Chocolate Protein Smoothie Bowl: Plant Based Vegan Recipe
This high protein smoothie bowl will help you answer that ubiquitous and often annoying question …
“But … where do you get your protein?!”
I get it from this delicious, creamy, frosty, fruity chocolate smoothie bowl, thank you very much.
I like protein powders well enough. The Vega brand Protein and Greens is absolutely delicious and has 20 g of protein per serving. It’s even available at Costco. But … oh, she with the sensitive digestion, doesn’t tolerate it all that well. Lots of vegan protein powders use erythritol or sorbitol or other “tols” that can wreak havoc on those with FODMAP sensitivities. Vega uses stevia but still has a few ingredients that can be problematic. So, I wanted something easy that was an equivalent in both protein and deliciousness.
After a lengthy but ultimately fruitless research process I finally just dropped a chunk of tofu in my usual chocolate smoothie, and bam. Perfect. There’s about 10 grams of protein per every 80-90 calories, depending on the brand. And you don’t have to trek to Costco or Whole Foods or order online. Even the extra firm tofu blends up creamy and smooth. It’s really inexpensive, too.
The two servings of this were about $1.25 per serving, give or take.
Add in some fruit and hemp hearts and you have a beautiful, luscious smoothie bowl overflowing with nutrition.
I added strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, kiwi, cherries, and grapes because that’s what I had. Any fruit will go with this, though. A serving of hemp hearts on top added even more protein and lots of omega-3s.
Mmm, who knew protein could be so delectable.
Chocolate Protein Smoothie Bowl
High protein, chocolatey and fruity bowl that's perfect for breakfast or a substantial snack.
- 6 oz tofu
- 1 cup coconut milk or other plant milk
- 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
- 1 large banana frozen
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon powdered ginger
- pinch salt
- stevia if desired
- 8 ice cubes
- 1 cup assorted fruits sliced
- 1/3 cup hemp hearts
In a high speed blender, process the tofu and coconut milk, or other plant based milk, on slow to medium speed until blended. Then switch to high speed until very creamy.
Add the cocoa powder, banana, vanilla, ginger, salt, optional stevia, and ice cubes and blend until smooth, creamy, and thick. Use less milk for a thicker bowl and more for thinner.
Split between two bowls and top with sliced fruit and a sprinkled on serving of hemp hearts.
This provides around 21 grams of protein per serving and a super healthy dose of omega-3s.
This is my kitchen table project that you can kind of see in the photos above. I love the fruit and peony in the Planted365 header and decided to paint it on my round, pedestal table that I’d ruined with, well, other painting projects. This was done with three colors of house paint plus white, because that was what I had on hand.
Like any project, it’s taking about 10x as long as I thought it would, but I’m excited to see how it turns out and then I can look at fruity art while eating fruit.