Soak dates for at least an hour to soften; remove the pits. The dates put the "brownie" in this smoothie, but if you don't have dates, use 2 tbsp maple syrup or more. Taste-testing is a good idea. Freeze plant milk in ice cube trays; let thaw 20 minutes before blending if they are rock-hard.Freeze banana chunks night before if you are using banana instead of yogurt.
Blend up all ingredients, preferably in a high speed blender, until very smooth. Chill for at least an hour if it's not cold enough. I make mine the night before so it's chilled the next morning.
To serve, either pour in a bowl and top with popped quinoa, rolled oats, and chocolate chips. OR pour in a glass and drink with a straw. Perfect before a workout to energize, also perfect to replenish when you are done. Enjoy!
Make Chocolate Avocado Rosettes
Stir in a mixing bowl (too small an amount to blend) the avocado, the cacao, and the maple syrup. Spoon mixture into a piping bag with a 1M tip to create rosettes on your smoothie. If you don't have a piping bag, use a sandwich bag with tip cut off and squeeze drops onto the bowl surface. Or just spoon as though it is nut butter. You'll get the nutrition either way!