Perhaps you would not expect to see that as the title for a post in a healthy eating blog. So it may or may not come as a pleasant surprise, depending on your feelings about cake batter…personally I have a weak spot for anything chocolate, so I was very excited to find this recipe the other day and get the opportunity to try it.
Frankly, I was skeptical. I mean, there are a LOT of vegan/vegetarian/raw recipes that claim to be “just like” whatever it is they are trying to imitate. And even more frankly, most of them don’t come close. So when this smoothie recipe claimed to be a “perfect fix” for that chocolate cake craving, I raised an eyebrow, and decided I had to check it out.
A few notes: I added chia seeds (since they are my new love), and some organic shredded coconut. I also did not add the frozen banana, since I was doing this kind of off-the-cuff and had none on hand; besides I’ve been on the outs with bananas for awhile now and didn’t feel I would miss it (although really the banana would give you tons of potassium and would help with recovery if you are making this as a post-derby snack). The full list of ingredients is below:
1 c. almond milk
1/3 c. oats
1 frozen banana
1 t. cinnamon
1 t. vanilla
1 t. cocoa powder
1 t. liquid sweetener (I used agave nectar)
1 T. cashew or other nut butter (I used almond butter)
1 T. chocolate chips
2 ice cubes
This does take a little prep, since you’re technically supposed to mix the oats and the almond milk in a small bowl or cup, and put them in the fridge for about an hour to soften them up. This takes some of the grittiness out of the final product. However, if you don’t have time to do this, the world will not end, and the smoothie will be just as good.
Add everything except the chocolate chips to a blender, and blend at high speed. Then add the chips and blend at a lower speed. Then pour it into your vessel of choice and enjoy this magic potion. Seriously.
So, I’m going to talk a little bit about exactly what magic it is that you find in this little devil. There is some great protein in it because of the nut butter; this helps fill you up and aids with recovery (along with the banana). You can add more protein with chocolate protein powder instead of cocoa powder if you want, but I find that this lends more of “protein shake” taste to the creation that tends to take away from the final effect.
Although they could exist on the merit of taste alone, the cocoa powder and chocolate chips (you can use dark chocolate chips or carob if you like) provide a good dose of antioxidants (yay!). The cinnamon will help stabilize your blood sugar, and lower your levels of LDL (the bad cholesterol). It also has strong antifungal properties, so that’s a bonus. And then there’s the chia seeds (if you choose to add them) to which I have already composed a fairly substantial love letter in a previous post…really, you need to try these if you haven’t already.
So, suffice it to say, not only does this smoothie actually taste like chocolate cake batter (yum), but there is a ton of good stuff in here that will soothe your hunger and your chocolate craving, AND help your muscles recover.