cacao coffee.

flax and cacao

I am a believer that if you love coffee, you should be able to have coffee. Once a day, maybe. And really enjoy it while you do.

A key to enjoying it, I've discovered, is variety - and variety without sugar. [I've been off the sweet stuff since December, and have no intention of going back. Life is sweeter without it.] 

I recently visited a new juice place on the Upper East Side [Birdbath Juice - if you're in NYC, go! It's charming!] and noticed the cacao-coffee-banana-date extravaganza listed on the menu. Because the sugar in bananas and dates hits me like a freight train, I decided to forego ordering one (opting for a green juice instead), but came home inspired to try making my own sugar-free version in our kitchen. 

These little puppies were the result: a kick of antioxidant [coffee, raw cacao], fibrous goodness [flax meal], with the natural sweetness of almond milk and a tiny bit of crunchy texture [cacao, again -- so delish!]. 

Toss this together the next time you're early-morning crashing, or use decaf for an after-dinner dessert-y treat!

cacao coffee
Serves 2
A luscious coffee smoothie packed with antioxidants and gut-healthy fiber.
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Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
  1. 2 shots espresso (or 1 cup brewed coffee)
  2. 2 cups almond milk
  3. 2 tbsp flax meal
  4. 2 tbsp raw cacao nibs
  5. ice, if you like
  6. cinnamon for sprinkling
  1. Combine all ingredients except cinnamon in a food processor and blend until combined.
  2. Sprinkle with cinnamon and serve.
Adapted from Birdbath Juice
Adapted from Birdbath Juice
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One comment on “cacao coffee.
  1. I think coffee enjoyed responsibly is not bad in it’s own right. It’s only when you get into the additives (cream, sugar), the addiction, and the poor quality stuff (there are so many amazing indie cafes out there, why are people still lining up for tim hortons or worse?!) that you run into problems. I absolutely agree with enjoying the occasional cup of coffee, and maybe making it part of a peaceful morning wake up routine.
    I enjoy my one cup of really good coffee on Saturday mornings, to carry with me through the farmer’s market :)
    This sounds like a great thing to try making for a Sunday brunch!

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