Antioxidant Vegan Cacao Smoothie

Chocolate can be a great treat and a decadent snack and feel like nourishing luxury to your soul. And no surprise. Chocolate affects our mood-hormones; serotonin, endorphins and phenylethylamine. 100% cacao is high in antioxidants, making it a healthier choice when you want to treat your self. Here are some specific health benefits of cacao, which you'll get from this smoothie:

  • Serotonin is our antidepressant hormone, the one that makes us feel good, emotionally stabile and calm.
  • Endorphins make us feel enthusiastic and powerful. These are also the hormones that are released when you exercise.
  • Phenylethylamine is a mood enhancer.
  • High in antioxidants, the raw cacao is considered a Superfood and contains a number of essential minerals; such as potassium, copper and magnesium, flavonoids and several vitamins; including vitamin B1, B2, D, and E.

Antioxidant Vegan Cacao Smoothie

Serves 2


  • 3/4 cup unsweetened coconut milk
  • 3/4 cup oat milk, nut or hemp milk.
  • 2 tablespoons raw unsweetened 100% powdered cacao
  • 1 whole star of anise
  • 4 whole coffee beans
  • 1 tablespoon real 100% maple syrup
  • 4 ice cubes


Blend everything in a blender and serve.

Related Posts

Sites We Love

Functional Nutrition Webinar

Learn How To Eat Right For Your Brain

Sign up for mbg's FREE Functional Nutrition Webinar hosted by Dr. Mark Hyman, 11x NY Times Bestselling Author & Director of The Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine

Get Free Access Now Loading next article...
Sign up for mbg's FREE Functional Nutrition Webinar

Your article and new folder have been saved!