The smoothies she made were delicious, but the one that jumped out at me the most was the one she made using their 6-Spice Organic Drinking Chocolate mix. Made with a blend of six different spices, this produced a sweet and spicy and totally addictive drink. I was hooked and knew that I would have to recreate something similar as soon as I got home.
The final result is creamy, cool, with just the perfect amount of heat. I absolutely love that spicy kick and think it makes for a perfect morning drink to get you going on these hot summer days! (Or even on a hot summer night ;) The combination of spices, cocoa, and coconut milk are also packed with nutrients, antioxidants, and a whole host of nutritional benefits.
Delicious Tip! I love my smoothies really icy cold, so I actually freeze my coconut milk in ice cube trays the night before and then just blitz them up in my blender. Since coconut milk thickens at cold temperatures, it actually makes the smoothie even creamier. You can also refrigerate your coconut milk or even make the smoothie the night before and chill it in the fridge. It'll need a quick whisk or blitz in the blender before serving since the drink will separate a bit overnight.
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Spicy Dark Chocolate Coconut Smoothie
Makes about 2 8oz servings (or one big one--I totally go for the one big one)
2 cups cold coconut milk (can also substitute cow, almond, hemp, oat, or other non-dairy milk)
4 ice cubes
3 rounded (heaping!) tablespoons unsweetened natural cocoa powder
1 1/2 tablespoons honey (can also use maple syrup, golden syrup, granulated sugar or your favorite sweetener)
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon (Saigon or Vietnamese cinnamon is recommended)
1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (you can increase or decrease this depending on how much heat you like)
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon allspice
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt OR Celtic sea salt
Combine all ingredients in blender and process until smooth and frothy (1-3 minutes, depending on your blender). Serve immediately or refrigerate in air-tight container for up to 3 days (whisk or run through blender again before serving if refrigerated).