​5 Healthy Smoothies for Chocolate Lovers

Often find yourself daydreaming of chocolate bars, chocolate cakes… really anything chocolate? We can totally relate. Being a self-proclaimed chocolate lover isn’t easy, especially when we’re trying to stay committed to a healthy lifestyle. However (like most food predicaments), superfoods provide us with a nutritious chocolatey solution: cacao! Cacao beans come picked straight from the pod, so they’re 100% unprocessed and organic. Cacao is essentially the chocolate we know and love, without all of the processed additives.

Making the switch from milk or even dark chocolate to cacao isn’t easy, because pure cacao doesn’t have any added sugar. A simple way to make the transition is to add cacao to your daily smoothie! By using cacao this way, you get the indulgence of chocolate with all the healthy benefits, like stress reduction and cardiovascular disease prevention, and none of the fallbacks. Here are five healthy smoothie recipes for all you chocolate lovers. Just combine the ingredients, blend, and enjoy the goodness!

1. Chocolate Almond Avocado Smoothie

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2. Mint “Chocolate Chip” Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 banana
  • 1 cup spinach, frozen
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk, canned
  • 1 tsp honey1 tbsp cacao nibs
  • 1/2 tsp peppermint extract
  • 1/4 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup ice cubes

3. Chocolate Zucchini Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 banana
  • 1/2 cup chopped raw zucchini
  • 3-4 ice cubes
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 2 teaspoons cacao powder
  • 1 tablespoon almond butter
  • 1 teaspoon honey

4. Red Velvet Smoothie

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5. “White Chocolate” Raspberry Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup raspberries, frozen
  • 1 cup raspberries, fresh
  • 1 tbsp cacao butter
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup Ice