No nonsense smoothie, making the most of the in-season cherries! I normally don't add a powder mixture to my smoothies as do not like to interfere with the natural flavours, however I had no leafy greens to hand, and the intense flavour or the berries overrode the powder taste.
Carefully remove the pips from the cherries and add to your blender. You may want to use gloves as the juice can really get under your finger nails and look gross!
Add all remaining ingredients and blend until smooth. The consistency should be quite thick and deliciously creamy.. Like a dessert!
Indulge and wait for your cells to become alive!
Be careful not to get too carried away with smoothies, and notice the serving size is relatively small. Smoothies can be a good thing, but should not be consumed in replacement of a meal, nor an everyday occurrence unless you have specific dietary needs. This is mainly because they can interfere with regulating your blood glucose levels with too much fructose and also process quickly into your bloodstream due to the carbohydrate level. As a rule for any smoothie, add some good fats + protein to allow the nutrients to enter steadily into your body versus a rapid race. It is also best to chew your smoothies, just like your food.
Gently heat 1/4 cup of the milk in a small saucepan over the stove, of your choice and dissolve the cacao powder in the warm milk, getting rid of any lumps along the way. Do not overheat the milk, nor boil. Pour into your favourite mug.
If you have a special milk frother device, use the remainder of the milk with device. Pour both components into one mug.
Otherwise add remainder of milk to saucepan, and gently use a large egg whisk, to give the milk some volume.
Pour into your favourite mug, enjoy your warm chocolate goodness, you can feel your bones smiling!
The reason I have noted just milk, because I believe like many of our food choices, this is where it gets really personal…
I’m all for oat milk minus all the additives and sweeteners. Home made nut milks are also excellent, yet only lasts for 2-3 days.
In most cases I use raw milk, mainly due to the plethora of health benefits and my body tolerates it well - it was not always the case!
Secondly due to the fact it is readily available, and for that I am most thankful…
Oh and there’s a third, it’s the same price as conventional store bought milk.
Do avoid over-heating the milk to maintain it's nutrition, particularly if you are using raw milk! Yummy!