Creamy Chocolate Hemp Smoothie for Two

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One of the most popular questions I’ve received over the years is “How can I get my partner to eat healthier?” What I’ve come to realize is that for most people change has to happen from within. Whether it’s a personal struggle they go through or a light bulb moment they experience, many of us have to figure it out for ourselves. Plus, some people are naturally more resistant to change than others and if you push them, they repel in the opposite direction. I don’t believe in pressuring someone to eat a certain way and I don’t think that there is a one size fits all approach for everyone. Leading by example helps (and sharing great-tasting food!), but ultimately if someone is going to make any kind of change in their life it usually has to be internally motivated for it to stick. This has been especially true for my own dietary changes and the shifts I’ve seen in Eric too. I’ve been singing the praises of green smoothies to Eric for 6 years now, but it just took him one moment of internal motivation to get hooked. Go figure. Although in his defense, I think I scared him off with an utterly gross concoction I made for him years ago.

Earlier this year, Eric ditched his morning cereal in an effort to cut down the gluten and processed carbs in his diet as he was suffering from some major brain fog and wanted to experiment with his diet. He now drinks a huge green smoothie every morning and claims he is feeling better. His only problem, he says, is keeping his pants up because he dropped some weight in the process.

This year, we’ve been big fans of adding hulled hemp seeds into our smoothies for a natural protein, fibre, and omega-3 boost. One 3-tablespoon serving has an impressive 2.5 grams of omega-3 fatty acids, 10 grams of protein, and 3 grams of fibre. It also has oodles of manganese, magnesium, iron, zinc, B6 and more. You can find the huge bags of hulled hemp seed at Costco for a good price. Hemp seeds can be a bit bitter or grassy tasting, so it does take some experimenting to find the right ratio of ingredients in a smoothie (I’ve definitely made some bad ones). Luckily, hemp pairs with chocolate effortlessly so it’s a no-brainer.

I’ve been enjoying my hemp-filled Green Warrior Protein Smoothie for a few months now. When I’m too lazy to prep all the veggies I simply add a couple spoons of hemp seed into my classic green monster recipe. Does the trick! Not long after, I decided to make a chocolate-hemp spin-off. I wanted something that I could enjoy on a hot summer day that would satisfy a craving for something sweet, chocolaty, and cold – while still packing in tons of nutrition. I made this recipe in May and was planning on sharing it during our kitchen reno this August, but recipe development has been a bit slow for me the past couple weeks so I decided to pull it out of the draft folder early. Plus, I just didn’t feel right keeping it from you given how hot and humid the weather has been lately. This smoothie has been my saving grace and has kept me from buying expensive pints of vegan chocolate ice cream more often than not.

Another thing I like about this recipe is that it makes 3 1/2 cups worth. When I’m feeling especially generous, I call this recipe “for two”, but there are definitely times when I chug it back faster than anyone can even see me make it.

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Creamy Chocolate Hemp Smoothie for Two

Vegan, gluten-free, grain-free, no bake/raw, oil-free, refined sugar-free, soy-free

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Cool down with this creamy, ice-cold, and luxurious chocolate hemp smoothie. Enjoy the boost of protein and omega-3's that the hemp seeds provide while indulging in a lightly sweet chocolaty treat. For a fun twist, try this recipe with homemade almond milk, Coffee Shop Worthy Hazelnut Milk, or even adding homemade coffee ice cubes. This recipe is inspired by my Cheerful Chocolate Smoothie from The Oh She Glows Cookbook.

Yield
3 1/2 cups (2 servings)
Prep Time
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0 Minutes
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Ingredients:

  • 2 cups almond milk (see note)
  • 2-3 pitted large Medjool dates, to taste (I use 2)
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened Dutch-processed cocoa powder
  • 3 tablespoons hulled hemp seed
  • 1 large peeled and frozen banana
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 4 large ice cubes

Directions:

  1. Add all ingredients into a high-speed blender and blend until super smooth.

Tips:

1) This recipe yields a fairly thin consistency. If you want a thicker shake-like texture, try reducing the milk to 1.5 cups instead of 2 cups or go wild and add a scoop of your favourite non-dairy ice cream. 2) If your dates are a bit firm or dry, soak them in water for 30-60 minutes before making this smoothie. You can also swap the dates for liquid sweetener if desired. Just reduce the almond milk a bit so it's not too thin.

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1 Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar July 3, 2014

Love this!! Such a cool flavour!

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2 Alina July 3, 2014

Wow, this looks amazing. I am going to make it for my 2 kids and my husband this morning. I think we will all love it.
We are also fans of your green warrior protein smoothie. Nutritious and delicious.
Thank you, Angela.

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3 Angela (Oh She Glows) July 3, 2014

Glad to hear you enjoy the green warrior smoothie!

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4 Audrey July 3, 2014

Yum! This looks so good–and I bet it would be amazing with hazelnut milk! I love your photos by the way. The bottle is so cute!

