See, there is no added sugar in this smoothie – the only sweetness comes from a banana, which I always put in smoothies, anyway! (Otherwise a smoothie would never fill me up in the morning.) And the chocolate? It only takes two tablespoons of cocoa powder (and only 20 extra calories!) to make this taste like a chocolate lover’s dream!
Now, if you’ve never had Mexican chocolate, be prepared – this has got some heat! (Ie, you won’t need any coffee to wake you up after this.) Like chocolate? Like spicy? Welcome to your new favorite breakfast. Now, let’s make some smoothies and get this Cinco de Mayo started!
I didn’t try Mexican chocolate until about a year or so ago, when I discovered really dark chocolate. (Ps, when you do, you’ll never go back to Milk Chocolate. Ever.) I’m not always the biggest fan of spicy things, but spicy chocolate? Sign me up! A piece of Mexican chocolate plus a glass of red wine has been my dessert many, many times.
While this isn’t exactly authentically Mexican, the cayenne pepper helps recreate the spice of Mexican chocolate, and kicks the flavor into high gear!If you are like me you need a little protein in the morning to keep you feeling full. That’s why I add a quarter cup of cashews to this smoothie. You can’t taste it at all, but it makes it a little more hearty. I also like mixing flax meal to my smoothies too. Again, it’s optional, but for me that tablespoon of flax and those cashews is the difference between me scarfing down my lunch at 11am, versus 1:30pm. I wish I could say this smoothie is just the start to a wild day filled with Margaritas and tacos, but between work and my diet – not gonna happen. Ok… there might be some tacos for dinner, and mayyybeee A margarita. Everything in moderation, right? How are you celebrating tonight? Big plans in margaritaville? Quiet night at home with burritos?
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- 1 Banana
- 1/3 cup Soy or Almond Milk (or any milk of your choice)
- 1/4 cup Cashews (optional)
- 1 tablespoon Flax Meal (optional)
- 2 tablespoons Cocoa Powder
- 1/4 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper (1/2 teaspoon if you like things very spicy!)
- 3-4 Ice Cubes
- Mix all ingredients in a blender until completely smooth. Drink immediately.