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During my childhood – like most of us – I consumed a pretty decent amount of sugary foods. One of the most exciting events, when I was a very young girl, was the weekly trip to the corner store where I would spend my entire allowance on a paper bag filled with an assortment of brightly colored candy.
There were so many different varieties of sweet treats to capture my attention. I always was fond of the fruity types such as the ones shaped like little bananas, chewy strawberries, and cream, or twisted raspberry straps. But as I grew older chocolate became my sweet fix of choice.
One of my favorites was Jaffas, which are chocolate balls covered with a hard orange-flavored covering. As kids we loved these not only for a sugar hit but because they were fun. At the cinema, mischievous children would entertain themselves by rolling Jaffas down the aisle.
When I first tasted this smoothie it brought me back to the flavor of these chocolate-orange balls of my childhood. It has been a long time since I’ve eaten anything like this so my memory could be a little off. Regardless, the combination of chocolate and orange is a delicious classic that always works.
Apparently Jaffas got their name from the Jaffa orange – a sweet, almost seedless variety originating from the Palestinian city of the same name.
In this smoothie, I began with tangerine juice, which is generally sweeter than regular orange juice. Then I booted up the citrus flavor with a drop of doTERRA wild orange essential oil.
Using essential oils in recipes can be a fantastic way to add another dimension to the flavor profile. They provide a crystal clear boost along with an almost etheric vibratory essence. Yet, not all essential oils are suitable for internal consumption and most brands on the market cannot be safely consumed.
doTERRA essential oils are certified pure therapeutic grade and can be generally considered safe for ingestion when used appropriately. It is important to be aware that oils are extremely potent, so a little goes a long way. For example, one drop of peppermint oil is the equivalent of drinking 28 cups of peppermint tea. Dosages for children need to take into account the child’s weight and as a general rule, essential oils should not be ingested during pregnancy. To be sure that oils are safe for you it is always best to consult with your health care provider.
I’m loving the doTERRA wild orange essential oil. It offers a zesty citrus punch along with a gentle bitterness reminiscent of orange rind. Not only does it taste delicious it also has a range of health benefits due to its high concentration of monoterpenes. Wild orange is stimulating and purifying, has immune-enhancing benefits, and may assist to calm heart palpitations.
Although one of the primary flavors in this smoothie is chocolate, you might be surprised that there is no cacao or carob in this smoothie. I personally have a sensitivity to cacao so I created the chocolate flavor by using medicine flower dark chocolate extract. If you prefer you can substitute with cacao or carob powder, or a combination. The medicine flower extract also works if you just want to use a little cacao but still have a rich chocolaty flavor.
Bee pollen and lucuma add a little sweetness but you may need more depending on how sweet your juice and papayas are. In that case, you can add stevia, agave nectar or dates to find your preferred sweetness level.
Also if you enjoy your smoothies on the chilled side you can put your juice and papaya in the fridge several hours up to a day in advance – although there will be some nutrient loss from the juice this way. Alternatively, you could add a few ice cubes.
- 3/4 cup fresh squeezed tangerine juice
- 1 1/2 cups papaya cubed
- 1 tablespoon bee pollen
- 1 tablespoon lucuma powder
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla powder
- 1 drop doTERRA wild orange essential oil
- 2 drops Medicine Flower organic dark chocolate flavor extract
- 1 scoop stevia or 1 medjool date if needed for extra sweetness
- Put all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth and creamy.
- Enjoy immediately.
If you like your smoothie cold add a few ice cubes.