Do you love chocolate like I love chocolate? Did you know July 7th is National Chocolate Day? That is enough excuse for me! As you know dark chocolate is good for us and when you pair it with pea protein for your morning smoothie, you are in for perfection!
What makes this smoothie amazing?
- It’s vegan
- it has minimal sugar (and there’s options for just using natural sweetener)
- it fills you up for hours because of the healthy fat of avocado, PS- if you don’t like the taste of avocado – you won’t taste it in this smoothie.
- it tastes so so yummy!
You can use vanilla pea protein powder like I did or your own favorite protein powder. Vanilla pea protein powder at Trader Joes is my standby. It has minimal sweetener and since stevia has a very bitter aftertaste to me, I avoid anything with it. Also, if you don’t like using protein powder, use raw almonds and or hemp seeds and you have a totally natural smoothie.
Avocado’s are amazing but if you have large ones as I do in my local farmer’s market, you might only want to put in half of an avocado, and you’re thinking it always goes brown and yucky.
Shhh here’s a secret… use a plastic spatula to cut the avocado and it won’t get dark. I love these little spatulas! Refrigerate half of it? Ok, use the empty shell of the avocado half to cover the unused half, refrigerate it and it will be bright green tomorrow:)
An avocado is ripe when you can barely press on the avocado, if you are not ready to eat it yet, refrigerate the whole avocado and it will stay just that level of ripeness for several days.
You can add in a bit of instant espresso powder to the smoothie as it gives added depth of chocolate flavor, or leave it out, no worries.
The cacao powder, yes it is unsweetened and dark chocolate – this is a nice option as it gives added chocolate flavor. It is important to first dissolve it and the espresso powder in a small amount of hot water.
Whiz it up in your blender and presto it’s ready! I love the Ninja blender system because it is powerful without a hefty price tag and it comes with individual blender containers so if you want to- you can drink it out of that container. However, making your drink beautiful is fabulous way of taking care of yourself, don’t you agree?
Treat yourself today to Chocolate Protein Smoothie.
What is your favorite smoothie?
Chocolate Protein Smoothie
An Easy, healthy protein chocolate smoothie with avocado that is dairy free and so yummy!
- 1 teaspoon cacoa powder, dark
- 1 teaspoon (optional) instant espresso powder
- 1/4 cup hot water
- 1 cup chocolate Almond Milk option-use unsweetened almond milk
- 2 scoops Vanilla Pea Protein Powder
- 1/2 avocado
- 2-4 ice cubes
- 1/4 cup optional frozen organic raspberries
Put cacao powder and instant espresso powder in small cup with hot water. Stir to mix well.
Put all ingredients including above cacoa mixture in blender, blend on high to mix well.
Instead of pea protein powder add 1/4 cup raw almonds and/ or hemp hearts (shelled seeds).
If using unsweetened plain almond milk instead of chocolate almond milk, Add total 1 tablespoon cacao powder (mix in hot water first) and use 3-4 dates, (pitts removed) for sweetness. Other optional sweeteners: Monkfruit or Cassava syrup.
Tip: Use thin bladed plastic/silicone spatula to cut avocado, if using just 1/2 of avocado, keep the empty half rind of the avocado to cover the unused half, refrigerate and use within 1-2 days. It will stay green this way. 🙂
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