This rich chocolate banana smoothie recipe is spiced with cinnamon and cayenne for a little kick. Slice peeled, overripe bananas into 1-inch chunks and keep them in the freezer so you can make this smoothie whenever your sweet tooth demands it. Recipe yields one 8-ounce smoothie, but you can multiply the recipe and make several at once if you’d like.
Dash of cayenne pepper (omit if sensitive to spice)
Optional sweetener: 1/2 teaspoon maple syrup or honey
In a blender, combine the milk, banana, chocolate chips, cocoa powder, cinnamon and cayenne and blend. Don’t worry if the chocolate chips are still a little chunky.
Taste, and add sweetener if necessary (I used overripe bananas and didn’t need any additional sweetener).
To make the raw/extra-healthy version: Substitute cacao nibs for the chocolate chips, cacao powder for the cocoa powder and add 1 teaspoon maca powder for a nutritious malted flavor. Make it dairy free/vegan: Use your favorite non-dairy milk and non-dairy chocolate chips. Vegans, if you add sweetener, make it maple syrup.
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