Healthy Sunbutter Chocolate Smoothie - A creamy, luscious, energizing smoothie that is nutritious and delicious! Made with hidden veggies, no bananas, and tastes like chocolate. Smoothies are my favorite way to start the day. Gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo, and refined sugar-free. And it still tastes like a creamy and delicious dream!
Ever have a Healthy Sunbutter Chocolate Smoothie that tastes solely like chocolate, and is actually good for you? Let's call this smoothie dessert for breakfast or dessert for your post-workout smoothie. Because this Healthy Sunbutter Chocolate Smoothie is a frozen drinkable dream! In case you didn't know,
SUNBUTTER IS DIFFERENT THAN PEANUT BUTTER
- a.k.a sunflower seed butter
- Peanut butter is creamy, smooth, and sweet
- Sunflower seed butter is less sweet and less creamy but has a richer taste
- Both have plant-based nutrient benefits that will rock your world, and both work the same way when it comes to baking, smoothies, marinades, candy, and all the other foods you'd use with
In all honesty, it wasn't hard to make the switch. I said goodbye peanut butter, hello Sunbutter. It was that fast of a transition. In 2014 I stopped eating nuts. Through a long process of eliminations and reactions, I learned that my body could not tolerate nuts, said goodbye to sweet peanut butter, and introduced sunflower seed butter, stat.
- Sunbutter is a healthy fat, the good fats that our bodies need that reduce bad cholesterol
- Hearty plant-based protein
- No trans fat
- Powered by the sun
- Not a nut
- Full of vitamin E and magnesium
- Allergy-friendly for those with tree nut and peanut allergies
- Delicious on everything from toast to smoothies, to ice cream sundaes, baking, and cooking
One of my favorite bloggers Natalie of Feasting on Fruit posted a yummy smoothie with hidden veggies on her Instagram feed that had me drooling but saddened because almost everything in that smoothie was poison for me. I couldn't have the almond milk or the almond butter, or the bananas. But I was inspired to create something similar that I could enjoy. The one thing in the smoothie I could have was the hidden veggie. I started with that one vegetable: cauliflower, and made some delicious and allergy-friendly adjustments. Healthy Sunbutter Chocolate Smoothie was going to be the name.
HOW TO MAKE A SMOOTHIE SANS ALLERGIES
- Subbed in sunflower seed butter from Sunbutter brand instead of almond butter
- Switched out almond milk for Tiger nut milk
- Added 1 scoop of collagen
- Eliminated bananas and subbed them for a ripe pear
- Instead of raw cacao, regular cocoa powder
BENEFITS OF CAULIFLOWER IN SMOOTHIES
- Adds texture
- Makes your smoothie super creamy
- Gets a dose of vegetables in without tasting it
- Loaded with b vitamins, phytonutrients, vitamin C, and fiber
- Enhances weight loss
- Fills you up and keeps you full
- Slows down the fruit sugar consumption
The combination of every single ingredient is meant to complement each other. You will be so happy with this smoothie!
WANT TO MAKE YOUR OWN MILK FOR THIS SMOOTHIE?
READY TO GATHER YOUR INGREDIENTS?
Healthy Chocolate Sunbutter Smoothie
- high-speed blender
- ½ cup frozen cauliflower organic, raw
- ½-3/4 cup Tigernut milk or plant-based milk of choice
- 1 ¼ tablespoon Sunbutter creamy
- 1 scoop collagen peptides unflavored, Vital Proteins
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- ¾ cup ripe pear chopped
- 1 tablespoon cocoa powder gluten-free
- 2 drops liquid stevia Nu Naturals
- 2 cups ice
- In a high-speed blender, blast the cauliflower and ½ cup of the Tiger nut milk till well blended.
- Add all other ingredients into the blender except the ice and blast until well blended and creamy. At this point if the smoothie is too thick you can add the additional ¼ cup of milk.
- Add ice and blast again.
- Serve immediately over ice OR freeze for an additional 30 minutes for a serious frosty.
- If you cannot use pear, you can also use ½ of a large green apple or ¼ fresh ripe mango.
- Use any plant-based milk you like. The original recipe from Natalie used almond milk and almond butter. I switched it to Sunbutter and Tiger nut milk.
- Don’t be afraid to switch it up depending on your food sensitivities, allergies, and elimination diets.
- Here are my two recipes for making Tiger Nut milk:
- Smoothie making will never be the same without this stellar tip Natalie of Feasting on Fruit Blog mentioned about this particular smoothie. It's a real game changer! Usually, you add all the ingredients and blast. This time first you will blend together the cauliflower and milk till well blended. Then we will add the other ingredients. Usually, smoothie making is a one-step process. But smoothies using cauliflower use a 2-step process that in turn creates a magically thick smoothie.
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What a unique smoothie. I will have to try this out. We love making smoothies around here. It's such a great way to pack in healthy ingredients without sacrificing flavor. I've never actually tried sun butter. What does it taste like would you say?
It's absolutely delicious! I highly recommend it if you are a smoothie family. Sunflower seed butter aka sun butter tastes like peanut butter but not as sweet. It's the same texture and almost the same color. And it's a nut-free alternative. So if you want to use another nut or seed butter by all means give that a go too!