Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Raspberry Smoothie + Make Your Own "Chocolate" Peanut Butter

It's mine and Jenn's birthdays today! So far it's been great, we are going to New York for a few days which is exciting! Mainly to see some incredible shows such as Newsies and Once, shop around and of course check out the sights. Cannot wait!

I've been in a very berry-licious mood lately. I find when it comes to smoothies, frozen berries are always best so I was happy enough to buy a large bag of frozen raspberries. The thing I like about raspberries are the seeds. I know some find the seeds annoying especially blended in a smoothie, but it's nice because it feels like you're eating the smoothie instead of drinking it.


1/2 cup frozen raspberries
1/2 a pear
1/2 frozen banana
1 tbsp chia seeds
1 scoop brown rice protein powder (vanilla) - optional
Stevia to taste
Water to blend

I've been seeing chocolate peanut butter around a lot lately and it's a shame because I always wished there was carob peanut butter, just this once, for those not into the cocoa thing. Well I took matters into my own hands and made "chocolate" peanut butter using carob and stevia! It tastes so good like Reese's peanut butter cups!

The peanut butter I used was Valencia peanut butter which tends to be more "liquidy" than regular peanut butters so it worked great to achieve a smooth, peanut buttery consistency.

Peanut Butter, Carob Powder, drops of vanilla stevia to taste, sea salt to taste

Coconut Toasts! 


  1. Happy Birthday! I'm an avid follower of sketch-free vegan eating. I found you guys on vegweb, and love reading and trying your interesting and unique recipes. It's hard to pick a favorite, but I do love the chocolate peanut butter fudge for a sweet one and the tempeh pizza for a savory one. Thank you for your blog, and I hope I made your birthday a bit better with this comment. Have fun in New York!

    1. aww thanks so much! that means a lot to us :D New York was great, just got back last night from 5 days of broadway shows, couldn't ask for anything more ;)

  2. I love making my own chocolate peanut butter, because it's cheaper! haha

    Happy Birthday, lovely!

  3. I love carob.... mixed into walnut butter is my favourite! Happy Birthday... very envious of your NYC trip - I would LOVE to go there!

  4. Happy Birthday! Your smoothie and the spread looks great - Im a chocolate lover all the way around but love carob too.

  5. Happy Belated Birthday!
    I wish you both a marvelous year that overflows with days that feel wonderful to you!

    yum to these treats!

  6. happy belated!
    i've been experimenting with carob lately and have been pleasantly surprised by the taste. :) i love when you two post recipes using carob!

    1. we love carob! it has a slightly sweeter, maltier taste which goes great with a lot of other ingredients ;)

  7. happy birthday ladies! i hope your trip to NYC is fabulous. there are some great healthy eats in this area too :). and i love the carob stevia touch to the peanut butter. YUMM!!! ps - why is valencia pb more liquidy? does it have more fat?

    1. thank you! it WAS fabulous, we were so sad to leave :( we went to one lucky duck which is a raw vegan restaurant, got a mango cucumber coconut cilantro smoothie - so good! I am not sure why valencia is more liquified, i guess it depends how much they grind the peanut butter too.