This chocolate ‘milkshake’ is one of those perfect creations that feels like a treat, but is actually a super nutrition boost (aka a guilt-free chocolate shake, hooray!).
Loaded with magnesium, potassium, antioxidants and protein, it is a powerhouse of essential nutrients. This gem is a perfect post-workout smoothie or even a delicious breakfast-on-the-move. It is also a secret weapon in the war on picky eaters – I defy any child (or adult) opposed to spinach to turn down this indulgent shake!
Cocoa powder makes this smoothie. Not just for the chocolately flavour, or because it provides a ‘cover’ for the raw spinach, but because cocoa is absolutely loaded with magnesium and zinc – critical minerals for good health.
Baby spinach brings a little more magnesium to the party, along with a fibre, B vitamins and the antioxidants vitamins C, A and E. These lovely little leaves get blended into a chocolatey swirl, leaving no trace of their green goodness to the naked eye.
The frozen banana in this recipe provides the sweet and cold ice cream consistency (alongside a potassium boost) that allows this shake stand proudly alongside it’s dairy-based comrades.
For a final flourish, the tablespoon of almond butter provides a protein hit which will keep your blood sugar balanced (and provide yet more magnesium and vitamin E). Cashew or peanut butter would also work as substitutes.
Ingredients (makes one large shake)
- 1 frozen banana*
- 2 handfuls baby spinach
- 1-2 tablespoons cocoa powder (I prefer Green & Black’s)
- 2 cups filtered water (or nut milk)
- 1 tablespoon almond butter
- pinch of cinnamon (optional)
Place all the ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. You may want to adjust the liquid to your desired consistency. Enjoy!
* I keep a stash of sliced, frozen bananas in the freezer. Make sure to use bananas that are quite ripe.