Hidden Greens Chocolate Protein Smoothie

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Hidden Greens Chocolate Protein Shake

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

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This smoothie calls for 2 tablespoons of hemp hearts which provide a huge nutritional boost to this smoothie, including more than 6 grams of complete protein, as well as omega-3 fatty acids, magnesium, and more. Hemp hearts, kale, and dates require a strong blender to blend them smooth (a Vitamix blends them into a super creamy shake). If your blender can't blend the hemp hearts, kale, or dates smooth, I recommend swapping out the hemp for a serving of your favourite protein powder and swapping the dates for pure maple syrup (otherwise, you'll just have a grainy end result). You can also swap the kale for baby spinach as it blends easier.

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

  • 1 1/2 cups unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 cup frozen organic kale
  • 2 to 3 pitted large Medjool dates, to taste*
  • 2 tablespoons hulled hemp seed
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 large frozen banana
  • Dash of cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon avocado (for thickening)
  • Ice, if desired

Directions:

  1. Add all ingredients into a high-speed blender and blend until smooth. Adjust sweetness to taste, if desired.

Tips:

  • *  If your dates are dry or stiff, I recommend soaking the pitted dates in boiled water for a half hour and then draining well before use.

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1 Hannah July 22, 2015
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This is a lot like the cheerful chocolate smoothie in your cookbook! I love it, thanks for always sharing recipes even while taking care of Adrianna. Can’t wait for you to complete the second cookbook! Have a wonderful summer!

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2 Angela (Oh She Glows) July 22, 2015

So glad you enjoyed it Hannah!! It’s my current favourite. :) Hope you are enjoying your summer too!

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3 AL July 22, 2015

Thank you for your wonderful recipes! : )

Sorry if someone has already said this, but I’m just concerned about the option for frozen greens. I think that for food safety reasons, frozen veggies are generally meant to be cooked thoroughly before eating. Personally I’d just use fresh greens that I know are okay raw!

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4 Mitchell July 22, 2015
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Good thought, but that’s not exactly true. Most frozen vegetables are frozen at the peak of their nutrition, often resulting in them being healthier than “fresh” that have been sitting in the grocery store for a few days. :) so you’re good to go with frozen, especially organic.

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5 AL July 22, 2015

Yes, I’m just concerned because I think that commercial frozen vegetables are meant to be cooked thoroughly. I think they are at risk of containing bacteria that would need to be killed by cooking, for food safety reasons.

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6 Angela (Oh She Glows) July 25, 2015

Interesting! I always thought that frozen veggies were typically blanched before freezing (thus killing bacteria)?

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7 AL July 25, 2015

I guess they are blanched. But I read they are always supposed to be cooked fully for food safety–I guess they are not usually intended to be eaten raw and thus aren’t held to the same food safety standards as, say, frozen fruit intended to be eaten raw? After I read about this, I noticed some of the frozen vegetables I buy even say right on the bag “For food safety, please fully cook all frozen vegetables,” but I think that applies even when it doesn’t say so.

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8 Angela (Oh She Glows) July 26, 2015

Thanks for sharing – I’m certainly going to look into this! I wonder what food safety steps make the frozen fruit any different from the frozen vegetables?

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9 Randi August 5, 2015

I think for the most part it’s a CYA thing. If you have been eating frozen veggies without cooking I’m sure it’s no big deal.

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10 Elizabeth September 28, 2015

Umm…my kids eat frozen peas right out of the bag…I think its ok…

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11 Laura May 9, 2016

I just buy my greens fresh and stick them in the freezer. Problem solved!

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12 Cassidy July 22, 2015

Yum!!! I discovered chocolate smoothies this spring and made them almost exactly like this but without the dates and I used chia instead of hemp. I bet this is even more delicious! Can’t wait to try it and everything in your next cookbook. I’m counting down the months until it’s available! Thanks for posting :D

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13 Megan @ Straight From The Jar July 22, 2015

This sounds amazing. I love how much protein this has without the addition of protein powder! Totally making this for breakfast tomorrow.

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14 Tracy July 22, 2015

What do you do with the rest of the avocado though? I would hate to waste it…

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15 Lisa R July 24, 2015

I recently opened and pitted an avacado. I used half (I know this calls for less) but then drenched the other half that was open with fresh lemon juice and put it in a storage bag in the fridge. I left the skin on and when I got home from work about ten hours later, it was fine to use for guacamole for that night. I’ve also frozen them before after cutting in chunks, but I like using it later that day better.

