Sinfully Sweet Cacao Shake
Perfect to fuel up after a workout. I love this shake after an intense workout! It’s a real explosion of taste and texture. The protein powder helps your muscles to regenerate, and the banana and oats contain good carbohydrates that will help fill up your glycogen stores. This completely guilt-free shake tastes just like chocolate! You wouldn’t believe that there is no chocolate or sugar in it at all. I hope that you now know what to treat yourself with after your next workout. If you tell yourself you can only drink this shake after doing a workout, you’ll be working out every day – that’s how delicious it is!
SERVES 1 – 2 / (GF), RSF
250 ml (8 1/2 fl oz) milk of choice, e.g. soy, almond, rice milk
2 tablespoons raw cacao powder
1–2 tablespoons sugar-free protein powder (whey protein isolate), e.g. chocolate, natural, vanilla
1 banana, sliced and frozen
2 tablespoons oats (oatmeal) (gluten-free)
2 teaspoons peanut butter
few drops of vanilla extract
2–3 teaspoons maple syrup or sweetener of choice
100 ml (3 1/2 fl oz) water
2 dates, pitted and soaked
2–3 teaspoons cacao nibs
berries of choice
- Put all the ingredients for the shake into a blender and blend until you have a smooth and creamy consistency.
- Pour the thick shake into a glass, sprinkle the cacao nibs on top, garnish with fresh berries and enjoy with a spoon or simply drink it. Alternatively, refrigerate until ready to drink.
PROTEIN POWDER I always use organic sugar-free protein powder. If you don’t have any protein powder at home, or don’t necessarily want to buy some, replace it with another spoon of raw cacao powder. Raw cacao powder can be quite bitter though, so you might have to sweeten the shake a little bit more. Simply experiment and see what works best for you.
CACAO NIBS These peeled and crushed cocoa beans are available in most health food stores or can be ordered online. They have a slightly bitter taste, just like very dark chocolate.
VARIATIONS If you’re vegan or want to make this shake dairy-free, simply use another protein powder such as soy protein powder and, of course, a plant-based milk.
Recipes excerpted with permission from Eat Better Not Less by Nadia Damaso, published by Hardie Grant Books 2017, RRP $24.99 hardcover.