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5 Angela (Oh She Glows) July 3, 2014

Thanks Audrey! I’m a sucker for a vintage milk bottle ;)

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6 char eats greens July 3, 2014

Mmm is right!! I’ve kind of been doing something similar to this for a large part of the past few months. Something about cacao-nut butter-banana just does it to me! Might have to add the hemp in now thanks to this recipe ;)

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7 DessertForTwo July 3, 2014

Well, you know that I love that this serves two! I’ve been adding hemp seeds to almost everything these days. I love them on top of salads. I even love them on top of a reheated cobbler that needs a bit of crunch. I think this smoothie is my next hemp adventure!

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8 Anele @ Success Along the Weigh July 3, 2014

Oh yeah…SOOOO making this! I’ve even got bottles and straws like that so I can feel all fancy pants too. ;-)

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9 Medha July 3, 2014

Yum! Looking at this, I’d never think it was vegan, but it is, which is great! What a great and healthy way to eat chocolate :)

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10 Lia @ Luscious Living July 3, 2014

Well that looks easy enough and refreshingly chocolatey! I’ve been put on a no added sugar diet by my Dr. and crave chocolate like nobodies business. This may be my saving grace this summer

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11 Cooking with Toddlers July 3, 2014

This looks so delicious! My entire family is obsessed with dates at the current moment and I’m sure this will be a hit!

~Kari

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12 Dayna @ The Kitchen Library July 3, 2014

Any advice on where to buy hulled hemp seeds in Toronto?

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13 Angela (Oh She Glows) July 3, 2014

We buy the big bags at Costco :)

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14 Larissa July 3, 2014

Dayna you can get them almost anywhere in Toronto! Any heath food store like Noahs will carry them. Also most grocery stores have them (at a slightly higher price) like Loblaws. My trick is to get them at homesense in the food aisle! They sell the huge brand name bags for very cheap!

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15 AGS July 3, 2014

I’m excited to try this! I often make something similar for me to enjoy with my 3 year old (he loves “smoo-ty”). I recently purchased hemp seeds, but haven’t really liked the taste so far in a number of recipies. Maybe this will do the trick!

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16 Allison July 3, 2014

I giggled at the little caption on the last photo -too cute! I also get my hemp hearts at Costco! Best deal ever. Sharing healthy, delicious, chocolatey foods with the one you love is a great way to show your partner that you care about them :)

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17 Alexandra July 3, 2014

So simple and so good for you. I think my chocolate-loving father will enjoy this one :)

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18 Michelle July 3, 2014

Mmmm sounds yummy. I should try that !
I was just curious, where did you buy that pretty glass bottle ?

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19 saida July 8, 2014

I bought a bottle like that from Chapters/Indigo. So cute! I’m not sure if they still have them but you can try :)

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20 Michelle July 3, 2014

One more question… Whats the difference between hemp hearts and hulled hemp ?

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21 lea July 3, 2014

No difference. Hemp hearts are hulled hemp seeds.

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22 Brook July 3, 2014

Wonderful! So, I give this two thumbs up….buuuut, I did change it up a bit. I was out of almond milk so I just added 2 Tbsp of raw almonds + 2 cups water. Also I had a big bowl of fresh cherries sitting right by my Vitamix, so I thought why not?! Chocolate Cherry hemp smoothie…yum, I added about 10 pitted cherries too and it was sooooooo amazing! And I did share :) boyfriend approved!! Thanks!

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23 Angela (Oh She Glows) July 3, 2014

love the addition of cherries! Glad you enjoyed it :)

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24 carolyn July 3, 2014

I’ll be adding this to my dessert rotation for sure! And I’ve been making your green warrior protein smoothie like 3 or 4 days a week since you posted it. It’s my all time fave smoothie, and it still comes out thick without a banana! Amazing! Not that I’m against bananas, but I already eat 2-3 a day anyway

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25 Bulut July 3, 2014

Wow, i’ll be sure to try this! I agree that pushing someone actually scares them away. I have a tendency to speak of my own experiences with food in social circles without imposing my views on anyone, and it’s funny how many people around me suddenly decided to go veg. (Sometimes for a short time, sometimes lasting)

I have a quick question. I recently bought a huge bag of hemp protein powder and I found the taste to be bitter, especially when you swallow and I don’t mean the earthy/nutty taste of hemp. More like eating raw nigella seeds, if you know what I mean? I don’t have much experience with hemp so I’m not sure if I should toss it or use it. I can handle the bitterness but my concern is the possibilty of ingesting something that has gone rancid.

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26 Ellie July 3, 2014

Thank you for the post! New to your blog and I love it :)
Quick question: can you freeze dates and just throw them in a smoothie when you need them? Or use them frozen in any other of your recipes that uses them? Or do you just always have some available in the fridge?
Thanks :)

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27 Frances July 3, 2014

Looks yummy and your photography is beautiful too!
Thanks for sharing.

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28 Polly @ Tasty Food Project July 3, 2014

Oh goodness, this looks amazing! I love adding a frozen banana in my smoothies for some sweetness!

I can totally relate to those that are trying to get their partner to eat healthier. When I lived by myself, I had a more disciplined diet and cut certain things out of my meals. Now that my husband and I live together there are certain things in my kitchen that I wouldn’t have bought on my own. You’re absolutely ride, eating healthy comes from within and you can’t force someone to do it.

