Superfood Vegan Chocolate Smoothie
It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of healthy smoothies. Some days I think that I could live off of them! And while I am a huge fan of green smoothies (like this peaches and greens breakfast smoothie) there is no denying that a vegan chocolate smoothie is one hell of a treat. Creamy, delicious and filled to the brim with superfoods, this smoothie will literally kick you in the butt with health 😉
The funny thing about writing this blog post is that even though I made this healthy recipe a few weeks ago.. I am currently writing this while I sip on yet another vegan chocolate smoothie. Haha Seriously, I think I have an addiction happening here!
The truth is, smoothies (and smoothie bowls!) are just a really fast, easy and tasty way to take in a bunch of healthy nutrients. When you think of all the healthy ingredients and nutrients your body needs in a day, it sometimes seems impossible to actually eat them all!
Smoothies allow you to boost your nutrition, take in all sorts of vitamins and minerals and not have to spend an hour chewing a salad 😉
And this vegan chocolate smoothie definitely has an insane amount of nutrients!
When it comes to vegan smoothies, chia seeds are one of my favorite ingredients. Not only because they are super healthy (ready why I think all kids should have them in their diets here) but because they also help keep an awesome consistency.
Chia seeds absorb fluid and with the right ratios create a gel like pudding texture. This helps smoothie bind together and stay smooth and creamy versus kind of chunky and separated. Plus, they have a great nutrient profile including a lot of healthy omega three fatty acids and even some great proteins.
These fatty acids help boost brain development especially in kids and reduce inflammation. Chia seeds are always a win.
To keep the flavor of this dark smoothie chocolate based, I went with my all time favorite: cacao powder. If I could live off of one superfood for the rest of my life, I think it would have to be cacao powder (read more about it’s amazing benefits here).
If it isn’t a reason to love it enough because it makes everything CHOCOLATE, it also contains more calcium than cow’s milk, more antioxidants than blueberries and a host of other amazing healthy perks.
Truly, cacao powder not only rocks but it is my favorite ingredient for EVERYTHING.
It also allows me to make a lot of vegan chocolate. Cacao powder mixed with a sweetener makes an awesome chocolate base and is completely dairy free. While we do still have some amounts of dairy in our house, I do prefer to keep the bulk of our diet free from cow’s milk (read about tips on going dairy free here)
And lastly, on the awesome superfood train is chlorella powder. This is a rather new addition to my diet and I’m loving it. Chlorella has a great vitamin/mineral breakdown and includes a good amount of plant based protein, magnesium and zinc- all of which we seem to get far too little of. In very short summary, chlorella powder is seen as a “detoxifier”. Since I believe that, when given the proper fuel and nutrients your body will detox itself, this is an awesome addition to my smoothies.
So again, this vegan chocolate smoothie is pretty awesome. It’s plant based, filled with superfoods and will definitely give a nice nutrient boost to your system. You can easily throw in some vegan protein powder (this is my favorite!) for a post workout shake or just enjoy the tasty indulgence as is.
Ingredients in the Vegan Chocolate Cherry Smoothie
- 3/4 cup frozen cherries
- 3 ice cubes
- 2 tablespoons cacao powder
- 1 tablespoon Chia Seeds
- 2 tablespoon maple syrup
- 1 tablespoon cashew butter
- 2 dates
- 1/4 teaspoon chlorella powder (optional)
- 1/2 cup almond milk
- 3/4 cup water
Note: all of these health boosting ingredients can be purchased through my favorite retailer Well.ca– and the best part is that they offer free shipping!
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How To Make This Chocolate Cherry Smoothie
In a powerful blender add the cherries and ice cubes. Pulse slightly to chop.
Add in the remaining ingredients.
Pour the almond milk and water on top.
Blend until smooth.
Potion into one large jar or two small ones.
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Superfood Vegan Chocolate Smoothie
This vegan chocolate smoothie is perfect for a midday snack because it’s full of health boosting superfoods! It’s protein powder free, chocolate cherry based and sure to give your system a nutrient kick.