This has been my go-to smoothie when I need a creamy and decadant snack. I love coffee and chocolate together, and the soaked cashews give this smoothie an amazing creamy texture. It is dessert-like, but so filling, and packs a great protein punch with 5 grams of protein. I love when my desserts are not just empty calories but actually have some nutritional value.
Not only are the cashews a healthful whole food, but cacao nibs are considered a superfood. Cacao nibs are my new favorite food, and they contain heaps of anti-oxidants to boot! They add a great texture to smoothies that reminds me of little chocolate chip bits. They are not sweet, but add a great chocolatey flavor to this smoothie.
Coffee Cashew Smoothie
The creamy texture in this decadent drink comes courtesy of the cashews, which also add 5 grams of protein to help keep your blood sugar—and hunger—steady, Brazier says.
1/4 cup cashews, soaked six hours or overnight (just add water to cover nuts and refrigerate)
1/2 banana, peeled and chopped (frozen optional)
1 tablespoon cacao nibs
1/2 cup Ice
1/4 cup cooled coffee
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1/2 tablespoon coconut sugar (optional, or sweetener of choice)
Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
I added a bit of almond butter & cocoa nibs on top for pretty.
JulieJuly 22, 2013 at 6:45 pm