I once again found myself leaving the Natural Food grocery store with more than I wanted to buy. This week, I bought Cacao Beans. Why you may ask? Well, the label looked appealing for starters, saying they have all these benefits such as antioxidants and iron. It also had some suggested uses on the back: trail mix, desserts, smoothies, shakes and coffee. So I thought to myself, if it says, “trail mix” then you can probably just eat it on its own. Boy was I wrong! I popped one of those bad boys into my mouth and it was bitter the entire way down.
Now what am I going to do? The bag did say you can put them in smoothies so I started to do some research. The brand, Navitas, does have a lot of recipes, but not a lot for cacao beans… Lucky for me, later that day, my roommate and I went to a new-ish juice bar. The drinks were decent, but nothing too complicated that we couldn’t make ourselves.
So as you can probably tell since I am blogging about it, I decided to make a smoothie of my own. Most of what I read about green smoothies, they had leafy greens, a citrus “conductor” to boost your metabolism, fruit, and some other ingredients. Again, not too complicated so here is what I used:
- Leafy green (I have taken a break from kale and used 2 stalks Romain lettuce and 1/2 cup arugula)
- 8-10 cacao beans
- 1 tsp of chia seeds
- 1 ripe banana
- fresh squeezed lemon
- 1 cup of pineapple (I really wanted to put in blueberries as well or other berries, but this is what I had in my kitchen at the time)
- 1/4 of avocado
- 6-8 ounces water
I mixed it in the blender for a bit until everything was well incorporated. You can definitely taste the banana and at times the arugula as well, but, all in all, it was pretty good. Salud!