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16 Angela (Oh She Glows) July 25, 2015

Like Lisa, I also store leftover avocado (with the pit) in the fridge to eat later that day. I always have avocado with my lunch so it’s usually not hard to use it up (and my daughter eats it now too!).
Another option, is to freeze the leftovers in 1-2 tbsp portions perfect for smoothies. :)

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17 Anna McCooke July 23, 2015

This sounds amazing! What could I sub hemp hearts with? I can’t get them where I’m from :/

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18 Angela (Oh She Glows) July 25, 2015

protein powder – see my recipe headnote :)

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19 Jessica @ TwoGreenPeas July 23, 2015

Love this! Where did you get the glasses in the picture from? I really love the gold pattern.

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20 Angela (Oh She Glows) July 25, 2015

They are from Chapters/Indigo book store (ordered online earlier this year) :)

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21 Rachel July 23, 2015
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I just made this and I couldn’t even wait to finish drinking it to get on here and tell you how delicious this is! It makes a generous serving. It made a pint glass size for me and a smaller glass for my three year old daughter (who LOVES it, by the way!)

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22 Angela (Oh She Glows) July 25, 2015

So glad you both enjoyed it! My daughter loves it too! hah

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23 Terri July 23, 2015

I just made this and it was deelish! I used cacao instead of cocoa powder. Is there a reason you didn’t use cacao? Is there a bigger benefit using one over the other?

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24 Angela (Oh She Glows) July 25, 2015

I use them both – no real rhyme or reason when I use one or the other, I just am out of the cacao right now :)

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25 Ellie H. July 23, 2015

Looks simple, healthy, and delicious! It’s the perfect cool-off treat for hot summer days like today!
It also looks like a great way to sneak in greens for little kids… did Adriana get to try it? :)
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26 Angela (Oh She Glows) July 25, 2015

yes she loved it! hah

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27 Shivani July 24, 2015

Hi, seems like a really amazing recipe! I was wondering if I could omit the dates or sub stevia instead? Do you think that would greatly affect the recipe? Thanks in advance. :)

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28 Kristin July 24, 2015
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try adding a small handful of fresh mint for a chocolate mint smoothie. Umm, hi! Amazing!! ;)

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29 Angela (Oh She Glows) July 26, 2015

u = genius!

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30 Anna Lee July 24, 2015

I can’t wait to make this! It looks so delicious! Hemp seeds are my absolute favorite way to add protein to pretty much anything.

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31 Liz July 25, 2015
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This was amazing!! My dates didn’t get fully blended though (I have the ninja blender) any suggestions on how to make sure they do? Thanks :)

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32 Heiho August 1, 2015

Try pouring boiling water over them and letting them sit for, say, 15-minutes? Drain them well, and they should be softened enough to mix. Or get a Vitamixer!

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33 Stephanie August 3, 2015

My Breville blender will liquify an iphone, but even when I soak dates, I still end up with date chunks, too!
If you also have this problem, try making a batch of date paste. Soak 1 cup of pitted, halved dates in 1/2 cup of hot water for 30 minutes. Pour the whole shebang into the food processor (the smaller the bowl, the better) and process until smooth. Then, just use it to taste. It keeps in the fridge for about 2 weeks and freezes well. You can even pre-measure it and freeze in ice cube trays if you want to make your own “smoothie pack” ahead of time, no thawing required.

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34 Glenda July 26, 2015
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The smoothie was really nice, it wasn’t too sweet which is a bonus. I loved the addition of avocado to add to the thickness, I might even try chia seeds next time if I am short of avos. The only issue is, I still found the colour of the greens (I used English spinach) tried to fight back in my blender, so my smoothie had a green tinge to it. I had to use chocolate protein powder as I can’t get hemp seeds where I am from. Other than that, great smoothie!

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35 Jenn July 27, 2015

Hi!
I am curious, I cannot eat bananas and have avoided smoothies because most contain them. What would be a good substitute for the banana?

Thanks!

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36 Robin July 28, 2015

Just leave the banana out. It will be fine.

