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Cacao Berry Protein Smoothie (recipe video!)

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Cacao Berry Protein Smoothie (recipe video!)

What a perfect pair for smoothies! Cacao and berries not only taste gorgeous together, but they're also both a great hit of antioxidants, to fight free radicals and stay heart-healthy.

This berry cacao smoothie is packed with nutrients, and you can also add the optional raw egg, for an extra hit of protein. (Remember the movie 'Rocky'?) It's an old school way of getting protein and if you're semi-vegan/veggie, it's much better for you than whey protein or other processed dairy protein powders.

Check out the recipe below!

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*Connect Foods Organic Products can be found at your nearest Woolworths

 

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Connect Foods Products Make the Perfect Acai Bowl Toppings!

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Connect Foods Products Make the Perfect Acai Bowl Toppings!

Connect Foods products can be blended in your favourite smoothie, or used as a delicious crunchy topping for your favourite smoothie bowl! Here we've constructed the perfect acai bowl, using the best organic toppings for an extra satisfying and nourishing meal.

What you'll need:

  • 2 packets frozen acai pulp
  • 1/8 - 1/4 cup coconut water (just enough for blending)
  • 1/2 banana (frozen or fresh)

Toppings:

  • Connect Foods Cacao Nibs
  • Connect Foods Chia Seeds
  • Granola
  • Other nuts and seeds of your choice

Blend together frozen acai pulp, banana, and adding a splash of coconut water at a time, just enough to blend. This will keep it thick like ice cream.

Sprinkle toppings over the top of the bowl, creating your purple masterpiece!

Snap a photo and tag us on Instagram #ConnectFoods to share your beautiful creation with us.

*Connect Foods Organic Products can be found at your nearest Woolworths

 

 

 

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Mocha Almond Fudge Smoothie

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Mocha Almond Fudge Smoothie

This one is rich, creamy, chocolatey and caffeinated! Great for mornings on the go, when you want something filling that will also pick you up.

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup almonds
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 1/4 cup cold brew coffee (or 2 tsp instant coffee)
  • 2 Tbsp Connect Foods Cacao Powder
  • a few ice cubes

Blend ingredients together and enjoy!

 

*Connect Foods Organic Cacao Powder can be found at your nearest Woolworth's

 

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Raw Brownies with Chocolate Ganache

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Raw Brownies with Chocolate Ganache

These brownies are sure to be a crowd pleaser! They're moist, dense, and delicious without any refined sugar, dairy and also completely gluten free and paleo! The fact that they're totally raw means no baking required, less steps and therefore will retain more of nutrients from the cacao!

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What you'll need:

  • 500g dates
  • 100g raw cashews
  • 1 cup + 1/2 cup Connect Foods Cacao Powder
  • 1 cup almond meal or LSA
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 125g cacao butter
  • 2 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup almond meal
  • 1/4 - 1/2 cup honey or organic palm nectar / palm syrup
  • 1/4 cup almonds or walnuts 

Soak the dates and cashews in some warm water for about 10-15 minutes. Drain and rinse. Place in food processor and pulse until creamy and smooth. Add 1 cup Connect Foods Cacao Powder, LSA (or almond meal), and salt. Pulse until a sticky dough forms.

Line a large cake pan with wax paper. Press the dough into the pan, using another sheet of wax paper to keep it sticking to your fingers. Use a cookbook from your kitchen or other smooth surface to create an even layer. Place the pan in fridge to set.

For the ganache frosting, first melt cacao butter and coconut oil in a double boiler. Add to blender with additional 1/4 cup almond meal, and sweetener of your choice (honey or palm nectar) to taste. Blend until smooth. Add more sweetener if desired.

Remove cake pan from the fridge, and spread frosting over the brownies. Sprinkle with chopped nuts. Place in the freezer for 30-45 minutes.

Remove from freezer and gently lift from the cake pan, placing on a hard flat surface or cutting board. Cut into square slices.

