Triple Chocolate Superfood Smoothie

Why eat cacao?

Cocao powder and nibs are extremely nutritional and powerful ingredients and superfood staples in my kitchen. They are high in magnesium, antioxidants, iron, omega fatty acids, flavanols, and fiber. They are one of the most antioxidant rich foods on the planet! Cocao nibs are made from pure cocao beans that come straight out of the tropical cocao fruit. The Cocao bean was culinary gold to Mesoamericans for many years and known as the "Food of Gods" for its superior nutritional profile and amazing flavor. Cocao powder is a great alternative to "cocoa" baking powder, because it is raw and  less processed than "cocao." Its rich in minerals and antioxidants and great to add to smoothies, baking and desserts.

I have so many in my cabinet, and just want to collect them all! Yes, it can be expensive to buy many of these superfood ingredients, but its well worth it and I find that they last me a a good amount of time. Buying online and using coupon and promo codes or when you see super foods on sale at the grocery store, don't hesitate to buy. Once you begin to start using these ingredients you'll realize there unlimited possibilities for including them in many of your recipes. You might even search new recipes to make that included superfood ingredients.

How do you cook with superfoods?

I always love experimenting with superfoods, and you can always use them in smoothies, oatmeal, when baking, cereals, oat and nut bars, homemade breads, and much more.

How does cocao taste?

Cocao nibs have a bitter flavor but add a nice chocolate chip crunch to your recipes, and you can also blend them in your smoothies so that aren't as crunchy. You can also buy sweetened cocao nibs if you prefer a bit of sweetness. They are natures chocolate chips, and when soaked in your smoothies or ice cream they become a little less crunchy and soak up some of the liquid.

This recipe is filled with chocolaty goodness and many of my favorite staple ingredients!

Yields 1 serving

Ingredients: 

Toppings:

  • 1/4 cup shredded coconut
  • 1 tsp cocao nibs

1. Blend all smoothie ingredients together well, and top off with shredded coconut and cocao nibs. Enjoy!

Strawberry Coconut Chia Seed Parfait with Whipped Cream

This parfait is definitely a crowd pleaser. You can make this easily ahead of time and assemble it in the morning. I honestly couldn't stop adding layers to this recipe, and every component just added more and more flavor. My mouth is watering just thinking about how delicious is came out!

I love the mixture of the coconut and fresh strawberries together, and the lemon zest really brings out the tart strawberry flavor. 

Chia seeds are super filling, so eating this in the morning will be sure to have you feeling full for a while…and you'll probably be wishing you had room for another parfait..but if you have leftovers you'll have something to look forward to tomorrow morning!

The best part about making chia seed pudding is that you pre-make it the night before so its ready to go when you wake up. 

This parfait is packed full of layers and has tons of flavor and texture! You can even serve this as a dessert. It is naturally sweet, and super healthy! 



Makes 2 Serving

Ingredients: 

Strawberry Coconut Chia Seed Pudding

  • 1/2 cup coconut milk from can (use condensed coconut milk on top) 
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup fresh strawberries

1. Blend together the coconut milk, water, and strawberries until smooth. 

2. Mix together chia seeds and strawberry coconut mixture. 

3. Place pudding mixture in fridge overnight. 


Coconut Whipped Cream

  • 2/3 cup coconut milk from can (use condensed coconut milk on top)
  • 5 Tbsp. maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

1. Place all the ingredients in a bowl, and mix together using a high speed hand blender until the mixture becomes frothy and forms peaks. It takes about 5-10 minutes of blending on high speed.

2. Place whipped cream aside for assembly. 


Parfait


Assembly: 

1. In a jar, add a layer of the Purely Elizabeth granola on the bottom. 

2. Then add a layer of the strawberry coconut chia seed pudding. 

3. The next layer are the slices of fresh strawberry. 

4. Do steps 1-3 one more time, and then add one layer of strawberries on top. 

5. Place two generous dollops of the coconut whipped cream on top of the parfait. Sprinkle the toasted coconut flakes and lemon zest on top of the whipped cream. 

6. Dig in and enjoy!