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”
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
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. 😉