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Chocolate Mint Smoothie

In its raw state, chocolate has more than 300 nutritional compounds, is considered a superfood, and is one of the richest sources of antioxidants of any food on the planet. Our bodies use antioxidants to ‘mop up’ free radicals that can damage our cells. Scientists from Cornell University recently discovered that raw cacao powder contains nearly twice the antioxidants of red wine, and up to three times the antioxidants found in green tea. Just to be clear, I not talking about the chocolate you find in processed foods with all that added sugar.

Just because something is healthy doesn’t mean it should be consumed unlimitedly- I am not advocating consuming chocolate all the time, but in moderation and as a treat, why not. If you are worried about the caffeine, try carob powder.

With all that said, if you love raw chocolate and if you love mint- this smoothie is right up your alley.  I whipped it up this morning and was so pleased with the outcome, I just had to share.  It is most definitely a tasty and healthy treat, but is by no means a low fat or sugar free one. It does, however, contains healthy fats from the nuts and natural sugar from the dates and bananas. So get your blender out and  treat yourself and nourish your body all at the same time.

I made this smoothie pretty thick using only 1 cup of water and I found it a little too rich. You could definitely add more liquid if you wanted to thin it out a bit. Play around with the amount of mint as well to get it to your liking. I found the amount in the recipe just right, but everyones taste buds are different. 

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  1. I LOVE carob. I remember a teacher introduced me to it when I was in the 5th grade. I’ve gravitated to it ever since, but find it kinda hard to track down stuff that I like that uses it. I love carob-covered treats – like coconut, nuts and other things. I’d like to try this recipe out but I will probably never have all the ingredients in my home at the same time. One of these days…

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  2. Oh my, this looks and sounds delicious! I have a big stack of mint growing in the garden, it is overtaking everything right now!! x

  3. I never thought of adding raw nuts to my smoothies – thanks for the idea!

    Chocolate mint is my absolutely favourite! Thanks for the tip 🙂

    What brand of cocoa do you use?

  4. This looks so dellicious! We’re so glad that you linked up to our “Strut Your Stuff Saturday.” We hope you’ll be back soon. -The Sisters

  5. Thanks so much for linking this brilliant recipe up to my Say G’Day Saturday Party. That looks so delicious-I’m going to pin it right now!

    I hope you will be able to join in and link up another fabulous post this weekend!

    Best wishes,
    Natasha in Oz

  6. Hmmmm, love this recipe! Thanks for sharing:)

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