This might sound crazy, but ever since getting my blood sugar under control a few months back, I no longer crave sweets in the evening. I find that I need them less throughout the day as well, opting for a steamed sweet potato with some fat instead to get the lower glycemic carbs my body needs to function. It’s been really nice not having the highs and lows the bowls of fresh fruit use to give me, and instead learning how to incorporate fat, fiber, and flavor into my sweet concoctions when the urge for balance strikes. I owe this discovery to the amazing Kelly of Be Well by Kelly and her rows upon rows of inspiring, blood sugar stabling smoothies I discovered a while back.
Without a doubt my love for chocolate is still present, and the magnesium-rich raw cacao powder is still something I crave (and love to enjoy) daily. Usually in the afternoons, once or twice a week around 3pm, is when this cocoa-craving will strike. I decided to create a mood boosting and blood sugar stabilizing milkshake I could enjoy as a treat – as well as blend up for Scott when he has exhausted my homemade chocolate stores (*wink wink*).
The chia seeds provide the fiber and thickness to this smoothie, its amazing what they can do when blended! You don’t know they are even there. I opt for raw coconut butter for the fat, with a host of health benefits and none of the nut allergies. A single medjool date acts as the sweetener, and the flavor enhancers are the pinches of salt, cinnamon, and vanilla bean seeds. It tastes like the perfect treat, and makes you feel good too. I hope if you give this a try you experience the same. Have the most gorgeous week friends, cannot wait to be back here next week with a little Easter potluck recipe.
Till then, happy April + spring!
AFTERNOON CHOCOLATE MILKSHAKE
Makes 1 serving.
1 tablespoon chia seeds, whole
1 tablespoon raw coconut butter
2 tablespoons raw cacao powder
1 fresh medjool date, pitted
pinch of pink salt
pinch of ground cinnamon
pinch of vanilla bean seeds
1 cup plant milk (I use homemade hemp milk)
2 to 3 ice cubes
Place all of the ingredients into a blender, and puree on high until you can no longer see the chia seeds (about 35 seconds in my Vitamix). Pour into a chilled glass and enjoy right away.