I’m going to be honest here, I’m a girl who likes EATING breakfast. I’ve never been one to choose a smoothie for breakfast over a good avocado toast or eggs benny…it just doesn’t happen. In the last week I’ve discovered a new smoothie that’s completely transformed my breakfast game in the best way. A salted chocolate hemp shake. How good does that sound?!
I can confirm that the smoothie tastes as decadent as it sounds and is SO easy to make. What a plus! An important thing to note is that if you’re allergic to nuts or have a sensitivity, this recipe probably isn’t for you. However for those who are not allergic to a wide variety of nuts…to make it nut-free you can swap in 1 can of light coconut milk and use coconut butter in lieu of the nut butter. Obviously you have to judge if your body can handle this or if it’ll still flare up your allergy – be cautious!
Here’s the recipe from Angela Liddon’s Oh She Glows Everyday plant-based cookbook (my absolute fave). Now, I generally make a lot of substitutions and experiment with flavours when I find a recipe I really like, so don’t be alarmed by the changes that I made to my version. Once you get the hang of the smoothie and what ingredients change the taste you won’t even have to look back at the recipe.
Salted Chocolate Hemp Shake:
To make it, you add all of the ingredients to a high-speed blender and blend on high until super smooth. I just used my NutriBullet with the four-prong blade and it worked just fine, so if that’s all you have then all is good (Totally talking to all those students out there)!
1 3/4 unsweetened almond milk (I used cashew milk and it worked just as well)
1 large frozen banana, roughly chopped
3 or 4 large pitted Medjool dates, to taste, or 2 tablespoons of pure syrup (Now I didn’t include these because I wanted to avoid the added sugar, but you can feel free to do either)
3 tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder
3 tablespoons of hemp hearts
1 tablespoon of coconut or nut butter (Liddon notes in the book that coconut butter is hard to find. I ended up just using cashew butter which made the smoothie super creamy and absolutely delicious)
1/4 teaspoon of ground cinnamon (I opted in for this)
1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon of fine sea salt (I just eyeballed the measurement)
4 ice cubes (If you want the smoothie to be less watered down you can totally omit this part)
Hope that you enjoy the recipe just as much as I did! All I can say is well done Angela Liddon, well done.
xo – L