I had my first big blogger fail this weekend. I set out to make coconut quinoa granola with cooked quinoa and it didn’t work. It ended up tasting good, but didn’t get crunchy (despite being baked for over an hour) and completely fell apart in milk. Josh and I ate it as our second breakfast this morning, so all was not lost.
After a day trip to Gloucester, Josh and I came home wanting a sweet snack – a Sunday afternoon boost. A healthy milkshake for a 60 degree (!) day. This nutella smoothie was the answer. Made with a frozen banana, this smoothie is vegan but tastes rich, thick and creamy. The roasted hazelnuts paired with the cocoa powder give it a nutella flavor that is reminiscent of healthy nutella in a refreshing smoothie form. The cacao nibs, while optional, add a fun crunch. Cheers to more warm, healthy Sundays.
//WHY IT’S HEALTHY// This smoothie is full of fiber, protein and healthy fats. The health benefits of hazelnuts can be read about in our post Healthy Nutella. The health benefits of cocoa powder are outlined in our Sweet Potato Brownies post. Frozen bananas provide a natural sweetness and creaminess to the smoothie with the added benefit of fiber. Ground flaxseeds also provide fiber along with omega-3s. Finally, protein powder provides essential amino acids, which are essential for health, especially for muscle recovery, making this nutella smoothie a perfect post workout snack. //
- 1 frozen banana
- 2 dates
- 2 cups non-dairy milk (I used easy semi-homemade coconut milk)
- ¼ cup roasted hazelnuts
- 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed
- 1 tablespoon protein powder (I used Sunwarrior Classic Rice Protein Vanilla)*
- ¼ cup cacao (or cocoa) powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons raw cacao nibs (optional)
- Blend all ingredients in a blender (I used my Vitamix) until smooth and creamy.
- Top with cocoa nibs if desired.