The Ugliest Vegan Chocolate Shake Known To Humankind
- Servings Per Recipe: 2
- Amount Per Serving
- Calories: 157.3
- Total Fat: 5.7 g
- Cholesterol: 0.0 mg
- Sodium: 137.8 mg
- Total Carbs: 16.5 g
- Dietary Fiber: 3.7 g
- Protein: 10.7 g
IntroductionTastes much, MUCH better than it looks. NO, you cannot taste the spinach. I promise. Eat-with-a-spoon thick - I was aiming for the consistency of a Wendy's Frosty - and will hold you for hours. Tastes much, MUCH better than it looks. NO, you cannot taste the spinach. I promise. Eat-with-a-spoon thick - I was aiming for the consistency of a Wendy's Frosty - and will hold you for hours.
1/2 cup So Delicious Almond Plus almond milk, original or vanilla (or chocolate, if you happen to have some)
1 cup water
1/2 cup frozen bagged chopped spinach (not thawed)
1 extra-small banana, frozen, or 6 1" chunks of frozen banana
1 scoop Sun Warrior Warrior Blend protein powder, Chocolate flavor (or any chocolate p.p. you like)
2 Tbsp cocoa powder
1/16 tsp xanthan gum
1/8 tsp guar gum
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 Tbsp (1 1/2 tsp) coconut oil
10-12 ice cubes (1-oz-water size)
Optional: handful of frozen strawberries or raspberries
-I use frozen spinach because fresh greens don't blend smoothly in my bargain blender, and it's just plain more convenient. I use Trader Joe's Organic Chopped Spinach; in my experience, most store brands of chopped spinach have a lot of coarse, stringy stems. I have read that you can also just throw bags of prewashed baby spinach in the freezer although I have not yet tried that. Of course you can use fresh if you prefer.
-Explanation of xanthan and guar gums here: http://smoothiegirleatstoo.blogspot.com/2009/11/why-i-use-xanthan-and-guar-gums-in-my.html Don't sweat it if you don't have them. (Best way to buy these is from the bulk jars at a health food store, an ounce of each will last for _months_ of daily smoothies; second best is in small jars from the vitamin department. NOW Foods is probably most widely available. Packets in the gluten-free baking area are most expensive.) If your protein powder makes a very thick drink, leave the gums out; Sun Warrior Warrior Blend has some konjac and guar gum but I thought it needed a little extra boost to get it extra thick. I have a set of measuring spoons labeled "dash" (1/8 tsp), "pinch" (1/16 tsp), and "smidgen" (1/32 tsp), which are available online (Amazon and many other places) and are very useful here.
-I prefer Trader Joe's and Hershey's Special Dark cocoa powder over regular - they have more "oomph".
2. Add banana and puree until it disappears.
3. Add protein powder, cocoa powder, salt, xanthan gum, guar gum, vanilla and coconut oil to blender and pulse to incorporate. (Put the coconut oil on top of the powder ingredients to avoid getting chunks of solidified oil.)
4. Add the ice cubes, a few at a time, and blend on high speed until completely smooth. If you want the optional berries, add those first, before the ice - you probably won't want as much ice.
5. Serve, preferably in opaque cups ;-) with a long spoon and a wide smoothie straw.
(If you really want to go over the top, throw in a few Tbsp of semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips or a piece of a chocolate bar - about 1 ounce or 30g - at the end and blend about 20-30 seconds. Unless you have a Vitamix type megablender, you get little flecks of chocolate in your shake. Yummy!)
Serving Size: 2 shakes about the same size as a Starbucks "Grande" (16oz)