How super cute is this Healthy Chocolate Green Smoothie in a mason jar?
OK I admit, I’ve kind of been on a mason jar kick ever since I started canning two years ago. Everything is better in mason jars! I’ve been using mason jars for all kinds of things from tea to herbs to hair clips. I actually received this one at a fund raiser. They handed them out as labeled drinking glasses, such a good idea right?
For my absolute fave smoothie, I wanted a special presentation but I confess <<looks sheepish>>, I just don’t get the smoothie bowl thing, they just look like pretty bowls of cold soup. But a 500ml mason jar worked beautifully, and the best part about using a mason jar is that you can save some for later or take it to go! No matter how you have it, one thing is for certain: my Healthy Chocolate Green Smoothie is a real treat!
For years I religiously started my mornings off with a smoothie, but during the winter season my body started craving a warm breakfast. This smoothie became my go-to recovery snack, or sometimes I’ll make it for a light lunch or healthy dessert. This smoothie is super nutritious but you’d never know it because it tastes oh-so-creamy and chocolate-y.
Did I mention how lusciously rich this smoothie is? I did? Ohh…
Using a frozen banana really gives it that milkshake texture. I highly recommend freezing all your bananas right now! But the best part is that the only sweetener is organic honey, and even though it contains sugar, honey also contains powerful antioxidants.
Gotta love those blessed antioxidants!
The key ingredient to this smoothie is the raw cocoa powder. Be sure you buy the raw, plain powder as cocoa mixes often contain sugar. Also, BONUS >> cocoa powder also contains antioxidants. When consumed with high levels of fiber, raw cocoa powder actually helps improve digestion. Good thing this smoothie has a big chunk of fibrous avocado!
But enough with those boring health facts (I love health facts!).
I was inspired to combine avocado and cocoa after trying the Goop Chocolate Love Smoothie. The cocoa blended with the avocado creates a rich, chocolate creaminess, plus I love avocados in general. Bring on those healthy fats! I also added cocoa nibs because I like a bit of crunchiness, it reminds me of a chocolate chip shake (but be sure to check your teeth after, they will give you a wicked smile). Finally as if we didn’t have enough antioxidants already, I added a handful of greens. I like being sneaky with salad! Spinach is the easiest to blend unless you have a Vitamix. If you have one, I’m quite envious of you and your ability to pulverize kale.
The L-Glutemine powder is an optional addition – I add it to help repair and maintain muscle. I’m currently training for my 6th marathon so I need all the recovery foods I can get! But let me tell you – nothing is more rewarding after a long run than this velvety, packed-full-of-chocolate super green smoothie.
…except maybe a bagel with peanut butter and banana.
Healthy Chocolate Green Smoothie
- 1 ripe frozen banana peeled*
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1/4 cup cold filtered water
- ½ ripe avocado
- ½ cup fresh greens like spinach or kale washed and roughly chopped
- 1 tablespoon unsweetened raw cocoa powder
- 2 teaspoons raw cocoa nibs
- 1 teaspoon organic or raw honey
- 1 scoop L Glutemine
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
Combine all the ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. Add a bit more water as per thickness preference.
*frozen bananas work best in a smoothie, they give them a milkshake-like texture. Simply run the frozen banana under warm water and the peel will slide off