My mind was blown even more by the fact that it contained two massive handfuls of greens from the garden, as well as antioxidant-rich nasturtium flowers and leaves which by themselves can be just a little bitter.
This recipe was inspired by Dr. Libby's Real Food Chef, a fantastic wholefoods recipe book my friend Naomi gave me as an early birthday pressie (you rock Naomi!)
On my road to headcold recovery and in an attempt to go heavy duty on the greens, I whipped up this stunner this morning and can honestly say I am now a religious woman (if the chocolate green smoothie goddess does indeed exist).
* 2 handfuls organic green leaves - I used fresh tuscan kale, red silverbeet, nasturtium leaves and flowers from our garden. Warning - nasturtium is slightly bitter on its own so use only a little, or a lot if you're bold and a little daring!
* 1/2 cup filtered water, or coconut water
* 2 medium bananas, chopped and frozen
* 1 cup blueberries, fresh or frozen
* 2 tablespoons raw cacao powder
* 1 tablespoon raw cacao nibs - I like Loving Earth's cacao nibs. The Cacao Power nibs are also good.
* tiny pinch stevia powder (my sweetener of choice), or 1/4 cup agave, raw honey or maple syrup
1. In a high powered blender, blend the greens first in the water or coconut water. This is crucial for a smooth, creamy thickshake as opposed to a chunky glass of something reminiscent of lawnmower clippings that have been left in the rain.
2. Add banana and continue blending, until smooth.
3. Add remaining ingredients until it reaches a creamy, smooth consistency.
4. Drink it down like a man or be dainty and use a spoon. I find it incredibly satisfying to consume a thickshake so thick it necessitates spoonage.
If I had children I believe I could comfortably trick them into thinking this was a perfectly innocent, rubbish-filled sugary chocolate shake, rather than a superfood-packed, naturally sweetened and oh-so-good green shake. It was that good. I think I'll have kids just to try my theory.
Happy blending cacao kings and queens! Now you can eat your greens and bear a suspiciously chocolatey grin.