Entries in Smoothies (7)
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.
Say hello to my new favourite 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.
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.
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
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
Place all ingredients in a blender and blend on high until smooth. Enjoy!
The hardest part is remembering to freeze bananas the night before.