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Cacao Smoothie Green Drink

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.


Cacao Smoothie


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 tablespoons cacao
  • 1/2 to 1 cup water
  • 5 ice cubes
  1. Place all ingredients in blender.
  2. Add more or less water according to how thick you like it.
  3. You can also add chia seeds, maca powder or any other nutritional additions you may like.
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  1. Steph wrote on March 13, 2015

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

    • Susan wrote on March 13, 2015

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

  2. DaeTara D. wrote on April 24, 2013

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

  3. Jazmin wrote on February 14, 2013


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

    Thanks- Jazmin

  4. Lana wrote on October 20, 2011

    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!

  5. JKVMI wrote on March 21, 2010

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

  6. laura gallagher wrote on March 20, 2010

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

    • Susan wrote on March 20, 2010

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

  7. Marnie wrote on November 17, 2009

    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 !

  8. Michelle wrote on November 15, 2009

    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).

  9. Elle wrote on August 18, 2009

    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!

  10. Heather wrote on August 17, 2009

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


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