Choco-Berry Smoothie

I love smoothies, especially on a hot summers day like today here in Melbourne, Australia. I also love chocolate. It makes me happy. But sugary chocolate leaves me feeling lethargic and foggy headed, which is why I love this smoothie recipe so much. It’s packed full of anti-oxidants and tastes like it should be naughty, but it is in fact free from nasty refined sugars. This Choco-Berry Smoothie is the real deal – and it tastes yummo!

So if you want to begin your day in the right way, or simply need a healthy sweet-fix, then this smoothie is for you.

Sugar Free, Vegan, Gluten Free

(Serves 1)

Ingredients 

1 small frozen banana (or half a large one)
1/2 cup frozen blueberries
1 cup of almond milk
1 tsp natural nut butter of choice (I like to use Mayver’s Cacao Spread which is available at Coles in Australia)
1 tsp cacao powder
1 tsp honey/maple syrup (raw organic)
2-3 ice cubes (optional)

Method

Chop frozen banana into chunks. Add everything to the blender and blend until smooth.

Top up with extra almond milk if needed.

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Chocolate Chia Pudding

I love sweet puddings – but unfortunately, sugar does not love me. Sugar leaves me feeling foggy headed, lethargic and dulls my spirit. Not to mention the fact that sugar has been linked to countless health related illnesses, which is why I look for healthier ways to satisfy my sweet tooth!

This Chocolate Chia Pudding is so rich and tasty that you won’t even notice that it is completely free of nasty refined sugars. (Did someone say guilt free pudding?) Yes!!! Even my sweet toothed man gave it a resounding ‘YUM!’

And the best part? It is quick and easy to make and tastes amazing. Try it out and let me know what you think, I’d love to hear your comments below.

Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Refined Sugar Free, Vegan

(Serves 1)

Ingredients

2 tbsp Chia seeds
1/2 cup of almond milk (preferably home made – otherwise, organic unsweetened)
1 tbsp cacao powder
1 tbsp frozen berries
1 tsp coconut flakes
1 tsp nut butter
1 tsp flax seed oil
1 tbsp organic maple syrup

Method

Mix chia seeds with almond milk and allow to sit for 10 minutes. Stir occasionally to prevent the chia seeds clumping together.

Add cacao powder and fold into the mixture until it has dissolved. Stir in the flax seed oil and nut butter.

Top with berries, maple syrup and sprinkle with coconut flakes.

Try not to inhale it in one! 😉

Hayley xx

 

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Chocolate Chia Pudding