Chocolate Hemp, Chia, & Kale “Frosty”

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All I could think while drinking this–and all I have been able to think for the rest of the day–was that this is surely the world’s most delicious (and sneakily nutritious!) smoothie. It tasted exactly the way I remember a Wendy’s “Frosty” tasting back when I was a little girl, but with none of the guilt! It was rich and creamy, and so thick that I had to get out one of my extra wide (5/16″) metal straws. The regular-sized ones just wouldn’t cut it.

This smoothie was inspired by Angela Liddon’s yummy Creamy Chocolate Hemp Smoothie for Two. I just love Oh She Glows, both the blog and the cookbook! I made a few minor modifications based on what was in my fridge, and voilà, the addictive and oh-so-energizing vegan “Frosty” was born.

I happen to love green smoothies and don’t mind the taste of kale, but for those who dislike kale, this would be an excellent way to sneak in a daily dose, because no-one would ever suspect that there was kale in this drink (so long as you’re using a high-speed blender, such as the Vitamix). The irony is that my son, Zander–who loves green smoothies–will not drink chocolate ones. Isn’t that funny? Oh well, more for me! I don’t need him bouncing off the walls from all that raw cacao powder, anyway. 😉

CHOCOLATE HEMP, CHIA, & KALE “FROSTY”

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups homemade almond milk (or vegan milk of choice)
1 Tbsp Grade C maple syrup
3 Tbsp raw cacao powder
4 Tbsp hulled hemp seeds
1 Tbsp chia seeds
1 1/2 large bananas (peeled and frozen)
1 large handful of baby kale leaves
approx. 4 ice cubes

Instructions:

Combine all ingredients in a high-speed blender and blend until super smooth.

I had just washed a big bowl of raspberries for Zander to eat along with his buckwheat pancakes for breakfast, and as sort of an afterthought, I plopped one into my smoothie. It was such a yummy combination that I wound up stealing a few more from Zander’s bowl when he wasn’t looking. Shhhh. Please don’t tell him! He’d be really upset with me. OK, so maybe I was wrong about this being an entirely guilt-free drink. 😉

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About Kim McCoy

Kim McCoy is a passionate animal and environmental advocate with a B.S. in Business Administration from UT Knoxville and a J.D. specializing in Animal and Environmental Law. She graduated with honors from Lewis & Clark Law School, where she served as Editor in Chief of the internationally acclaimed Animal Law Review and interned with the National Center for Animal Law and the International Environmental Law Project. Kim is a member of MENSA (the “high IQ society”) and previously worked for Sea Shepherd Conservation Society in a variety of roles, including Executive Director, Director of Campaigns, and Director of Legal Affairs. Kim is also the former Executive Director of the One World One Ocean Foundation and the proud mother of a healthy, thriving son who has been vegan since conception. Currently serving as Executive Director of Big Life Foundation, which protects wildlife and wild lands in Eastern Africa, Kim remains deeply committed to the defense of animals worldwide.
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