Wednesday, 04 January 2017 01:01

Dark Chocolate and Banana Smoothie

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Smoothies are a great way to start your day. Loaded with nutrition, they are quick and easy to make, portable, and delicious. This smoothie is an excellent source of potassium, and the addition of flaxseed adds omega-3 fatty acids that can help reduce inflammation.


2 cups unsweetened rice or almond or coconut milk

1 banana, peeled

2 tablespoons unsweetened dark cocoa powder

2 tablespoons flaxseed

1 tablespoon pure maple syrup or 1 packet stevia (optional)

¼ cup crushed ice


In a blender, combine the milk, banana, cocoa, flaxseed, maple syrup and stevia (if using), and the ice. Process until smooth and serve.


If you suffer from GERD, eliminate the cocoa powder and add 1 teaspoon alcohol-free vanilla extract for a banana smoothie instead.

If you experience IBS/IBD symptoms, remove the flaxseed to reduce the fiber content of this smoothie.

Last modified on Wednesday, 04 January 2017 01:22
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