Pomegranate Coconut Shake with Cacao Nibs

by Marla on November 27, 2009 · 6 comments

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Pomegrante, coconut and chocolate pair beautifully in this creamy, dreamy shake. Enjoy for breakfast or mini meal snacks. The small crunch of toasted cacao nibs adds a fun textural element. This tastes like an ice cream shake, but in reality it is filled with great for you, healthy ingredients.

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Healthy treats.  My two favorite words. The wonderful thing about this shake is it tastes like a real milk shake but it is filled with great for you ingredients.  Pomegranates, coconut and cacao nibs all have unique healthy characteristics.  Gosh, it is so fun to find them all in one sweet and satisfying place.

Pomegranate: The extract found in the pomegranate arils (seeds) is loaded with antioxidants.  The specific combination of antioxidants found here are called polyphenols.  Studies have proven these polyphenols may help fight the flu.  Perfect for this time of year!  Pomegranate extract has anti inflammatory properties and it can also help fight certain cancers.  That sure sounds like a Superfood to me!!  Click the following links to read more about the Pomegranate:

Livestrong: Pomegranate
POM Fresh

Cacao Nibs: Do you love chocolate?  If so you will love cacao nibs.  These are the building blocks that go in to your favorite cocoa or chocolate bar…..without the added processing, sugar and fats.  They have unrefined healthy fats and loads of antioxidants.  Nibs also have all natural “feel good” mood enhancers including Anandamide and Phenylethylamine.  Hard to say, but simple to feel!  They help fight off depressed feelings and give you that gushy love bug feeling! I say bring on the Cacao! Female First has some more to read more about Cacao nibs. Ulimana has great research and interesting, delicious sounding products too!

Cacao nibs are found in a lot of markets these days.  I usually get mine at Whole Foods and there are a number of online sources as well. You can buy them raw or roasted.  I generally buy ours raw and organic,  then roast them in the oven at 350˚ F for about 10 minutes until slightly browned and fragrant.

Coconut: In my Coconut Cornbread Muffin recipe, I share helpful info about the benefits of coconut in your diet.  Please click the following to read more about these benefits. Coconut Cornbread Muffins: Coconut and your Health

Pomegranate Coconut Shake with Cacao Nibs
make one 12 ounce shake

INGREDIENTS

METHOD

Roasting Cacao Nibs: Preheat oven to 350˚ F. Spread nibs out on a baking sheet and roast for about 5-7 minutes until fragrant and slightly browned.  Toss once gently during roasting. Let cool and use in your shake and other favorite recipes. I store ours in an air tight container in the fridge to keep them super fresh.

Shake: Combine all ingredients in blender. Blend well. Top with additional Cacao Nibs, Pomegranate Arils and Unsweetened Coconut flake.

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1 sara November 29, 2009 at 4:37 pm

yumness. this is a lovely version of a milkshake. Better for you and tastier. Great flavors!

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2 Kate at Serendipity December 3, 2009 at 1:57 pm

Oh, wow, does this sound wonderful. Here in Belgium we can buy cocoa nibs in every chocolate chop. My village has four of them!

At this time of the year I’m grateful to have friends and family to share this meal with. And I”m also grateful for the next day, because I get to have my favorite sandwich ever: turkey, dressing and cranberry on dark bread. YOWZA!

Thanks for stopping by my blog. I hope you enjoy the polenta! I’d love to see what you do with it…

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3 Coconut Recipes December 4, 2009 at 11:28 am

Looks delicious and refreshing!

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4 wilma June 29, 2010 at 2:35 am

wow look like so delicious.. where can I buy that??

Hmmp I gotta print out this I love this recipe..

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5 Shaina February 6, 2011 at 6:38 pm

What a delicious treat, Marla! Pomegranate and cacoa nibs
are perfect together.

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