A Caribbean style chocolate smoothie with a hint of nutmeg.
This smoothie is the true essence of Caribbean flare, if I had to choose a few quintessential spices that you will find in Caribbean cuisines (namely the English and French speaking islands) I would highly recommend having some nutmeg, cinnamon, mixed spice, mace and pimento (allspice) in your pantry.
Of course the Caribbean compromises of other spices BUT when it comes to adding some flavour to some porridge like this cornmeal porridge or even some peanut punch, you are guaranteed to find at least one of the aforementioned spice(s) as a key ingredient.
I forgot to mention hot beverages, yes we add spices to hot chocolate or cocoa tea as Jamaicans like to call it. Each island has there own variation, some being more concentrated with nutmeg and others like an equal balance of spices. Nevertheless the results are always flavoursome, trust me I’ve tasted hot chocolate from a number of islands and I cannot decide who makes it the best.
This smoothie is like the little sister to Caribbean hot chocolate as I know it, if you’re a fan of warming notes like nutmeg then this one is for you. I haven’t seen any chocolate nutmeg smoothies in cyberspace, so let me be the first to tap into my culinary island roots while providing you with the blueprint to an awesome smoothie.
Nutmeg is quite pungent, you really don’t need a great deal to pack a punch. I used a total of 1/2 tsp which really gave this drink a kick without being too overwhelming in taste. The spice really compliments the other ingredients – coconut milk, chia seeds, almond butter, medjool dates and raw cacao powder.
Totally vegan and paleo approved recipe and most importantly NO GLUTEN…YIPEE! You don’t have to be afflicted with dietary restrictions in order to enjoy this beverage. It’s so tasty and suitable for everyone, children too….so what are you waiting for, let’s make this smoothie!!
- 2 cups of coconut milk
- 2 tbsp cacao powder
- 1 large frozen banana
- 3 tbsp of chia seeds
- 2 tbsp of almond butter
- 4 Medjool dates
- ½ tsp of nutmeg
- Add all of the ingredients to a blender and blitz into a smooth consistency.