Hemp Cacao Protein Shake (SRC)

February 22, 2015 at 10:00 pm 16 comments

Smoothies are an everyday must-have for me…99% of the time I start my day with a large glass of blended goodness (aka energy surge in a jar), mmmm!

I find that kicking off the morning with a smoothie or fresh juice is easiest on my tummy. Not only does it rev-up my digestion for the remainder of the day, it also squelches my hunger for a couple hours when I have time to eat a more solid meal and ensures that I have at least one nutrient-packed, high-quality meal no matter what the day throws at me.

Oh you know, the days when you plan on cooking that new elaborate dish you’ve been eyeing for a while…but (after a longer day than you anticipated), you wind up eating a couple scrambled eggs over quinoa for dinner…or a bowl of popcorn and a leftover energy bar from your purse. Yep, I have had more days recently like the latter than I’d like to admit.

hemp cacao smoothieI also realized it had been quite some time since I had posted a drink or smoothie recipe, so when I was assigned Rebekah’s lovely blog Making Miracles for the February’s Secret Recipe Club post…I chose her Hemp Chocolate Protein Shake for this month’s reveal, I was so excited to come across this recipe!

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I had a giant bag of hemp seeds from Costco in my fridge calling my name and I was craving something sweet and chocolatey, yet simple…wa-la! This shake was a delicious change from my go-to blueberry-Maca blend I’ve been making…so much so that I craved this nutty-cacao smoothie the next morning too :) 

I tried to stay true to Rebekah’s recipe…I couldn’t help but add my usual handful of baby greens (kale/chard/spinach)  and I wound up soaking the hemp hearts, dates and water in the fridge the night before to soften the dates a bit. The next morning all I had to do was add the remaining ingredients and blend…Breakfast on the go!

Just a few perks about Hemp Seeds in case you need a little nutritional nudge:

  • REWARD YOUR TASTE BUDS: Hemp hearts are delicious, they are nutty, often compared to sunflower seed or pine nuts… only better! Sprinkle on salads, cereal, quinoa, rice, roasted veggies, yogurt, add to smoothies, muffins, breads and other recipes…or eat a spoonful straight from the bag.
  • REWARD YOUR BRAIN: Your brain has many of the fatty acids found in bulk Super Hemp. Regular consumption may help improve your memory. Super Hemp seeds may also help symptoms of anxiety and depression while improving your mood.
  • REWARD YOUR WEIGHT LOSS: Super Hemp is a natural appetite suppressant making you feel full longer. Adding just four tablespoons of hemp seed to your meal can reduce your food cravings significantly. You will also feel more energy which can help you power through workouts and other activities to lose weight.
  • REWARD YOUR HEART AND LOWER BLOOD PRESSURE: Super Hemp seeds contain essential fatty acids that help reduce blood cholesterol. This keeps the heart healthy and also prevents plaque buildup in your arteries. Super Hemp fatty acids also reduce inflammation that can cause high blood pressure and poor blood circulation.
  • REWARD YOUR DIGESTIVE TRACT: Super Hemp provides high amounts of both insoluble and soluble fibers which keep your digestive tract healthy and clean. Super Hemp contains plant sterols and antioxidants helping reduce risk of colon, breast and prostate concerns. Super Hemp does NOT contain oligosaccharides such as found in soy, which often causes stomach upset and gas.

Intrigued? Give this shake a shot!

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Hemp Chocolate/Cacao Protein Shake (slightly adapted from Making Miracles)
(Vegan, Dairy-free, Gluten-free, Grain-free, Fruit-Sweetened, Refined Sugar-free, Primal, Nut-free, Egg-free) 

Ingredients
1 cup cold filtered water
1 cup ice cubes
1 banana, cut into chunks (or use frozen for a colder, thicker textured shake / smoothie)
1/2 cup raw hemp seeds/ hemp hearts
2-4 pitted dates, depending taste (I used two but increase if you prefer sweeter) 
1-2 Tbsp raw cacao powder or cocoa powder, to taste
Handful or fresh leafy greens (such as baby spinach, kale, and/or chard), optional but for added nutrition 

5 minute prep Directions 

  1. Blend water, ice, banana, hemp seeds, dates (remove any pits), and cocoa powder together in a blender until smooth. 
  2. Enjoy immediately, refrigerate any leftovers.

