In case you haven’t noticed, I’ve basically given up refined sugars. It was a really hard thing for me to do, but now that I’ve done it, my life has changed.
I finally see food as a source of energy.
I finally taste the sweetness of real food.
I find it much easier to get through the day with two wild lovely ones running around now that I don’t rely on refined sugars to give me a false burst of energy mid-afternoon (only to crash in a pile of crayons half an hour later).
Now I get my mid-afternoon energy rush from this luscious Peanut Butter and Chocolate Smoothie. It gets me to dinner no problem. And, as always, there’s lots of room to play around and switch things up.
Peanut Butter and Chocolate Smoothie
This smoothie recipe grew out of my Almond Dream smoothie. I think you’ll love it.
4-5 medjool dates, soaked and pitted
2 cups non-dairy milk (we use unsweetened almond milk)
2 scoops hemp protein powder (we use Manitoba Harvest)
3 tbsp raw cacao powder (we use Navitas Naturals)
A dash or two of cinnamon
3-4 tbsp organic peanut butter (another nut butter or sunflower seed butter works just as well)
2 heaping tbsp of ground chia (ground flax works too)
5 ice cubes
Soak and pit dates (soak in hot water for at least 5 minutes). Place all ingredients in your blender (or in a cup if using an immersion blender). Blend well and serve chilled.
Yield: two-three smoothies