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37 Lili July 27, 2015
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This is a great smoothie. I often dislike hemp hearts as they taste like grass to me – but this recipe is a perfect balance of rich chocolate flavor and sweetness. Made it exactly as written minus the avocado and I’ll definite make it again! Thanks, Angela!

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38 Brittany July 29, 2015

This smoothie sounds delicious! I love that there’s no protein powder but it still has a good amount of protein from the hemp seeds.

I’m also curious where you go those cups. They’re adorable!

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39 Shannon July 29, 2015
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Angela, you are my hero for making this recipe! I didn’t have any avocado, but it’s still delicious! Thank you so much for all of your healthy recipes and advice! May the Lord bless you and keep you!

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40 Genie Stern August 2, 2015

Hey Angela!

I’ve been following your blog for about 5 years now and love it! I was curious to see if you ever have used essential oils in your recipes? Maybe a new idea? I use dōTERRA Oils and love love love them! If you aren’t familiar with them I would love to talk with you! Hope you’re enjoying your summer with your family .

Genie

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41 Stephanie August 3, 2015
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Great smoothie! If you haven’t tried it yet, you definitely should.

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42 Elizabeth August 10, 2015

HI!

I just found your website/blog. I want to try the Hidden Greens Chocolate Protein Smoothie. My daughter is allergic to nuts, what would be a good substitute for the almond milk? Thank you.

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43 Angela (Oh She Glows) August 12, 2015

Coconut milk if she can have it :)

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44 Steven Clark August 11, 2015
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Really really delicious.

I tried making it with coconut butter substituted for the avocado and it was really good!

Thanks for the recipe.

-Steven

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45 Vickie August 12, 2015

Hi! Just found your website and love it! I am in the first wk. of starting to learn alternatives to the sad..sad..sad…diet….Standard American Diet. Ha! I love your recipes and site! Thank you so much. I also love the crocheted white top with the teal beads that you are wearing in one of the pics. Do you happen to remember where you found it? Again, so glad I found your site and will be studying all I can find regarding this transistion. Hoping I can influence my adult daughter to eat this way too!

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46 Sarra August 15, 2015

Hi! I’m really curious about the energetic value. How many kcals does it have ?

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47 Kristy August 18, 2015
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This is both a review and a question all rolled in to one! Anyone who reads this with knowledge would be appreciated since I don’t expect Angela herself to answer! :)

First of all – I love this smoothie! I was making it nearly every morning for a week until I ran out of cocoa power and decided to purchase raw cacao from my local supplement store. Here is where my question comes in to play…

I purchased “Navitas Naturals Chocolate Cacao Powder” and was happy with my purchase until I noticed a warning on the label that the product could cause birth defects. Being 6 months pregnant, I became quite concerned and looked in to it. Quickly, I learned that all cocoa (and cacao) products contain various amounts of Cadmium! That to me signals a huge red flag and also frustrates me. Since my decision to lead a “healthier” lifestyle, I find more and conflicting things out there that it’s to the point where I have no idea what is right for my body and what isn’t. Anyhow…

Anyone on here reading this happen to know much about Cadmium in food or have an opinion? Particularly pregnant mothers? I looooove chocolate and have become rather depressed with the thought of not having anymore for my pregnancy.

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48 Gemma Yates October 16, 2015

Here is a cut out from a this article:
http://www.berkeleywellness.com/healthy-eating/food-safety/article/there-cadmium-your-cocoa

That’s what ConsumerLab.com called its findings, though it’s not clear how much cocoa or chocolate you’d have to con­sume—and for how long—to develop health problems. Cadmium is not well absorbed by the body when ingested, and consuming adequate calcium, iron, and zinc may help reduce cadmium absorp­tion further. But because the heavy metal accumulates in the body, it can do damage over time. Thus, minimizing exposure to cadmium and other heavy metals is pru­dent, and researchers are looking for ways to reduce levels in cocoa. At an interna­tional workshop, several recommendations were proposed for cocoa farmers, such as making soil less acidic, not using phosphate fertilizers, and selecting cocoa varieties that accumulate little cadmium.

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49 Megan August 25, 2015
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This has great flavor — it’s not too sweet with two dates – and it’s a great way to get a boost of protein without adding protein powder (I can ALWAYS taste protein powder). I love it! Thank you!

