Cacao Smoothie Green Drink

by Susan on August 17, 2009

Cacao Smoothie

You are looking at a very easy way to incorporate one of the the most overlooked, necessary elements of our diet, greens. Quick, simple and packed with nutrition, green drinks are a quick way to incorporate more raw into your diet. Drink your spinach. I do almost every morning.

Preparing this drink in class is always fun. I love the look on people’s faces, as I toss two huge handfuls of spinach into the Vitamix.  We are going to drink that? Add a banana, a few dates and some cacao and you have a delicious, very nutritious drink that amazes everyone.

Spinach is very low in calories but packs a nutritional punch. It is a rich source of calcium, iron, and even protein. It’s amino acid score is 119 indicating a good source of complete protein. In fact, spinach is almost half protein!

The addition of Cacao provides more amazing benefits. Cacao is so loaded with anti-oxidants, vitamins and minerals, and provides many benefits. It is a form of raw chocolate so if you are sensitive to chocolate use in moderation.

Whip this up for breakfast, lunch or when ever you need a bit of a boost. Just don’t tell people what is in it!

Cacao Smoothie Green Drink

2 Large handfuls of Spinach

1 Banana

2 Dates

2 T. Cacao

1/2 to 1 C water

5 ice cubes

Place all ingredients in blender. Add more or less water according to how thick you like it. You can also add chia seeds, maca powder or any other nutritional additions you may like.

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{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

Jennyjen August 17, 2009 at 3:13 pm

Excellent. What a simple (& tasty) way to get our greens. I can actually see myself making this every morning. You have inspired me to get a blender. Yay for smoothies!!


Heather August 17, 2009 at 4:21 pm

Wow, this sounds wonderful! What a great way to get a chocolate fix!


Elle August 18, 2009 at 11:06 am

We love having our green smoothies every morning. Well, after I add blueberries and cherries, it’s usually purple, but the spinach and kale are in there! Will have to try adding some cacao, too!


Michelle November 15, 2009 at 2:57 pm

Susan – I finally made this today – I love it! (and my son even drank some too, though I didn’t tell him there was spinach in it).

I had to guess the amount of chopped dates to put in it (whatever I put seemed fine).


Marnie November 17, 2009 at 4:59 pm

I’ve been doing variations on this for a long time, but your drink is really delicious… only comment is better to make it BEFORE the grandkids see what you are putting into the blender !


laura gallagher March 20, 2010 at 10:51 pm

Do you use cacao powder? I dont want to use the nibs since they’ve got added sugar….


Susan March 20, 2010 at 10:58 pm

I use powder, but I was not aware that raw cacao nibs have added sugar. The ones I use, don’t…


JKVMI March 21, 2010 at 12:50 am

I’m trying out green smoothies because, unlike green juices, they retain the fiber and are easier to clean up.


Lana October 20, 2011 at 8:36 am

I love green smoothies! I make a spinach smoothie every morning. 6 handfuls of spinach (you can’t even taste it!), a banana, a cup frozen blueberries, 1 tablespoon flax seeds and water. Sometimes I add cinnamon and ginger. I’m gonna try adding dates and cacao instead of blueberries for a change!


Jazmin February 14, 2013 at 3:07 pm


I’m a newbie at all those yummy smoothie recipes. Has anyone made this with almond milk vs water?

Thanks- Jazmin


DaeTara D. April 24, 2013 at 6:51 am

Love this smoothie, made it this morning with nopalina, hemp seeds and Chia seeds


Steph March 13, 2015 at 5:42 pm

How much cacao to use? I don’t understand what T. means?


Susan March 13, 2015 at 6:18 pm

Hi, Steph, a capitol T is a common abbreviation for tablespoon. Cheers!


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