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Wonderful Winter WheyEssential Recipes

January 7, 2016

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The winter doldrums make many of us start craving chocolatey comfort foods like cake, pudding, and milkshakes. Now you can give in to those cravings without the guilt of an unhealthy diet. These delicious chocolate smoothie recipes satisfy those chocolate cravings in a healthy way.

Chocolate WheyEssential recipes for winter

Chocolate Peanut Butter Breakfast Shake

Warning - if you serve this chocolate smoothie for breakfast, your family may never want to eat cold cereal again!

  • 2 large ripe bananas, cut into chunks and frozen
  • 2 Tbs. creamy peanut butter (preferably with no sugar added)
  • 2 Tbs. honey
  • 1 - 1 1/2 Tbs. cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 cups almond milk
  • 1 scoop Natural Chocolate WheyEssential
  • 2 Tbs. oats (This wasn't in the original recipe, but it does make it even thicker, creamier, and more 'breakfasty'.)

Blend until smooth and serve; it makes enough for two.

Chocolate Cranberry Smoothie

This recipe was adapted from this one on Yummly.

  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 - 2 Tbs. dark chocolate
  • 2 cups spinach
  • 1/4 cup fresh cranberries
  • 1 Tbs. honey, or to taste 
  • 1 banana, frozen
  • 1 scoop Natural Chocolate WheyEssential

Blend until smooth and enjoy!

Warm Chocolate Smoothie

This smoothie tastes like hot chocolate! The perfect pick-me-up after a hard-fought snowball fight.

  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla or plain nut milk, well warmed
  • 1 banana
  • 1 Tbs. unsweetened almond or cashew butter 
  • 1 tsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 scoop Natural Chocolate WheyEssential
  • Dark chocolate, for garnish, optional  

Mix the first six ingredients until smooth. Blend in the WheyEssential and garnish with grated chocolate, if desired. Drink it quickly while it's still warm.

Black Forest Smoothie

This smoothie tastes just like the decadent dessert, but it's packed with nutrition rather than calories.

  • 1 cup frozen cherries
  • 1 - 2 Medjool dates, depending on desired sweetness
  • 2 Tbs. rolled oats
  • 1 Tbs. chia seeds
  • 1 - 2 Tbs. unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1 scoop Natural Chocolate WheyEssential
  • 1 -2 handfuls of baby spinach (optional)

Blend until very smooth. It can be made ahead and refrigerated until time for dessert. Top with a dollop of whipped cream to make it taste even more like the classic cake.

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