This healthy chocolate hemp overnight oatmeal smoothie tastes just like melted chocolate ice cream while packing an impressive 15 g of plant-based protein and containing the minimum daily requirement of omega-3s! Vegan, gluten-free, and refined-sugar-free, it makes a perfect breakfast or snack for any chocolate lover!
One day I’ll take a break from all the chocolate recipes, but today is not that day.
It was going to be, and I was actually planing on sharing a totally different smoothie recipe with you today, but that got put on the editorial back burner after I randomly whipped up and fell in love with this chocolate hemp overnight oatmeal smoothie.
Like I briefly mentioned in yesterday’s post, I’ve been working on incorporating more sources of omegas into my diet, and hemp seeds are my current favourite way to do that. Not only are they less bitter than flax seeds and less annoying than chia seeds, but they’re serious nutritional powerhouses.
Hemp seeds are 25% protein (considerably more than flax or chia seeds) and contain nutritionally significant amounts of all the essential amino acids, making them an easily digested complete plant-based protein. The oil in hemp seeds is a rich source of two essential fatty acids (EFAs), linoleic acid (omega-6) and alpha-linolenic acid (omega-3), present in a 2:1 or 3:1 ratio, which is considered optimal for human health. They’re also a great source of vitamin E and minerals such as phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, iron, and zinc [source].
Not bad for such a tiny little seed, eh?
And while that’s all well and good (no seriously, it’s pretty amazing), the main reason that I’ve been chowing down on hemp seeds is actually because of my eczema (aka: the bane of my existence).
I came across some research a little while back that suggested that hemp oil (and EFAs in general) was an effective way to treat atopic dermatitis [source], and I decided to give it a shot since I’ve tried basically everything else with only minor success. That was about 3 weeks ago, and… you guys… my hands have improved a tonne. No more flare ups, no more itching, no more redness, and the dry, damaged skin that’s been plaguing me on and off for years is well on its way to looking normal.
So, seeing as hemp seeds and I are now bffs, I’ve been looking for different ways to incorporate them into my diet, which is how this chocolate hemp overnight oatmeal smoothie came into play.
I’m not even kidding when I say that the taste and texture of this smoothie makes me think of melted chocolate ice cream. I based it on my much-loved chocolate overnight oatmeal smoothie, but swapped a few of the ingredients for hemp seeds and slightly tweaked the prep method… which gave it an even thicker and creamier consistency.
It’s gluten-free, vegan, refined-sugar-free, and can easily be made nut-free by swapping out the almond milk for another non-dairy milk like rice or soy. AND! it packs a whopping 15 g plant-based protein in addition to meeting the minimum daily requirements for omega-3s.
Not bad for something that tastes like melted chocolate ice cream…
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- 1/2 cup (40 g) rolled oats**
- 2 Tbsp (20 g) shelled hemp seeds
- 2 Tbsp (10 g) unsweetened cocoa powder
- 3/4 - 1 cup (180 - 240 ml) unsweetened almond milk***
- 1 Tbsp (15 ml) maple syrup****
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- pinch of salt (optional but highly recommended)
- The night before, add all the ingredients to the bowl of your blender and blend on high until a smooth and creamy consistency is reached. Transfer the smoothie to a glass or jar, cover, and place in the fridge for at least 3 hours, preferably overnight.
- The next morning, remove your smoothie from the fridge, add desired toppings, and enjoy! If your smoothie is too thick, stir in a few splashes of almond milk to achieve your desired consistency.
** Be sure to use certified gluten-free oats if you need this to be gluten-free. You can also reduce the oats to 1/4 up and add a scoop of your favourite chocolate or vanilla protein powder to add extra protein.
*** I like my smoothies on the thicker/moussier side, so I use 3/4 cup. If you like your smoothies to be more drinkable as opposed to spoonable, use 1 cup of milk.
*** You can also sub this out for 1 large Medjool date or 1/2 banana.
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