Plan-ahead soaking method Directions

  1. The night before, combine hemp seeds, dates and water in a jar. Refrigerate overnight.
  2. When you are ready to make your smoothie, add hemp/date/water mixture to blender container. Add ice, banana, cacao/cocoa powder and greens. Blend until smooth. 
  3. Enjoy immediately, refrigerate any leftovers.

Serves 2-3
hemp cacao smoothie 2For other recipes from this month’s reveal, please click the link below!

Entry filed under: Breakfast, Gluten Free, Healthy Tips, Refined Sugar Free, Sides and Snacks, Smoothies & Beverages, Uncategorized, Vegan, Vegetarian. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , .

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16 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Weight Loss - Weight Loss Advice  |  February 22, 2015 at 10:28 pm

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  • 2. Emily @ Life on Food  |  February 23, 2015 at 6:18 am

    Starting the day with chocolate is always a good thing! Happy Reveal Day!

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  • 3. Rebekah @ Making Miracles  |  February 23, 2015 at 6:31 am

    Oh – I love the idea of soaking the hemp seeds and dates overnight!! We all loved this shake, and I am going to give your method a try. Yumm!! Thanks for sharing this one!🙂 Happy Reveal Day!

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  • 4. sallybr  |  February 23, 2015 at 6:56 am

    I am slowly adding smoothies to my repertoire, because I just got a Vitamix, and wow, that thing can blend! I’ve had some disasters, like a concoction with coffee and protein powder but I feel it’s fun to learn what works, what doesn’t.

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  • 5. lk529  |  February 23, 2015 at 7:09 am

    Chocolate is always a great way to start the day. Healthy chocolate? Win win!

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  • 6. karen278  |  February 23, 2015 at 9:09 am

    Healthy chocolate? YES please! Great SRC pick! Karen

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  • 7. Wendy, A Day in the Life on the Farm  |  February 23, 2015 at 11:19 am

    I have never tried hemp but I think I might now. This would be a great smoothie to have for breakfast on Zumba days.

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  • 8. Melissa  |  February 23, 2015 at 4:17 pm

    Hemp seeds are an ingredient completely new to me, but this shake sounds like the perfect way to try them! Great pick this month🙂

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  • 9. Karen @ Karen's Kitchen Stories  |  February 23, 2015 at 8:00 pm

    Interesting. I had no idea about hemp.

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  • 10. hapatite  |  February 23, 2015 at 8:13 pm

    yum! I’ve definitely had those purse-smushed-energy-bar dinners before. good idea to soak the dates the night before to soften them up.

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  • 11. The Wimpy Vegetarian  |  February 23, 2015 at 10:56 pm

    I have not at all worked with hemp! I need to look into it! Great pick this month.

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  • 12. Cynthia in Texas  |  February 24, 2015 at 9:16 am

    This sounds so good! Didn’t know all this about hemp hearts. Can’t wait to try!

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  • 13. Sarah | Curious Cuisiniere  |  February 24, 2015 at 11:14 am

    This sounds like quite a tasty power smoothie!

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  • 14. Bean  |  February 24, 2015 at 6:36 pm

    Oh Yum. I’m also a smoothie for breakfast fan and I also have a bag of hemp seeds calling my name, so it looks like it’s a match made in heaven! Great SRC pick!

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  • 15. shockinglydelicious  |  February 28, 2015 at 1:31 pm

    You made me laugh with the popcorn and energy bar comment. Been there, done that. Your smoothie is sooooo much better! Wonderful SRC pick this month! Sorry it took me so long to get here to comment.

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  • 16. ilariantaste  |  April 17, 2015 at 6:20 pm

    Hi dear, your blog is extremely interesting, I’m happy I stumbled upon it!🙂 I am also crazy about smoothies and healthy recipes in general – check out my blog for some inspo maybe, ilariantaste.wordpress.com

    xx

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