Chocolate….Bananas …..oh how I have missed you….
Fruit was a semi No and Chocolate was a for sure No on my recent challenge at my CrossFit box, but my challenge is over. Yippee! Don’t worry I’m not going to go super crazy but gosh darn it when I have a craving for chocolate, bananas, and almond butter I’m going to see what I can do to make something using them. Especially after two months of not having these treats in my life. This weekend the kiddos kept me busy. They always do but for some reason this weekend seemed over the top. By the time Sunday afternoon came along I was dragging and even the kiddos were. We all needed a little pick me up and we needed one quick. Out came the blender and out came the imagination. The results was this super quick and easy smoothie! Best part is it’s filled with antioxidants, potassium, fiber, and protein! The pick-me-up we all needed on a Sunday afternoon. Who needs coffee? Ok, I know I’m not going to win that battle…coffee is still needed but this smoothie will have you swooning! The kiddos ended up enjoying most of the smoothie but I did manage to get a small cup in for myself and it was just the right amount of a Paleo-friendly treat I needed. We even had enough left over that we put into popsicle molds so we can enjoy on a future warm South Florida day. So note to self, turn this into popsicles come summertime!
Now that I’ve talked smoothie, popsicles, chocolate, treats, etc. I’m going to take a little minute to talk recipes. You can skip this if you prefer but I just want to get a little something off my chest. I started my blog over 2 years ago to share. Share what I consider my stress reliever and my creative outlet…..my recipes. Lately my sharing is a little different because I’m sharing recipes that have changed my life and how I feel. By changing to Paleo over 8 months ago I have seen amazing results and I’m a happier person because of it. Now when I share the recipes it is exactly that…. I’m sharing these recipes with you because I love this thing called Paleo and want everyone to try it and to see how gosh darn easy it is to follow. And most importantly I want you to feel good! So by putting the recipes out there, I’m hoping you will try them (if you wish) and hopefully enjoy. My families preference in recipes and even ingredients I use may not be to the liking of everyone. So a recipe we love may not be a hit in your house. At first I would apologize for that and feel bad if someone didn’t like how the recipe turned out, but the more I have thought about it lately the more I’ve come to terms that my recipes are my recipes….simple as that. They are something that I share (and enjoy doing so) because I tested them in my house and happen to love them. I don’t post things I don’t like…and trust me I’ve made a lot of things that I haven’t liked and I would never share those mishaps with you. Everyone is different and everyone likes different things….gosh darn it that’s what makes the world go round, right? So don’t give a girl a hard time because you happen to not like something. Because you don’t prefer an ingredients texture, taste, smell, etc. Then don’t use it…simple as that.
Ok, I got it off my chest. That may come back to bite me in the rear but this is my space to speak freely so here I am speaking freely.
Honestly guys all I want to do is to spread the Paleo love through my recipes because Paleo has brought my body back to the place it always needed to be.
Ok, enough babbling….now go make a smoothie! The treat is on me! Ha! Seriously this treat is worth the treat! Enjoy and thanks for letting me babble!
Chocolate Banana Smoothie
2 cups frozen sliced bananas (about 2 to 3 bananas)
2 teaspoons raw cacao powder
2 tablespoons almond butter
1 cup coconut milk (canned) or almond milk
¼ to ½ cup ice cold water
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼ cup ice cubes
½ tablespoon honey (optional)
Add all ingredients to blender and process until smooth. For the water, add ¼ cup first and blend. If you prefer your smoothie thick then the ¼ cup should be fine. If you prefer it a little more smoother then add an additional ¼ cup and blend. Serve immediately and enjoy!!
Makes about 3 servings.
Note: If you don’t have banana’s, just add more ice or another frozen fruit of choice. If you don’t have cacao powder, add regular cocoa powder.