There’s a gorgeous little cafe not far from us that has the most amazing cacao and date smoothie on the menu. Mr nearly three and I can’t help ourselves. We can’t talk as we sip down our smoothies watching the waves crash on the shore. Hubby just laughs at us.
Afterwards, we play chasey on the sand… And giggle.
So what do you do?
We do what we do best. We come home and recreate our very own.
Trust me, you’ll love it! It’s a favourite in our house.
Sare’s Choco-Coco Smoothie
1 1/2 frozen bananas
2-3 medjool dates (de-pipped)
1 heaped tbsp cacao powder
1 heaped tbsp protein powder
2 heaped tbsp coconut yoghurt OR 1/3 cup 100% pure coconut cream and 1/2 tsp probiotic powder
1 tsp chia seed
1/2 tsp bee pollen
1/2 tsp gubinge powder (natural source of vitamin c)
Looking for a yummy, healthy, sweet treat with none of those sugar spikes. A treat that is good for you and a treat that can help rid your body of cellulite. Well… look no further. The best news is that you can make them at home in less than 10 minutes!
My Cacao Balls
1 1/5 cups pitted dried dates
1/2 cup STRONG green tea
4 tbsp LSA
4 tbsp raw cacao powder
4 tbsp coconut flour
1 handful sultanas
2 tbsp dark agave syrup (to taste)
4 tbsp chia seeds
2-3 tbsp raw organic coconut oil (to desired consistency)
1 dash vanilla extract
1 cup organic unsweetened shredded coconut
Soak the dates in the green tea for 5 minutes or so. Then in a food processor add the dates to the rest of the ingredients (minus the coconut oil and the shredded coconut). Whir with chopping blade. Once chopped, use the remaining green tea and the coconut oil to moisten the mixture till you reach the desired consistency to be able to roll into balls with your hands. If too moist, slowly add more coconut flour. Taking a teaspoon full of mixture at a time, roll into balls and then coat with organic shredded coconut. Refrigerate for an hour to harden the balls. Balls can then be kept in the fridge or at room temperature in a sealed container. Your choice!
You will find my cacao balls delicious and just the right sweetener to keep those sugar cravings at bay. Packed with fibre, loaded with raw coconut and it’s health benefits, gluten free, with green tea antioxidants and low GI, I find these balls eliminate my refined sugar intake and help strip my body of cellulite. And the best thing is, one or two can really satisfy!
Conbine ingredients well. Massage the gorgeously fluffy mixture onto gently into moist skin and then rinse. I use it in the shower. Pat dry. And then moisturise your skin well. I use organic raw pressed coconut oil on my body and a beautiful organic body butter on my hands, feet and elbows.
Okay…..As promised here’s my recipe for a dairy and sugar free Choc Mint Ice Cream that is really yummy! It has been stinking hot here again in Perth today, so I thought I’d surprise my hubby with a yummy thai chicken salad followed by Choc Mint ice cream for dessert. What a nice cooling way to end the day…… Okay…Okay…I’ll get straight to the ice cream! Just had to set the scene, that’s all!!
Choc Mint ice cream
1 cup of coconut cream
1 cup of almond milk
4 egg yolks
1 hefty bunch of mint, spearmint, peppermint, choc mint…..Whatever you have in your garden
1 handful of spinach leaves (minus the stalks)
1/4 cup agave syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
A few drops of peppermint oil to taste!
200gm of dark mint chocolate
I wizzed all the ingredients except for the chocolate together in a blender until totally combined. You want all the leaves to have disappeared into your mixture. Then place the mix into your ice cream maker and follow manufacturer’s instructions. I then crushed the chocolate into chips in my food processor and added to the ice cream mix when it was really cold but not yet frozen. Any earlier and the choc chips will melt.
Then, unfortunately, you need to sit back and wait for the rest to happen….
You could also make this recipe by blending, then freezing till nearly frozen, blend again, freeze and continue to mix this way until totally creamy and not icey. My mix turned out a dirty green colour which I find quite rustic, but for a bright green I can’t think of any other way other than adding green food colouring…. something I would prefer to do without.
And wha….la!!!!!!!!!!! Done.
PS Hubby LOVED it! So will yours. The spinach is our little secret!