Banana, Cacao & Hazelnut Smoothie

wp-1482952086020.jpgI have yet to meet anyone who does not like nutella. This smoothie reminds me of nutella smothered over ripe banana. You have that chocolate-y, nutty taste, and sweet creamy frozen banana flavour.

Anyone who has a sweet tooth but wants a nutritious alternative: have I got your attention?

It might be a bit cold for smoothies in some people’s opinions, but not in mine. For this one I used Meridian’s hazelnut butter, but you can use chopped hazelnuts if you really want to- although, I have no idea how the texture of your smoothie would turn out. Probably fairly chunky. Though if you reduced the milk to just a couple of tbsp., you could make a nice-cream with chunks of hazelnut instead.

Anyway, this smoothie is ideal as a well balanced snack, or even a dessert: you have protein from your nut butter, plus a serving of fruit, fibre, and a hit of potassium from the banana. You also have any of the vitamins and minerals your milk is fortified with or naturally contains (I used almond milk, but use whatever floats your boat), and some beautiful antioxidants from the cacao powder. Also, I don’t know about you, but the taste of chocolate makes me feel happy.

Sound good? Let’s get going…

 

Ingredients 

  • 1 large, ripe banana (with ALL the speckles you can get)- sliced and frozen overnight
  • 1tbsp cacao powder (I used Seven Hills)
  • 1tbsp Hazelnut butter (I used Meridian)
  • 250ml unsweetened almond milk
  • OPTIONAL: A splash of REALLY cold water, depending how thick/thin you like your smoothies; 1dsp protein powder if you want to increase your protein intake

 

Method

  1. Pour the almond milk into the blender first; this means the blades will be able to turn more easily. Add in everything else, blend, and serve with a straw if you’re feeling classy…
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