Cacao and Oat Thickshake

November 4, 2015

cacao oat thickshake 2

I don’t now what it is about smoothies at the moment, but I’m absolutely obsessed. Perhaps it’s the sometimes sunnier weather here in Melbourne. We begin to drink our oats in “cheers”, while bidding farewell to hot bowls of porridge. Or it may be the convenience of a portable, drinkable breakfast, as I find myself at the whim of baby Joan’s morning musings and moods.

Whatever the reason, if I had my way I’d drink a smoothie every day. Time and a recent blender blunder means I am usually limited to a couple a week, but that’s ok. I more than make up for the lack of frequency by positively filling my smoothies with good and indulgent ingredients. Case in point, this cacao and oat smoothie, blended in my food processor this morning, giving me a stellar energy boost and tasting too ridiculous to not share. You’re going to need a wide straw here, folks. Or a spoon. Better go with a spoon.

Cacao and Oat Thickshake

Serves one

1 large frozen banana
1/3 cup rolled oats
1-2 medjool dates, pitted
1/2 – 3/4 cup milk
1 heaped tablespoon plain yoghurt
1 tablespoon almond butter
2-4 teaspoons raw cacao powder
1 heaped teaspoon coconut oil (measured in its solid form)

Optional: chia seeds. Also, replacing the nut butter with avocado, or including it along with the nut butter, is DELICIOUS.

Note: variations in date, milk and cacao quantity are due to personal preference for sweetness, thickness and cacaoness. I add more dates, less milk and more cacao.

Blend the banana, oats, dates, 1/2 cup milk, yoghurt, almond butter, 2 teaspoons cacao and the coconut oil until smooth. Note that unless you have a super blender, there will be some lumps due to the oats and dates. Taste and add more milk and cacao as desired before blending again.

Heidi xo

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  • Emily November 5, 2015 at 8:08 am

    I tried this smoothie this morning! So good!! Mmm nut butter

    • Heidi January 16, 2016 at 9:02 am

      Thanks, Emily! x

  • laurasmess November 5, 2015 at 1:36 pm

    Ohhhh my golly. I hear you on the blender issues. I’ve burned out three whilst making nut butters and cacao balls. Luckily I have a working one at home right now, and… I am heading right home to make this smoothie (c’mon work, finish already!) xx

    • Heidi January 16, 2016 at 9:02 am

      I have a new one and it’s amazing!! Electrolux masterpiece. You’d love x

  • Hannah November 5, 2015 at 7:32 pm

    Come visit and you can play with my barely-touched Vitamix while I snuggle Joan xo

    • Heidi January 16, 2016 at 9:03 am

      done x

  • lexie November 13, 2015 at 10:14 am

    Thanks for this recipe Heidi! I’m breastfeeding my five month old and always hungry at the moment! Maybe a growth spurt? Anyway – this is perfect for in between meals to keep me going! Hope you and baby Joan doing well!

    • Heidi January 16, 2016 at 9:04 am

      Awe thanks Lexie!! I hear ya re the growth spurt hunger! Hope you and your little one are well too x

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    Can I ask what would work instead of dates? Since Egypt dates & I are not friends. Otherwise NUM

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      Maple syrup for sure! Avocado is a lovely addition here xx

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