Nutritious Chocolate Mint Smoothie (Paleo Style)

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I know, I know…I am a couple days late with this one! I had planned to have this post ready for St. Patty’s Day, but unfortunately (or not:)), I drank this delightful smoothie before I gave myself a moment to take a picture. So, I just promised myself another smoothie the next day…and the next. 🙂 Yes, I have had three of these since March 17th, but I am not ashamed! There is no need to feel guilty for this one, because it is full of nutritious ingredients, paleo, and even more, it is absolutely satisfying. Go ahead! Make a few for yourself this week. 🙂 Enjoy!

Ingredients:
1/2 avocado, peeled, cut into chunks, and placed in the freezer for an hour (Please do not skip this step! This is a smoothie “game changer” in regards to texture!)
1 frozen banana, cut into chunks
*1/2-3/4 cup coconut milk (Try this homemade recipe!) If you do not make your own, it is important to purchase a brand which does not contain carrageenan.
1-2 mejool dates
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract, alcohol free (I purchase mine from Trader Joe’s.)
1/8 teaspoon pure peppermint extract (This is the brand I recommend, as it does not contain alcohol.)
1-2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup ice
Optional add in: Great Lakes Collagen Hydrolysate (This is a great protein source and super for gut health. Make sure to purchase the green can, not the red one.)

Directions:
Place all the ingredients in a blender, and process until smooth. A high-speed blender works great for this, but if you do not have one, a normal blender will work just fine. It just may take a little more work to get it all processed. 🙂 Pour your delicious treat into a large glass. If desired, top with one of these brownies!

*Start with a 1/2 cup of milk. You may need to add a little more milk (or water) to assist in blending. Add a little at a time, so as to not make it too runny. You want your smoothie to have an “ice cream-like” consistency. 🙂

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French Silk Avocado Mousse

It’s no secret…I LOVE CHOCOLATE.

Yes, I will admit it. I won’t even try to hide the fact that this is something that I eat everyday. Once I decided that this was a fact worth celebrating, I started to have a bit of fun!I resolved that I could not only make chocolate often, but I could also make treats that were guilt free! 🙂 Yes, you heard me. Guilt free. I have decided to include several recipes for treats on this blog which would be considered “guilt free” because all of them are gluten free! In addition to that, they are free of refined sugars and artificial junk! 🙂 Several of them even contain healthy fats and oils such as unrefined coconut oil, palm oil, and yes, even green ingredients like avocados! 🙂 So, indulge with gusto!

French Silk Avocado Mousse

• 4 oz. Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips
• 1/8 cup of Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
• 1 ripe Avocado (about 7 ounces, measured whole)
• ¼ Cup Coconut Palm Sugar
• 1-3 tsp. Stevia(depending on your taste preference)
• 1/2 cup Cacao Powder**
• 1/2 cup coconut cream, chilled from a can of full fat coconut milk (I like to use Native Forest)
• 1/2 Tablespoon of Vanilla
• (optional) ½ teaspoon of Espresso Powder or Fine Coffee Grounds
• Pinch of Salt

Directions:
1. Gently melt the dark chocolate and coconut oil together.
2. Let cool to room temperature.
3. Scoop out the avocado meat and place into a mixing bowl.
4. Add the chocolate coconut oil mixture, sugar, Stevia, and cacao powder.
5. Whip on medium high speed until mostly combined, about 2-3 minutes. Use whisk attachment for a stand mixer.
6. Add the coconut butter, extract, espresso, and salt.
7. Whip on medium high to high speed for about 5 minutes until fluffy.
8. Let the mousse chill in the fridge for 2 hours.
9. Top with whipped cream and enjoy!

Optional: Make a double batch and spoon it into a gluten free pie crust for a healthier version of “French Silk Pie”!
**Instead of cacao powder, you can replace it with 1/4 cup NutriDyn’s Dynamic Fruits and Greens, Espresso Flavor. This will give you the added bonus of hiding some extra nutrition in your mousse!

Update: I have had a couple people recently share with me that they need to avoid Stevia. If you want to make this recipe without Stevia, just increase the vanilla extract to 1 tablespoon, and add 3 tablespoons of maple syrup in addition to the coconut sugar that is already in the recipe. Enjoy! 🙂

Recipe adapted from Paleo Fondue