RECIPE: Protein Packed Chocolate Brownie Smoothie


If you’ve not checked out the Muffin Myth Blog, yet, you should.

Katie Trant posted a recipe for a Black Bean smoothie, which she created to add planted-based protein to her diet.

I was intrigued, but I have to admit, skeptical it would be potable!

I tweaked her recipe a bit and created my own version of this tasty treat.




1 frozen banana (works much better if you peel it before you freeze it)

1 cup almond milk

1/2 can of organic black beans

4 prunes or pitted dates (can substitute 1-2 Tbsp maple syrup or honey as well)

2 Tbsp of cocoa powder

1 tsp ground cinnamon

2 Tbsp chia seeds (optional)

and I like to throw some spinach leaves in there, because I love my greens, so consider doing the same.


This little treat is seriously delicious!

I hope you enjoy it as much as I did—try the original Chocolate Black Bean Brownie Smoothie version too!

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Madeleine Vanstory attended Duke University and began her post-graduate journey at The Elaine Clark Center working with special needs children. She went on to work as a Clinical Research Scientist running clinical trials for the CDC and developing medical devices for Welsh Allen, Abbot Labs, Roche and Johnson & Jonhson Her work included non-invansive cervical cancer detection, continuous diabetic glucose monitoring, non-harmful infant bilirubin level detection and studying Vitamin C's anti-aging effects on the skin. Madeleine attended Medical school at The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University and completed a residency in Family Medicine at Moses Cone Hospital in Greensboro NC. Dr. Madeleine Vanstory is a board certified Family Physician who has practiced all over the world. She has lead medical missions in Kenya and Honduras. She has participated with Operation Smile in Russia, she has patients in North Carolina, Maine, Oregon and New Zealand. Dr. Vanstory has worked the medical tents in the Marine Corps marathon in Washington DC and at the Kona Ironman World Championships. And Dr. Vanstory has marched with the Surgeon General promoting "Exercise is Medicine" at the World Congress Sports Medicine Conference. Disillusioned by the current health care system and armed with the realization that culture, nutrition and emotional well-being have a profound impact on health, Dr. Vanstory now motivates clients and patients to discover the healthiest versions of themselves through humor, counseling in her "Upgrade Your Health" Wellness Program.

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