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Dessert for Breakfast?

I’m sorry if my title is misleading.  You may have assumed I would be rationalizing eating pie or cake or cookies for breakfast. If you need any help with your rationalization, mine usually goes something like this “if it’s home made, it’s probably healthier than a donut…”  or “if I drink a glass of milk with it, I’ll get some protein.”

But today’s dessert as breakfast discovery is a Cacoa/Avocado Smoothie.  Hear me out on this.  This taste treat was like drinking the most delicious dark chocolate mousse/pudding/truffle for breakfast and being left energized and ready for your day—not ready to crash from your pumped up blood sugar.

Some of the ingredients used in a Cacao Smoothie

Some of the ingredients used in a Cacao Smoothie

I started by looking through the new cookbook from Gwyneth Paltrow “It’s All Good” and found an awesome recipe for a Creamy Avocado + Cacao Smoothie.  Gwyneth doesn’t need my help promoting her cookbook, but I must highly recommend this one.  My wonderful husband gave it to me on Mother’s Day–I think he purchased via the GOOP.com web site, and it was even personally inscribed by Ms. Paltrow.  As a collector of cookbooks, my autographed ones are highly prized and bring back lots of memories for me.  There are also many, many great recipes on the web site–delicious and easy to prepare once you start keeping the ingredients in your pantry.

"It's All Good" Gwyneth's new cookbook.  Via goop.com.

“It’s All Good” Gwyneth’s new cookbook. Via goop.com.

So, back to the smoothie–alas, my almond milk was expired.  Plus I was debating adding protein powder for that extra boost to keep me powered through a long Saturday morning of activities and errands.  Here is what I ended up with:

 

Cacao Smoothie

1 small container goat milk yogurt, plain (giving me that protein boost!)

1 ripe avocado–pitted and scooped out of the peel  (also boatloads of protein here)

1 c coconut water

1/2 t almond extract

1 T raw honey

1 small packet XyloSweet (a xylitol sweetener) or your sweetener of choice

1 T raw cacao powder

1 small scoop ice
Blend all together and presto chango–healthy breakfast!
I’m telling you, this is super delicious.  If you haven’t tried an avocado in a smoothie you really need to get on that bandwagon.  Gives it a great smooth texture and you don’t taste it at all–even with fruit.  I think the pickiest of eaters would even like this if you didn’t tell them what was in it!

2 Comments Post a comment
  1. pennyatkinson #

    Looks yummy. I love all the ingredients.

    Avocados don’t have a ton of protein through, 7g. in one fruit. About the same as 1 oz. of meat. What kind of protein powder so you buy? Where do you get your xylitol sweetener?

    Thanks for the post.

    Penny

    On May 18, 2013, at 12:26 PM, melaniwilsondesigns wrote:

    WordPress.com melaniwilsondesigns posted: “I’m sorry if my title is misleading. You may have assumed I would be rationalizing eating pie or cake or cookies for breakfast. If you need any help with your rationalization, mine usually goes something like this “if it’s home made, it’s probably health”

    May 18, 2013
    • Penny, I bought the xylitol at the local co-op. I’m sure Whole Foods carries it as well. The protein powder I like is a whey protein made by Solgar. It’s also found at both those spots and most health food stores. My yogurt added another 7 g of protein so no too shabby. A scoop of protein powder would really bump that up! Mel

      May 18, 2013

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