August 26, 2017

There aren’t many better ways to start the day than with a Black Forest Smoothie.

Chocolate, berries and banana (skin and all) are combined to make one deliciously thick,  creamy and healthy smoothie.

I’ve partnered with Dole New Zealand  and snuck in banana peel here to add the extra nutrients of vitamin B6 and B12, as well as magnesium and potassium.* Just make sure the bananas are washed and super ripe resulting in a sweeter flavour. For a vegan option feel free to use almond or coconut milk in place of dairy.

Serves: 2

2 medium bananas, washed, unpeeled and sliced
1 cup frozen mixed berries
2 tablespoons almond butter
2 cups regular or almond milk
2 tsp chia seeds
1 1/2 tablespoons cocoa powder
2 tbsp raw honey

Add all ingredients to a blender or smoothie maker and blitz in high-speed until completely smooth.

Divide mixture between 2  glasses and top with extra banana if you wish.

Gretchen Lowe, Food Stylist Auckland

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