Dear Blissful Readers,

Do you like chocolate? No, I mean really, really like chocolate. I love it! It’s not an indulgence. It’s a superfood! Some brownie points indeed with this one.

Since the New Year has begun, I’ve been shaking things up in the kitchen. Literally shaking it up… blending it up… drinking it up. Ready for my next concoction?!


10 oz. of cashew milk
1 whole avocado
1 teaspoon of lucama powder
1 teaspoon of maca powder
1 teaspoon of cacao powder
1 teaspoon of carob chips
1 teaspoon of agave nectar
1 date
A few goji berries
Some ice

Blend away dream baby. And sing away dream baby. Sing your favorite song and dance while you make this. Cooking is meant to be fun and not drudgery. Okay, you got me. (And not just at hello.) This is blending but the same premise. Food is meant to be enjoyed. And the kitchen (besides the bedroom) is where all the love begins and extends. It’s the place that you create, experiment, get down and dirty. It’s usually the room that everyone convalesces around and for good reason… good food… good fellowship.

Victoria, my best friend since first grade, came in town. She peeked in my refrigerator, freezer, and pantry. She said, “I don’t recognize these name brands. What do you eat?” I made her a Feeling Minty smoothie, and she loved it. I got the request to make it again.

So run down on some of these Cacao Bliss items…

Lucama Powder is a Peruvian fruit. It has a subtle maple flavor. It’s considered a low-glycemic sweetener. Health benefits include… it boosts your antioxidants and B vitamins, stabilizes blood sugar, curbs carvings, aids in healing, and speeds up wound closure.

Maca Powder is a plant found in Peru. Different types include black, red, and yellow. It has a distinct malt-like flavor. Health benefits are… lowers blood pressure, balances the hormones, especially the adrenals, and improves learning and cognitive function.

Agave Nectar is a plant-based sweetener. The honey-like sap is taken from the leaves of the blue agave, a succulent plant grown in Mexico. It’s a natural alternative to refined sugars and artificial sweeteners. Health benefits include… boosts immune system, increases energy levels, and accommodates calcium absorption which is great for bone density.

Goji Berries grow on an evergreen shrub in China, Mongolia, and the Tibetan Himalayas. They have a slightly sweet and sour taste with a chewy raisin consistency. It lowers cholesterol levels, boost immune function, improves sexual function, improves circulation, and promotes longevity.

I have been known to make a tofu cheesecake for the first time when I had friends over for dinner. We couldn’t eat it. Not good. I have been known to make a quiche and leave the wax paper on. My friend’s son hardly noticed and requested a second piece. Not good.

But this is really good and satisfying. I hope you enjoy it. Let me know if you like it!