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Raw cacao-banana smoothie with almond milk

September 2, 2013

Smoothies are oh so popular at the moment with a positive trend towards a more raw, therefore healthy diet. For me personally I do my best to eat unprocessed foods and my love for cooking from scratch certainly helps with that. Since my experience with invasive breast cancer two years ago I have changed my lifestyle considerably and a large part of that is diet.

A fresh juice or smoothie is a great way to start the day. Raw cacao powder is now readily available at health stores and has great nutritional value plus gives you a distinct chocolate flavour. This is not a smoothie that I’d have every day but once or twice a week is perfect, even leave it to mid afternoon when your energy is a bit flat – it’s a nice pick-me-up.

A little bit of thought has to go into preparing healthy food to ensure you have fresh ingredients on hand and items like almonds need to be soaked in water for 8 hours prior to making almond milk. See how to make almond milk below.

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RECIPE
Two ripe bananas
2 tbsp raw cacao powder
1 cup almond milk or organic coconut milk
1 tbsp raw honey or organic maple syrup

Blend all the ingredients, add some goji berries and cocoa nibs if your wish.

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ALMOND MILK INSTRUCTIONS
1 cup raw, natural, organic almonds
2 cups water

Soak the nuts in the water for 8 hours. Drain the water off and add another 2-3 cups of fresh water (I like 2.5 cups but adjust to your taste liking). Blend until nice and creamy. Strain into a large jar using a nut milk bag (these are available at health shops or I purchased mine from Little Bird Organics in Auckland). You could use a sieve if you have a really fine one but the bag works a treat and you can squeeze it out.

You are now left with almond milk and a nice almond meal by product that you can freeze and use as a base for tarts etc. Easy peasy!

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