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29 chel rabbit July 3, 2014

serves 2?? I don’t think so. Maybe present me and future me. Yum!

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30 Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health July 3, 2014

I can definitely relate to the struggle of encouraging loved ones to eat healthy and exercise. Many of my family members eat a ton of meat and fast food and it makes me want to cry. I try to rub off on them but you’re right, they aren’t going to change unless they really want to.

I like the idea to sway them with delicious treats though! This smoothie looks like a great way to do that. Love the addition of hemp seeds too!

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31 Jen July 3, 2014

Ooh this good!! I made something quite similar just yesterday in fact – great minds and all that ;) I added hemp protein powder to mine, but I shall have to try your version with hemp seeds instead and compare! I love that bottle and straw combo – so cute!

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32 Jen July 3, 2014

*Ooh this looks good – my inner grammar nerd needed to clarify!

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33 Wendy Woods :: Personal Style Coach July 3, 2014

Yum! I can’t wait to give this a go!

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34 Sarah July 3, 2014

What would be a good substitute for the dates? I have everything else handy. Maybe a tsp. of agave nectar for sweetness?

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35 Gloria August 17, 2014

Maple syrup would also be a great substitute!

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36 Averie @ Averie Cooks July 3, 2014

Love the creamy factor, that it’s chocolaty, that it’s sweetened with dates, mmm, I would knock this back, solo-style :) pinned

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37 Rikki July 3, 2014

I was too impatient to freeze a banana so mine isn’t very frosty, but this is delish!

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38 Kate @Almond Butter Binge July 3, 2014

Oh my God, this looks good. I’ve started replacing my morning Larabar with a smoothie and I have felt amazing so far :) Sometimes they’re pink (beets) and sometimes they’re green, but it’s been a good change and a great way to get more veggies in. I’ll have to try this one, though, when I’m looking for a sweet snack.

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39 Christine (The Raw Project) July 3, 2014

This looks wonderful, like a chocolatey treat, yum! So true about people needing to take their own dietary journey and I’ve been focusing on just being a positive influence.

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40 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat July 3, 2014

High five for Eric!! :) That’s awesome that he’s now having smoothies for breakfast, and with the delicious ones you make, I’m not surprised that he likes them more than cereal now. If you think about it, you are technically two – one Ange and one baby Ange, so I’d say that makes you fully entitled to the entire recipe! :)

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41 Catherine @ Chocolate & Vegetables July 3, 2014

So true that you can’t force diet changes on anyone! This smoothie looks awesome, I’ve been making a similar version with banana, cocoa powder, pea protein, and flax meal. It makes a delicious snack/dessert. I’ll have to look out for the hemp seeds next time I’m at Costco and see how they taste added into the mix.

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42 Kristen @ Vitamin K Girl July 3, 2014

This looks heavenly! The only thing I’m not so sure of is the “for 2” part;-)

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43 Kristen @ Vitamin K Girl July 3, 2014

P.S. I just bought your cookbook and I am ridiculously excited for its arrival! I can’t wait!

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44 Mary G. July 3, 2014

I’ve been craving something cold and chocolate-y for most of the day, and then this recipe popped up. Thanks for that. I don’t have hemp seeds but did have most other ingredients, so now I’m set for my swimming class AND I got my chocolate fix.

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45 melaney July 3, 2014

For someone like my self that really loves chocolate but can not eat it, I think I will try it with carob.

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46 Steph K July 3, 2014

I love this recipe and your site, but I can’t have bananas. What do you suggest I use in place of the bananas?

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47 Nikki August 4, 2014

I only had a very small frozen banana, so I added in a small ripe avocado. It worked perfectly!! I’ll bet you could just sub 2 avocados for the banana, and it would work just as well. You might want to add more ice though, to make it cold… It was delish!

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48 Dana July 3, 2014

This looks amazing but I have a banana allergy. What can I substitute it with?

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49 Michelle July 3, 2014

Yum! I can’t get hemp seeds where I am living/working at the moment (Malaysia)– but maybe I’ll have my mom add a Costco sized bag to my next package– she’s mailed me crazier things before!

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50 Ami@NaiveCookCooks July 3, 2014

I totally agree with you and it took some time for my hubby to get himself into drinking morning juices too!! This looks so good and I am sure he will love this as he loves chocolate milk! Thanks. Will be trying soon!

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51 Stephanie C July 4, 2014

I am on a smoothie kick right now, as well as a hemp seed kick, so this is perfect! I may try adding my daily wheatgrass shot as well, since I usually add it to my smoothies. :-)

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52 Emily @ It Comes Naturally Blog July 4, 2014

That looks delish! Do you think hemp protein powder will work as well as the seeds? The only thing I find is it turns my smoothies a murky green colour. Definitely got the chocolate milk craving going on now! I read that if you add a pinch of bicarbonate of soda to your date soaking water, it speeds up the softening process :-)

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53 Mariell July 4, 2014

Oh so GOOD!!! Creamy, filling, and perfect for chocolate cravings! :o)

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54 Kathy Catlin July 4, 2014

You are right, it was hard to share with my husband ;) But out of true love, I did!! Delicousness~ another wonderful recipe! Thank you!

