11 Feb 2014


Am I telling you to have a chocolate mylkshake for breakfast? Yes. Am I saying it will change your world and alter your taste buds' perception of reality for ever more? Yep. Am I claiming said creamy, dreamy, sweet choco shake is super healthy for you? Oh, baby, hell yeah. Will I stop asking questions now? Fine. Okay. 

I don't usually eat stuff like cacao right away in the morning, and I don't normally have coffee at all; but I woke up today and wanted to make a face mask from coffee grounds and cacao powder (mix them both with water to make a paste, rub it on your face and leave for 10 minutes to get gorgeous skin). I didn't use all the mixture so I decided to throw the extra in my Vitamix with frozen bananas, almond mylk and dates. I know, right: basically ALL the good things. As I was saying to my lover the other day, "I have no reason to be sad when I have bananas in my freezer and ripe avocados on the shelf." Can anyone disagree. I didn't put a question mark at the end of that because it's not really a question. 

Maybe you're one of those folks who's all like "COFFEE IS EVIL, KEEP AWAY FROM IT!" First off lemme say that I don't even really like coffee so I'm not directly disagreeing with you. But let's think about this: in almost every way, coffee and cocoa/cacao are very much the same; and almost everyone is passionately on-board the cacao train of health and positivity. It seems like the "problem with coffee" is that in today's world, people are pretty much addicted to it and more importantly, they are addicted to it in a very processed form (like instant coffee with white sugar and dairy cream). That ain't good. All I AM SAYING is that a lil bit o' fresh, organic, fair trade coffee beans can actually be a great addition to your diet every now and then. The benefits of drinking black coffee have been studied and are pretty influential. In any case, coffee is definitely awesome for body scrubs and facial masks. Psst... also... in this recipe. Yum. Let's do it up. 


3 frozen bananas
1 tablespoon cacao powder
1 teaspoon ground coffee beans 
1 teaspoon vanilla powder
1 teaspoon lucuma powder 
3 dates
1 cup almond mylk 

Blend it all up until smooth and creamy, then drink it down. For the wiiin! Note: most of the ingredients are optional... just blending up frozen bananas is *freaking amazing*. 


Amanda @ Move Love Eat said...

The bf would LOVE this! I'm not a fan of coffee but it looks so amazing I'd give it a go!

Anonymous said...


This is a great whole foods blog. I don't know how you take such beautiful photos!

I love my smoothies and shakes. What is " lucuma powder "? and are ground coffee beans edible? If so, where can I get them? I am from South East USA.


Emily von Euw said...

Lucuma powder is : http://www.thewellnesswarrior.com.au/2013/06/superfood-your-need-to-know-about-lucuma/

And yes ground coffee beans are edible :) Just buy coffee beans and grind them up!

Anonymous said...

Are you serious about coffee beans? I grind my coffee beans for auto-drip coffee machine and throw the coffee sediments and you are saying I can put that same ground coffee and eat the sediments? Wow, I did not know that! Well, don't we learn something new everyday when we are open-minded?

I will try skipping the lucuma powder.


Jay@ Juicing Leafy Greens said...

That looks awesome. I love coffee and chocolate. I have to find the lucuma powder and try it out. And I agree, coffee has benefits. As long as it's not loaded up with milk/cream and sugar. Fantastic photos as well!

Tova said...

This looks awesome! Can't wait to try it out. I have some young raw coconut meat and wondering if it would taste strange if I added it in...

Emily von Euw said...

No coconut meat would be delish!

Anonymous said...

never froze your bananas! it's big mistake!

FoodSwoon said...

Mmmmm! That looks deadly delish

Philippines Food said...

I love chocolates Thanks for sharing this..

Coffee Beans Online said...

You make a great point. Got some great information here. I think that if more people thought about it that way, theyd have a better time understanding the issue. Your view is definitely something Id like to see more of. Thanks for this blog. Its fantastic and so is what you've got to say.

Christine Daniels said...

Love your site! Thanks for posting great recipes. Been sugar free for 15 days- and these raw treats are helping me realize this life long dream come true- not just a short term diet.

Vitacost.com has the lucuma powder!

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Mike @ Leafy Greens said...

Awesome tips. I've been trying to eat more raw foods myself. At first it tastes weird some of these foods. But after a while you just don't want processed foods anymore.

HappyBroccolli said...

Let me just bow and say.. This is a life-changing recipe. V deliciously inspiring. Thank you (glass rising with you) <3

HappyBroccolli said...

Oh...forgot to mention that i had to whip it up instantly. Ate a "bigger" half (pssst.. don't tell my lover)