This clean eating Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie is more like a treat than a nutritious breakfast or snack.
Gluten-Free Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie
This is really one of my husband’s favorite smoothies using his favorite (non-vegan) protein powder, but when I make it for myself, I use my favorite vegan plant-based protein powder but feel free to use your favorite vanilla protein powder.
He doesn’t really care for my “green” and “plant-based” protein powder mixes I like to use so this is the only way I can get him to drink a smoothie (without complaining).
I also didn’t add a lot of superfoods in this one except maca powder, raw cacao powder and raw cacao nibs to garnish.
If you can, try to get organic peanut butter or make your own since the non-organic store-bought versions have GMO ingredients, refined sugar, and salt. It can also contain up to 8 different pesticides.
Here’s the ingredient list for store-bought peanut butter:
S.A.D. (Standard American Diet) Great Value Creamy Peanut Butter:
Ingredients: Peanuts Roasted, Sugar, Contains Less Than 2% of Molasses, Vegetable Oil Hydrogenated (Rapeseed, Cottonseed, Soybeans), Salt
Expert Tips + Ingredient Substitutions To Make Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Smoothie
Here are some expert tips to make this recipe perfectly:
Tip #1: My favorite raw/vegan plant-based protein powder is Epic Plant-Based Protein (Vanilla Lucuma), but feel free to use your favorite brand (use 5 tablespoons of this brand). When I make this for my husband, he likes a vanilla grass-fed whey protein (use 5 tablespoons of this brand) which has organic stevia added as a sweetener and no soy lecithin. If your protein powder is unsweetened, you may want to add 1 – 2 Medjool dates (pitted) to add a little sweetness.
Tip #2: I make my own homemade almond milk to avoid the additives in the store-bought boxed almond milk. It’s also important because just because the store-bought almond milk is organic, doesn’t mean they are using raw, unpasteurized almonds, which you can use when you make your own.
Tip #3: I added maca powder for extra nutrition, but you can leave it out.
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