I hope you all had a totally amazing Christmas.
I know I did.
Though I’m definitely not one to boast, I was so excited and surprised to receive a Ninja Kitchen System. (!!!) A high-speed blender has always been a thing of my dreams, and now I am so overwhelmed in a totally good way.
I never used to use blenders all that much until my sister started going half-raw. This means eating breakfast raw, and if I haven’t already told you this, my sister is not a breakfast person. For me, raw breakfast is totally easy, because fruit is my best friend. Give me a bowl of grapes and I’m a happy kid. But my sister can only tolerate about two types of fruit and would cringe at the thought of having to eat a whole bowl of them.
So we discovered smoothies. And let me tell you people, raw smoothies can be so good.
This super creamy berry-cacao smoothie takes only a few minutes to whip up – and a few minimal ingredients:
Coconut milk (full-fat)
Plus it’s really easy to swap the berries with any kind you prefer – strawberries, blueberries, blackberries – anything would be totally awesome.
It’s really more like a thick shake than a smoothie. Ice-creamy, is how my sister described it.
Probably kind of sinful. But so good for you. Ahhh.
1 banana, frozen
1 cup cherries or raspberries (fresh or frozen & thawed)
1/4 cup coconut milk (full-fat)
2/3 cup almond milk
1 1/2 tbsp raw cacao nibs
1 tbsp pure maple syrup
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
Blend all ingredients together until smooth and creamy.
Pour into a tall glass and enjoy!
Recipe adapted from Raw & Simple by Judita Wignall
You may use frozen or fresh berries - I let mine thaw a little before blending. If cherries or raspberries are unavailable, try using strawberries or blueberries. (Strawberries will definitely give this smoothie a very strawberry-banana flavor, but it is so good.)