Cacao Espresso Smoothie

DSC_0319Have you heard of cacao nibs? These little nuggets are crumbles of whole cacao beans. Basically, they are little bits of pure chocolate. They are filled with antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Cacao fruit grows in tropical regions such as Peru.

One teaspoon of these nibs provides 20 calories and 9 mg of magnesium. This mineral helps maintain muscle and nerve function, regulate blood glucose levels and the production of energy and protein, and supports our immune system. Plus, one ounce of cacao nibs has 9 grams of fiber. Cacao nibs are slightly bitter, but just picture super dark chocolate in tiny bites. Adding them to this smoothie with espresso and coffee just seemed like the perfect combination! This is a great smoothie to wake up with.


Cacao Espresso Smoothie

IngredientsDSC_0312

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 2 teaspoons espresso powder
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 cup brewed coffee, chilled
  • 1 tbsp cacao nibs
  • 1/2 scoop chocolate protein powder
  • Handful of ice

Directions

Add all ingredients to a blender and give it a whirl! Top with extra cacao nibs.

Note: I love keeping Starbucks Iced Coffee in my refrigerator for mornings when I’m running late and it’s perfect to use in this smoothie.

Number of servings: 2 | Serving size: 1 cup
Calories: 120, total fat: 3 g, total carbohydrates: 18.6 g, dietary fiber: 4.4 g, sugars 9.8 g,
protein: 4 g

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This smoothie is my favorite on a lazy Saturday morning. What’s your favorite weekend smoothie? Tell me below!

Raquel

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