Chocolate for breakfast? Really? YES. Absolutely. There are plenty of reasons to make the Cacao Breakfast Smoothie and starting the day with high fibre and nutrient-packed breakfast is one of them.
Cacao powder contains approx 2g fibre per 1 tablespoon!
Cacao powder comes from cacao beans and is essentially a raw form of chocolate that is far less processed than the chocolate you’ll find in your average chocolate bar, making it a complete nutrient powerhouse. Cacao is rich in antioxidants, it contains a very decent approx 2g fibre per tablespoon and is an amazing source of iron and magnesium.
Key Nutrients - Cacao Breakfast Smoothie
Fibre – Oats, banana, tahini and cacao are all good sources of fibre, contributing to this recipe approx. 10g fibre per serving. That’s one-third of the recommended daily intake just at breakfast! Fibre is essential for regulating bowel movements, maintaining a healthy gut microbiome, reducing LDL cholesterol and weight management.
Magnesium – Again, this combination of ingredients contains approx. 70% of the recommended daily intake of magnesium. Magnesium is really important to support nervous system health and plays a key role in supporting our body’s natural response to stress and improving sleep.
Iron – Iron deficiency anaemia is the most common nutrient deficiency globally and this recipe contains approx. 4mg (recommended daily intake females 18mg and males 8mg). Iron is really important not only to deliver oxygen to our cells but also to play a key role in energy.
Cacao Breakfast Smoothie
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
- ⅓ cup oats
- 1 banana
- 1 scoop Vanilla protein powder
- 1 tbsp cacao powder
- 1 tbsp tahini
- 1 handful ice cubes
- Place all ingredients into a blender starting with the milk and blend until smooth.
TipsI use a standard cup measure. If you don’t have one you can use a mug and substitute the amount for ¾ of a standard size mug.
Find your IngredientsMy favourite vanilla protein is by Nuzest!
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Love this smoothie. I have it all the time (with little tweaks here and there depending on what I have in the cupboard).
Amy Savage says
This is one of my favourites too 🙂