I’m not a fan of chocolate-flavoured things.
Don’t get me wrong; I LOVE chocolate. After a youth misspent eating horrible milk chocolate and those cheap white chocolate mice (alright, they are awesome, in a disgusting sort of a way) I’ve matured into my tastebuds and these days, I love love LOVE dark chocolate. The darker and more subtley flavoured, the better.
It’s just that chocolate FLAVOURED things are so…wrong. Just like strawberry-flavoured things, they tend to never actually taste like what they’re meant to taste like.
This has meant that I’ve avoided chocolate smoothies and the like for a long time; as well as being sort of strangely chemically, they’re often far too chocolatey, or just altogether wrong.
This smoothie, then, has sort of changed my life.
The subtle flavours and the moderate amount of cacao in this mean that it’s the sort of smoothie you can drink in the morning, when perhaps your mouth is still waking up and doesn’t want to cope with anything too hectic. I’ve used a raw cacao powder that my lovely flatmate Eva brought over from Latin America, but any sort of cacao will do – and failing that, some cocoa powder! Chocolate and cardamom go together like peas and carrots, with the nice little kick of Indian flavouring doing so much for the taste of the cacao.
I know you’re looking at that teaspoon of tahini and thinking I’m insane, but trust me; not only does it bring some fantastic nutrition to the table, it also adds a hint of saltiness that makes the whole thing come together. Oh, and the black pepper? You’ll just have to trust me on that one.
(Makes 1 smoothie, enough for a hungry little yogi)
1 very ripe banana
1 tablespoon peanut butter (preferably the good stuff)
1 cup almond milk
1 teaspoon tahini
freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon cacao
the inside of 2 cardamom pods
1 tablespoon rolled oats (be sure to use GF oats if you are gluten-free!)
Put everything into your blender and blend, blend, blend baby!
Raw cacao is said to do many fantastic things in your body, including lowering stress levels and facilitating good cardiovascular health. For me, this is a brilliant post-yoga smoothie and a little bit of a treat in the morning time, but with the added knowledge that the whole thing is PACKED with great nutrition.