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Decadent Chocolate Recovery Smoothie

Say hello to my new favourite smoothie.

Decadent Chocolate Recovery Smoothie |

I've been trying some different combinations out for new smoothie ideas, mainly due to boredom from my same-old. It's delicious but I'm in need of mixing things up for my taste buds sake. Things have also been getting a bit more intense on the workout front. I like to do my cardio 'sans' gym because I prefer to take it outside in the fresh air, especially since it's been warming up. During the week I head to the gym in the evening and lift weights. It's great! It's been six years straight that I've been going since started back up after a few years off due to school and life. My trainer puts together my routines and lately their a little more intense. I definitley feel stronger, but my body is often very stiff and sore.

Decadent Chocolate Recovery Smoothie |

Truth is, this smoothie is decadent tasting but totally vamped with health benefits. It's exactly what I'm looking for after a hard workout of throwing weights around for an hour. Bye bye inflamed muscles. I've also tried this with coconut milk for a real treat. The coconut milk will help replace any electrolytes lost from sweating, so it's a win win situation. For anyone who is allergic to nut milks feel free to replace the almond/coconut milk with regular milk or your own preference.

Decadent Chocolate Recovery Smoothie |

Into the blender goes:

  • Frozen Banana and strawberries: to top up gycogen stores in your muscles and for thickness.
  • Nutmeg: for it's anit-inflammatory properties and it's flavour!
  • Cacao Powder: a rich source of antioxidants
  • Chocolate Protein Powder: to aid in the recovery of muscle and the building of new muscle.
  • Pure Vanilla: for taste of course.
  • Almond or Coconut Milk: to help replenish those lost electrolytes.

This smoothie is so simple but so good! Thick, rich, decadent, and guiltless.

Decadence + Recovery = Satisfaction.

Decadent Chocolate Recovery Smoothie

Decadent Chocolate Recovery Smoothie |

by Jennifer Trennum

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Keywords: blender beverage breakfast lunch smoothie gluten-free grain-free protein soy-free nutmeg strawberries protein powder North Coast Naturals

Ingredients (Serves 1)

  • 1 medium-sized banana (about 7-8" long), frozen
  • 2 -3 strawberries, fresh or frozen
  • 1 cup unsweetended almond milk or coconut milk
  • 1/2 scoop North Coast Naturals Chocolate 100% Iso-Protein
  • 2 tablespoon raw cacao powder, or unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon fresh ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Note: You can use your preferred choice of milk if allergic to nuts/almonds.


Place all ingredients in a blender and blend on high until smooth. Enjoy!

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The hardest part is remembering to freeze bananas the night before.

Bottoms up!

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Bites

By now you guys know I have a bit of an obsession with nut butters. Don't worry I'm not turning the blog into a nut butter recipe archive. don't worry, I'm just kidding.

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Bites |

I realize I've been posting quite a few snack recipes lately. That's because I love to make quick and easy snacks that have lots of functional nutrition for the body. Homemade grab-and-go snacks are my favourite kind. I promise I'll get back to posting more meal recipes. But for now I've got one more delicious one to share with you.

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Bites |

These chocolate chip oatmeal bites are full of peanut butter flavour and healthy fats to keep you feeling satiated. If you're not a big fan of peanut butter try using almond butter or sunflower seed butter. But I'm sure many people would agree with me if I said peanut butter completes chocolate.

Made with 5 simple ingredients! No grains, No dairy, No gluten, and No refined sugars...and no oven required.

Seriously what's not to love?

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Bites |

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Bites gluten-free, vegan | Yields: 16 balls

adapted from Gimme Some Oven's No Bake Energy Bites

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  • 1 cup gluten-free old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup almond flour
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/4 cup vegan dark chocolate chips
  • 2/3 cup + 2 tbsp natural peanut butter (or your favourtie nut butter)


  1. In a large bowl, mix together oats, almond flour, coconut and chocolate chips. 
  2. Add peanut butter and mix together thoroughly. 
  3. Scoop the mixture out of the bowl using a mini ice cream scoop or spoon and then using your hands, roll into balls.

*Tip* Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to two weeks.

Nutritional Information:

Serving Size: 1 ball Calories: 142 Fat: 10g Fiber: 2g Protein: 6g Sodium: 0mg Carbohydrates: 8g Sugar: 1g

If you like these check out these Peanut Butter Energy Bites

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Bites |