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55 Jules July 4, 2014

Mmmmmm! This was truly delicious! Made a double batch for all the family this morning – it was inhaled in seconds! Thank you for another great recipe post, lovely photos too. Am making your strawberry chia jam from your cookbook this afternoon. Jam on toast for breakfast tomorrow xxx

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56 Jessica July 4, 2014

Is there an alternative to bananas? It’s the only thing I’m allergic to, and I make so many of your recipes but always have to avoid the ones with bananas.
Think avocado might work in this one?
Thanks for any tips- LOVE your work :-)
Jess

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57 Mara July 4, 2014

Soo good! I made it yesterday as soon as I got the update that you posted the recipe and shared it with my 2 young daughters. We all loved it! Today, I made it for myself after my morning workout! Love all your recipes! I’m addicted to your cookbook and my whole family loves whatever I make from it! Thank you! By the way, you are so cute pregnant and I’m excited that you are having a girl!

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58 Melissa July 4, 2014

This was the perfect start to my Friday morning. Thanks for once again sharing something so amazing.

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59 Liz July 4, 2014

I apologize if you’ve answered this question in previous posts, but, where did you get those adorable bottles?! Was it at a store? It’s probably a silly question since I’m in the US, but I’ve been ITCHING to get my hands on some glass milk-style bottles for quite some time. I have yet to find any affordable ones of a decent size (with caps), though. How many ozs do your bottles hold?

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60 The Vegan Cookie Fairy July 4, 2014

A glass of chocolate milk is simply never large enough! This looks simply marvellous, yum.

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61 Ella July 4, 2014

Yum! Hemp is such a great vegan power food. Those bottles are so adorable!
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62 Rosey July 4, 2014

Was wondering if you could sub carob for cocoa? If so, what would the measurements be?
Thanks!
:)

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63 em@simplypresent July 4, 2014

I’ve really been trying to get my boyfriend to eat healthier (especially when he’s working so much). This smoothie looks like a promising option for the both of us!

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64 Nikki July 4, 2014

Just made this exactly as written and it is amazing! I’m 37 weeks pregnant and it’s 90 degrees outside. Between this smoothie and watermelon, it’s going to pretty much be all I can get myself to eat while I wait for baby. No complaints here!

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65 Robin July 4, 2014

Is there a reason you’re not using and promoting the use of raw organic Cacoa powder instead of the dutch-processed stuff? From what I’ve seen, the raw stuff still actually has some nutrients in it. At any rate, that’s what I have in my pantry now, so will try it with the raw cacoa. Sounds yum. Maybe some strawberries too, hmmmm?

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66 Lisa July 4, 2014

Thank you for the recipe! I love hemp seeds and I just have to make this!
How would this work as a frozen treat? Any thoughts?

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67 Michaela July 4, 2014

Looks amazing, I have a horrible sweet tooth, it has become a need
what a healthy way to have some chocolate in my diet, definitely giving this a try

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68 Danica July 5, 2014

Simply amazing!!!! I made it this morning and just love it!!!!

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69 jaime // the briny July 5, 2014

I love chocolate and hemp together. I make something similar to your smoothie but with added peanut butter and maple instead of dates. Yum!

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70 Joanna July 5, 2014

Looks amazing! The dates do the trick for me! I will try it tomorrow for my breakfast. Not sure if the Mr will be tempted though!

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71 Rebecca @fitandfabveganlife.com July 5, 2014

Oh my gosh…yumm! I love my banana soft serve shakes so the added hemp seeds is an awesome addition!

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72 Cat July 6, 2014

This tastes amazing! I’ll be adding extra hemp protein and taking it to the gym for my post workout protein shake. Great recipe!

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73 Ceara @ Ceara's Kitchen July 6, 2014

This is just what I needed to read right now – you are spot on. Healthy changes have to come from within. I know this from my own personal struggles with food and health!! Nevertheless, it is always hard seeing one you love suffer from health problems and wanting so badly to help them!

This hemp smoothie looks amazing and that nutritional profile is hard to beat! Can’t wait to try it!! Looks like a great way to beat a chocolate craving!

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74 Nikki @ The Road to Less Cake July 6, 2014

I think I need to make this asap.

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75 lea July 6, 2014

First time in my life that I have had chocolate for breakfast…..won’t be the last….
I didn’t have almond milk and dates were dry (not medjool) so I put 1/4 cup of raw almonds and 4 dates overnight to soak. I think when I drained them in the morning that all the sweetness of the dates when out with the water. Anyway then proceeded with the recipe (without ice) and added agave and a bit of unflavoured protein powder to taste. Like I said It won’t be the last time I have chocolate for breakfast………

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76 Amy July 9, 2014

I find soaking the dates for a shorter amount of time in hot/boiling water works very nicely! (I’m just always in a hurry and never want to wait for them to soak XD haha)

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77 Nikolay @ OrganicPowerFoods.com July 6, 2014

I used to make a similar smoothie, but with flax seed. However, this recipe has more protein for sure because of the hemp, so it would be great after workouts :)

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78 Alex @ Kenzie Life July 6, 2014

This looks so refreshing! Do you think raw cacao powder would be an acceptable substitute for the cocoa?

