My Date and Banana Cacao Smoothie is healthy and tastes incredible. It’s a smoothie I’ve been making frequently recently because for the last three and a half weeks I’ve not eaten any chocolate, cake, biscuits and cookies. For me, this a seriously long time.
Now, you maybe asking yourself why? Especially from someone how loves to bake sweet things it might seem rather odd. Well, I assure you I have good reason. I’d fallen into a snacking rut and craved sweet things constantly. The excessive amount of sugar I was consuming was having a terrible effect, my moods were all over the place and I had started to put on weight too.
So, I made a decision to cut out as much refined sugar from my diet as possible for the time being. My intention is to return to eating everything in moderation after the summer, after all life might get a bit dull if there’s no cake!
Now, I’m no saint and I have been finding it quite tough at times. They are a few things I’ve discovered which I think are good at keeping me in check. Medjool dates are plump sticky gooey dates that taste sublime, they have become my healthy snack of choice. Apparently four medjool dates count as one of your five a day too.
I’ve also recently discovered how amazing cacao powder is, it is similar in appearance to cocoa powder however it is made by cold pressing unroasted cacao beans, whereas cocoa powder is heat treated and consequently loses some of its health benefits. Cacao powder gives a dark intense chocolatey taste when added to recipes. This latest smoothie of mine includes both medjool dates and cacao powder, it’s a rich chocolatey flavoured smoothie that gives you a chocolate fix without any refined sugar plus it is dairy free too.
I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
Until next time.