Saturday, April 2, 2011

Creamy Chocolate Coconut Bliss

Well, I'm on day 2 of my raw challenge. Man, this is tough :) I feel wonderful, my sugar cravings have all but left, and I'm not snacking 24/7. I know it's only the 2nd day, but I feel like I'm off to a good start so far. And I don't feel deprived one bit!

Yesterday, I treated my hubby and I to Spunky Coconut's Vanilla Banana Smoothie for breakfast - heavenly! It was a great way to start the day, and really filled me up. I also blended up a mango/kiwi/avocado/spinach green smoothie to snack on during the day (YUM!). Lunch was at a local restaurant to celebrate a coworkers birthday, but they had a nice salad I could eat so I was covered there. Then I stopped by the Co-op on my way home to grab a few raw snacks for the weekend ("cheesy" kale chips!). Finally, dinner was zucchini pasta with spicy macadamia alfredo sauce (I'll post that one later once I get it perfected - still some tweaking to do). No deprivation here!

This morning, I went for my usual long run, and wanted something to fill me up, so I started playing with Spunky Coconut's vanilla smoothie that I made yesterday. I think the results were pretty darn delicious - give it a try and let me know what you think!

Creamy Chocolate Coconut Smoothie
1 large or 2 small servings

1 banana, frozen
1 T. chia seeds
1 T. unsweetened shredded or flaked coconut
3 deglet noor dates (this is the kind they have at my local Costco - smaller than medjool dates) - soak for an hour if you remember and save the soaking water
10 drops liquid stevia (I use chocolate but vanilla would work too)
1 cup milk (I used cashew, but any would work - coconut would be decadent!)
1 T. raw cacao powder
1 scoop protein powder (I use a raw superfoods vanilla protein powder from my Co-op)
1/2 cup date soaking liquid
Optional: dash of cinnamon, cayenne, splash of coconut extract

Blend all together in a high-powered blender (or if using a normal blender, grind the seeds and coconut flakes in a coffee grinder first before blending). Sip slowly, close your eyes, and enjoy!

Linked to Slightly Indulgent Tuesdays


  1. That sounds so delicious. I'm thinking it's a perfect recovery smoothie after a long run. Yummy!

  2. YUM!! This looks amazing. Thank you so much for the comment post on my blog. My eating really has been better the past week or so. It's tough though when things take a turn for the worse... hard to turn it back around. Good luck to you too!! :)