Creamy Chocolate Hemp Smoothie for Two

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on July 3, 2014

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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
Cook time
0 Minutes

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.

Nutrition Information

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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Kendal August 26, 2014 at 2:22 pm
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This is absolutely delicious! It hits your chocolate craving and also keeps you full! Love it!!

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Leigh August 31, 2014 at 8:48 am
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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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Angela (Oh She Glows) August 31, 2014 at 10:52 am

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

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Diane September 1, 2014 at 12:04 pm
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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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Olga September 4, 2014 at 8:37 pm
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Perfect for those chocolate cravings

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Jamie September 6, 2014 at 3:01 pm

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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Jamie September 6, 2014 at 3:02 pm

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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Angela (Oh She Glows) September 7, 2014 at 10:28 am
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Sure, np :)

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Sherri Bashore September 6, 2014 at 8:37 pm
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Delicious!

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jun September 9, 2014 at 5:16 am

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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Meghan September 12, 2014 at 3:03 pm
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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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Laura September 17, 2014 at 2:12 pm

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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Matea September 26, 2014 at 8:11 pm

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

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Stephanie November 5, 2014 at 5:22 pm

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

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Angela (Oh She Glows) November 5, 2014 at 9:00 pm

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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Lisa November 6, 2014 at 6:55 pm
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Feeling under the weather and just whipped this up – ummmmmmmmmm! So good!

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Amy November 16, 2014 at 9:18 pm

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

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Venita November 23, 2014 at 8:25 pm
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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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Pamela November 29, 2014 at 9:01 pm
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Tastes great! :)

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Pamela November 29, 2014 at 9:01 pm
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Tastes great, thanks! :)

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Kim January 15, 2015 at 7:36 am

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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Natalie M January 29, 2015 at 1:27 pm

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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Heatherjh. March 1, 2015 at 8:22 pm
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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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Renee March 22, 2015 at 1:43 pm
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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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Ashley March 25, 2015 at 11:40 am

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

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Jennifer M May 10, 2015 at 10:23 am
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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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hippie May 29, 2015 at 4:32 am
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I’d like very much this recipe and as a vegan I like the exotic flavours.

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Penny June 23, 2015 at 5:07 pm
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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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Roberto June 25, 2015 at 8:46 pm
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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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Kia July 3, 2015 at 10:28 am
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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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Bianca July 22, 2015 at 10:53 pm

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

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Hempy August 18, 2015 at 4:00 am

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

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Ally C August 28, 2015 at 7:11 am

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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Mascha January 13, 2016 at 11:35 am
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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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Cailee February 4, 2016 at 4:26 pm
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Revisited this smoothie today and added some coldbrew. SO GOOD.

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Alison April 5, 2016 at 6:26 am
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This is the best smoothie I have ever had! Absolutely loved it, Angela you’re such a genius!! Buying your book!

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Angela Liddon April 5, 2016 at 6:47 am

Thank you so much, Alison! I hope you love the book as much as this smoothie :)

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Tanvi Patil August 3, 2016 at 1:05 pm
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My mom bought hemp and didn’t know what to do with it, I came across this recipe and it’s sooo good. THANK YOU for this!! Me and my mom love this smoothie and make it regularly! Since making this, I have gone on a smoothie craze… This was actually the first recipe of yours that I tried :)

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Angela Liddon August 3, 2016 at 2:44 pm

I’m so happy you both enjoyed the hemp smoothie, Tanvi! I’ve been known to go on a smoothie craze or two myself. ;)

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Charlotte Kluftinger September 13, 2016 at 8:50 am
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An amazing recipe! I would take this smoothie over a fast-food one any day. It is so nice and chocolatey, just sweet enough and filling :)

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Angela Liddon September 16, 2016 at 5:22 am

So glad you enjoyed it, Charlotte!

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Christine Smith September 26, 2016 at 8:34 am
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I made the version in the new cookbook that includes salt this morning and it was AMAZING. Thank you so much Angela!

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Angela Liddon September 26, 2016 at 1:06 pm

Thanks for the recipe love, Christine! So happy you’re enjoying the version in the new book.

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Ashley February 10, 2017 at 12:34 pm
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A new favorite. Made a “few” modifications:

-Used date syrup instead of dates
-Used water instead of almond milk
-Added 2 T plain Greek yogurt
-Added 1 T almond butter
-Added 1 t flaxseed meal
-Added a pinch of cayenne
-Used about twice as much cinnamon.

I loved the result; reminiscent of atole or something else Aztec-inspired

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Janice @ Hemp Health & Beauty March 8, 2017 at 2:22 pm

This looks amazing. Thanks for sharing this recipe! Always excited to come across more ways to add hemp seeds to my diet – they really are one of nature’s best sources of essential nutrients :)

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Shannon February 13, 2018 at 3:42 pm
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This is my new favorite smoothie. I AM IN LOVE. It’s like I’m drinking a chocolate shake. I made it exactly as you suggest to. DELICIOUS!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) February 14, 2018 at 9:44 am

Whohoo so happy to hear this Shannon! Happy valentine’s Day :)

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eileen February 28, 2018 at 9:00 am

I love using raw cacao nibs or cacao powder instead of coco – such a nice flavour! And if you want to thicken it, throw in some chia and let them soak a few minutes. Also – you can substitute dried prune for the date and do a little something for your digestion at the same time. Yummm thanks for the recipe.

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