Chocolate Banana Peanut Butter Smoothie 2.0

I’m pretty sure I’ve created some version of this concoction before, but this is my new absolute favourite upgraded version so here it is!  I made this smoothie after an intense workout, which is why I used dates.  Alternatively you can use stevia to taste.

I started using collagen powder after sustaining a knee injury.  It is a phenomenal protein powder, providing support for collagen loss and cartilage damage to the body.  There are so many benefits that I use it every single day!  It adds protein to smoothies without altering the taste.

Between the collagen and the peanut better powder, there is a lot of protein in this bad boy!

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Chocolate Banana Peanut Butter Smoothie 2.0

Serves 2.

  • 1 banana
  • 4 ice cubes
  • 2 cups unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 medjool dates (or stevia to taste)
  • 4 tbsp peanut butter powder or peanut butter (PB2/peanut butter slim)
  • 2 tbsp Great Lakes Collagen powder (omit if you don’t have some…and then go buy some)
  • 1 heaping tbsp cocoa powder (dutch process – the dark kind)
  • 1 tbsp hemp hearts
  • 1 tbsp milled flax seed
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla powder (or 2 tsp vanilla extract)
  • pinch sea salt

Place all ingredients in a high speed blender and blend until smooth.

Chocolate, Peanut Butter, and Coconut Protein Balls

Meet my new favourite obsession: protein bar creation.  I used to live off of protein bars so it’s high time I make my own.  These balls will come in super handy when the kiddos come home from school and want food ASAP.  Though I would like to get the sugar content down even more for that same reason!

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Chocolate, Peanut Butter, and Coconut Protein Balls

  • 3/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 2 scoops ultimate vegan energy protein powder
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips
  • 1/3 cup almond milk
  • 6 drops liquid stevia

Mix all ingredients together, and roll into TBSP size balls.  Serve.

Using the above recipe yields 16 balls with 2.5g of sugar and just over 2.5g of protein each.  The protein powder is comprised of sprouted brown rice protein, maca, and vanilla.  I highly recommend Brad King’s brand not only because it tastes great, but because it is a highly bioavailable form of protein.  Our bodies can use it easily unlike other vegan forms such as pea protein which are largely cheap fillers.

My favourite brand of stevia is Now’s better stevia, french vanilla flavour.  It’s still got the bitterness characteristic of stevia, but is way better than sweet leaf in my opinion.

ballsNote that sweet little hand trying to get into the chocolate chips!