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Cacao & Coconut Smoothie Bowl

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by Leitchy Creates

 

What a better way to start the day than with a bowl of creamy buttery, coconutty and chocolatey goodness?! Basically an ice cream sundae for breakfast! Whats not to like?! 

I've blended the creamed coconut and cacao with banana to sweeten the smoothie naturally and create that thick and creamy ice cream texture we all know and love. You can also use the hard part of the top of a full fat coconut milk can if you can't find a bar of coconut creamed.

I've then topped the bowl with a big dollop of creamy vanilla coconut yoghurt too make things even more rich and luscious! Nut butter, as it makes the world a better place. Sweet and bright strawberries as strawberries and chocolate are a winning combination, toasted almonds for a nice crunch, more chocolate and of course salted ape snacks coconut curls! The coconut curls saltiness enhance the whole bowl, add a beautiful contrast against the dark chocolate and really intensify the chocolate flavour. UMMMUMMM!!

If my description hasn't persuaded you enough, maybe a little knowledge on super versatile and nutritious coconut might! Coconut is an amazing ingredient to include in your diet, It's an amazing alternative for milk if you are looking for a dairy free alternative, as it adds both creaminess, butteriness and sweetness without the need to add any/as much sweetener - I love to use it in hot chocolate and to make the creamiest korma without adding a ton of sweetener.  It's also high in vitamins, minerals, fibre and healthy fats which help to destroy disease causing organisms and help in protecting us against infections and viruses. They are also a great source of energy and the body likes to use them up quickly, making them less likely to be stored as fat. As well as using coconuts in your diet, a lot of people use them as a beauty product too. Coconut oil can be used to moisturise your skin, hair and nails, whiten your teeth and get rid of bacteria at the same time. It's a fabulous ingredient which comes in many shapes and forms (flakes, desiccated, powder, milk, cream, oil, butter, whole coconuts and water) I use coconut every day without fail, I love the taste, various kinds and how versatile it is in both sweet and savoury dishes. I can't make a curry without and as for ape coconut curls, they make everything Instagram worthy!!! 

Ingredients - serves one

25g coconut creamed

40ml hot water

50ml cashew milk

2 tbsp cacao powder

150g frozen banana

1 heaped tbsp vanilla coconut yoghurt

1 heaped tbsp nut butter - I used coconut and cashew

50g strawberries, sliced

5g flaked almonds

8g ape snacks salted coconut flakes

1 piece raw dark chocolate, finely chopped

 

Method

Put the coconut creamed in the boiling water and leave to disolve.

Meanwhile, toast the almonds followed by the coconut in a dry non stick pan, over a medium heat until golden. Pour into a bowl and put to one side.

Once the cream has disolved, pour it into a high speed blender with the milk, cacao and banana.

Blend on high until thick and silky smooth.

 

Pour/scoop the smoothie into a bowl and level with a spoon.

 

Dollop on the yoghurt and nut butter.

Scatter over the strawberries and toasted nuts.

Sprinkle with chocolate and serve.

 

Enjoy,

 

Leitchy xx

@leitchycreates

 

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