Entries in Chocolate (20)
I have a few recipe "blogging rules" that I always try to follow:
- If I feel like a recipe isn't good enough, it doesn't go on the blog. I've become very true to this especially over the last year or so. This also means that if I don't ever see myself making something again I won't post it.
- If I think my photos just aren't good enough I will go back to the drawing board and re-shoot them. This can drive me a bit crazy sometimes, but it's totally worth it in the end when you are satisfied with the final product. After all it's a bit like art.
Anyway, after multiple sips, I knew that this one was going up on the blog. There was no second guessing it tasted that good.
Having said that, I find smoothies always seem like their so easy to make. Throw some things into the blender, whaz it up, and you're done. But sometimes they come out tasting just plain nasty...chalky texture and all. Smoothie making can certainly be an art form.
That's where this vegan protein shake comes in. Cookie dough in smoothie form...what could be better?
Instead of using protein powder, which can give your smoothie that chalky texture and taste, I added these protein-packed ingredients:
- Cashew Butter
- Raw Hemp Seeds
- Almond Milk
This smoothie is also flavoured with cocoa powder and a drizzle of maple syrup. The cashew butter really helps give it that cookie dough batter-like taste, but other nut butters will work too.
Banana goes in for a little extra thickness, but it's definitely not overpowering if you hate bananas.
To top it off we have dark chocolate shavings. And in case you're wondering, yes, this smoothie is totally breakfastable (I'm pretty sure I just made that word up). It's incredibly thick, filling and boasts 17 grams of protein. You can split it into 2 servings if you like with something on the side or finish the whole thing off yourself. Enjoy the boost of protein and omega-3's that hemp seeds provide. They also reduce inflammation in the body and help balance hormones.
So blend it all up and what do we have?
Cookie Dough Protein Smoothie
Keywords: blender breakfast beverage lunch smoothie snack dairy-free gluten-free low-sodium protein soy-free sugar-free vegan banana chocolate hemp seeds cashew butter
Ingredients (yields 16oz)
- 1 cup unsweetended almond milk (or other preferred milk)
- 1/3 cup gluten-free rolled oats
- 1 medium frozen banana
- 1 tbsp cashew butter
- 2 tbsp hemp seeds
- 1 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 tsp pure maple syrup
- 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
- 2-4 ice cubes
- Chocolate shavings (optional)
In a small bowl, mix the oats and almond milk. Place in fridge and let it soak for at least 2 hours to soften and thicken. This prevents the oats from giving the smoothie a gritty texture.
Place thickened oat mixture into your blender along with the rest of the ingredients (except for the chocolate shavings). Blend on high until smooth.
Pour into a tall glass, top with chocolate shavings if desired. Serve and enjoy!Notes
For the entire 16oz portion, this smoothie comes in at approx. 425 calories and 17 grams protein. It's also a rich source of omega 3's, and Calcium. Feel free to split this into 2 servings to make it snack-sized.
Feel free to sub the cashew butter with other nut butters.
Well hello there!
Important things today. I've got brownies for you!
Raw chocolate brownies to be exact.
Showered with more chocolate.
This is not the first time I've made raw brownies. I'm not really sure why it's taken me so long to share this recipe. These are not your typical fluffly, cakey brownies that are baked. The dough is made up of walnuts, cashews, Medjool dates, raw cacao powder, vanilla and a pinch of sea salt. Whip this up in your food processor and you should end up with a 'brownie' dough that looks very much like a larabar in texture and appearance. Next: press the dough into an 8x8 pan for ideal thickness. Place the pan in the freezer for at least 10 minutes and cut into squares.
Violá! You have yourself raw brownies!
The end result kind of blows me away everytime. All without the need for flour, sugar, eggs, or butter...Not that they don't have their own place. Whether you are gluten-free or vegan or simply none of the above these brownies will rock your socks off.
The Raw Brownie
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Keywords: raw food processor dessert gluten-free grain-free sugar-free soy-free vegan cashews cacao powder dates walnuts bars brownies
Ingredients (12-16 brownies)
- 1 1/2 cups whole walnuts
- 1/2 cup raw cashews
- 2 1/2 cups Medjool dates, pitted
- 3/4 cup raw cacao powder or dutch-processed cocoa powder
- 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
Line an 8-inch square baking pan with parchment paper. This will make it easy to lift out the brownies later on.
Place the walnuts and cashews in your food processor and blend until the nuts are ground to a fine crumb.
Add the cacao powder, vanilla, and sea salt; process until thoroughly combined.
Add the pitted dates and blend until finely chopped. The mixture will be sticky and should easily hold together when pressed. You can test this by pressing a tiny bit of the mix between your finger and thumb.
Evenly press the brownie mixture into prepared pan. Place in the fridge or freezer for about 10 minutes, cut and serve. Store leftovers in the freezer.
Before serving try dusting a little extra cacao powder on top of the brownies for presentation and extra chocolatey taste.
No oven required.
Have a happy chocolatey week!