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50 clare August 31, 2015
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Wow, just tried this and it exceeded my expectations! In the UK so still getting used to using cups, but think I got the ratio about right. I did not have any dates, so substituted half an apple to get some sweetness. Worked fine!

My first time trying your recipes, now off to do the rest…

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51 Mia September 11, 2015

Omg.. this smoothie is amazing… delicious and I feel like I have super powers after drinking it! Thanks so much! I love your website & all your amazing recipes

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52 Jenny Badkins September 14, 2015
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Thanks for the suggestions for people who don’t have Vita-Mixes! My blender is a wuss, and I am often frustrated with the food blogger assumptions that everyone has or can afford a rocking high-speed blender.
And thanks for the great recipe! I dig your blog.

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53 Mieke September 18, 2015
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What a delicious smoothie! I’m sipping on it right now.
I’ve tried to hide kale in chocolate smoothies before, but it was never as tasty as this one!

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54 holly October 7, 2015

You can always freeze your own kale/spinach on a cookie sheet and then bag it (so it doesn’t become one big lump). And if you have trouble with the dates, it may be worth it to source some fresher ones. I’ve had success shopping at Indian grocery stores; maybe try the ethnic food aisle at the grocery store. Be sure to buy whole dates, not chopped.

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55 Gemma Yates October 16, 2015
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This is truly amazing! I tweaked the recipe slightly as I didn’t have everything in, but it truly tasted just like a chocolate milkshake!

My blender isn’t very powerful, I have one of those small smoothie makers but if you blend all the ‘dry’ ingredients first it gets pretty smooth!

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56 Carole Grant October 19, 2015
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This is a must try! I should include your recipe to us but then we recently created some smoothie recipes in our blog. You might want to check it here. http://bit.ly/1M1WhXk

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57 Mylene October 25, 2015

Okay, This might be an ignorant question but, me being in the military anything that sounds or contains the word hemp sounds like something that will how up in an urinalysis. Is that a possibility? If it does show up, is there an equivalent or another alternative to the hemp protein?

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58 Tyler December 9, 2015

I made this according to the recipe. Very delicious and refreshing!

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59 Tyler December 29, 2015

Looks yummy, healthy, and delicious! This smoothie is amazing.

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60 Monique January 10, 2016
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YUM! This tastes like a chocolate milkshake :) I’ve been making it all week. I use 1 de-stemmed kale leaf, 2 ice cubes and left out the avocado as I did not have any on hand. It was still very creamy and delicious. Thank you for all these great recipes Angela!

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61 Kristine January 20, 2016

This looks amazing – thanks for the inspiring post!! If you’re looking for another sweet (but healthy) smoothie, you might want to check out our healthy mint chip milkshake: http://www.thetoastyavocados.com/eat-good-food/2015/1/18/my-healthy-mint-chip-milkshake-brings-all-the-boys-to-the-yard
Thanks again for the awesome post!

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62 soraya abou hussein January 24, 2016

How many calories are there in such a delicious recipy??

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63 Olivia February 15, 2016
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Delicious, a healthy treat, what else can you ask for?

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64 Hypnosis Adelaide March 13, 2016
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Hidden greens are always a winner for the kids. I add green powder to a bunch of different things and they never notice.

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65 mick April 17, 2016
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I like your Protein Smoothie… thaks.

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66 Ellen May 3, 2016
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I was curious at first because kale has strong flavor. But this smoothie tastes FABULOUS and I couldn’t tell if there is green inside. I added a bite of chocolate and super green. Used soy milk and yogurt (for avocado) instead but it was so good. Thank you very very much.

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67 Angela Liddon May 5, 2016

I’m glad you enjoyed it, Ellen!

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68 Evie Birch July 25, 2016
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Great smoothie! My favorite smoothie ingredient is fruit! all kinds! it adds sweetness and makes the smoothie come together perfectly. I personally love either bananas or strawberries! This recipe gives me an excuse to try it!

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69 Ellie Macdonald August 13, 2016
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This Green Chocolate protein Smoothie is really Great! This looks delicious and I Like it! thanks for share…

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70 Anna November 22, 2016
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Looks great. I use a similar recipe with hemp protein powder(or raw oats) and 2tbsp cacao powder and substitute out frozen mango instead of banana for thickening. Sometimes I add 2tbsp ground almonds and 1tsp almond extract(instead of cinnamon) to make it taste like marzipan

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