Ok, I confess I’m a chocoholic. But who doesn’t like chocolate? I mean it’s just awesome! There are so many varieties of chocolate out there like white, milk, dark and all flavors in between.
Besides tasting so delicious, studies have shown that dark chocolate, at least 75% or more has some pretty good health benefits too like reducing stress and food cravings, fighting fatigue, improving blood circulation and so much more. It’s even considered nutritious and contains nearly the full RDA of copper and manganese, plus it contains descent amounts of magnesium, iron, fiber, zinc, selenium and potassium.
The 75% dark chocolate has the least amount of sugar as compared to white or milk chocolate. So it won’t contribute to weight gain as long as you don’t over do it. What I have noticed personally is that the more sugar that’s in the chocolate, the more I’ll want to eat it. I find that with the darker chocolate I only need 1 square to satisfy chocolate craving and I’m good to go.
As most of you know, I’m vegan so I’m always looking for vegan chocolates. They do make more of them now and they’re very tasty but a little more pricey than regular chocolate. With that being said I’m always on the hunt for new ways to satisfy my chocolate cravings.
I found a great smoothie recipe online that I tried. It was good but just wasn’t satisfying that rich chocolatey flavor I was looking for so I made changes and came up with this delicious Vegan Chocolate Smoothie that has a rich chocolate flavor and contains about 16 grams of protein:
- 1 C Unsweetened Almond Milk (or any unsweet non-dairy milk of your choice)
- 3 Tbsp Organic Gluten Free Oats
- 2 Tbsp Organic Cacao Nibs or 1.5 Tbsp Cocoa Powder (see note below*)
- 2 Tbsp Hemp Seeds
- 1 Tbsp No Salt or Sugar Added Almond Butter
- 2 Tsp Organic Chia Seeds
- 1 Banana
- 1 Organic Date (pitt removed)
- 1/2 Tsp Cinnamon
- 1/2 Tsp Instant Espresso Coffee
- 1/2 C Water
- 1 C Ice
Combine all ingredients in a blender and enjoy!
(*) Although I love cacao nibs and all the antioxidants they provide, I found that using Cocoa Powder gives the smoothie a richer and creamier flavor.
I hope you’ll give this recipe a try and let me know what you think.
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“I’d give up chocolate, but I’m not a quitter.” ~Unknown