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79 Andrea July 6, 2014

will this still be good tasting if you make the night before without the ice?, for an on the go breakfast the next day…or recommend eating fresh?

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80 Bonnie July 7, 2014

My girlfriends and I share blogs we enjoy with each other. I’m glad I found your blog. I’m a big follower of “Smitten Kitchen” and “Cooking With Mr. C.” I will now send my friends your link. I’m a mother of 5 and have to keep things interesting. Bonnie L.

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81 Elisa @ Green Road to Bliss July 7, 2014

I love these photos! I’ll try the smoothie once I get my hands on some hemp seed.

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82 Jane July 7, 2014

I am new to Oh She Glows, and am a little obsessed. This looks amazing but I HATE bananas. bleech!!! any suggestions on what I could substitute? maybe pumpkin puree? I don’t think frozen mango would work with the chocolate…

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83 Jackie C July 7, 2014

Sounds really good! How long will this keep in the fridge after its made?

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84 Kelli July 7, 2014

Thank you for a wonderful recipe, Angela! I followed your suggestions of reducing the almond milk to 1.5 cups and using 2 dates. I substituted 2 tablespoons of raw cacao powder for the Dutch-processed cocoa and left out the cinnamon. The result was the best no-guilt chocolate shake I have ever tasted — perfect for a hot summer afternoon!! I confess, there was no sharing in this house today!!

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85 Alice July 8, 2014

Just made this… it’s delicious! I didn’t have hemp seeds so I added a little ground flax seed. I’ve made similar smoothies before with banana and chocolate that were too heavy on the banana flavor. The cinnamon does the trick… it keeps it from being too “banana-y”. Yum!

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86 Ashley July 8, 2014

I am a hemp fanatic! Love this recipe and will be making it for sure! I completely agree about getting people to eat healthier. It has to be their choice. Chris and I started changing our eating habits [dropping fast food, lessening meat consumption + processed foods] at the same time. I would say the only real difference is that he took awhile longer to drop meat [eats it about once every 2 months now], but he stopped eating it at home years ago and I made sure to never pressure him about it at all. He’s also hesitant with some of my hearty creations [buckwheat bakes] and sludgy smoothies, haha. I can understand that, though! I always feel so lucky that we eat about 98% the same way. He even started to like mushrooms lately. Win! ;)

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87 Em @ Love A Latte July 8, 2014

This looks delicious! I’ve never used hemp seeds in shakes before, just chia seeds. Do you like hemp seeds better? I’ll have to check my grocery store for them!

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88 Osha Key July 8, 2014

This looks so yum!! I know the recipe says 2 portions, but I feel I could have the whole thing by myself :)

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89 Joelle July 8, 2014

I have to comment because I’ve made this about four times since you posted it and we love it. I never bother to freeze bananas because my husband doesn’t like his smoothies too cold anyway and it works great. We’ve used coffee ice cubes in it. Last night, it was too late for coffee so I threw in some dried cherries. OH MY! It was really delicious. Thanks so much.

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90 Faron July 8, 2014

Angela, congrats on your pregnancy and your very successful site and book. I just purchased two of them online can’t wait for them to come! I wanted to say that as a registered dietitian working in Oncology I find your blog to be amazingly helpful and a lot of the basis that I hope to share with people to eat cleaner and more wholesome food with a lot of color and a lot of fun. I look forward to your new posts every day. Take care best of luck to you.
Faron

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91 Angela (Oh She Glows) July 10, 2014

Hi Faron, Thank you so much for your lovely note! I’m so happy you are enjoying the blog so much. Thanks for all your support. :)

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92 Flor Barajas Tena July 8, 2014

Just what I needed after a week of travel with hardly any smoothies. My family drank it up!
I love the thin consitency by the way.

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93 Jill July 8, 2014

Hemp seeds are awesome! I always add them to my smoothies because they are SO high in protein.

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94 Julie July 8, 2014

Hi Angela,
I love your blog!!! I just made this smoothie without hemp seeds cause I don’t have them. Do you have any suggestions for a replacement?
Thank you!
Julie

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95 Karen August 19, 2014

Try soaked cashews?

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96 Ashley | Blissful Basil July 8, 2014

This looks so amazing that I’m seriously considering making it for dessert tonight, because I don’t think I can wait until breakfast tomorrow morning! I love the creaminess that hemp seeds lend in smoothies, and this one looks extra creamy :)

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97 Miranda @ Philadelphia Birth Services July 8, 2014

I made this as an afternoon treat today for myself and my husband – AMAZING! It was so rich and delicious! I will be sharing tons of your recipes with my moms-to-be!

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98 Lindsay July 8, 2014

I’ve really been into smoothies lately, and this one looks great! It combines all of my favorite flavors!

