I don’t know about you, but I’m a big fan of meals that can be prepared with as little clean up required as possible. Doing dishes is certainly not one of my favourite tasks, and I have a habit of needing to wash up any dirty pots and pans before eating dinner because I just can’t relax if they’re sitting in the sink. Anyone else feel the same way?

Another thing I like when it comes to cooking is speed. You know those soup recipes that require you to let the ingredients sit for a long time, simmering on the stove? Yeah, I don’t do ‘simmering’ very well, especially when I’m hungry. Faster = better. This is particularly true when I get home from the gym in the morning and want breakfast on the table ASAP. Enter: The Vitamix.

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Quite possibly my most frequently used kitchen gadget, this versatile beauty sits on my counter and is my go-to for smoothies, soups, dips, and dressings. I recently got a lovely surprise from Vega that included my favourite product, chocolate Performance Protein. I’d been completely out for weeks so when it arrived, I went to town with new chocolate-infused recipes. Today I’ve got 3 for you, all of which can be made in the blender with minimal cleanup required. If you’re looking for a way to satisfy your chocolate cravings (especially since Valentine’s Day is coming up!) do it in a healthy way with one of these seemingly-decadent yet totally good for you recipes.

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First up, it’s protein pancakes! I shared my newly-discovered recipe for Peanut Butter & Ginger Protein Pancakes last week, and promised you guys a vegan version in the near future. I’m still working on the PB & Ginger ones, but in the meantime, can I interest you in the chocolate covered almond variety?

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Chocolate Covered Almond Protein Pancakes

by Angela Simpson

Prep Time: 8 mins

Cook Time: 15 mins

Ingredients (2 servings)

  • 1/4 cup unsweetened apple sauce
  • 1/3 ripe banana
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tbsp natural almond butter
  • 1 cup gluten free oats
  • 1 scoop chocolate Vega Sport Performance Protein (this is about 1/2 cup)
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp raw cacao powder
  • 1/4 tsp pure almond extract
  • 2 packets stevia
  • Toppings: Flaked almonds, banana slices, cinnamon, and a drizzle of leftover batter.

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Instructions

  • Put all ingredients except for toppings in a blender and blend until smooth.
  • Let the batter sit for 2-3 minutes.
  • Mist a frying pan with oil or melt a little coconut oil in it. Switch the heat on and allow the pan to sit for a minute or two until it’s hot. Reduce heat to medium.
  • In batches, cook the pancakes. Wait for bubbles to form on the surface before flipping, then transfer to a plate and keep warm until all pancakes are cooked.
  • Save a little batter, if desired, to drizzle over top of each pancake stack. Sprinkle with sliced bananas, slivered almonds, and cinnamon.

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I hope you’re thirsty because liquid greens are up next. I used to be a coffee drinker in university, not because I liked the taste but because the caffeine helped me stay awake (and as a morning person, remaining attentive in night time classes was no easy feat!) My favourites were the lightly flavoured beans – french vanilla, hazelnut, and caramel. Coffee is now an extremely rare item in my shopping cart, but I love the flavour that it adds to this smoothie. (And if you want to use flavoured beans that’s fine, but you don’t have to!)

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Mint Chocolate Mocha Smoothie

by Angela Simpson

Prep Time: 10 mins

Cook Time: 0 mins

Ingredients (1 serving)

  • 1 scoop chocolate Vega Performance Protein
  • 1 cup cold brewed coffee (decaf if necessary)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 big fistfuls of greens – romaine, spinach and kale would work well
  • 1/3 ripe frozen banana
  • 1 tsp each raw cacao and maca root powder (optional)
  • 1 tsp ground flaxseed
  • 1 tsp chia seeds (to thicken)
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • a few drops pure peppermint extract
  • ice
  • cacao nibs, cacao powder and cinnamon (optional, to garnish)

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Instructions

  • Place all ingredients in blender jug except for the ice and blend until almost smooth.
  • Add the ice and continue blending until no chunks remain.
  • Pour into a tall glass and garnish with cacao nibs and a dusting of cacao powder and cinnamon.

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And last but certainly not least, a healthy twist on ice cream. Thanks to the banana base, this variation is dairy-free, naturally sweet, and like the other recipes, requires only a blender. It can also be frozen overnight without becoming totally rock-solid (which means easier scooping!) If you’ve got some bananas sitting on the counter that have seen better days, this is a perfect way to use them up. Oh, and you’ll notice that bit about garnishing with shaved almonds in the recipe… I highly recommend this, but totally forgot to do it for these photos. Oops!

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Dark Chocolate Cherry Ice Cream

by Angela Simpson

Prep Time: 10 mins + freezing

Cook Time: 0 mins

Ingredients (2 servings)

  • 2 frozen bananas
  • 1 1/2 scoops chocolate Vega Performance Protein
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • 1 tsp raw cacao powder
  • 1 tsp maca root powder (optional)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 cup chopped partially thawed chopped frozen cherries
  • 2 tbsp shaved almonds (optional, to garnish)

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Instructions

  • Put all ingredients except for the chopped cherries into a Vitamix (or other high-powered blender) and blend until smooth.
  • Toss in the chopped cherries and pulse a few times until they are roughly incorporated.
  • The ice cream can be enjoyed just like this as soft serve, or pour the contents of the blender into a freezer-safe container and freeze for 2-3 hours or overnight. Scoop into bowls, cups or cones, top with shaved almonds (optional) and enjoy!

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A few notes about Vega Performance Protein…

  • It’s 100% vegan, and free of dairy, soy, and gluten.
  • Each scoop contains 5,500mg of BCAAs (necessary to build new muscle) and 5,000mg of glutamine (which also helps muscles to grow and recover faster, as well as support digestion)
  • Even though it’s vegan, the protein blend used (pea protein, sacha inchi protein, and sprouted brown rice protein) provide all of the essential amino acids that our bodies can’t make on their own.
  • When you cook with it, it behaves a little differently to other protein powders like whey and casein. Because of this, substituting dairy-based protein powders in the pancake recipe probably won’t have the same effects. If you’d like to use whey and make a similar version, check out my Peanut Butter & Ginger Protein Pancakes. Swap the vanilla protein powder for a chocolate flavoured one, eliminate the ginger and add 1/2 tsp cacao powder and 1/4 tsp almond extract instead.
  • One scoop of Performance Protein weighs 36g, as opposed to most whey protein powders which are about 30g. The Vega scoop is also a bit bigger, so keep this in mind if you’re planning to make any swaps.

So tell me…

  • What’s your main priority when it comes to meals (especially post-workout ones)? Speed? Taste? Convenience? Portability?
  • Do you have any recipes that you use to get your chocolate fix in a healthy way? Feel free to link up!

One final note: Bluehost tells me there are going to be server upgrades going on tonight and that my blog will likely be down after 9pm ET. So, apologies if you’re not able to access it tonight, but all should be back to normal tomorrow morning!