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Jul

Creamy Chocolate Avocado Smoothie

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Last year around this time, I was severely ill and experiencing one of my worst Ulcerative Colitis flares to date. My body was rejecting any and all food and I had lost a drastic amount of weight. We flew down to Southern California to see a highly recommended naturopath and as a girl with a passion for food, I vividly remember the day my appetite came back. The only problem was I couldn’t keep much down and there were only a few things that sounded appealing to me. Gluten-free frozen mac&cheese, baked potatoes, and chocolate milkshakes to be specific. Funny what our body mind craves in desperate times!

We stopped by one of the many juice bars in Orange County and I told the girl behind the counter that all I wanted was a chocolate milkshake but that I couldn’t actually eat ice cream or milk. She recommended a smoothie made with almond milk, peanut butter, chocolate syrup, ice, and a banana. It was heaven. My husband drove us back to our hotel and I used every ounce of self-control to abstain from slurping down the entire cup with fear that it would upset my stomach. I lived on those smoothies almost every day for the following 10 days until we made the treck back home.

As we’re nearing the year anniversary of that last flare, we’ve decided to partake in a 30-day cleanse of sorts. Taking a cue from Stacy at Paleo Parents, we have kind of created our own program by combining the Whole30Paleo Autoimmune protocol, and 21DayDetox programs. Starting August 1, I will be off of all types of sugar and nightshades, with limited intake of fruits and eggs.  I’m also temporarily cutting out nuts and seeds for a couple of weeks to see if it will help a few other problems I’ve been experiencing as of late. And my loving husband is willingly coming along for the ride!

I usually flare once a year, but this is the first year where I have really paid attention to the specific foods, and their preparation, that my body can handle. I’ve also been going through a series of food allergy testings and clearing with my naturopath. We’re praying that all of the steps we’ve taken will keep me in remission. We’re partially doing this 30 day challenge to reprogram our bodies from craving sweets and treats, but also to give my system a clean re-boot as a precautionary measure given the time of year.

Don’t worry though, I have plenty of those chocolaty baked goods you all love so much saved up for you to post during this next month! To name a few, a perfect chocolate chip cookie, s’more tart, and egg-free Mint Chip Ice Cream.

So with that – here’s the smoothie recipe. Even though I won’t be able to eat it!!

I’ve been making a variation of that smoothie now for the past year, but have altered it to better fit my dietary needs. I use raw cacao instead of the syrup and have switched (not without a fight) from peanut butter to almond butter. I’ve also recently started adding a half of an avocado to add some healthy fat and vitamin E. The avocado taste is not detectable but it makes this smoothie incredibly smooth, thick and creamy. I also sprinkle in all of my supplements when I make this: L-Glutamine, Vitamin D, Vitamin B12, Folic Acid, and fish oil.

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Creamy Chocolate Avocado Smoothie

AUTHOR: Danielle Walker - AgainstAllGrain.com

SERVES: 1

Ingredients:

  • 8 ounces almond milk
  • ½ cup crushed ice
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 3 dates, or 1 tablespoon honey
  • ½ avocado (about ¼ cup)
  • 2 tablespoons raw cacao
  • 2 tablespoons almond butter
  • 1½ teaspoon golden flaxseed

Instructions:

Blend for 30 seconds until smooth.

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  • Morgan

    Hi Danielle,
    Could I substitute banana for anything else?! I would appreciate if you could let me know!
    Thanks!!!!
    Morgan

    • Against All Grain

      It’s kind of a key flavor and texture player sorry! Possibly applesauce?

    • Catherine

      You could probably try using a 1 1/2 avocados instead of 1/2 avocado and 1 banana. :)

  • Rochelle

    We LOVE this! It’s one of our favorite desserts/snacks. We double the recipe and it’s more than plenty for two adults and a toddler. I use frozen bananas and omit the ice. Sometimes use agave or maple syrup, and once added kale to make it a green smoothie.

    I’m on my phone and unable to rate the recipe, but if you could edit my post feel free to add five stars for me!

  • Diana

    I certainly don’t watch macro closely but couldn’t help but notice the amount of sugar in this recipe. I went ahead and ran it through the recipe analyzer. Wow. This would leave me with a blood sugar crash.

    Calories 619
    Total Fat 40.0g
    Total Carbohydrates 67.8g
    Dietary Fiber 18.0g
    Sugars 30.9g

    • Mary

      I would imagine you could leave out part of the banana and cut back on the honey if necessary; also use an unsweetened almond milk. The ultimate answer would be not to make it if it doesn’t suit you rather than complaining about the amount of sugar or better yet share it.

      • eee

        It makes total sense for her to point out the nutritional information. Sugar is also really bad for you, perhaps worse in many ways than grains are. I’ve been making a variation of this recipe for years and most of the time I use 1 date, if that. I’ve never been a believer in the paleo diet movement, and this is among many of the reasons why.

        We have only in the last fifty years introduced sugar as a part of everyday diet. It is well known the many ways that sugar can compromise our health. But oh no! It’s grains that are the real enemy.
        Time to call for a new movement.

    • Sherry

      Diana, thanks for the post.

    • Jenn

      Thank you for posting the nutritional information! You just saved me some time. :)

  • Jessica

    Hi there, I was just wondering if you happen to remember the name of the juice bar you went to in OC? Or happen to know where it was located? I love trying out new juice bars and would love to try out this smoothie there!

    • Against All Grain

      Oh gosh I was so sick I don’t think I ever physically went! It was always brought to my room… I think my husband went to Mother’s to get it.

  • Erica

    Hi Danielle, I just love your site and recipes, you are such an inspiration and that you so much for sharing your journey with us! I am so glad I looked at the is post, not only for the awesome recipe, but in the comments, finding the names of wonderful doctors in Orange county, We just moved here from the midwest before the school year started, and it has been like putting a puzzle together to find good resources. Any other neat OC-natural health or practitioner related things you could toss at me would be so very much appreciated,(holistic or trusted dentist? Eye doctor?) I also haven’t had too much luck finding like minded friends out here…but I have found a lot of people who exist on junk food all the time! It’s crazy!!it is so nice to read the experiences of someone who understands how difficult food intolerances and allergies can be, and who also understands the importance of sticking to your guns when it comes to your health. Thanks so much for your help. I feel so overwhelmed with the change.