Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Banana, Hemp & Chocolate Smoothie

I am exploring vegan cooking these days as Cole cannot tolerate dairy in my diet. Soy is the obvious fallback to dairy, but it has its own problems, namely phytoestrogens and being difficult to digest. Reminds me of a comic strip I saw about ten years ago introducing "fofu" for the "tofu intolerant." Ouch.

Enter hemp. The plant could really use a PR campaign separating it from its seedy cousin. It contains about 9 grams of protein per serving and 11 grams of fiber. Plus it's less expensive than animal protein powders. It adds a little grit to the smoothie, making it similar in texture to a cookies and cream milk shake. But of course, far healthier for you!

1 cup almond milk
1/4 cup hemp protein powder
1 banana, cut into pieces and frozen
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
2 tablespoons peanut butter
Blend until smooth. Makes one 16 ounce serving.

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