Raw Vegan Chocolate Raspberry Green Smoothie10
I am loving the Sprout Living raw vegan sprouts and protein powders so much that I had to share one recipe using the Chocolate Maca Protein Powder before our month of green smoothies was over. This sprouted chocolate powder is so delicious, I can't believe this wasn't the first recipe I posted this month. Don't worry if you don't have this product, you can use raw cacao powder in this recipe and it tastes delicious. But if you want to get your hands on these fantastic products, enter this month's giveaway, where you can win $250 worth of Sprout Living products. You can also get 10% OFF your Sprout Living order using the coupon code: theblendergirl.
The Sprout Living Chocolate Maca Epic Protein Powder is a blend of sprouted and bio-fermented whole grain brown rice protein powder, Bali cacao powder, mesquite powder, maca powder, and yacon powder. So you get the benefits of the antioxidants, fibre, and magnesium of cacao; the stamina and endurance boosting power of the maca, the potassium, iron, calcium and zinc of the mesquite; and the prebiotic powers of the yacon, which aids the growth of friendly bacteria that combat parasites and fungus, and help with healthy digestion.
After posting the delicious raw vegan spiced strawberry ice cream green smoothie yesterday, I wanted to share this "dessert" smoothie variation using raspberries and chocolate. I don't know about you, but berries and chocolate go together like pineapple and coconut me. They are a match made in heaven. I am not really a fan of that bold "protein powder" flavour, and what I love about this smoothie, is that there isn't a hint of it. Just a decadent "chocolate ice cream" taste that isn't too rich, with a "raspberry sauce" finish. That's what this smoothie taste like to me anyway.
Just like the chocolate spinach shake, this green smoothie is a fantastic way to get kids to eat greens, because this smoothie isn't "green!" It looks like every other sweet smoothie. "Greenophobes" will never even sniff the greens. I just love the chameleon nature of romaine lettuce. It is so fantastic for green smoothie newbies. Having said that, this delicious smoothie can be enjoyed by anyone.
Make a date with this smoothie. It is dressed to impress.
Raw Vegan Chocolate Raspberry Green Smoothie
- 2 cups chopped romaine lettuce
- 2 cups fresh or frozen raspberries
- 2 cups ice (if using fresh fruit)
- 1 cup filtered water or raw coconut water
- ¼ cup raw cashews
- ¼ cup chopped pitted dates or more to taste
- 1 scoop of Sprout Living Epic Chocolate Maca Powder or raw cacao powder
- 1 tsp non alcoholic vanilla extract or 1/2 tsp regular vanilla extract
- pinch of dried red chilli pepper flakes (optional)
- pinch of Celtic sea salt or Himalayan salt
- Place all the ingredients in your Vitamix and puree until smooth and creamy.
- Tweak flavours to taste – you might want to add dates or stevia to heighten the flavour depending on the ripeness of your fruit.
- Makes just over one 16-ounce glass. YUMMO!
Piggy Cooking Tips
How To Select and Store the Best Romaine Lettuce
Romaine or Cos Lettuce has deep green, long leaves with a crisp texture and deep taste. The best Romaine lettuce should have compact heads with crisp looking, unwilted leaves that are free of dark or slimy spots, and the leaves' edges should be free of brown or yellow discolouration. Romaine lettuce should be washed and dried (a salad spinner is great) before storing in the refrigerator to remove any excess moisture. Store it in the crisper wrapped in a damp cloth or in a plastic bag. It should keep like this for about 5 - 7 days.