Have any of you taken one of the latest, of many, quizzes on Facebook? It’s the one where Facebook analyzes your pictures and posts and tells you which friend is your second half. The one who makes you whole.
As much as I don’t believe in those dang things, I’m always compelled to take the quizzes. This particular one told me that Alex is my second half. My beautiful—inside and out—daughter is my second half. For the most part I agree. But in truth, my second half is divided into thirds. There’s a section for my husband and son too, because without those three people there would be a huge gap in my soul.
It takes many parts to make a whole. Take away one of those parts and you’ll have a hole. Funny how that works.
Funny how FB got that quiz so close to right too. Alex and I sometimes freak one another out because we have the exact same thoughts at the same time, only we don’t live in the same house, so how can that happen?
For example, a few days ago I was looking through pictures of tropical vacations from days long past. I ran across some pictures of the kids and our neighbor’s kids sipping on chunky monkeys. Their faces were glowing from the sun and from pure joy.
Those chunky monkeys were so good that even the adults drank one every day on that vacation. Although we had a little rum slipped into ours. Shhhhh…….
Moving along, the next day Alex and I were talking on the phone for the fiftieth time since I’d looked through those pictures, and she told me that I should try the chunky monkey smoothie that she made that morning.
Me, inside my head: Wait, what?! I was just thinking of chunky monkeys yesterday! We really do share the same brain. Facebook was right! Deep breath. Pull yourself together.
Me replying to Alex: Wow, it’s so funny that you mention chunky monkeys because I just ran across a picture of you, your brother, and M and K drinking chunky monkeys in Mexico. How weird is that?
After a lot of reminiscing I asked her to text me her recipe, because I was in the middle of a run and didn’t want to stop to write it down. Isn’t is so cool that you can use your phone to take notes?
Did I just age myself with that last question?
When I got home from my run I scooted into my kitchen and made Alex’s vegan chunky monkey chocolate smoothie. Delicious!
It was chocolatey, rich, and creamy. There was a hint of banana flavor, but it tasted mostly like chocolate. The dates made it sweet, but not too sweet. This was a good smoothie.
It wasn’t exactly like the ones I remember in Mexico because those were a million times thicker and full of fat and sugar, but the flavors were pretty darn close. Well done my healthy and smart daughter. Well done.
Of course, me being me, I had to try making it with spinach and hemp seeds, because I will sneak greens into everything. And I needed the hemp seeds for protein because I had just completed an Insanity X video and a four mile run.
There’s no sneaking a cup and a half of spinach into anything. The chocolate chunky monkey turned green. You could call it a chocolate chunky leprechaun.
The good news, it still tasted like the original. Spinach has a mild flavor so the banana and cacao powder totally masked the flavor of the spinach.
This vegan chunky monkey chocolate smoothie is the perfect drink to make for you and your family on a busy morning. You can whip it up and take it with you and sip on a banana, dates, almond milk, hemp seeds, and cacao (or cocoa) powder. It tastes like a yummy, sugary, chocolatey treat, but there isn’t a speck of refined sugar in it.
You can also boost the nutritional values of your smoothie by adding spinach to the mix.
Here’s what you get from one vegan chunky monkey chocolate smoothie:
- Almond milk – 1 cup is only 30 calories. It gives you 45% of your daily value of calcium (1 cup of milk is 103 calories and only gives you 30% calcium), 25% of vitamin D, and 20% of vitamin E. I used Silk original.
- Banana – Great source of potassium, vitamin B-6, vitamin C, and fiber. Also a great source of energy.
- Dates – Great source of fiber, potatssium, copper, manganese, magnesium, and vitamin B-6.
- Hemp hearts – Excellent source of essential fatty acids and protein.
- Cacao powder – Antioxidants, prevents hormonal mood swings, lowers blood pressure, and more.
- Spinach – Great source of vitamins A and K, manganese, folate, magnesium, iron, copper, calcium, and vitamins B2, B6, E and C.
All of those healthy things in one delicious chocolate banana smoothie that tastes like it should be dessert, not breakfast.
This is going to be my recovery drink after every workout and long run. It perked me up after my intense morning of exercise, so much so that I could have done more. That’s pretty amazing because I was dragging before I drank it.
Don’t skip breakfast, it’s bad for you. Make this vegan chunky monkey chocolate smoothie and fuel your body and brain so you can do great things all morning. Then eat this for lunch so you can continue on for the rest of the day.
Who would your other half be?
Have you ever had a chunky monkey?
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Vegan Chunky Monkey Chocolate Smoothie
- 1 cup of unsweetened almond milk
- 1 frozen banana
- 2 pitted dates
- 1 tablespoon of cacao or cocoa powder
- 2 teaspoons of hemp seeds
- 1/2 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract
- Pinch of finely ground sea salt
- 1 and 1/2 cups of spinach optional
- Put the almond milk in the blender then add the rest of the ingredients and blend until smooth and creamy.
- Note: The spinach will turn the smoothie green. If you don’t want a green smoothie then don’t add the spinach. I add it for the nutritional value.