Monday, January 23, 2012

4-Ingredient Chocolatey Goodness

My five year-old who would say (if asked) that she doesn't like yogurt EXCEPT for CHOCOLATEY GOODNESS!
UPDATE: she is 10 now, and she still LOVES chocolatey goodness! Now she only mixes bananas and cocoa!

Midnight snack?  Breakfast?  Lunch?  You choose!

No blender, chopper, oven, or microwave needed.

Chocolatey Goodness

2 bananas
1 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa (more if you love chocolate!)*
Click here for Benefits of Chocolate and here for Make Sure You Get the MOST out of Your Chocolate!
1 Tbsp chia seeds (optional)

Dash of unsweetened, shredded coconut (optional)

Mash bananas with a fork and combine with cocoa and chia seeds until smooth, and enjoy!
*1 tsp of cocoa per banana is a great ratio.

For SUPER-SMOOTH texture, put everything in a food processor for just a quick spin!  Makes a great Healthy FRUIT DIP!
You can top with some chocolate nibs or a few chocolate chips for fun!
If you're a coconut person, try swirling in unsweetened coconut!

I used to use Greek yogurt,
so you could try adding some non-diary yogurt if you wish.

Bananas add SWEETNESS without any added sugar! 

UPDATE: plain yogurt and plain kefir were about the last animal-based foods that I ever recommended, BUT DO NOT ANYMORE. However, I am hopeful that non-dairy versions provide the same benefits, as the benefits come from the bacteria that is used in production.

Greek yogurt is awesomely creamy! The unique health benefits of regular and Greek yogurt come from the PROBIOTICS they contain (this is also why kefir is awesome -- check out the health benefits HERE!...while at this link, you can read about chia's awesomeness too!) If you haven't already read about how great chocolate is for HEALTH and HAPPINESS, click HERE! Chia seeds are an ancient superfood that adds a teeny, tiny crunch and MEGA nutrient boost with every scoop!

Here is another way to try non-dairy Greek yogurt!

WHAT DO YOU THINK?  Are you a "coconut person" or not?  I didn't used to like it, but through the years it has grown on me!  I like how it feels to chomp into it!


Kyra @ Scribbles & Sprinkles said...

I love this! Looks so scrumptious!

Fresh-You said...

Thanks so much, Kyra! Hope you enjoy!

rra said...

Hi Colleen, thank you so much for your recipes...they look great...when can I get Chica seeds in northern california? would whole foods have them?

Fresh-You said...

rra, thank you so much! I hope you've found chia seeds at Whole Foods, and most other grocery stores now! Hopefully you are loving them lots of ways by now! Sorry, I somehow missed your comment :( Thanks for stopping!! Have a great day!


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