Chocolate and peppermint – my favorite combination! This power smoothie is vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free, keto and actually healthy.

Made with superfood ingredients, this will tantalize your taste buds and give you energy.

If you are like me and don’t drink coffee, I heavily rely on chocolate to give me the boost I need during the day. Not only does chocolate give you energy it is also packed full of nutrition!

In its raw form, chocolate actually has a lot of health benefits, here are just a few:

  • richest source of magnesium than any other food
  • keeps you fuller longer, thanks to the MOA inhibitors allowing more serotonin to circulate in the brain
  • has Phenylethylamine (PEA), an adrenal-related chemical created in the brain that is released when we are in love.  PEA also increases focus and alertness
  • high amounts of antioxidants – 100 grams of raw cacao powder has an antioxidant rating (ORAC value) of 100,000 which is super high, compared to Acai berries which only have a ORAC value of 18, 500

Make this recipe with your kids and for your family; everyone will love it!

  • 1/2 ripe avocado peeled and deseeded
  • 1/2 cup full-fat premium coconut milk preferably free of guar gum
  • 1/2 cup filtered water
  • 1/2 cup ice
  • 2 tbsp golden lakanto or other low sugar sweetener
  • 2 tbsp raw cacao powder
  • tbps raw cacao nibs
  • 6 drops vanilla medicine flower extract or 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 drops food-grade peppermint essential oil
  • Blend all ingredients until smooth.
  • Serve with coconut whipped cream and top with cacao nibs.
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Crystal Bonnet

Crystal Bonnet is an International Raw Food Chef, Instructor and Cookbook Author. Her culinary passion started with living, plant-based food in her own kitchen, which led her to train at industry-leading Culinary schools: PlantLab (formerly Matthew Kenney) and Pure Joy Academy. Also, a graduate of plant-based and raw food nutrition programs, she knows the importance of teaching not only the culinary aspect but also nutrition of living foods. Crystal believes her students should be given as much knowledge as necessary to gain a full understanding of raw foods and their health benefits. Crystal’s extensive knowledge of the plant-based culinary industry has led her to develop unique plant-based menus for new restaurants, catered multiple health retreats within Canada and Europe and even started her own professional raw chocolate and dessert business. She believes everyone should have the knowledge and skills to incorporate healthy food alternatives into their lifestyle.

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