Brownie Batter Smoothie + Vegan Challenge

by tgiffitness on November 14, 2012

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Mmm… brownie batter…..

When I was in university, there was a really awesome Dairy Queen across the street from one of my friend’s houses. After working out, we would head over to the Dairy Queen, grab our food, and then sit in front of the TV watching Terminator: The Sara Connor Chronicles. Those were the days….. (Sigh)

Now, something you may not know is that not all Dairy Queens are considered equal. It’s all about the people that work there and the effort that is put into making your meal. The people that worked at this particular Dairy Queen were always willing to go the extra mile, which at the time, meant adding 4X the recommended amount of brownie batter and brownie chunks to our blizzards. Best Blizzards EVER!

Fast forward 4 years…

There are no new episodes of The Sara Connor Chronicles to watch, and definitely no more Brownie Batter Blizzards in my life, but I do have my Brownie Batter Smoothies to look forward to!


  • 1 cup Almond Milk
  • 2 tbs Rolled Oats (uncontaminated)
  • 1 tbs Quinoa Flakes
  • 2 tbs Raisins OR 2 – 3 Dates
  • 1 tbs Hemp Harts
  • 1 tbs Chia Seeds (ground)
  • 1 tbs Cocoa Powder
  • 2 tbs Almond Butter
  • 1 Very Ripe Banana
  • 2 cups Fresh Spinach * Optional


  • Add almond milk, rolled oats, quinoa flakes and raisins to a cup or container and place it in the fridge for at least 3 hours. You can leave it in the fridge over night if you want to have the smoothie for breakfast. I personally find this smoothie a little heavy first thing in the morning.
  • Add all ingredients to your blender and blend until smooth
  • Enjoy!

Vegan Challenge – See the original post here

Today is day 2 of my 7 day vegan challenge!
One of my goals for this week is to add beans to my diet and actually like them. Here is a picture of my first successful attempt at cooking a palatable bean dish!

Black bean dish

For this recipe I used:

Mixing the beans in with the quinoa and vegetables really helped disguise their chalky texture :)

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