A Peanut Butter Chocolate Banana Smoothie is a great way to eat healthy and spoil yourself all at the same time.
Doesn’t this Peanut Butter Chocolate Banana Smoothie look delicious? I certainly think so…especially since I’ve been eating them for breakfast every other day for the last month. I can get my chocolate shake fix and eat a really healthy, protein packed smoothie at the same time! I love delicious guilt free food, and I’m excited to share this smoothie with you guys.
Last year I finally decided to give powdered peanut butter a try. (Long overdue.) Honestly, I received a free container which prompted some recipe experimentation. Chocolate Peanut Butter smoothies are certainly not new, but I never knew how delicious they could be!
If you’re just jumping on the smoothie bandwagon, this recipe is a great one to start with. This one gets me excited for breakfast in the morning, and I’ve even made it as an evening snack when sitting down to to a little Netflix binge watching. Definitely much healthier than sitting down with a bowl of icecream for sure! (I would never do that….)
Smoothies are a fun way to eat healthy and are perfect for a busy lifestyle!
Let’s talk a bit about the ingredients that go into a Peanut Butter Chocolate Banana Smoothie. With any smoothie, you have some kind of liquid base. I don’t have a problem eating dairy, so I use 2% milk in mine. but you can use whatever milk you like~ Coconut, Soy, Almond, whatever. They are all delicious and work well in this recipe, and have the added benefit of protein in them.
Yogurt, especially Greek yogurt adds a great creamy texture and more protein. I use vanilla flavored which is sweetened with sugar, so if you’re quitting sugar just use plain unsweetened yogurt and add a touch more honey to the recipe.
Powdered Peanut Butter comes from peanuts that are pressed until all the oils are removed and then crushed into a powder. Leaving us all the flavor, protein and fiber of peanuts without the fats. This is the one I like to use, and I get mine at Sprouts Farmer’s Market.
Bananas have got to be one of the very best healthy foods you can consume. Check out all the great things that happen to you when you eat a banana right HERE.
And lastly, we can’t leave out the star ingredient; the one that makes this smoothie irresistible! Rich, dark, high quality cocoa powder. I can’t stress enough the difference in taste this smoothie has when you use a great tasting quality cocoa. My very favorite cocoa is Guittard Cocoa Rouge Unsweetened Cocoa Powder, which can be a tough one to find (the only place I can find it is at World Market in Albuquerque). When I’m in a hurry I’ll pick up a bag of Ghirardelli Premium Baking Cocoa. When it comes to my chocolate, I don’t mess around!
Peanut Butter Chocolate Banana Smoothie
Yield 2 smoothies
A smoothie made with powdered protein-rich peanut butter, dark chocolate cocoa powder and frozen banana. Eat healthy and spoil yourself all at the same time with this delicious smoothie!
1 small frozen banana (or 1/2 large frozen banana)
1 cup ice cubes
1/3 cup vanilla greek yogurt
2 tablespoons honey
1 cup milk (any kind; soy or coconut will work too)
2 heaping tablespoons dark cocoa powder
3 heaping tablespoons powdered peanut butter
Place all ingredients in a good blender. Pulse 10 times to break up the ice, then run on puree until smooth, about 20 -30 seconds. Pour into glasses and serve with a larger size smoothie straw.
This recipe makes a thick milkshake like smoothie, so I recommend a larger size smoothie straw to properly enjoy it with.
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