May 09, 2013

“Super Q” Chocolate Smoothie. Vegan.

You didn’t think I’d let smoothie week pass by without the inclusion of CHOCOLATE did you? In physics, “Q” is the symbol for heat energy or electrical charge. I’m calling this a “Super Q” smoothie because it will supercharge your engine! There are so many natural, energizing ingredients in this drink that it’s perfect for a fast start to a busy day. If you’re a chocolate lover (like me) you will love the rich, dense flavors that linger on your taste buds.

I was debating whether I should call this a shake or a smoothie. What’s the difference?? Traditionally a shake (short for milk shake) contains dairy. And smoothies contain blended frozen fruits. Well, since all my smoothies are dairy-free, can I really call them shakes? A lot of them have soy milk. Most of them have fruits… sometimes both. Hmm, I don’t know. Does it really matter? You can call this frosty treat whatever you want. Just enjoy it!

Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup raw almond butter
  • ¼ cup cacao nibs (or non-alkalized cocoa powder)
  • 3 TBS non-alkalized cocoa powder
  • 6 dates, pits removed
  • 1 cup brewed Kukicha tea, cooled (see notes)
  • ½ cup unsweetened soy milk or other non-dairy milk
  • 2-3 kale leaves, thick inner stems removed
  • 1 TBS vanilla extract
  • 2 TBS flax meal
  • 2 TBS hemp seeds
  • 1 tsp chia seeds
  • 1 heaping tsp cinnamon
  • 2 frozen bananas
  • 1 cup frozen blueberries
  • 4 ice cubes

Directions:

  1. Place the cacao nibs, almond butter, dates and soy milk in a high powered blender and blend until smooth. The reason I add these ingredients first is because those cacao nibs can be a bit tough to break down and can add a little grit to the smoothie (not so pleasant). So you may need to blend them for a while. Adding the rest of the ingredients last ensures a smooth texture and a cold smoothie.
  2. Add remaining ingredients and blend until smooth. Garnish with cocoa nibs.
Helyn’s Notes: Kukicha tea is made from the stems (as opposed to the leaves) of green tea. See my earlier post for more information about Kukicha Twig Tea. If you don’t have any on hand, you can just substitute with water. It won’t change the flavor much, if at all.

Serves 2. Enjoy!

Vroooom,

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