This recipe in essence is a chocolate smoothie, but I call it chocolate ‘mylk’ shakes to excite the kids. Thanks to the rich, dark chocolaty brown colour I’m also able to sneak in some major ‘green’ goodness and get away with it. Genius! Kids are happy and I’m smiling!
You don’t need to be strict with the ingredients. Use what you have and adjust the flavours and sweetness to suit your children. If you’re just starting out omit the ‘green’ options of spinach or green powder. Just get them used to a healthy homemade chocolate smoothie or mylk shake. You can always add these nutrient dense ‘extras’ slowly over time.
I particularly love making this recipe for breakfast, on days when I know the kids are going to have access to lots of sugars and processed foods, such as birthday parties, Easter, Halloween and Christmas. By having such an indulgent and naturally sweet drink first thing or before a party, it prevents the sweet cravings from striking later. Meaning the kids will be less likely to be all over the party food and more into the games.
I hope you enjoy this drink as much as we do! It’s a real crowd pleaser.
- 1 cup non-dairy milk (I use almond milk)
- 3 frozen bananas
- 4-6 medjool dates
- 2 tsps vanilla extract
- 1-2 tbsps cacao powder
- 1 handful raw spinach
- 6 cubes ice (approximately)
Caramel-like flavour (optional)
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- 1 pinch salt (for that salted caramel taste)
- 1 scoop super green powder (such as spirulina, barley grass etc)
Alternative optional 'green's:
- bok choy, kale, broccoli, dulse flakes.
- Pop all ingredients into a blender.
- Blend on highest setting until very smooth (approx 1 – 2 minutes).
- Add more liquid if necessary. Serve immediately.
Allergy Information: Dairy Free, Wheat Free, Gluten Free, Egg Free, Soy Free, Peanut Free, Nut Free, Corn Free, Grain Free. Vegetarian & vegan.