Vegan Chocolate Spinach Shake43
Here is the next vegan recipe using the Square One Organics vegetable purees. Honestly, creating these recipes for Square One has been a food blogger's dream. To learn more about their organic products check out their website and read the mango coconut panna cotta pudding post. I am a huge fan of hiding green vegetables in as many dishes as possible to try and get kids to eat in a more nutritious way. One of the easiest ways to do this is with green smoothies. Raw smoothies are a fantastic addition to any diet, and this vegan chocolate shake is a s'blended way to sneak in some extra veggies to any "greenophobe" piggies (young and old) without them even knowing. Some children are really good at eating their greens, but more often than not it is a struggle for most parents to get enough leafy greens into the bellies of their little piggies.
I have talked about the enormous health benefits of including green smoothies in our diets. There are hundreds of delicious green smoothie recipes and endless creative combinations the whole family can enjoy. But for those kids who claim to be "allergic" to green smoothies this vegan shake is a brilliant option because the chocolate covers up all manner of "green sins" and instead of looking like a green smoothie, it looks exactly like every other chocolate shake and tastes even more like the typical toxic omnivore delights on offer at most convenience locations and restaurants.
If you want to make your own spinach puree to make this vegan smoothie, just lightly steam 8 cups of raw baby spinach and puree in your food processor. You do not need to add any water. If you wanted to make this a raw smoothie you could also make this smoothie with 3-4 cups of raw baby spinach leaves. This is one of my favourite quick easy allergy free recipes because it is gluten free, dairy free, egg free, nut free, soy free and sugar free. If you are looking for easy healthy Vitamix recipes for children, this is a good one too!
I grew up with Kermit The Frog bemoaning that it was "not easy being green". Well, Kermie, It is now! Give this s'blended vegan chocolate shake a spin in your house and see if anyone knows your green secret. It is one of the best Vitamix recipes and healthy blender recipes you can make for your health!
Vegan Chocolate Spinach Shake
- 2 cups organic unsweetened rice milk
- 1/4 cup (1 2oz cup of Square One) spinach puree or about 3 cups of raw baby spinach
- 2 fresh or frozen bananas
- 6 pitted organic dates
- 3 Tbsp cacao powder or unsweetened cocoa powder (whatever you have)
- 1 tsp non alcoholic vanilla extract or 1/2 tsp regular extract
- pinch of Celtic sea salt or Himalayan salt
- Throw all ingredients in your blender (I use a Vitamix) and puree until rich and creamy.
- Add a handful of ice cubes for a really cold smoothie.
- Devour and Smugly Smile. YUMMO!
- Serves 2 - 4.
Piggy Cooking Tips
select fresh spinach popeye would be proud of
The best tasting spinach has vibrant bright green leaves with crisp stems. This spinach also has the highest nutritional value. Purchase organic wherever possible. Avoid wilted leaves that have yellow discolouring, bruising, or a slimy coating. This spinach has passed its prime and should not be consumed.