I've been perfecting this recipe for a good few weeks now & I have to say the end result is pretty delicious, I'm rather proud! I've had quite a few mishaps and learnt a lot, for instance, never EVER add oats to your chocolate milkshake, even if you think it's a good idea and have seen other people do this, they are wrong! They turn your creamy milkshake into a not-so-nice-kind-of-bitter tasting, gloopy, unappealing mess. But something you DO need is a good ripe banana, the browner the better (ignore my shiny new banana photo prop).

Dairy free, refined sugar free, and full of the superfood known as raw chocolate (you need this stuff) I'm naming this the healthiest chocolate drink I've ever tried. I was growing a bit bored of my fruit smoothies and craved something chocolatey - I love anything and everything chocolate but I am trying to eat less lately and reduce my sugar and dairy intake. In comes Raw Cacao powder, a nutritionally dense superfood packed full of antioxidants, magnesium and iron. I bought mine from here. It's a little more expensive than your usual cocoa powder but it's a huge 200g bag and is going to last me ages. (also, just so you know, I am not a nutritionist, I'm just trying to eat well and still get my chocolate fix). As you can see I also have some Choc Shot which I've had in my cupboard a while now, it's a mix of fruit and cacao, suitable for vegans and whole host of other good stuff. I like to mix a spoonful with almond milk for an easy chocolate milk without all that sugar (yes, I am a child). I added a spoonful to my recipe as a sweetener/chocolate intensifier, but it's definitely not necessary as I've made it without.


Ingredients (serves one)
3/4 cup Almond Milk (or any milk you choose)
1 small ripe banana chopped and frozen.
2 or 3 Ice Cubes
1 heaped teaspoon of raw cacao powder
2 tablespoons of sweetener - here I used 1 maple syrup and 1 choc shot - but honey is a great choice too.
Half a teaspoon of vanilla extract.

Optional taste/health enhancers:
a pinch on cinnamon
a spoonful of peanut/almond butter
Spinach
Maca, Wheatgrass or other superfood powders

Method:
Chop your banana and freeze, I usually do this in batches and have a permanent bag of frozen banana slices in my freezer for smoothie making. You want your banana to be going rather brown (not as brown as when you make banana bread, just nice and spotty) to get the best creamy banana flavour in your milkshake. Unripe banana's just taste weird.

Once that's done and ready, you just need to chuck everything in a blender and blend away until smooth, depending on your blender's age and quality this could take a few seconds to a few minutes. Make sure you taste before serving as another teaspoon of cacao may suit your chocolate taste buds more. Raw cacao is darker and a little bitter so you will need something to sweeten it, though try and avoid white sugar as we're being healthy here ;) Honey, stevia, coconut sugar, agave or maple syrup are good options. 

And enjoy!