Chocolate Green Super Smoothie is my favorite, go-to smoothie recipe for its rich chocolate flavor and power packed super foods! Vegan + GF
How’s the Halloween candy bowl? Is it empty…. almost empty? Seems this time of year we are inundated with sweet treats tempting us to have just a bite… or two. The grocery store isles are packed…
No, overflowing with packaged candy. One can become mesmerized at all the choices. And it’s not just at the candy isle. It’s there you when you enter the building, like an ocean of sugar and it’s up to you to find your way out!
Enter green smoothies. In this case, a chocolate green smoothie to soothe your sweet tooth and your conscience. I know, there are so many green smoothie recipes out there, each one with their own twist or list of ingredients.
But what I really appreciate about the myriad of green smoothie options is being able to try them and experience the variety of flavors all mixed up and smoothed out together. Isn’t it fun!? There are so many possibilities!
This green smoothie recipe is one of my favorites; a go-to recipe I never grow tired of.
I’ve been using hemp hearts on salads, sprinkled in yogurt, in energy bites and regularly in green smoothies since before I started blogging. But in green smoothies, they create an ultra creamy experience!
Hemp hearts are packed full of good for you stuff like dietary fiber, protein, manganese, phosphorus, magnesium and essential fatty acids. They are a pantry staple in our home and one that I make sure I always have on hand.
Another component of this smoothie that I love is of course the chocolate. I use raw cacao powder. As you know, cacao is a powerhouse of nutrition and makes any green smoothie taste like dessert! Like hemp hearts, raw cacao is packed with good for your nutrients. It is full of fiber, antioxidants, magnesium and iron. It also contains ‘good mood’ phytochemicals to help kick start your day on a positive note. Y’all like chocolate, right?
Swiss chard, the leafy green in this recipe, has a long growing season so it’s widely and consistently available. Our local farms have been going it since early spring, much to my excitement, because it’s one of my favorite greens to use in green smoothies. It has a mild and pleasant flavor, and is a powerful source of nutrient dense vitamins and minerals. It is high in vitamin K, A and C, and is a good source of fiber and protein.
Did you hear me people? Protein! It helps regulate blood sugar, support bone health and is anti-inflammatory. For more about the super power of Swiss chard, check out World’s Healthiest Foods.
So, after all the candy of last weekend, it’s time to take a break and have something… well, still delicious, rich and sweet, but on a whole different level! I hope you’ll give this a try!
Chocolate Green Super Smoothie
- 4 Leaves Medium of Swiss Chard stems on, cut in a few large pieces (about 6 oz)
- 2 Dates pitted
- 2 oz Apples small or 1 large, cored (about 11 )
- 1/2 oz Cucumber chopped into large chunks (about 8 )
- 1 Banana frozen
- 1 C Almond Milk or water
- 1/2 C Water
- 2 Tbs Natural Peanut Butter or Almond Butter
- 3 Tbs Raw Cacao Powder
- 2 Tbs Raw Shelled Hemp Seeds
- 1/4 tsp Cinnamon
- 2 Big Handfuls of Ice
- Wash and prep all veggies.
- Add veggies, fruit, cacao, seeds, milk, water, cinnamon and ice to a Vitamix.
- Start blending on low and slowly increase the speed. Use tamper as needed. Blend until all ingredients are smooth.
- Enjoy right away!
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