peanut butter on spoon with banana, cocoa and hemp hearts

This healthy chocolate peanut butter smoothie is a decadently delicious way to start the day! Made with hemp hearts and peanut butter, this smoothie contains plenty of filling plant-based protein and healthy fats to keep you feeling full and satisfied all morning long.

A smoothie doesn’t seem like the most obvious recipe choice for the holiday season but to me, it seemed like the perfect solution for tastebuds now primed to treats, but a body craving real sustenance.

Cocoa, when not combined with five pounds of sugar, is actually a very beneficial food. Filled with anti-inflammatory polyphenols, it even helps increase the microcirculation in your skin to give you a bit of that holiday glow.

However, form counts. Dutch-processed cocoa will have fewer polyphenols than natural cocoa or raw cacao powder. Choose whichever is affordable to you…or currently in your cupboards.

This smoothie also contains cinnamon, which helps balance blood sugars and hemp seeds for anti-inflammatory fats and a bit of protein. All in all, this smoothie will have about 15 grams of protein if you use soy milk. You can easily bump that up with another tablespoon of hemp seeds or your favourite protein powder.

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peanut butter on spoon with banana, cocoa and hemp hearts

Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie (Vegan)

This decadently healthy chocolate peanut butter smoothie is a filling and satisfying way to start the day thanks to protein + healthy fat from omega-3 rich hemp hearts and peanut butter. Great with a shot of espresso too for a breakfast on the go!
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  • 1 medium banana, fresh or frozen (omit for low FODMAP!)
  • 1 cup almond milk, for low FODMAP, oat is good too
  • 2 tablespoons hemp hearts, (learn about the benefits of hemp hearts!)
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • handful ice cubes, optional, if not using frozen banana


  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup, sweeten to taste
  • 1 shot espresso, or ¼ cup cooled brewed coffee


  • High Speed Blender


  • Add banana, milk, hemp, peanut butter, cocoa, cinnamon to blender. add ice cubes and coffee if using. Blend, taste and sweeten with maple syrup if desired.

Photo Credit: Melissa Quantz