This vegan chocolate protein smoothie bowl tastes like dessert for breakfast! It’s satisfying, nourishing, and so much fun to make and eat. It’s very kid-friendly, too!
A few years back, when I was in university, I got into the habit of making a smoothie bowl for breakfast a few mornings every week. Like many students, I needed a creative outlet, and I found it in artfully crafting smoothie bowls out of vibrant blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries, or greens, then topping them with swirls of nut butter, seeds, granola, and sometimes even chocolate peanut butter balls!
Then one day, I struck gold (or chocolate, as it were) with this combo, and there was no turning back. I’ve been making this vegan chocolate protein smoothie bowl for many moons now, and it just seemed wrong not to share it with the world.
My smoothie bowl is packed with a powerful punch of energizing nutrients, making this the perfect breakfast that will almost certainly power you through a morning of work–whether that’s in the office, the gym, or the trail! It boasts an impressive amount of protein, thanks not only to vegan protein powder, but also to the tablespoon or two of hemp and almond butter blended in. It also has a healthy amount of monounsaturated fat from avocado and almond butter, and omega 3 fats from hemp and flax.
Most importantly, though, this protein smoothie bowl is darn delicious! Not just tasty, but lick the bowl clean yummy. It tastes like dessert for breakfast, only this dessert boasts 25 grams of clean protein, healthy fats, and plenty of blood sugar-stabilizing fibre!
how to make this vegan chocolate protein smoothie bowl
As you might expect, it’s simple. Add non-dairy milk, frozen banana, cocoa powder, hemp, ground flax, almond butter, avocado, and protein powder to an upright blender and blend until smooth. I prefer not to use ice cubes in my smoothie bowls–I find that ice makes them too watery–and I find that ground flax and avocado really help to thicken them, so don’t skip those ingredients!
The smoothie will be quite thick, which is exactly what you want for a smoothie bowl!
Smoothie Bowl Toppings
Often, I put a handful of One Degree Organics Sprouted Cacao O’s, some frozen fruit, and an additional spoonful of hemp on top. (This isn’t sponsored at all–I just happen to love One Degree Organics!
If you have homemade granola on hand, such as my cranberry orange cardamom granola, it makes a divine smoothie bowl topping.
Other ideas include nut or seed butter, cashew cookie dough energy balls, and seasonal fruit. Pomegranate is particularly good!
Which Vegan Protein Powders Do You Recommend?
While I try to stay away from plastic packaging altogether, it is challenging, if not impossible, to find a good quality vegan protein powder that is not packaged in a plastic tub at this time. I dream of a day when we can all go to our zero waste grocery store to purchase organic vegan protein powder package-free. But until that day comes, I recommend the following vegan protein powders:
- Garden of Life Sport Organic Plant-Based Protein (particularly good for athletes, with 30 grams of protein per serving plus branched chain amino acids, tart cherry, and turmeric!)
- Genuine Health Fermented Organic Vegan Protein (very easy to digest!)
I hope that you love this recipe! If you make it, leave a comment and rating below, and post a photo to Instagram with @upbeet.kitchen and #upbeetkitchen, too!
- Scant 3/4 cup unsweetened non-dairy milk
- 1 large or 2 small frozen bananas, chopped
- 1 tbsp hemp hearts (hulled hemp seeds)
- 1 tbsp ground flax seeds
- 1/4 of a medium ripe avocado
- 1 1/2 tbsp cocoa powder or raw cacao powder
- 1 tbsp almond butter or nut/seed butter of choice
- 1 scoop vegan vanilla-flavoured protein powder (see blog post for recommendations)
- Place all ingredients in an upright blender and blend until smooth. The mixture should be quite thick.
- Transfer to a bowl and top with desired accompaniments: seasonal fruit, granola, cereal, nut/seed butter, and hemp.
- Category: Breakfast
- Cuisine: Vegan
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