Almond-Banana Hot Cocoa Smoothies

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Long name, tasty drink. My vision for this was to make almond and banana flavoured hot chocolate, but it when I puréed it, it was super thick because of the banana, so I added smoothie to its official title. I’m sure it would still be a great tasting drink if you made it with no banana and a couple extra dates. It would certainly be thinner and more similar to the traditional consistency of hot cocoa. I made it with the Camino Panama extra dark 80% bar, it’s really good. For me, 80% is the perfect percentage of cocoa for a dark chocolate. You can use whatever dark chocolate you prefer, but I suggest not going less than 70%.

I originally made this drink for another one of Brooks and I’s infamous cookouts last week. People were stoked on it. Dates are a really great sweetener for drinks, sauces, and dressings, because not only are they full of sugar, they have a really nice taste of their own. ‘Tis the season, folks, so make this warm smoothie for friends/family and watch a classic holiday movie together.

Ingredients:
2 1/4 cups almond milk
35 grams good quality 80% dark chocolate (8 squares of a Camino bar or about 1/4 cup measured out)
1/2 banana, sliced
4 dates, pitted
2 tablespoons + 1 teaspoon almond butter
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon sea salt

Instructions:
1. In a medium saucepan, combine all the ingredients and gently heat over medium heat, slowly whisking constantly so that the chocolate doesn’t burn on the bottom of the pan.
2. Once the chocolate and almond butter has melted completely into the almond milk mixture, transfer everything to an upright blender and purée until smooth. Serve hot.
Makes: 2 or 3 smoothies

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3 Responses to “Almond-Banana Hot Cocoa Smoothies”


  1. 1 ainslie December 3, 2010 at 11:12 pm

    yummers. I’ve been drinking a similar blended hot chocolate drink nearly every day, no banana sub avocado, and either hemp seeds or coconut butter. “hot smoothies” are totes my new fave drink. plus it’s cool/creepy to say.

  2. 2 The Invisible Cookbook December 19, 2010 at 7:28 am

    Looks amazing! Never had a hot smoothie before… seems a tragedy.
    p.s love the look of all your recipes, inspired by your unique combinations of flavours.

  3. 3 lovedeniseh January 9, 2011 at 9:24 am

    Sounds heavenly. Brilliant idea!


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