This combination is so simple, I hardly consider it a recipe, but I’ve been enjoying it far too often to keep it all to myself.
What I love most about this frosty chocolate shake is that it’s exclusively sweetened with fruit, and has a slushy texture reminiscent of an authentic milkshake. The key to this texture is using frozen banana, which is notorious for its ice-cream like qualities, and adding very little liquid, to keep the mixture nice and thick. Paired with cinnamon, which is thought to help balance blood sugar, and nutrient-rich hemp hearts, this shake packs over 10 grams of protein per serving, and will keep you satisfied far longer than a traditional milkshake!
For an even healthier spin, try adding a handful or two of fresh spinach to the mix. It adds a slightly green tint to this shake, but doesn’t affect its rich chocolate flavor.
The next time you need a post-workout snack, or just a tasty chocolate treat, I hope you give this shake a shot!
Chocolate Banana Protein Shake (Vegan, Nut-free)
1 frozen banana*
3 tablespoons hemp hearts
1/2 cup water
1 1/2 tablespoons raw cacao powder (or cocoa powder)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract (alcohol-free, if desired)
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3-4 ice cubes (optional)
2 handfuls fresh spinach (optional)
*Tip: Be sure to peel your bananas before freezing! If you have a high-speed blender, like the Vitamix, you can leave the banana whole, but otherwise, I recommend slicing the banana into small coins before freezing, for easier and more uniform blending.
Combine all of the ingredients in a high-speed blender, and blend until thick and smooth. Adjust any flavors to taste, as desired, and serve immediately!
- 1 frozen banana*
- 3 tablespoons hemp hearts
- ½ cup water
- 1½ tablespoons raw cacao powder (or cocoa powder)
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract (alcohol-free, if desired)
- ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 3-4 ice cubes (optional)
- 2 handfuls fresh spinach (optional)
- Combine all of the ingredients in a high-speed blender, and blend until thick and smooth. Adjust any flavors to taste, as desired, and serve immediately!
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