According to Hawaiian legend, Pele is the goddess of fire and inhabits the volcanoes of the big island. If visitors do not want to anger the goddess (and possibly cause a volcanic eruption) they’d better not offend her. Things tourists might unwittingly do that could provoke the goddess are many and not always obvious – carrying pork from one side of a certain street to another or bringing back native sand and rocks to one’s home state are examples of seemingly harmless enough actions that irritate Pele. And once she’s enraged, you’d better watch out: she has the power to send a sea of lava your way!
Besides her unpredictable anger, Pele is also known for her jealous nature. She pretty much tries to wipe out anyone who stands a chance of rivaling her in terms of power or beauty. This means she’d probably be pretty envious of this chocolate orange smoothie: it’s attractive, luscious, and literally explosive! The recipe makes such a generous serving that when I poured it into my glass it began erupting, sending cold, chocolatey “lava” cascading down the sides of the glass. With napkins galore and my desperate tongue I tried to save as much of the delicious goodness as I could before it was lost forever. But it was a losing battle – this smoothie was determined to create a chocolate island of its own, all over my kitchen table.
It’s a good thing Pele didn’t hear about this chocolatey challenger to her supreme reign as volcano queen, or she surely would have snatched it away and burned it. And that would have been a shame, because this smoothie was too tasty to be missed!
The sweet, sophisticated harmony of chocolate and orange was complemented by a delightful burst of coconut flakes and a sprinkling of chocolate chips. A hint of strawberry in the background provides some tart, fruity flavor as well as the extra Vitamin A and fiber. And a satisfying scoop of chocolate almond butter adds protein power while complementing the chocolate theme of the smoothie. This smoothie is so rich and filling, I might suggest sharing it…if you’re feeling generous.
But whatever you do, DO NOT let the volcano goddess know about the eruption of flavor you’re creating in your blender, or surely her anger will descend upon you. And magma spit up from the earth’s mantle is a lot less enjoyable than a cool, refreshing smoothie. So keep it low key, okay? And enjoy.
Pele image source: http://mail.colonial.net/~hkaiter/volcanoesthree.html
Hawaiian legend info sources: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/10/hawaiian-legends_n_3898664.html; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pele_(deity)#Legends