A couple years ago I finally convinced my husband we needed a Vitamix®. I spent the next several weeks researching ingredients for smoothies and monkeying around with different recipes. I discovered this simple vegan recipe right after I discovered hemp protein. Hemp protein is one of nature’s perfect superfoods. One serving has 30% of your daily allowance for protein and fiber. It also contains all 9 essential amino acids, and is super easy to digest. I have also included raw cacao powder, another superfood, to boost this smoothie’s healthy “punch.” Cacao is the raw form of chocolate, and it is among the most mineral-rich superfoods. It has calcium, iron, and earns the title of highest magnesium food. It is also super high in antioxidants. Did I mention this smoothie tastes like a chocolate milkshake?! What more could you ask for? I know, several variations so you will never get tired of it.
10 ounces unsweetened vanilla almond milk or vanilla almond coconut milk
2 ½ tablespoons raw cacao powder
3 tablespoons hemp protein
1 large ripe banana
3-5 large dates (adjust depending on how sweet you want it)
2 cups ice
Put milk and banana in blender. Start blender on low. While it is blending, add the cacao powder and hemp protein. This will ensure your powders get mixed in instead of stuck on the bottom of your blender. Stop blender and add ice and dates. Cover and turn on medium high to high. Blend until dates are thoroughly combined. It helps to have a powerful blender to completely chop up the dates. You may still end up with a few small chunks, but I don’t mind them.
- “Chocolate Covered Berry Smoothie” Add 1 cup berries
- “Reese’s Smoothie” Add 2 tablespoons nut butter
- “Cinnamon Vanilla Smoothie” Add ½ teaspoon vanilla and ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- “Mexican Chocolate Smoothie” Add 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper and ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- “Mocha Smoothie” Replace 4oz almond milk with 4oz strong brewed coffee