Walnut Brownie Breakfast Mousse/Smoothie
By Amy Crawford
This recipe was edited February 2016.
It's got to a bit of a tricky point in the recipe book stakes - I have too many smoothie recipes (I should probably have started with a book solely for smoothies). So today I have decided to share this scrumptious healthy smoothie recipe with you, rather than wait for publication.
It is probably pretty clear to most of you that I am a HUGE lover of nuts and walnuts would be my all time favourite. As with most nuts I consume, they are always activated before I eat them. I need to pay special attention to my digestion so I'll do whatever I can to make things easier on my stomach. For instructions on how to activate your nuts please see my post here. Here's 5 facts on the walnut:
- They contain the highest percentage of omega-3 fatty acids amongst nuts. Studies show that omega-3 fatty acids may help lower triglycerides and increase HDL (good cholesterol). A handful of these each day can help prevent cardiovascular disease, strokes and coronary artery diseases.
- Walnuts boast antioxidant properties that are hugely beneficial for our immune systems and can protect against ageing and cancer.
- They are very beneficial for healthy hair. Walnuts contain an essential nutrient called biotin which helps strengthen hair and improve hair growth.
- Studies have shown that the regular consumption of walnuts can assist in weight loss.
- Walnuts go rancid quickly if left at room temperature and are best left in the fridge or freezer.
Anyway, this is a seriously yum healthy smoothie recipe that is perfect for breakfast - it's totally sustaining AND seriously good for you. It feels decadent but know it is doing you sooo much good!
Approx. 1.5 cups milk of choice, add more if you prefer a runnier smoothie
1/3 cup walnuts
2 tablespoons chia seeds
1 tablespoon raw cacao (or to taste, I like my chocolate intense, I added an extra half tablespoon)
2 heaped teaspoons rice malt syrup, or sweetener of choice, to taste
1 heaped teaspoon maca powder (optional)
1 heaped teaspoon raw cacao nibs
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
Pinch of vanilla powder (or essence)
Leave half the walnuts and cacao nibs aside. Throw the rest of your ingredients into the blender and blend until really smooth. Top with the cacao nibs and remaining walnuts.
I would recommend making this the night before or at least half an hour before you eat it to allow the chia seeds to soften.
Please don't forget to let me know what you think in the comments below!