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99 Nicole July 8, 2014

I added a few mint leaves from my garden… so yummy!

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100 Jessica August 21, 2014

OOOH, nice idea!!!

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101 Sandy July 8, 2014

Hi Angela!
You are doing amazingly well to keep coming up with posts while growing that little baby at the same time! I’m sure it’s a testament to the good food you make that you have such energy – and it’s such an important and beautiful gift you are giving your baby: the healthiest possible food right from the very beginning. Well done, mama! :)

I’m sorry if you’ve already answered this question, but I don’t where else to get a reliable answer – what is (if any) the difference between cocoa powder and cacao powder?

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102 Mb July 9, 2014

I am going to do a happy dance as I have ALL the ingredients to make this, Yum!

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103 amrita July 9, 2014

Really love your creativity. You should try the same recipe with 1 tsp of cardamom (Indian twist). It will be divine. Let me know what you think.

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104 anna July 9, 2014

this looks amazing! you have the best recipes on the web, seriously! I just think you do the best job on your blog (and I’m still dying to get your cookbook…birthday is coming so I’m hopeful). Thanks for creating such delicious and healthy food!

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105 Mac July 9, 2014

Hi Angela,

I came across your blog earlier this year and I have been an avid reader ever since! Cooking/baking is one of my favourite hobbies and I picked up your book the day it came out and have been so pleased with the results of the recipes both in the book and here on your site. Your imagination and creativity with food is truly a gift and I am so thankful you share your wonderful creations with all of us!

Last night I made your homemade Twix Bars, and my boyfriend ate nearly half the pan by the time we went to bed. Whipped this smoothie up this morning and we both gobbled it up before we got out the door!

Your banana bread muffin tops and rustic banana chocolate oat cake with pb glaze are weekly staples in my cake stand as are your oh mega carrot cookies. I just thought I’d share how much I love your recipes/blog.

I am in a very similar work situation that you described you were once in and your blog gives me the inspiration that someday I can pursue my passions and not have to go through life simply ‘getting through the day’. I completely relate to your tendency to stick to familiarity and comfort vs risks and potentially letting people down and I often feel that is what is holding me back along with fear of failure and not being prepared enough to take the leap. But I believe life is meant to be enjoyed and your words have really resonated with me. Just wanted to say thank you from one Canadian girl to another! I hope you come to Calgary someday to do a book signing.

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106 Angela (Oh She Glows) July 10, 2014

Hi Mac, Thank you so much for your sweet words! I’m so thrilled to hear how much you are enjoying the recipes. Your encouragement truly makes my work rewarding, so thanks for that!
I hope to meet you one day in the future – I travel to Calgary now and then to see family so it’s always a possibility I can arrange a signing!

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107 Mary July 9, 2014

Wow! I love smoothies and I’m going to try this one tomorrow morning. Thanks for sharing the wonderful recipe!

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108 Kirly-Sue July 10, 2014

This looks sooo delicious and seems quite an easy to follow recipe too. I think there are some great health benefits so going to try this recipe out.
Thanks for sharing :0)

@KirlySueKitchen

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109 Barb July 10, 2014

I just made this and it is delicious! Yes, I have made some things that has made my guy a real skeptic to change! This I know he would like and the Hemp Protein Powder I used has 11 grams of raw protein and 14 grams of fiber!

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110 dervla @ the curator July 10, 2014

this the answer to my dreams … now i just need to get a vitamix to enjoy fully!

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111 Johnny Hamp July 11, 2014

Whoa, this looks yummy!! It is well mixed and you can’t see any other particles in the smoothie. Thank you for sharing this recipe. I wonder what brand of mixer did you use to be able to achieve this consistency?

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112 Alexandra July 11, 2014

I have made this recipe twice this week already. It is so delicious!!

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113 Amelia July 11, 2014

This is so delicious Angela! Bravo to you for making something so healthy that is soooo tasty! (again) Even my teenage son (who thinks he hates anything “healthy”, not to mention vegan) slurped it down and loved it! I made it last night instead of a dessert. Am having it AGAIN today! :) Thank you!!!

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114 Julie July 11, 2014

I bought Oh She Glows last week & I’ve been perusing your site. Now I’m making my grocery list to try out a few of your recipes. They all look so yummy, but I’m going to start w/ this one!

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115 Kat July 11, 2014

Thank you, thank you, thank you for this recipe. Me and the Hubs love it! We even had it for dinner the other night & no complaints.

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116 Anna Lee July 14, 2014

I just made this. Holy cow, it is out of this world amazing!

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117 Terri July 14, 2014

Shut the front door! I just made this , tossed some cherries in as someone else suggested and I am now losing my mind. Let me just say pure deliciousness just passed my lips. Nice hustle lady! I am making your chocolate pudding later.

