One of my favourite ways to pack nutrition into my day, and into my son’s little body, is by making nutritional, filling, and tasty smoothies. I love starting my day with them, or having a little pick me up in the afternoon. My son also loves making them with me, and no matter how many times he has helped, he always jumps when the blender starts going! Also, there’s no denying I am a chocoholic, so wherever I can sneak it in, in a healthy way, I go for it.
This is one of my favourite recent smoothie creations incorporating dark, rich cocoa with oats, dates, and refreshing almond milk. I am a huge fan of homemade almond milk, but, like most of you, I have days where there simply aren’t enough hours to possibly make some. When I’m looking for convenience and whipping up a quick breakfast or snack, I use Almond Fresh in my smoothies or granola. Their milk is certified non-GMO and vegan, and I have a soft spot for the fact that they are a Canadian business. The kind people over at Almond Fresh sent me coupons to give away to one of my readers. I encourage you to leave a comment below and I will randomly select one person to send $20 worth of vouchers to! If you just happened to stop by here, follow my blog and you will be entered twice! (Yay for free stuff!).
I will announce the winner here on Friday, October 25th.
So, here is my smoothie recipe.
Healthy Chocolate Smoothie
Makes 1 large smoothie
- 1 cup almond milk
- 1 banana
- 1/2 cup oats
- 1 teaspoon organic pure cocoa powder
- 2 medjool dates, chopped
- 1/2 cup ice
- cacao nibs and oats (optional) as topping
- Place almond milk, banana, oats, dates, cocoa powder and ice into blender and blend.
- Pour into mason jar (everything tastes better in a mason jar, doesn’t it?) and top with cacao nibs and oats.
I also follow Almond Fresh on Facebook and also saw that they are giving away a huge prize – A KitchenAid prize pack valued at over $2000 + a year’s worth of Almond Fresh. My husband bought me a KitchenAid mixer for Christmas a few years back, it was one of the best things that ever happened to me and my kitchen! If you’re feeling lucky, I would totally go over and give it a shot! Contest ends soon (November 1st). All you need to do is choose your favourite Almond Fresh refreshing drink and share it with your friends on Facebook! By clicking on the photo below, it will bring you directly to the contest page.
You’re all so creative and inspiring with your recipes, I have faith in you. 🙂 Even if you don’t win the grand prize, you still have chances to win DAILY prizes, and you’re allowed to enter 5 times per day, so your chances just got better.
I’m really looking forward to my first giveaway, so let’s get chatting! Although the vouchers are only valid in Canada – I would love to hear from all of you. I’d like to know, what is your favourite and most used smoothie ingredient?
(Although this post was sponsored, all recipes, smoothie photos and opinions expressed are my own. I pinky swear.)