Hidden Greens Chocolate Protein Smoothie

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on July 21, 2015

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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 (750 mL)
Prep time
Cook time
0 Minutes

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.

Nutrition Information

Serving Size 1 1/2 cups (375 mL) | Calories 250 calories | Total Fat 9 grams
Saturated Fat 1.5 grams | Sodium Fat 170 milligrams | Total Carbohydrates 38 grams
Fiber 8 grams | Sugar 20 grams | Protein 10 grams
* Nutrition data is approximate and is for informational purposes only.

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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Olivia February 15, 2016 at 9:44 am
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Delicious, a healthy treat, what else can you ask for?

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Hypnosis Adelaide March 13, 2016 at 10:40 pm
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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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mick April 17, 2016 at 11:55 pm
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I like your Protein Smoothie… thaks.

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Ellen May 3, 2016 at 5:12 pm
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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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Angela Liddon May 5, 2016 at 7:47 pm

I’m glad you enjoyed it, Ellen!

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Evie Birch July 25, 2016 at 10:18 pm
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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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Ellie Macdonald August 13, 2016 at 10:07 pm
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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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Anna November 22, 2016 at 2:24 pm
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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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Sam January 25, 2017 at 11:48 am
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Chocolate smoothies are my absolute favorite. I can’t get enough of them and always seem to gravitate towards them when I’m making my own and when I’m ordering my own. I made it according to the recipe using a Vitamix 5200 and it tasted great, and the consistency was great too. Thanks for sharing.

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Michelle R June 15, 2017 at 2:49 pm
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This one is delicious! I barely get any because my toddler wants to drink it all. haha.

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Diana Richards July 8, 2017 at 6:45 am
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Didn’t have hemp seeds, used ’em all up and was out. Used 2 T. Pure Lean chocolate protein powder instead. 2 dates. Pretty delicious! Will be a nice pre-training workout bev!

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Jessie Berlin December 31, 2017 at 9:19 pm
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Didn’t have hemp seeds – just made the recipe without it. I used fresh kale, and no ice. It was delicious, and the texture was very smooth.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) January 2, 2018 at 8:15 am

Hey Jessie, I’m so glad you enjoyed this smoothie…and thanks for sharing your tweaks! A fun way to get some greens in, for sure. :)

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Vegan July 28, 2018 at 10:49 pm

How much maple syrup do you use instead of the dates?

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Angela (Oh She Glows) August 2, 2018 at 12:05 pm

Hey there, I would just add it to taste, a bit at a time :)

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