Chocolate Smoothie Recipes
and Opening a Coconut

Chocolate smoothie recipes can be made more nutritious when you learn the numerous ways of opening a coconut.

Learning how to open a coconut will enable you to use this super food in all of your chocolate smoothie recipes.

Fresh mature coconut meat can be turned into coconut milk or the soft meat of young coconuts can be used as the base for your chocolate smoothie recipes.

Opening a coconut can be a little intimidating with its hard shell, but learning how to open a coconut isn't as hard as most people think.

You can also buy coconut milk in a can or buy frozen young coconut meat at health food stores these days to make delicious smoothie recipes.

Chocolate Smoothie Recipes - Low Carb

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup Spring Water
  • 1/2 cup Raw Coconut Milk or Young Coconut Meat
  • 1 cup Ice
  • 1 Tbsp. of Ground Coffee or 2 Tbsp. Brewed Coffee
  • 2 Tbsp. of Raw Cacao Powder
  • 2 Tbsp. of Raw Extra Virgin Coconut Oil (warmed)
  • 2 Tbsp. of Raw Almond Butter
  • 1/2 tsp. of Cinnamon (Ceylon or true cinnamon)
  • Stevia Extract (to taste)
  • Maca Root (to taste)
  • 2 Tbsp. of Collagen Protein Powder

Instructions:

Blend ingredients in a high speed blender and drink.

Make this a "rawish" smoothie with fresh coconut milk, raw sprouted almond butter, raw maca powder, raw chocolate nibs, and some non-denatured protein powder. 

Chocolate Smoothie Recipes - Simple

Ingredients:

  • 6 oz. of Raw Almond Milk
  • 1 scoop of Chocolate Non-Denatured Whey Protein Powder (10 to 20 grams of protein)
  • 1 cup of Frozen Strawberries or 3/4 cup Fresh Strawberries & a Few Ice Cubes
  • 1 Tbsp. Organic Peanut Butter or 1 Tbsp. of Raw Almond Butter

Instructions:

Blend ingredients and drink!

Whey protein comes with some amazing health benefits, but you need to use a whey protein powder that has not been denatured or destroyed by excessive heat or processing. 

You'll also want to use a whey product that comes from grass fed cows to get the most possible health benefits and nutrients.

If you are a vegan, there are vegan protein powders in health food stores that are not chemically processed like soy protein powders will be.

Chocolate Smoothie Recipes - Paleo

Base Ingredients:

  • 1 Ripe Avocado
  • 1 to 2 Tbsp. of Raw Cacao Powder
  • 1 cup of Raw Coconut Milk
  • Spring Water & Ice Cubes

Instructions:

Blend ingredients from the "base ingredients" with a few of the ingredients from the "optional" list.  Enjoy!

Optional Ingredients:

  • Raw Coconut Flour
  • Raw Macadamia Nuts
  • Raw Walnuts
  • Dates
  • Organic Raw Honey

Paleo chocolate smoothie recipes can also be vegan - if you leave out all animal products.

To make rich and nutritious chocolate smoothies - make your own raw coconut milk from mature coconuts. 

But first, you will have to learn how to open a coconut.

Opening a Coconut (Mature Coconut)

This is a great way of opening a coconut if you only have the basics like a knife and a hammer.  However, you will need to be focused at all times when opening a coconut using a sharp knife and a hammer.

Maybe use a protective glove to protect your hand and fingers.

You will also find a better tool for getting the mature coconut meat out of the hard coconut shell by doing a search on the internet.

About Young Coconuts

Young coconuts seem to be preferred for making smoothies by the vegan community because the coconut water that comes from young coconuts is one of the highest sources of electrolytes.

And the meat of young coconuts is much softer than mature coconuts - more gelatinous.  Young coconuts will also probably blend more easily than the hard meat of a mature coconut.

However, young coconuts will be lower in calories and higher in carbohydrates than mature coconut meat and it will lack in healthy fats.

I actually prefer mature coconuts myself and believe that the meat from a mature coconut is much more nutritious than young coconuts.

And you can make raw coconut cream or raw coconut milk with mature coconut meat to use in your chocolate smoothie recipes.


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