The Unlikely Bookworm

Cacoa & Coconut Smoothie


A couple of years ago, when I first started running, I read on a few forums that chocolate milk was the chosen post-run drink for a wealth of runners; due in part to its protein to carbohydrate ratio. Suffice to say I took such advice to heart and used to gulp down a litre of the stuff after every run – whether it was 10 or 20k paying little attention to the ingredients.

Now older and somewhat wiser, while I still love nothing more than a post work out chocolate smoothie, now I tend to create mine from scratch, using more natural foods.

Coconuts are a great source of natural fat and cacao powder is a natural and healthy alternative to other powdered chocolates and full of magnesium which is perfect for relaxing muscles post-workout.

Ingredients (serves one)

250ml coconut milk (I use Alpro)

1 teaspoon of raw cacao powder

1 teaspoon of coconut oil

1/2 a vanilla pod (or a teaspoon of vanilla essence)

1 frozen banana

1 handful of ice


Blitz everything in a blender for a minute or two, adding ice depending on how cold you like your smoothies.

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