Bunches of bananas all ripen at the same time so I like to peel the extras and place them in a zip type bag, seal & freeze them for my smoothies

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Grind nuts to a powder in blender. Add lecithin (if using). Add enough water to cover blades of blender and blend until smooth. Add frozen banana slices, frozen blueberries and just enough water to blend. Blend until smooth & creamy. Taste for sweetness and add sweetener if necessary for taste. Scrape into tall glass and drink immediately. Note: Sweetness of fruit will determine whether you need to add sweetener (most often I don’t need to add any).

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Bunches of bananas all ripen at the same time so I like to peel the extras and place them in a zip type bag, seal & freeze them for my smoothies

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Hi AmySue
Sorry this is so late... but I did not notice the comment on this one.
I use the raw cacao because it is a raw cocoa product and I like the chocolate flavor... but there are health benefits from cacao. David Wolfe has a book called Naked Chocolate... look through it to find the many benefits.
I grind some cacao nibs in my coffee grinder to a fine powder... the cacao nibs are a whole food that includes the cacao butter. This is different from the cacao powder which does not have the naturally occurring cacao butter... if you look at the fat content on the nutritional label as compared to the cacao nibs you will see a big difference.
The cacao butter is healthy but also adds some creaminess/thickness to the smoothie much like the addition of coconut oil. These get hard in cool temps... so adding them to a frozen smoothie makes for more thickness and creaminess.
If you want to serve any of my frozen smoothies as a dessert, try adding 1 tbsp of coconut oil to it in the beginning stages when the frozen fruit is not added yet. This helps the oil to combine and then after the frozen fruit is added will thicken the smoothie and give it a more creamy pudding like consistency.
Namaste,
QT

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Oh, like the ice cream! I get it, very clever. Sounds good. Is there a reason for grinding cacao nibs and using cacao powder?

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