If there’s something I couldn’t live without, it’s smoothies. I eat them all year round, even when it’s cold outside. When it gets super cold, like -30°C, I usually pair my smoothie with a cup of hot tea or sit in front of a fireplace to warm up. I often think about how silly it looks, wearing a warm hoodie and fuzzy socks, sitting right in front of a fireplace, and drinking chocolate ice cream smoothie that is as cold as ice.
My husband usually just shakes his head when he sees me. Not only because of my purple lips, but also because he doesn’t consider smoothies to be a food. According to him, anything that is liquid isn’t food. It’s a beverage. In other words, smoothies are just a beverage pre-digested by the blender. Fair enough, but that doesn’t change the smoothies are delicious. I crave that sweet taste, the incredible melt-in-your-
Deep down, I think that my husband feels the same about this chocolate ice cream smoothie. Why else would he ask me to make some for him every time he hears me turning the blender on in the morning? He would just never admit it.
Tips for Making Chocolate Ice Cream Smoothie with Greens
I know that smoothies aren’t exactly hard to make, and don’t typically require a recipe, but I wanted to share this one with you because I think it’s special. It’s not special because it’s a particularly ingenious invention on my part, but because it packs a load of greens while still tasting like chocolate. I can stuff as much spinach into this smoothie as I want without affecting the flavor one bit.
I’ve been relying on this smoothie multiple days a week for some time now and I love it. I think it’s the combination of easy to digest sugars from the berries with a good source of protein (yes, peanut butter and hemp seeds are a great source of protein). Then there’s the soothing smooth texture of bananas, and the creaminess of good quality almond milk — not too sweet to make you crave more sugary things, not too light to make you hungry 10 minutes later… but light enough to fuel you up for a decent amount of time at a relative caloric fraction of similar snacks and smoothies.
And of course, the greens. I like using baby spinach because it’s a dark green vegetable with a very delicate texture. As soon as you use hardier dark greens, like kale, the greens are much harder to mask. The spinach also compliments the chocolate flavor of cacao really well so it’s a win-win. You can easily add more raw cacao powder to make the chocolate flavor in this smoothie even more prominent. But do try the original just once and see if you don’t fall in love it like I have.
The combination is so simple, yet delicious. While I call this recipe “for two”, there are definitely times I’ve eaten the whole thing faster than anyone has seen me make it. So the next time you need a quick breakfast or just something to silent your cravings for chocolate, give this chocolate ice cream smoothie a try.
Tools You’ll Need
1. Blender (Vitamix 5200)
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- 2 frozen bananas*
- 1/2 cup frozen berries
- 3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1 Tbsp. natural peanut butter
- 1-2 Tbsp. hemp seeds
- 2 Tbsp. cacao powder
- 2 handfuls baby spinach
- 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
Combine all the ingredients in a high-speed blender and blend until smooth and creamy.**
Adjust any ingredients according to your taste and serve immediately.
Store leftover smoothie in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 1 day.
*Don't forget to peel your bananas before freezing.
** If you don’t have a strong enough blender to make your smoothie creamy, here are a few things you can do:
1. Slice the bananas into smaller chunks before freezing.
2. Blend the spinach with a little bit of water or almond milk first, before adding any other ingredient into the blender.
3. Swap the hemp seeds for your favorite protein powder.