This is one rich and chocolatey shake, and I am happy to say my kids absolutely love it! This is an all powerful, nutrient dense, plant based protein shake that is nothing but delicious. It tastes like dessert and has zero chalky protein powders added. I make this with pure raw foods that anybody can find in their local grocery store.
The rich, dark chocolate flavor of this smoothie is due to none other than pure, cacao powder. I found a nice organic powder from Whole Foods, which is of great quality. Pure cacao powder is great for many reasons, namely being a rich antioxidant source, as well as iron, magnesium, fiber, and even protein. Who knew chocolate could be so beneficial! Lately, I have been limiting my intake of dessert and refined sugar, so this makes for a great substitute to fulfill my chocolate cravings.
You can use your favorite milk, but I stick with the plant based source of almond milk. Throw in a couple of frozen bananas for the rich creamy texture, as well as the digestive and heart health benefits.
I use a dollop of fresh ground peanut butter, which you could make yourself if you have an awesome blender like my Vitamix. However, I get fresh peanut butter from the grocery store; many places have a grinder to make your own fresh peanut butter on the spot. My kids love doing this in the store! I love it because I know it is non-processed, fresh, and with no salt or sugar added. With the amount of peanut butter I add, we can actually hardly taste it, but it is there for the protein boost. If you actually love the flavor of peanut butter, you could double the amount added.
The bananas along with three juicy Medjool dates make the bitter flavors of the cacao come out in the rich chocolatey flavor I am going for. If you want less sweet, use only one banana. Sometimes I make this with one banana only and add strawberries, to cut down on the calories.
Goji berries are a super food that I have been tossing into smoothies, cereal, and snack mixes alike. The kids love these too, and so will parents due to their super health benefits. Goji berries have long been used in Chinese medicine, and have the benefits of being high in antioxidants, high in fiber, vitamin A, and an excellent protein source. Some studies even show they can help destroy cancer cells.
- 1.5 cup almond milk
- 1-2 frozen bananas
- 3 dates (Medjool or similar texture)
- 1/2 c goji berries
- 1/4 c cacao powder
- 1/2 c fresh ground peanut butter
- Add all ingredients to a blender, layering with liquid and soft ingredients first and frozen bananas on the very top.
- Blend for 1-2 minutes and enjoy!
- Replace one banana with frozen strawberries for a lighter smoothie, with less sugar content. The banana makes this very creamy and rich!