Chocolate Peanut Butter Sweet Potato Smoothie

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Sweet Potato Smoothie

Smoothies. The self-improvement quick-fix. Always an option when we want to do something good for ourselves, but without a huge investment or life-changing reality-shattering consequences. Not feeling like getting out of bed before dawn for a two hour yoga and meditation practice? Not willing to live without your ego? Not quite ready to commit to a well-balanced vegan diet for the rest of your life? That’s ok for now. Just toss some relatively healthy, tasty things in a blender and for the most part you can’t go wrong. (Well, this is somewhat true, but anyone who has made smoothies on a regular basis knows that occasionally a new experimental blend of things turns out gross. It happens. But don’t fret, this is not a gross smoothie, it is a delicious smoothie, even with a vegetable hidden in it.)

Caveat: this recipe calls for roasted sweet potato, which most people always have on hand. Ok kidding, although I do have a beautiful glowing vegan friend who roasts a batch of sweet potatoes nearly every morning, she just might live forever. But seriously, roasting sweet potatoes is one of the easiest things to do in the universe. Buy some organic sweet potatoes. Wash them. Do not peel them. Do not bother rubbing them with oil or salt, they will be very sweet and delicious naked. The tendency to rub everything in salt and oil before roasting is just a meme . . . a belief that seems to get passed on without necessarily being backed by any fact or reality whatsoever. Not this kind of meme:

Chocolate Peanut Butter Sweet Potato Smoothie

Put the unadulterated sweet potatoes on a baking sheet and into a 400 degree oven for about an hour, give or take some time depending on size. Take them out when they are super soft when poked with a knife and very gooey and some of the sugar is starting to ooze out. All done. Now you are one of those people that has roasted sweet potatoes available at the drop of a hat. And you can make this delicious Chocolate Peanut Butter Sweet Potato Smoothie:

Chocolate Peanut Butter Sweet Potato Smoothie Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup roasted sweet potato
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter (or other nut butter)
  • 1 or 2 dates (a spoon of honey or maple syrup works too)
  • 1 banana (frozen is even better)
  • 1 cup unsweetened soy milk (I use Westsoy unsweetened soy milk. Nut milk will work too.)
  • 1 dash cinnamon
  • 2 pieces dark chocolate (Alter Eco Quinoa Chocolate is lovely here!)
  • 1 cup water (or more, enough to get your desired consistency)

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