My Birthday Chocolate Smoothie with Brownie Bites!

It’s my birthday and I can eat chocolate if I want to, chocolate if I want to

Yup, that is what I am singing today
This chocolate smoothie is seriously indulgent and the brownie bites really take it over the top.
You need to make this. And don’t worry it doesn’t need to be your birthday to have it, but it does make your day a whole lot better. So enjoy it any day of the week.

Chocolate Smoothie
1 cup ice
4 TB frozen pumpkin puree*
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 TB cashew butter**
1 1/2 – 2 TB cocoa powder
1-2 TB pure maple syrup or 1-2 pitted dates
1 cup milk of choice
1/2 tsp xantham gum (optional)

*The night before I scooped out tablespoons of pumpkin puree onto a pan and froze. I then used four of them for this smoothie. Also, if pumpkin sounds too crazy for you, frozen banana will work great here. I just did not want any banana flavor in this smoothie.
**You can use any nut butter of choice or do without. The nut butter adds creaminess.

Put all the ingredients into the blended and blend till smooth.
To make the smoothie thicker you can add in the xantham gum. I couldn’t locate mine, but I am sure it would help to make the smoothie thicker. Also add in the milk slowly so it does not become too thin.

Brownie Bites
1/4 cup cashews
1/4 cup almonds
1 cup pitted medjool dates
pinch of salt, if nuts are unsalted
2.5 TB cocoa powder
1/2 TB water, if needed to bind

In a food processor, blend the cashews and almonds till they are small almost fully ground up pieces. Add in the dates, salt (if using), and cocoa powder. Blend again till combined. If it is still crumbly add in the water. When you pinch a small piece of the dough together and it holds without falling apart, it is ready.

Roll into small ball shapes or just push down into a small pan.
Place in the freezer or fridge to firm up.

To Assemble:
Place a few brownie bites into the bottom of your cup. Pour in the chocolate smoothie half way and then add a few more brownie bites. Top with more smoothie and finish with even more brownie bites.
I enjoyed this with a spoon.

The combo of the brownie bites and the smoothie was amazing.

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