How to Replace Wine With a Smoothie

After a long hard work day (week?) a lot of us reach for the wine. I love myself a glass of red wine with good friends. Girl talk, pinot noir, laughs, late nights...some of the best things in life. Yesterday I had a long exhausting day and instead of craving a glass of wine, I wanted chocolate..more specifically a chocolate smoothie. With some type of nut butter. And a banana. And some warming spices. I just wanted goodness in a glass...healthy, delicious goodness. I stopped off at Juice Press, my new fav vegan, raw cafe in NYC. I ordered a chocolate smoothie called heaven on earth and it had almond butter, cacao, dates, bananas, cinnamon and almond milk. It was just what I needed to send my chocolate cravings to the hills while keeping my drink healthy and clean. There nothing almond butter, chocolate and fruit can't cure.

I made my own version of the recipe this morning and I wanted to share it.
1 frozen banana
1.5 tbsp of cacao powder
2 scoops of vanilla protein powder
2 tbsp of almond butter
Pumpkin pie spice
1 cup of oat milk
A few ice cubes
2 tbsp of maple syrup
Blend everything well and sit back and enjoy this goodness. This makes a great happy hour drink, after dinner drink, breakfast smoothie and post workout meal. The great thing about smoothies is you can have them anytime, anywhere. Totally vegan, gluten free, clean eating, antioxidant filled drink of yumminess.
Feel free to add dates, I ran out of them. Also sub the almond butter with another nut butter. You can also add 1/2 avocado.
Have a happy weekend. Stay safe on Halloween, grab some vegan chocolates and put on your fav costume! It's going to be a cold weekend in NYC but that still won't stop me from rocking around town with one of my Philly friends!