This smoothie morphed out of a grand obsession I had with Ben & Jerry's Chunky Monkey ice cream, back when I was a non-vegan. I love this recipe because it satisfies that same craving in a much healthier, happy-tummy, animal-friendly way. :)
Funky Monkey Banana Smoothie
- 1 large organic Banana (frozen works great!)
- 1 cup Vanilla Almond Milk (Almond Breeze or Whole Foods 365 are my favorites)
- 1/4 cup Raw Walnuts
- 1 oz Dark Chocolate (chips or chunks)
- 1 tsp whole Brown Flax Seed (optional)
- 1/2 cup Ice
Put ice and almond milk into blender, blend until ice is broken up. Add remaining ingredients, blend until smooth but still a little chunky. Adjust amount of almond milk or ice to make smoothie thicker or thinner according to your taste. Serve immediately and enjoy cold. If you would like it a little sweeter, add a dash of agave syrup.
*I like to serve with a straw and a slice of banana on the rim of the glass as a garnish. It's also fun to reserve a few chocolate and walnut crumbles to sprinkle over the top.
*Image courtesy Flickr creative commons.