[pinit] This crazy healthy smoothie is inspired by the Paleo folks. I’m normally much more interested in chewing my calories than drinking them through a straw, but smoothies are a great way to beat the heat. Plus, I finally have a respectable blender and I’m not afraid to use it.
I like to dabble in Paleo recipes (remember my Paleo-style chocolate chip cookies and my healthy Paleo fudge). If I were strictly Paleo, another food blogger’s dabbling in my Paleo would probably seem pretty annoying. But I’m curious, and I think maybe you are, too. I think that each of the trends that comes along has something to teach, and I’m always happy to learn. Medjool dates are something important that I learned. They’re crazy soft and sweet, can be blended very smooth and they add a great deal of nutrition along with that sweetness. I think it’s completely unrealistic to eliminate sweeteners (they taste delicious), but any time I can use an unrefined source, I’m game to try.
These smoothies remind me of Ben & Jerry’s Chunky Monkey ice cream, but more smooth(ie) and creamy. And it’s completely dairy-free and vegan, with a deep, rich chocolate taste. Don’t skimp on the Dutch-processed cocoa powder! I use Rodelle brand, and I buy it on amazon for pretty decent price. When there are so few ingredients in a recipe, it really makes all the difference when you use the right ones. Plus, get in the habit of peeling, slicing and freezing bananas this summer in an even layer on a large baking sheet. Once they’re frozen, pop them in a zipper-top bag. They won’t brown or get mushy, and they add the perfect texture to your healthy smoothies!