I wasn’t too sure what to call this because technically I think it would be a smoothie, but we have been drinking (slurping would be a better word for how this is going down) it as a treat after school and for breakfast too. And when you call it a Thick Chocolate Shake, the kids come running.
It takes all of three minutes to make from start to finish so you can even whip it up on the most hectic weekday mornings (If you are in a hurry, make sure that when you’re done let the blender soak in a the sink so it’s easy to wash when you get home. Trust me on this one).
I’m a little addicted to this at the moment and have made it a couple of times this week already. If you take a little look at the ingredients list you will know why. It’s the perfect chocolatey breakfast – in a shake. My little piece of advice – make extra. It’s so good, the kids will want a big glass.
The mix of chia seed and oats thickens it up beautifully and gives it a grainy, creamy texture. Hmm mmm.
I’ve used almond milk because standard milk makes all of feel a little ill if we drink too much.
There are a lot of Clean Eating recipes that use protein powder in the ingredients. I purposely don’t feed my children protein powder because I think it’s important to try and get adequate protein from foods we would eat regularly. Adding Chai seeds to smoothies is a great way to boost the protein naturally.
As a side note: both of my daughters used to have frequent cramps and tummy aches in the mornings and since drastically reducing dairy (except for cheese and yogurt), these pains have gone. The only thing they have changed in their diet is the milk, so I’m pretty sure it was the culprit.
- 1 Cup Raw Oats
- 2 Cups Almond Milk
- 2 Bananas
- 2 tablespoons maple Syrup
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds
- 3 tablespoons cocoa
- 1 cup ice blocks (OPTIONAL - To make it icy cold)
- Add all ingredients to blender and blend until smooth.
- Enough for 4 serves.