If you really know me, you know I have a sweet tooth. A bad one. And chocolate is my ultimate addiction, so I’m always looking for ways to satisfy the deep desire in my heart for some coco without cracking into a whole bar of Hershey’s. This recipe right here is pretty much as good as it gets- loaded with chocolatey goodness (and some sneaky hidden veggies).
As per usual, we’re going to chat ingredients, because it’s important to not just know how to make it but why.
Y’all know at this point that coconut milk is my favorite of all favorites. It’s loaded with healthy fats that keep you full and even fight off infection in your body. And you also know that I add Further Food collagen peptides to basically anything and everything. It promotes a healthy gut, so I make sure every smoothie has a scoop! Bananas of course are loaded with potassium and vitamin B-6 while supplying a natural sweetness. Cauliflower is my favorite veggie to sneak in smoothies because it provides thickness and nutrients and fiber without much flavor. And if you don’t add frozen avocado to your smoothies this recipe will convince you to; it adds insane creaminess with healthy fats that will keep you full. The powdered greens and flaxseed are easy to keep in the pantry, sprinkle into the blender, and pack in the vitamins. And no I didn’t make a typo, cacao is indeed different from cocoa. Cocoa is cacao that has been processed to reduce some of the bitterness, so the cacao adds the antioxidants and cocoa adds the chocolate flavor without any sugar.
And because no smoothie bowl is complete without toppings, I top this one with the best. Cacao nibs feel like chocolate chips without the milk and sugar. Almonds are full of fiber, protein, vitamin E, magnesium, and riboflavin. And chia seeds are loaded with omega-3’s and a killer amount of fiber.
But the real star of this recipe: Rootz Chocolate Banana Nut Protein. Y’all keep asking if it’s worth it, and yes, it’s absolutely worth it. I’m on my third tub and I won’t stop. I’m pretty darn picky about all products I buy but especially protein powders. I’ve always avoided whey because it makes me feel yuck to say the least, but I’ve noticed more recently that even vegan proteins like rice proteins also make me bloat. I love Rootz because it’s paleo (which means no dairy and no grains), it’s loaded with superfoods like maca, bee pollen, goji berries & broccoli. And most importantly it’s just freakin delicious. Truthfully, the best tasting protein I’ve ever had by far. Check out the amazing lineup of ingredients here.
So I think you get the drift- this bowl is bursting at the brim with nourishment and nutrition to keep you feelin goood. Here’s how to make it:
From the Freezer
- 1/2 frozen banana
- 3 florets steamed then frozen cauliflower
- 1/4 frozen avocado
- Start by blending all the liquids with all the powders. This helps distribute all the powders equally.
- Once those are mixed, add the frozen banana, cauliflower and avocado. Blend until evenly mixed.
- Spoon into a bowl and place your toppings.
- You can leave out the greens powder, flaxseed, or collagen peptides without changing the flavor or texture- but I love adding them in for extra nutrition.
- You can add more water if you want it a little thinner. This is pretty darn thick and creamy, so if you want it as a drinkable smoothie and not a bowl, you can add more liquid. But gosh it’s so darn good nice and think on a spoon and loaded with the toppings.
- Also, some tips on the frozen goods: I let a bunch of bananas get suuuper brown on the counter before I peel them, break them in half, and stick them in the freezer. Riper bananas are much sweeter and half is the perfect amount to sweeten up a smoothie. I also steam cauliflower before I freeze it because steamed cauli is much easier on your digestive system. So buy a bag of florets, steam them on the stovetop, and let them cool before freezing. And for both the avocado and cauliflower, spread the pieces out on a cutting board or baking tray so that they aren’t touching and stick them in the freezer for an hour or two. Then you can take them out and put them in a bag to store permanently, but by letting them freeze first it won’t all just freeze together as one massive clump.
The best part? It tastes like dessert but it’s only a few grams of naturally-occurring sugar from coconut and banana. Heck. To. The. Yes.