Brownie Batter Protein Smoothie

This is my most requested recipe from my friends, and the most praised from those who try it. It’s filling, low in sugar, very high in protein, and has probiotics to support healthy digestion. Oh also - it’s super tasty. My go-to post-workout breakfast packing in over 30g of protein per smoothie!

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  • 1 cup plant milk (I think soy is creamiest)

  • 1/4 cup frozen avocado chunks

  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder (or 1/2 scoop, if you find protein powder isn’t really your thing)

  • 2 tbsp cacao powder

  • 1/4 cup cultured coconut yogurt

  • 1/2 tbsp - 1 tbsp maple syrup

  • pinch of pink salt or rock salt


  1. Add plant milk in blender.

  2. Put avocado chunks in before the other ingredients, as I find they slightly de-thaw in the plant milk and this makes them easier to blend. In my experience, of you add them in later, they might not blend all the way and you could have chunks of frozen avocado in your smoothie. Yikes.

  3. Add in your favourite protein powder! I love Garden of Life vegan vanilla protein. I know not everyone likes the taste of protein powder, so only add as much as you can handle. However, the concept behind this smoothie recipe is that the chalk-like-ness of protein powder mimics the chalkiness of the dry ingredients in brownie batter so you don’t notice the texture/flavour of the protein as much. Genius, I know.

  4. Add remaining ingredients. Add as much sweetener as you like, I like to keep this smoothie low-sugar, but if you have a sweet tooth, go with the full tbsp of maple syrup. Another option is to replace both the avocado and the maple syrup with one banana. DO NOT FOGET THE SALT.

  5. Blend! Smoothie will be very thick. If too thick or not blending, add more plant milk until you get desired consistency.

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I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as my friends and I do! Let me know if you try it :)


Kristen Joy

3 Simple Vegan Breakfasts

Although it's true most vegan meals require a little more effort and time commitment, these breakfasts are incredibly quick, affordable, and simple. Not to mention incredibly healthy and delicious! These are personal favourites of mine that I have chosen to combine into one post in order to provide you with some morning inspiration. 

Perfect Probiotic Parfait




  • Yoso Unsweetened Coconut Yogurt (the only vegan yogurt I find palatable)  
  • Homemade Granola, or store-bought
  • Chia seeds
  • Hemp Hearts
  • Maple syrup, honey, or agave (optional)
  • Handful, or two, of local organic berries


  1. Yogurt in bowl
  2. Add toppings! I'm not going to tell you how to live your life ;)

Cardamom & Cinnamon Oats




  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1 cup Califia Farms unsweetened vanilla almond milk, or any nut milk
  • 1/4 tsp true or Ceylon cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp ground flax seed
  • Handful of local organic blueberries
  • Additional Nuez Nutmilk in Cardamom flavour for pouring over oats


  1. Soak oats overnight if you can
  2. Place oats in stove and add your packaged nut milk and true cinnamon and bring to a gentle boil
  3. Lower heat and let simmer until oats are cooked to your preferred texture
  4. Remove from heat, add ground flax seed and stir until evenly distributed
  5. Add oatmeal to a bowl, pour the ~fancy~ Nuez Cardamom nut milk over top and finish with berries on top

Tasty Tomato Toast




  • 2 pieces of rye bread
  • Spread 'Em Kitchen Co.'s cucumber and garlic spread
  • Half a fresh organic tomato
  • Small handful of broccoli sprouts (optional) 
  • Hemp Hearts
  • Black Pepper and pink Himalayan salt to taste


  1. Toast the bread
  2. Add the toppings - being generous with the cashew cucumber garlic spread! 


Be creative with your toppings if you like! These are just ideas I have tested and happen to love. This post was just to show you how easy it is to make a healthy, nutrient-packed, vegan breakfast with little ingredients and little fuss - because who wants to start their day with stress? Nobody.

Enjoy your week ahead my loves!

Kristen Joy