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118 Sandra July 21, 2014

And rainforest alliance certified chocolate please. So we’re sure it doesn’t come from slave children labour. :-)

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119 Natalie @ Our Passion For Food July 23, 2014

The hubbie would looooooove this… and we love hemp seeds! So nutritious :)

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120 Amy July 25, 2014

This looks amazing! Is there any thing you could substitute the banana with? Can’t eat it because of an allergy :(

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121 Davilyn Eversz July 26, 2014

I make it with carob. Tasty. Ah, Vitamix. I have a love/hate relationship with mine. I’ve had it for a long time now and it drives me crazy. For things like shakes it is exceedingly wasteful – the way the container is made its hard to get it out even with a silicone spatula – I like my shakes on the thick side which makes it even worse – I could take a nap while waiting for it all to pour out – and it never does, it just hangs up on the sides.

I’ve been looking for a “shake only” blender and finally settled on the Ninja Pro. All I can say is I should have bought this long ago. It is 900watts and kicks butt. I can put a whole container of frozen fruit in there, a little almond milk and about 4 seconds later it is a sorbet, a couple seconds later, it is a smoothie. It is made like a tank and the containers are really thick. I have the Bullet and was reluctant to get the Ninja because I’ve not been happy with the Bullet. Like night and day. Someone at Ninja was listening. I’m no longer using the Vitamix – I’ve found the Ninja can do everything just as well, and I like the two containers it comes with – perfect sizes for small and large jobs and soooo easy to clean.

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122 Kathy July 28, 2014

YUM!!! Just made this smoothie, and I love it. Thank you so much for another awesome recipe.

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123 Franziska July 29, 2014

Where did you get that straw? It looks awesome! By the way – the smoothie is great, too. We both tried and loved it. :)

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124 Karen August 19, 2014

I found the straws on Ebay. Type in Mason jar lid straws. You are bound to find several sellers who carry it. Hope this helps.

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125 Cheryl August 4, 2014

This is such a great recipe! My favorite thing is smoothies! I am an athlete so I make them daily in all sorts of different ways. I always make my almond and coconut milks they are never store bought do to the not so healthy ingredients in them. Thank you for sharing this one is on my “to make” list.

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126 Tony @ Blend Your Smoothies August 5, 2014

Great and delicious looking recipe here. Excited to try it and see if it taste as good as it looks. Great website a lot of tons of amazing recipes you have here.

Thanks,
Tony

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127 Collette August 7, 2014

This was absolutely the best smoothie I have had in a long time. Filled a huge chocolate craving….to die for!

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128 Claudia August 9, 2014

My husband has resisted my attempts to go veg/vegan. Recently, however, he was dx with gout and is currently on the downside of a huge flare up. I’ve seized the moment and am switching us to a veg diet (headed towards vegan). I’ve had your book for a few weeks and am delighted to share your recipes with him. This shake is going to be a staple in our new, healthier household.

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129 Diane H August 12, 2014

I love this! I make this every morning and I have noticed I don’t have the morning ‘brain fog’ I used it. I sub the cocoa powder with cacao powder and skip the majooled dates, but it’s just sweet enough :)

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130 Mila Pierce August 12, 2014

This looks like what I crave each night before bed! I’m buying some nanas tomorrow and jumping on this recipe! Thanks for sharing:)

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131 Gaddemon August 14, 2014
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I love this :)

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132 sarah August 14, 2014
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so satisfyingly delicious

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133 gloria August 15, 2014
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Delicious! Added one tablespoon of chia seeds and a couple of ice cubes. Thickened up like a creamy, dreamy chocolate milkshake (for breakfast!)

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134 Dennis August 18, 2014
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Really good! Easy to make & one more thing to do with my hemp seeds & cocoa :-)

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135 Karen August 19, 2014
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Oh dear….can we say addicting??? Love this Angela!!

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136 marissa August 21, 2014

Does anyone know the calorie count? does angela ever post them? I try to keep up with how much I’m eating and drinking throughout the day

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137 Jessica August 21, 2014
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This was DELICIOUS and healthy. The recipe is perfection. You can add 2 bananas to bulk it up. And I sometimes add a tbsp (or two) of peanut butter or almond butter and it is amazing. Btw, always measure level amounts of the hemp seeds and the cocoa powder since adding extra can make it bitter (done that!).

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138 Kendal August 26, 2014
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This is absolutely delicious! It hits your chocolate craving and also keeps you full! Love it!!

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139 Leigh August 31, 2014
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Ok, I never go back and leave comments, but this was freaking delicious. I used hemp milk instead and added cacao nibs and a bit of maca powder (which gave it a carmelly/nutty flavor). I never want to drink anything else. Thanks for the lovely pictures to make me remember to try this smoothie out!

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140 Angela (Oh She Glows) August 31, 2014

Thank you Leigh! I’m so happy you enjoy it as much as we do. :)

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141 Diane September 1, 2014
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I drank this all summer long! It was especially satisfying after a run! I love chocolate and this drink doesn’t disappoint. The one change I made was I included 1TB of chia seed and it seemed to be a bit thicker. Thanks Angela for another winner recipe!!

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142 Olga September 4, 2014
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Perfect for those chocolate cravings

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143 Jamie September 6, 2014

I just made this. It is soooo delicious. Sweet but not too sweet. I had hemp milk that I had made in the fridge, so I used that instead of the almond milk. Thanks for the fantastic recipe.