Serve immediately or keep stored in the fridge for up to two weeks.

Enjoy!

 

*Connect Foods Organic Cacao Powder can be found at your nearest Woolworth's

 

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Anti-Inflammatory Chocolate Chai Milkshake

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Anti-Inflammatory Chocolate Chai Milkshake

Adding fresh or ground turmeric to your smoothies can be greatly beneficial to your health! This creamy milkshake is not only satisfying and delicious, but packed with anti-inflammory and anti-cancer properties. Turmeric contains curcumin, a compound clinically proven to help fight off cancer cells. When combined with cacao and a few other spices, the flavours will blend nicely on your palate to give you an immune system boost.

What you'll need:

  • One frozen banana
  • 1 tsp Connect Foods Cacao Powder
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder (or one small knuckle, grated)
  • 1/2 tsp ginger (or 1 tsp grated fresh)
  • 1 Tbsp raw honey
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup coconut water
  • handful of ice

Blend together ingredients in a high-speed blender until smooth. Top with a sprinkle of Connect Foods Cacao Nibs for a bit of crunch and texture.

Enjoy! 

 

 

*Connect Foods Cacao Powder & Nibs can be found at your nearest Woolworth's

 

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Berry Grounding Super Shake

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Berry Grounding Super Shake

This super smoothie is sure to set you off on the right foot, full of antioxidants, and energising nutrients. It's filling enough to keep you satisfied, but won't leave you feeling bloated or overfilled. This recipe also utilises the use of your leftover Connect Foods Amaranth you may have made for tea the day before... It's a natural hit of vegan protein that is a great replacement for processed protein powders.

If you're looking for something hearty that feels like a meal, this smoothie could be your new go-to! You can also try it using your fav protein powder, if cooked amaranth isn't handy in the fridge.

Ingredients: 

  • 1 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1 tsp Connect Foods Cacao Powder
  • 1 tsp Connect Foods Maca Powder
  • 1 Tbsp Connect Foods Cacao Nibs
  • 1/4 cup cooked Connect Foods Amaranth (or 1 scoop of your fav. protein powder)
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 tsp spirulina
  • 2-3 dates
  • 1 cup coconut water

Blend up and sprinkle with a few extra nibs and Connect Foods Chia Seeds for some extra satisfaction! 

 

 

*Connect Foods Organic products can be found at your nearest Woolworth's

 

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Chocolate Raspberry Smoothie for Women's Health (and men too!)

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Chocolate Raspberry Smoothie for Women's Health (and men too!)

This smoothie is geared toward the ladies, yet is delicious and nutritious for everyone! Not only are they high in vitamins and fibre, raspberries are also rich in antioxidants and phytonutrients. These are all incredibly beneficial factors to strengthening the immune system, effectively aiding in fighting disease.

For women, raspberries and using the leaf in teas has been proven to help regulate menstrual cycles and decrease excessively heavy menstrual flows. For lactating mothers, tea or fruit will also help increase milk production.

They also have a high concentration of ellagic acid, a compound that has been known to stop the growth of cancer cells and aid cancer prevention.

This recipe has great fats, heaps of antioxidants, and also includes Connect Foods organic cacao powder. Those chocolate cravings once a month aren't for nothing! Cacao is high in magnesium and iron, which also helps aid in easing menstruation frustration.

Put these two amazing flavours together and you have yourself a super smoothie that creates ease in the body and supports so many functions. Enjoy these flavours as your body enjoys the benefits!

  • 1 punnet fresh raspberries
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 Tablespoon of coconut butter
  • 2 Tablespoons Connect Foods cacao powder
  • 1-2 Tablespoons of maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup greek yoghurt (or non-dairy coconut yogurt)
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • some ice

Makes 2 servings

 

Blend together and top with a few extra raspberries and Connect Foods cacao nibs for a little extra added crunch! 

xx Ashley

*Connect Foods Organic Cacao Powder & Nibs can be found at your nearest Woolworth's

 

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