Fiery cacao and plum smoothie

This smoothie makes for a great pre-workout drink. It has a good balance of protein and quick acting, natural carbohydrates to fuel your body for an intense session. The ginger provides a natural stimulant and a definite ‘kick’, whilst the combination of the cacao powder and plum creates a rich, earthy taste. The date adds a touch of sweetness, without taking away from the depth of the cacao. Best consumed right after blending with a thick straw!


  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk.
  • 1/2 scoop whey isolate (I used toasted coconut Isopure, but any coconut, chocolate or vanilla protein powder would work well).
  • 1 plum.
  • 2 tbsp cacao powder.
  • 1 medjool date, pitted.
  • 1cm x 1cm piece of fresh ginger, grated.
  • 1 handful fresh spinach.
  • 3 – 4 ice cubes.
  • Cold water.

Nutritional information

165kcal; 15g protein, 24g carbs (3g fibre), 2g fat


  1. Remove the stone from the plum and slice into segments.
  2. Grate the ginger and remove the stone from the date, chopping into segments.
  3. In a blender (I used my nutribullet), add all the ingredients together and blend until thoroughly mixed.
  4. Serve immediately.

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