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144 Jamie September 6, 2014

Sorry, I meant to click on 5 stars. I hit 3 by accident. Can you change to 5 for me? Thanks!

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145 Angela (Oh She Glows) September 7, 2014
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Sure, np :)

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146 Sherri Bashore September 6, 2014
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Delicious!

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147 jun September 9, 2014

Can I use raw cacao powder instead of Dutch-processed cocoa powder? If so, would I use the same amount? Thanks!

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148 Meghan September 12, 2014
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I just made this last night. It was really, really good. I think the best thing about this recipe is that it is very forgiving and would probably still taste good with a variety of substitutions and playing around. I used two cups of almond milk so it was pretty thin (the way I prefer), but I also do not have a high-speed blender. Using my plain on Kitchen Aid blender, I got quite a few date chunks left at the bottom, but it still was plenty sweet and tasty, with a nice consistency. I will be adding this to the rotation of things I use to get a sweet fix when I need one.

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149 Laura September 17, 2014

YUM!! I’ve been curious to try adding hemp seeds into my smoothies so this might be a good chance to. I’m definitely pinning this smoothie to my Best Smoothie pinterest board (A pinterest contest by Vega – you can win a Vitamix!!)

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150 Matea September 26, 2014

This is like chocolate milk! I haven’t had that in ages! Time to break that trend :)

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151 Stephanie November 5, 2014

Angela, is the Dutch process important? All our cocoa is non Dutch process. :)

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152 Angela (Oh She Glows) November 5, 2014

Hi Stephanie,

You can use whatever you have, but you may need to use less since the flavour will be more intense. You’d be best adding to taste.

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153 Lisa November 6, 2014
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Feeling under the weather and just whipped this up – ummmmmmmmmm! So good!

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154 Amy November 16, 2014

Yum! Thank you for creating vegan and sugar/sweetener free smoothies!

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155 Venita November 23, 2014
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My cocoa powder has maca in it for even more nutritional benefits. I’ve been drinking these instead of eating desert in the evening. It’s delicious and no sugar crashes!

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156 Pamela November 29, 2014
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Tastes great! :)

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157 Pamela November 29, 2014
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Tastes great, thanks! :)

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158 Kim January 15, 2015

I’m on a bit of a mission to get some smoothies into my diet regularly, I think starting with a healthy chocolate vibe might be the encouragement I need – thanks for the recipe!

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159 Natalie M January 29, 2015

Can I use hemp milk instead of almond milk? I am so lucky the store down the street sells some. This looks yummy!

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160 Heatherjh. March 1, 2015
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This smoothie is absolutely amazing, it has kept me going throughout my pregnancy.
It has also kept the ‘hangriness’ at bay, which my husband is thankful for. It looks and tastes like a dessert, but with the protein from the hulled hemp seeds and the fruit it’s surprisingly nutritious. Thank you so much for posting this recipe, I look forward to trying more recipes in your smoothie lineup.

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161 Renee March 22, 2015
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This is hands down my favourite smoothie! Just curious if anyone has figured out the nutritional info for it?

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162 Ashley March 25, 2015

Yummmmm!!
This tastes like a totally unhealthy, rich treat, but it’s completely healthy, low sugar, and nutritious.

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163 Jennifer M May 10, 2015
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I recently discovered your site while I was making the transition into going vegan. I really enjoy your site, and the recipes are to die for. I tried this chocolate hemp smoothie today for the first time, and it was amazing!! Even the kids loved it…which is hard to get kids on board with this lifestyle.

Thanks again!!

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164 hippie May 29, 2015
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I’d like very much this recipe and as a vegan I like the exotic flavours.

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165 Penny June 23, 2015
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It was delicious on my first attempt. However, on my 2nd attempt, I added cinnamon ( which I dislike ) and it was super delicious. Yes this is definitely a wonderful smoothie. Thanks for sharing. Love your book Angela.

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166 Roberto June 25, 2015
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Made this one with soy milk and was delicious. Bought a Vitamix and trying any smoothie recipe. I would add more ice.

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167 Kia July 3, 2015
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This recipe was delicious and very creamy for such a thin smoothie! Made it for myself with 1.5 cups almond milk + 1/4 cup quick oats to make it more of a meal. The cinnamon was a surprising twist that I grew to like after a few sips. Thanks Angela!

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168 Bianca July 22, 2015

I just made the chocolate milk, in 5 minutes, and it’s awesome!

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169 Hempy August 18, 2015

I love your post! amazing flavour combination
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lovely #hempsmoothies by #hempyourself

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170 Ally C August 28, 2015

This was amazing! However, I’m pregnant right now and super sensitive to caffeine, so instead of the cocoa powder I just added some vanilla extract and it tasted just like a vanilla or chai latte! So yummy.

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171 Mascha January 13, 2016
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I just made this… OMG, it’s sooo sooo delicious! I cannot believe it. Thanks a lot for this recipe!

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172 Cailee February 4, 2016
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Revisited this smoothie today and added some coldbrew. SO GOOD.

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