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Vegan Chocolate Smoothie
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Vegan Chocolate Smoothie

I am an ice cream lover, but it is hard to justify when you are trying to not do any, or less dairy. There are plenty of seemingly great frozen dessert alternatives to conventional dairy ice cream, but whose got time to try them all out? I'm sure we've all experienced the pain of shelling out $6 or $7 for a small pint of non-dairy ice cream, only to be terribly, terribly disappointed. In addition to being pricey and limited in flavor options (and in some cases, flavor to boot), store bought varieties often include epic amounts of processed sugar and other additives, not to mention they're generally pretty heavy on packaging that inevitably winds up in landfills. Who doesn't have a warm fuzzy feeling (though it may seem counterintuitive) when thinking about pure homemade ice cream? Well, we don't have to give it up, just because we've chosen a vegan lifestyle! So here is an alternative that I thought was pretty darn good! I just play around a little with the ingredients depending on how thick or thin I want it, also adjusting the level of sweetness to my taste and mood.

  • 3/4 to 1 cup of almond milk or coconut milk (sweetened or not...or even homemade!)
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup of peanut butter, or any nut butter to your liking. ( I like, and truly prefer, homemade almond butter)
  • 2 heaping tablespoons of 100% pure cocoa
  • 1 or 2 frozen bananas (depending on the size and how much you like banana)
  • 1 teaspoon or so of pure vanilla extract
  • 1 or 2 tablespoons of stevia powder (or for vegetarians, can use honey)
  • About 6 ice cubes
  • 1 or 2 tablespoons of raw wheat germ (totally optional)

There you have it! All you do is put the ingredients in a blender and waalaa! I also have wanted to try and add a cup of spinach to this to see if it would hide some more healthy factors in this, but haven't yet. Let me know how you like it!

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  1. Ericka McGee
    This looks amazing and has no milk products in it at all. I have to try and find new recipes for my daughter who I just found out is allergic to dairy. I am new here ad looking for ideas on what I can give her that she can have that does not contain dairy products and is my list of acceptable item from her Doctor.
    1. Dana Cherie
      Dana Cherie
      I agree, this recipe does look amazing. I've found that I have the best luck with "non-dairy" products when I make them at home. Like nut milks. They're available in the store, but they're so easy to make at home, and so much less expensive, that it seems silly to buy them from the store. Plus they're so much fresher when you make them at home. Another dairy item I had to replace was cheese. I love cheese. I couldn't picture myself not being able to eat it regularly. But I went almost 2 years without cheese- vegan or non-vegan. When I found out you can make cheese with nuts and seeds, I was all about it. I wrote a post that you might want to check out. I share some of the recipes I've found that are really tasty. I have 2 children, and they both absolutely love raw vegan cheese. Let me know what you think. :)
  2. Still Mind
    Still Mind
    Oh, this sounds delicious! I haven't had a smoothie in a while. Adding peanut butter is a nice touch. :-)
  3. Christine Mulligan
    This looks really good - voted
  4. Alex
    I, too, like the look and sound of this... would like to actually give it a look-see. And I'd like to try that spinach in there... love spinach. Anyway, thanks Q! Keep 'em coming. -Alex
  5. QQ Quotes
    QQ Quotes
    Thanks for all the great comments :)
  6. Getting fit with the V
    Getting fit with the V
    This sounds awesome. You hit all my faves in one drink. I will try this one .
  7. deepam
    simply delicious, thanks for the recipe, voted


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