Today’s Smoothie: Chocolate Blackberry with Star Anise

Pair blackberries with cocoa (or raw cacao, if you like) to start off your day memorably. Try a bit of star anise powder for a bold taste, reminiscent of licorice.

Star anise is found in Chinese 5-spice blends. Star anise has been found to be:

  • Antibacterial
  • Antifungal
  • Rich in antioxidants
  • Natural flu fighter
  • Aid in regulating blood sugar

This is a thick, rich smoothie, with an attractive dark color from the cocoa and blackberries. Enjoy!


Chocolate Blackberry Smoothie with Star Anise, by Veganbythebook

Makes: 4 ½ cups (about 1050 ml)


  • 1 ½ cups unsweetened almond milk
  • 3 tablespoon hempseeds
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa powder (or raw cacao powder)
  • 1 teaspoon maca powder
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • ¼ teaspoon star anise powder (or up to ½ teaspoon)
  • Vanilla bean, about a 1-inch piece
  • 1 medjool date
  • 2 frozen bananas, chopped (peel before freezing)
  • 1 mandarin orange, peeled and pulled into a few pieces
  • 2 cups kale, chopped


  • Add all ingredients to the jar of a high-speed blender and process until smooth, about 1-2 minutes, tamping down as needed. IMG_20190509_210026


CAVEAT: Beware of the grittiness of the blackberry seeds. Depending on how well blended your smoothie gets, you might even find a stray seed or two stuck between your teeth,


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