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Chocolate Smoothie

Protein shake

Reprinted with permission from Superfood Smoothies by Julie Morris ($16.95, Sterling, 2013)

If you love chocolate, you will adore this smoothie. Super-packed with nutrients and overflowing with chocolate flavor, this creamy blend offers a bona fide healthy excuse to have chocolate at any (or every) meal.

10 minutes prep time   Makes 2 16-oz servings

You'll need

  • 1/4 c large Medjool dates, pitted (about 3-4 fruits)
  • 2 Tbsp mashed avocado
  • 2 Tbsp cacao nibs
  • 1/4 c cacao powder
  • 3 Tbsp hemp protein powder
  • 2 tsp maca powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 c coconut water
  • 1 c ice
  • Sweetener, to taste

Directions

  1. Blend all the ingredients, except the ice, until smooth.
  2. Add the ice and blend once more until frosty. Taste, and adjust sweetness as desired.

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