21DSD Cacao Smoothie

Good afternoon, my friends!

I figured since I am home sick (for the third day in a row…) I would go ahead and pretend like I am good at keeping up with my blog. Joke is on me though, because you all know how terrible I am at keeping this thing up. Regardless, I do have a delicious recipe to share with you all!

So Shep and I just finished up a 21 Day Sugar Detox (hence the 21DSD title…). It went absolutely fantastic and is wonderful. Aside from the fact that my lovely fiance and I ended up with this horrid sinus virus, I feel absolutely fantastic. Doing this detox has left me with so much more energy, better sleep patterns, and taste buds that no longer crave sugar as fervently as before. Oddly enough, we have both found ourselves enjoying the tastes of food more. We are using so many more real food options, and we are really and truly able to taste a difference. Also, when I get hungry, I tend to get mean and snappy. Since this detox, I find that when I am hungry I am no longer a jittery ball of stress about to bite the head off of any poor schmuck that happens to cross my path. I no longer have to send the following text to Shep:


Anyway, I highly recommend this to anyone interested in getting control of their sugar cravings. There are different levels that you may choose from according to what you think you will be successful with accomplishing. Plus, Diane and her group at Balanced Bites are amazing with providing resources and support. Want to check it out? You should! Here is the information on the 21 Day Sugar Detox.

So the inspiration for this smoothie came from a random site that we found by searching for the 21DSD in google. We found a simple and easy green smoothie that we became addicted to almost immediately. I’m not about claiming credit for something that I didn’t come up with, so if you want to see the recipe for this extremely simple and delectable smoothie, check it out here: 21DSD Green Monster.

One day I went to go make my smoothie, and we were out of any kind of leafy greens. That is a very odd day for our household, but I wasn’t about to not have my “treat.” So what I did instead was make my smoothie with 100% unsweetened cacao powder, and it made my little heart happy. So, here it is!!

21DSD Cacao Smoothie


3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk

1 frozen banana (if you are doing the detox, make sure the banana has green on the tips still. The pre-ripe version has significantly less sugar)

1 tablespoon unsweetened almond butter

1 tablespoon %100 unsweetened cacao powder.


1. Put it in a blender and mix until it is nice and smooth.

2. Drink it 😉


4 thoughts on “21DSD Cacao Smoothie

  1. Hi Hallie! Thanks for the shout out on the Green Monster smoothie. I, too, fell in love with it when I did my first 21DSD. Heck, I am still in love with it. I actually had the smoothie this morning. I just substituted kale instead of spinach. I love your version with the cocoa powder. I will have to try it out. It reminds me of a new smoothie recipe that I need to post on the blog that is with cocoa powder and avocado!!! Yum! Definitely not 21DSD approved but definitely Paleo and definitely yummy! Be sure to check back on OurFullPlate for the recipe this weekend. It is THAT good and creamy!!! ~Laura

  2. I also did a sugar detox back in May except it was 28 days and has lasted beyond! It was the best thing I’ve ever done. I did it with a health coach up in NYC who I am now working part time for (culinaryfarmacy.com) and she is doing it again in Oct. I get to play along since I am part of her squad but I learned so so much and have since gained energy, immunity, better sleep and lost a few. Cacao powder became my new best friend in terms of making raw desserts to help with choc cravings!

  3. Pingback: Juices, Smoothies and Sickness, Oh My! | ashley mathe

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