Cookies and Cream Recovery Smoothie. Vegan.

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I recently received Brendan Brazier’s second book – Thrive Energy Cookbook.  It’s insane!  I love every single recipe and have been voraciously been working through the book quite systematically.  This, thus far, ranks among the tops for me.  Totally vegan but totally delectable.  It is so indulgent!  I cannot stress this to you enough.  I love it on particularly rough workout days to help boost my protein to help muscles recover quickly – the premise of his books.  Good in, fast recovery, less injuries, better performance.  Even if you aren’t an elite athlete… this smoothie is nutrient dense and will have everyone clambering for it.  I promise!

Adapted from Thrive’s Cookies and Cream Recovery Smoothie.

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons of raw cashews
2 tablespoons of vegan dark chocolate chips
1 tablespoons of cacao nibs
1 tablespoon of almond butter (I use Justin’s maple almond butter) – use whatever nut butter you prefer.
3 tablespoons of hemp protein powder (I use Bob’s Redmill) or one scoop of protein powder
1 cup of unsweetened almond milk (I used vanilla flavored)
8 ice cubes

Directions:

Add everything to your Vitamix or high powered blender and blend on the smoothie setting.  Pour into a glass and guzzle immediately!  Then promptly be sad when that’s over.  Ha!  I top mine with extra cacao nibs.

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— Knead to Cook

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