Recipe (vegan, gluten-free, sugar-free)

Sometimes you just have to have some Chocolate! This green smoothie is a great way to quell your chocolate cravings and have your body thank you.

Chocolate Decadence:

3 large handfuls spinach, romaine or leaf lettuce
1 apple, core removed
1 cup almond milk
2 Tbsp cacao powder (raw, if you can get it), or carob powder (if you prefer).
2 Tbsp raw hemp seeds or raw cashews, or 1/2 avocado
2 to 4 dried dates (pits removed; soaked in water for 30-60 mins to soften).

Put all ingredients into blender and blend until smooth.  Enjoy!

Optional Additions to Chocolate Decadence:
1.  Add 2 Tbsp natural almond or peanut butter for a “reese’s cup” version.
2.  Add 2 to 4 drops peppermint extract for a “peppermint patty” version.
3.  Add 1/2 cup cherries for a “chocolate covered cherries” version.
4.  Add 1 banana for a “chocolate covered banana” version.

Dawn Balusik, AP, DOM

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