For the first Smoothie Tuesday I thought I would share with you my favorite smoothie. I discovered this smoothie one day after giving in to a craving for a peanut butter cup from a co-worker. I thought surely there is a raw version of a peanut butter cup out there, after all I have had some delicious vegan peanut butter cups. After a quick Google search I turned up a blog post by Rawdog Rory. Granted I didn’t find exactly what I was looking for, this liquid peanut butter cup is truly awesome and in my opinion.
Most non-raw foodies likely won’t have some of these ingredients, but they can be easily acquired at a place such as Whole Foods. But rest assured I will be providing plenty of recipes that anybody can make.
- 2 cups water
- 4 TBSP of Tahini
- 1/3 tsp of Vanilla Extract
- 4 TBSP of Raw Cacao Powder (do not use Carob Powder as a substitute, it does not work, I tried)
- 4 TBS of Raw Honey (or Agave Nectar if you want it Vegan)
- 1 – 1.5 Frozen Bananas
- 6 Cubes of ice (I think Rawdog suggests 8, so start with less and add more if you need them)
Combine all the above ingredients in a high speed blender until there are no longer any chunks of frozen banana and you are done! Pour your drink and enjoy. I find this usually makes about 32oz of more, so either be hungry or be ready to share with friends.
You can even easily make this into a green smoothie and add a hand full of spinach and it will hardly affect the flavor of the smoothie.
For those of you out there that are visual learners you can watch Rawdog Rory make the smoothie himself. The end of the video is amusing when he blends the smoothie in his bedroom.
The health benefits of this smoothie are tremendous, it’s especially a good source of protein. Both the tahini and cacao are excellent sources of protein. Not only that, but the cacao has more antioxidant flavonoids than any food tested so far according to Live Superfoods. Be sure to check out the web site to see more benefits. If you are interested in purchasing raw cacao, the best place I have found online is Amazon.com. I am fortunate enough to be able to get a better price locally and avoid shipping fees.