This delicious, rich, high-calorie smoothie will help you keep on the pounds during cancer treatment while giving you a total taste treat. Flax seeds are rich in plant-based omega-3 fats, coconut milk is rich... in B-complex vitamins and minerals, and coconut oil is rich in lauric acid, a saturated fat that studies have shown to actually raise levels of HDL (good cholesterol). Enjoy!
Add flax seeds to a blender. Blend the seeds until they form a powder.
Add the coconut oil, coconut milk, cocoa powder, agave nectar and almond milk to the blender and puree until thick and smooth, about 2 minutes.
Ally Zeitz, Drexel Food Lab
Don’t use drinking chocolate to make this drink – it won’t taste good. It has too little cocoa and too much sugar.
If your blender is not very powerful, as you grind the flax seeds add ¼ cup of the almond milk. This will help them turn into a fine puree so that your smoothie is smooth and not gritty.
To melt coconut oil: Stand the jar in a bowl of hot water until enough has turned liquid for the recipe.
Last but not least: this drink is great for increasing your caloric intake during treatment, but once treatment is over and your weight has stabilized, you may want to check out some of our less calorie-dense smoothies.