Two of my favorite ingredients for dessert are mint and chocolate. Nowadays, instead of chocolate I like to substitute it with raw carob powder in my smoothies, shakes or desserts and it works great. Not only does it taste great but it provides you with essential nutrients as well. It is rich in calcium, fiber and antioxidants. Plus, unlike chocolate it does not contain any stimulants like caffeine. In fact, you can actually mix carob powder in hot water instead of coffee, if you are looking for a substitute with no jitters or racing heart with it. This is one of my favorite smoothies for when I am craving something sweet especially chocolate, and this seriously does the trick every time! Enjoy!
2 frozen bananas
1 cup brazil milk ( nut milk recipe)
2-3 Medjool dates(depending on how sweet you like it)
Several fresh mint leaves
1 Tbsp raw carob powder
2 Inch piece of vanilla bean
Dash of cinnamon
Blend all ingredients together (except for cinnamon) for about 30 seconds or until smooth. Then add dash of cinnamon.
Here is a little nutrition fact about Brazil nuts:
They are an excellent source of the trace mineral selenium. One very important aspect selenium is used for is in preventing diseases of the heart, such as atherosclerosis and it has been associated with the prevention of various types of cancer.