Chunkie Monkey Smoothie

I love smoothies from time to time.  Often times we are led to believe that we need protein powders added to smoothies to get the boost of extra protein.  Well, I was guilty of buying protein powders until I investigated the $150 bag ($5/serving) of a highly processed, overated, macronutrient powder that I was puchasing every month.  The total grams of protein per serving was 16g.  So I said wait a minute – why am I spending all this money to get my “protein”  when 1/2 cup of beans has 7g, it is the “whole food” and it is a h*** of a lot cheaper per serving.  So, that’s when I came to the realization that instead of using these powders, stop believing the “hype”, cut out the middle man and CONSUME whole foods.

Living a Whole Food Plant Based lifestyle there is no need to count macronutrients (protein, fats, and carbs).  Nor is there a need to count calories or portion control.  Trust me when I say, that all of the ingredients in this smoothie recipe provides more protein than the overated powder.  Go ahead and do the math if you are a “Proteinaholic” (Garth Davis, 2017).  Lol

Well that brings me to the ingredients they are all plantbased and are minimally processed.  And yep – I got all of the ingredients from my favorite store – Walmart! lol.

Kidney Beans - Copy
Peanut Butter - Copy
Medjool Dates - Copy
Soy Milk - Copy
Spinach - Copy


So go ahead take a trip to your local market pick up these everyday simple, whole foods and indulge in this delicious smoothie!

Chunkey Monkey Smoothie

Chocolately, Nut Butter Smoothie
Prep Time 1 min
Cook Time 1 min
Total Time 2 mins
Servings 1 serving


  • 1 cup Banana, very ripe, frozen
  • 1 handful Baby Spinach
  • 1 Tbsp Peanut Butter or Nut/Seed Butter of choice (free from added oils)
  • 1/2 cup Dark Red Kidney Beans, Unsalted
  • 1 Tbsp Golden Flaxseed, milled
  • 1 Tbsp Cacao Powder
  • 1 Medjool Date, pitted
  • 1 cup Soy Plant-based Milk, Unsweetened or Plant based milk of choice


  • Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until completely smooth.


Recipe inspired from Dreena Burton book Plant Powered Families.
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