This Healthy Vegan SunButter Chocolate Smoothie is legit AF! It’s Paleo, nut-free and totally delicious! Let’s call this dessert for breakfast, okay? Super creamy tastes like a milkshake and it’s vegan.
Ever have a chocolate smoothie that tastes so good, but is completely legit AF healthy? I have and I have to tell you about it!
One of my favorite bloggers Natalie of Feasting on Fruit had posted on her seriously amazing Instagram feed, a Post Yoga Chocolate Frosty that had me drooling. It seemed like a smoothie I would make had I been able to have almond butter and banana. It started with Cauliflower. I was floored, as I always use cauliflower, but had never thought to combine it with a nut butter. Then came banana and almonds. I was like, dang, I cannot have that, but I want to switch it up and see if it still works.
Ever since I got the swing of accepting my food sensitivities, I started to really create in the kitchen. Given that, usually, I like to make all of my own smoothie recipes. I just really enjoy the development of juices and smoothies given all of my food sensitivities and taking healing into my own hands.
But there were one or two weeks where I was anti-cooking and anti-baking unless it was absolutely necessary! It happens, even as a Health Coach. Even as a Celiac. Sometimes we all go through those moments, and in those times it’s imperative to still try and treat our bodies as much like temples as possible. So the next best thing to my smoothies is Natalie’s smoothies.
I seriously drank this one for a week straight. I even switched up the fruit multiple times, the first time to replace the banana, I used pear. Then I used Gala apples and another time Granny Smith apples. And once I even used mango. They all totally work. I prefer the pear the most. Followed by the Gala apple.
What I like about smoothies is that you’re getting it all in, in one drink: the healthy fats, the magnesium from cacao, the protein from nut or seeds, lots of water because cauliflower has so much, collagen and so many more goodies. You get it ALL. It has to digest. You get the fiber and the nutrients. And this one is filling.
You will get full so don’t go hitting this smoothie hard and downing it all in one sip, because you will be too full. I have to warn because I made a hearty smoothie like this over the Summer for a client. She sucked it down like a kid drinking juice and was too full for so many hours she was uncomfortable. Smoothies are not juices. : ) Smoothies are not shots. Smoothies can be a meal replacement if there is enough “good stuff” in them. This is it. This one is breakfast.
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Before we go forward I MUST tell you this stellar tip Natalie mentioned about this particular smoothie. It’s a real game changer! Usually, you add all the ingredients and blast. This time we going to take an extra step so your smoothie isn’t grainy and is really creamy. First, you’re going to mix the cauliflower alone with the plant-based milk until well blended. This tip is a MUST.
WHAT YOU WILL NEED:
1/2 cup frozen cauliflower
1/2 – 3/4 cup unsweetened TigerNut milk (or plant-based milk of choice)
1 heaping tablespoon of sugar-free SunButter
1 tablespoon Collage powder (unflavored) I use Vital Proteins
1 tablespoon chia seeds
3/4 cup chopped pear OR 1/2 of an apple OR 1/4 cup mango
1 tablespoon cacao powder (or cocoa)
2 drops liquid Stevia
Big handful of ice
In a high-speed blender add the cauliflower and 1/2 cup of TigerNut milk and blast on high till well mixed.
Add all other ingredients into the blender except the ice and blast until well blended. At this point, if you feel the smoothie is too thick, add more plant-based milk.
Then add a big handful of ice and blast again.
Stick in the fridge for an extra 30 minutes for an extra frosty consistency!
Serve with a straw and if you really like it cold like I do, add more ice!
Use any plant-based milk you like. The original recipe from Natalie used almond milk and almond butter. I switched it to Sunbutter and TigerNut milk. Don’t be afraid to switch it up depending on your food sensitivities, allergies, and elimination diets.
-If you’d like to use TigerNut milk like I did, here’s how to make it:
You can also buy TigerNut milk at Whole Foods. The milk is by Organic Gemini. A brand I wholeheartedly trust.
- ½ cup frozen cauliflower
- ½ - ¾ cup unsweetened TigerNut milk (or plant-based milk of choice)
- 1 heaping tablespoon of sugar-free SunButter
- 1 tablespoon Collage powder (unflavored) I use Vital Proteins
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- ¾ cup chopped pear OR ½ of an apple OR ¼ cup mango
- 1 tablespoon cacao powder (or cocoa)
- 2 drops liquid Stevia
- Big handful of ice
- In a high-speed blender add the cauliflower and ½ cup of TigerNut milk and blast on high till well mixed.
- Add all other ingredients into the blender except the ice and blast until well blended. At this point, if you feel the smoothie is too thick, add more plant-based milk.
- Then add a big handful of ice and blast again.
- Stick in the fridge for an extra 30 minutes for an extra frosty consistency!
- Serve with a straw and if you really like it cold like I do, add more ice!