Easy Vegan Recipes
Chocolate Smoothies

You can use raw nuts to create easy vegan recipes, like a chocolate smoothie. You have such an array of different flavors of nuts. Choose from a mild flavor of cashew or macadamia to a more intense flavor like hazelnut or brazil nut.

My favorite nuts to use in smoothies are cashews, almonds, pecans, and hazelnuts. The most nutrient dense nut is the brazil nut. You only need 2-6 brazil nuts accompanying other nuts to get their nutritious benefits, such as selenium.

According to many raw foodists, the only type of nuts that should be soaked before using is almonds. It is taught that soaking the almonds neutralize the enzyme inhibitors to make the nutrients easier to digest. Also, it will soften the almonds for an easier blending experience. YUM!

Best Ways to Buy Nuts

When you are shopping for nuts always buy raw! It isn’t necessary to purchase them organic. If you can afford organic go for it! But never buy them roasted.

Nuts are known for their healthy fats. When heated over 170 degrees, the fats will breakdown and create free radicals. These free radicals, when consumed, can cause lipid peroxidation. The free radicals go into your bloodstream and injure your arteries. This, of course, is one of the first steps to heart disease.

The best way to buy nuts is through bulk suppliers. I usually get my favorite nuts at least in a 5 pound bag. Then I refrigerate or freeze the excess that will not be used within 1-2 months.

Isn’t Nuts High in Fat?

They are high in fat. But remember... With these easy vegan recipes, you are replacing those even higher calorie and sugar filled shakes and malts.

As an added plus, a vegan chocolate smoothie contains fiber, vitamins, and minerals from the fruit and nuts. If you look at a chocolate shake, there isn’t anything to brag about. Just a bunch of sugar and empty calories. Yuck!

Time.com places McDonald’s Triple Chocolate Shake at the “Top 10 Worst Fast-Food Meals”

You don’t need to settle with the sugar side effects and artery clogging junk! Make your own easy vegan recipes with raw nuts and natural sweeteners. You can even add superfoods to give you a little boost of energy!

Best Way to Blend Nuts

If you have a lower grade blender, you can blend the nuts up into a fine powder before adding the water and other ingredients. Some people have found that blending the ingredients with half of the water and no ice, then adding the rest of the water with the ice really helps create a deliciously smooth chocolate shake.

I have a high quality blender that can blend pretty much anything. If I could demonstrate the power of this blender by making one of these easy vegan recipes, you might even agree with me that Blendtec makes the best blender!

Please don’t let whatever type of blender that is in your kitchen determine if you are going to try these easy vegan recipes. It can be done!

Easy Vegan Recipes – Chocolate Nut Milk Shakes

Chocolate Divine

1/3 cup cashew, raw

7 dates

1 tablespoon of raw cacao

1 cup water

10 ice cubes

Blend all ingredients except the ice cubes until smooth. Add the ice cubes and blend again until smooth. Very yummy! Serves 1

Almond Joy

1/2 cup raw almonds

4-8 dates, soaked in the water (amount depending on your desire of sweetness)

1 packet of stevia

1 tsp vanilla

1 1/2 tablespoon raw cacao

1 1/2 cups water

16 ice cubes

First, blend the almonds, dates, stevia, vanilla, cacao, and water. Then, add the ice and blend on high until smooth. Serves 2

Chocolate Cashew Shake

1/2 cup cashew, raw

5 dates

1 tablespoon of raw cacao

3/4 cup water

8 ice cubes

Blend all ingredients except the ice cubes until smooth. Add the ice cubes and blend again until smooth. Very yummy! Serves 1

Cream of the Crop!

1/3 cup raw cashews

4-8 dates, soaked in the water (amount depending on your desire of sweetness)

1 packet of stevia

1 tablespoon raw cacao

1 cup water

14 ice cubes

First, blend the cashews, dates, stevia, cacao, and water. Then, add the ice and blend on high until smooth. Serves 1-2

Almond Carob Smoothie

1/2 almonds, raw

6-8 dates, pitted

1 1/2 tablespoon carob, powder

1/4 tsp stevia

1 cup pure water

12 ice cubes

Pour the water into the blender with the almonds, dates, carob, stevia on top. Blend. Add ice and blend until completely smooth. Serves 1-2

Pecan Delight - Easy Vegan Recipes

1/3 cup raw pecans

4-8 dates, soaked in the water (amount depending on your desire of sweetness)

1 packet of stevia

1 tsp vanilla

1 tablespoon raw cacao

1 cup water

12 ice cubes

First, blend the pecans, dates, stevia, vanilla, cacao, and water. Then, add the ice and blend on high until smooth. Serves 1-2

Chocolate Beans

1/2 cup coconut milk

1/2 cup pure water

5 dates, pitted and soaked in the water

1/4 cup garbanzo beans, cooked and rinsed

1/4 cup pecans, raw

1 tablespoon of raw cacao

8-10 ice cubes

Pour the milk and water into the blender with the dates, beans, pecans, and cacao on top. Blend. Add ice and blend until completely smooth.

Brazilian Chocolate

1/4 cup raw almonds

3-5 brazil nuts

1/4 coconut milk powder

4-8 dates, soaked in the water (amount depending on your desire of sweetness)

1 packet of stevia

1 tsp vanilla

1 1/2 tablespoon raw cacao

1 1/2 cups water

14 ice cubes

First, blend the almonds, brazil nuts, coconut milk, dates, stevia, vanilla, cacao, and water. Then, add the ice and blend on high until smooth. Serves 2

Cacao-Nut Smoothie

2/3 cup raw almonds

3-6 tablespoons of palm sugar (depending on your desire of sweetness)

1/4 cup coconut milk powdered

1 packet of stevia 1 tsp vanilla

1 1/2 tablespoon raw cacao

1 1/2 cups water

14 ice cubes

First, blend the almonds, palm sugar, coconut milk, stevia, vanilla, cacao, and water. Then, add the ice and blend on high until smooth. Serves 2

Chocolate Immune-Boosting Smoothie

2 tablespoons lucuma

1/2 tablespoon maca

1 tablespoon of raw cacao

1/2 cup coconut milk

1 cup Chaga Mushroom Tea

4 dates, soaked in the tea

2 packets of stevia

14 medium ice cubes

First, blend the lucuma, maca, cacao, coconut milk, tea, dates, and stevia. Then, add the ice and blend on high until smooth. Use more coconut milk powder for a creamier consistency.

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