This Banana Cacao Coconut Smoothie is as close as you can get to a healthy milkshake! It's dairy free, gluten free, paleo, vegan, and it tastes like such a treat! The inside of the glass gets drizzled with a raw chocolate sauce made with just a few ingredients, and the smoothie is made with frozen banana, shredded coconut, dates, cacao powder, almond butter, and almond milk!
In a small bowl, whisk together the melted coconut oil, maple syrup, vanilla, cacao powder, and salt together until smooth. Sauce will keep in the fridge for up to 2 weeks in the fridge.
Add the bananas, coconut, dates, cacao powder, almond butter, 1 cup of the almond milk, and salt to a high powered blender. Blend until smooth and creamy - if the smoothie seems too thick, add the additional 1/4 cup almond milk and blend again until decided consistency is reached.
Drizzle the raw chocolate sauce on the inside of your glass. Pour the smoothie in the glass and top with extra chocolate sauce, shredded coconut, and a sprinkle of granola. Enjoy immediately!
*Unsweetened cocoa powder can be subbed for the cacao powder.
*You can sub any kind of milk for the unsweetened vanilla almond milk. I love using the toasted coconut almond milk from Califia Farms.
*Raw chocolate sauce will keep in the fridge for 2 weeks, and will harden when it's refrigerated. To loosen up and get back to liquid consistency, just pop it in the microwave for 30 seconds or so.