I've been enjoying this delicious concoction a couple times a week lately. The hot weather makes this a perfect afternoon snack. The kids love them too! And what's not to love? Who doesn't want a little frozen chocolaty goodness? Instead of filling up on a milkshake full of sugar, chocolate syrup, and processed fake milk you can give your kids (or yourself) a shake that is actually good for you.
This is my good friend chia. It's not just for chia pets anymore! I like to add this to smoothies, shakes, pancakes, granola, salads, almond butter... get the picture? You can add it to just about anything and get a nutritional boost in your meal: chia is high in fiber, protein and omega-3s. When it gets wet it becomes a gel which can be helpful if you are doing gluten free baking or making raw deserts to help them set. Chia should be soaked for 2 hours for maximum nutrient absorption.
Chocolate Banana "Milk" Shake
1 ripe banana
1 frozen banana
1 tbsp cacao powder
1 cup ice
¾ cup water, divided
¾ cup cashew milk
1 ½ tbsp chia seed
Combine chia seeds and 1/4 cup water in a cup and allow to soak for 2 hours if possible. The seeds will form a gel in a couple of minutes and can be used sooner if you don't plan ahead.
Combine all other ingredients in your blender.
Add chia and blend until smooth.
I've got a high speed blender and it completely eats the chia and ice- no chunks!
Chocolaty goodness, people!
One satisfied customer.