Chocolate Strawberry Banana Smoothie from BlendHappy

When I met Nick Reese in Austin at SXSW a few weeks ago, I was pretty pumped about that.  Nick is a guy I’ve learned a lot from and look up to for the way he ignores the supposed “limits” and is committed to standing out from the crowd.

So when he told me that his girlfriend, Heather, was starting a new video site about blending and juicing and wanted to make a custom smoothie for No Meat Athlete, I was even more excited.

But I had a lot of requests…

Perhaps I got a bit carried away with the instructions — when Heather asked what type of smoothie would work best, I mentioned that it should be vegan.  Oh, and that it should have 4-to-1 carb-to-protien ratio, so we could drink it post workout.  And, oh yeah, if you wouldn’t mind, could you use hemp protein too, since I’m not a big fan of soy or rice protein?

Someone with less patience might have told me to f-off, you psycho granola-crunchie.  But Heather didn’t complain a bit.  Instead, she did me one better and threw in some coconut manna and greens powder, two other favorite smoothie ingredients of mine.

Here’s the video Heather put together for us, and the pre/post-workout smoothie she came up with!


Chocolate Strawberry Banana Smoothie Recipe

Here are those ingredients again:

  • 1 banana
  • 2 handfuls of strawberries
  • 4 tablespoons chocolate hemp protein powder
  • 1/2 cup oatmeal powder
  • 1-2 tablespoons coconut manna
  • 2 cups almond milk
  • 1 scoop greens powder
  • agave nectar, to taste

If you can’t find chocolate hemp powder, you can just throw in some cacao nibs or carob chips.  I do that all the time.  And notice Heather’s smoothie perfectly fits my smoothie formula, so you can create lots of variations on it.

Check out Blend Happy for lots more smoothie and juice recipes.  Heather wants to make it the most entertaining resource on the web for juice and smoothies.  She does reviews too, so if you’re having trouble deciding between, say, a Blendtec (what I use) and a Vitamix (what Heather uses in the video), BlendHappy can help you with that.  (See her Vitamix review, for example.)

Big thanks to Nick and Heather for doing this.

Alrighty, I’m out.  I’ve got a 10-miler planned for this weekend, before Boston in 10 days!  How about you?

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  1. You know whey’s not vegan, right? 😉

  2. Elizabeth says:

    This sounds delish! I’m not familiar with coconut manna–what’s the difference between coconut manna and coconut butter?

  3. Matt Thank you very much for sharing this recipe. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did. You’re awesome and I look forward to meeting you!

  4. Elizabeth, Coconut manna and coconut butter are the same. Coconut manna is what Nutiva calls their coconut butter. Any brand of coconut butter will work for placement of milk, cream, butter or yogurt.

    Make sure you keep it at 72F degrees for easy scooping otherwise it’s too thick.

  5. Matt, you rock man! The request guidelines and the specific instructions actually helped. Heather has a million different recipes floating through her head so it definitely helped narrow things down for her.

    Thank you for being awesome, keep kicking butt man.
    -Nick

  6. looks great!

    I’m a big fan of hemp protein and you can never go wrong with banana strawberry! 🙂

  7. Sounds great! I use hemp protein in my smoothies but haven’t seen the chocolate kind. I need to find that!

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