This creamy rich protein-packed, naturally sweetened hot chocolate breakfast smoothie can be enjoyed anytime of the day – not just breakfast.
As the long wintery evenings begin to knock on our doors this is simply sheer indulgence: a mug of natural medicine to hug and enjoy!
Developed for Natural Life Magazine Available in your local health food shop September.
500mlmilk of choiceI used nut milk but whole dairy is also good
1small ripe avocado
25gGF jumbo oatssoaked
2tbspcacao or unsweetened cocoa powder
1tsplinseed or flaxseed or chia seeds
6Medjool datespitted and soaked
Place avocado, banana, oats, cacao, linseed, vanilla extract, cinnamon, Manuka honey, Medjool dates, salt and 100ml milk in a high speed blender. Blend for 30 seconds until smooth. Whilst blending, heat the remaining milk till hot, but not boiling
Add extra milk to blender and blitz again till you get a creamy consistency. Pour into your favourite mug, then hug and enjoy!
If the smoothie mixture is too thick, add a little warm water.
Need more sweetness? Add extra Manuka honey or Medjool dates or vanilla extract or cinnamon or use coconut milk as this tends to be sweeter than all other milks.
Soaking oats aids digestion. Soak overnight is best, but for a quick fix pour a little boiling water over them and leave to cool before using.
Left over smoothie…? Enjoy as a chilled smoothie or freeze in popsicles (for little ones) or in a freezer container and scoop it out like ice-cream.
For a creamier version add 100g coconut yoghurt, full fat yoghurt or fresh cream.