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Kick Your Morning Coffee with This Chocolate Smoothie

I’ll let you know up front that I’m not a coffee drinker.  So now you’re thinking, how dare I attempt to explain that the flavor of this simple chocolate smoothie–with nary a drop of coffee in it–could somehow have enough full-bodied flavor and heart-throbbing zing so as to be compared to the Almighty Morning Cup.   But, here’s the thing.  I’ve tasted tiramisu.  And no less than eight times in my life have I eaten a stray coffee-flavored Jelly Belly.  So, I know what I’m talking about here, okay? 

Allright.  I get that you’re still wary of me.  Snorting through those little coffee-scented nostrils of yours, writing me off as misguided, Mormon, anti-Mary Kate &  Ashley.  Fine, fine.  Mock if you will.  In friendly rebuttal I will say this:  sometimes magic happens in the kitchen.  Sometimes flavors come together and surprise you.   Sometimes you think you’re making a simple sugar-free, dairy-free, not-a-drop-of-coffee-in-it chocolate smoothie, and before you know it, you’re sucking down a whole pitcher of an absurdly delicious, cool and creamy drink and telling the world that you’ve discovered the antidote to morning coffee.  And, sometimes you have more to write about a recipe, but the mere thought of it’s remarkable, coco-coffeesque flavor makes you stop typing midsentence and head into the kitchen to blend up some mo

No Joe Morning Smoothie
Makes enough for 4-5 adults, or one really thirsty one.  Sugar free, dairy-free, coffee-free. Don’t let what this smoothie doesn’t have fool you. It’s an divine way to start your day.
1 (13.5 oz.) can Coconut Milk (the real kind, not the lite sort)
1 1/2 c. ice
1/3 c. cocoa powder
1/3 c. maple syrup
Place all ingredients in a blender.  Blend until very smooth and creamy.  Add more cocoa powder if a darker chocolate flavor is preferred, more maple syrup for additional sweetness, and more or less ice depending on your preferred texture and consistency.  Enjoy!

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