredients to a high-powered blender [except for cacao nibs and more walnuts] and blend until creamy and smooth.

2

Top with extra cacao nibs and more walnuts

Ingredients

 1 1/2 - 2 frozen bananas
 ½ cup cooked red lentils or cooked black beans
 ½ cup unsweetened soy milk
 ¾ cup water
 5-8 whole raw walnuts
 1 medjool date or 2 deglet noor dates
 1 heaping tbsp cacao powder
 1 tbsp chia seeds
 1 tsp maca root powder
 ¼ tsp pure vanilla extract
 1 or 2 dashes cinnamon
 cacao nibs and more walnuts for topping

Directions

1

Add all ingredients to a high-powered blender [except for cacao nibs and more walnuts] and blend until creamy and smooth.

2

Top with extra cacao nibs and more walnuts

Chocolate Walnut Brownie Smoothie
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