After getting way off track with our meal planning and food spending in July (total summertime mode), I’ve been spending a lot more time in the kitchen this month, trying to get creative with what we have on hand and stick to healthier meals and snacks for my husband and me.
I’ve been experimenting with a few of my tried and true favorites, like PB2 and Maca powder, and also playing around with some new things like Aloha Organic Vanilla Protein Powder in my smoothies, baked goods and other treats. I’m planning a full review focused on this protein powder later this month, but for today, I wanted to share a super simple healthy dessert / afternoon snack I’ve been whipping up repeatedly this month – easy vegan chocolate smoothie bowls!
I love recipes where all you have to do is toss a bunch of stuff into the blender or Nutribullet and, voila! You have something tasty and filling! This is exactly that kind of recipe. And you can adapt the thickness to make a thicker consistency for a chocolate pudding feel, which I’ve done a few times, and could probably even pop it in the freezer for a while and make it taste like ice cream! (I haven’t tried this one, so let me know if you do!) Here’s the recipe:
1/4 ripe avocado
1 tbsp cacao powder (add more for a more bitter, dark chocolate taste)
1/2 cup raw canned coconut milk (or use coconut cream for a thicker “pudding” texture)
1/2 cup almond milk
1 tbsp almond nutter
1 date (add another for extra sweetness)
Optional: 1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder
- Combine all ingredients into Nutribullet or other blender and blend until smooth.
You can play around with the proportions of pretty much all of these ingredients to adjust the consistency and flavor to your liking. Note that in order to get that slightly thick smoothie feel, you’ll want to use raw coconut milk that will thicken with mixing, rather than the more watery coconut milk from a carton.
If you leave out the protein powder and double check your ingredients for no added sugars, this recipe is also ingredient compliant for Whole30 – though I know concoctions like this don’t technically fit into their “food philosophy.” But, still. Healthy chocolate pudding? Why would you not??
Be sure to let me know in the comments if you try out the recipe and what you think! Do you have a favorite “throw it in the blender” recipe? I’d love to try it out!
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