Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie
Posted on September 18, 2020
Recipe borrowed from Cooking Classy and modified.
Delicious chocolate smoothie with peanut butter and banana! The perfect breakfast, midmorning snack or even a quick and healthy treat for you when you have these cravings and you are trying so hard not to eat a dessert! This smoothie is a very healthy and nutritious version of a chocolate milkshake that you can consume with no-guilts! And of course it is one of the best treats for your kids (if they do not have any peanut allergy of course...). They will love it and they will not even realise that they are consuming a very healthy drink! This chocolate smoothie is the best substitution to the store-bought chocolate milks that are full of fat, sugar and conservatives.
Actually I did not use to drink smoothies very often, I was just making one once in a while, mainly to try new combinations or when I was craving it! But during lactation I was searching for healthy, nutritious and filling snacks and of course quick to make! So the solution for my midmorning snack was the smoothies! They are very quick to make (usually in less than 3' you have a delicious smoothie to consume), make you feel full and taste so good! Since then I integrated smoothies in mine and my kids every day menu (I have to admit that my husband is not a smoothie fan).
But this chocolate - peanut butter - banana smoothie is by far my favourite smoothie!! Actually it contains my favourite combination of flavours and it tastes like a milkshake, expect from the fact that it contains no ice cream but only healthy ingredients. The rich chocolate flavour comes from cocoa powder, which has many health benefits, with manly the antioxidants that it contains. I use high quality organic cocoa powder in order to get all the benefits of the cocoa, including rich flavour. When you think of peanut butter usually the first thing that comes in mind is flavour (you love it or you hate it!) and then that it is fattening. Yes, peanut butter has fat, but it is good for you. Actually peanut butter helps in weight loss, because it suppresses hunger. Moreover peanut butter contains many vitamins and has many heath benefits. The other ingredients are banana, milk and pure vanilla extract for flavour. For milk I usually use unsweetened almond milk, but feel free to use any milk you like (regular full-fat or low-fat, soya milk, coconut milk or other nut milk).
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For making the smoothie just add all the ingredients in the blender. I suggest starting with the wet ingredients (milk and vanilla), then the banana, the cocoa powder and finally the peanut butter. This way you will smooth blending and you will not end up with peanut butter stuck on the bottom of your blender. Blend until smooth, serve and consume immediately.
If you want to reach this smoothie to another level you can use frozen banana slices instead of fresh banana. When the smoothie is blended, the frozen banana gives a super ice-creamy texture to the smoothie! A trick that I do, is that I never throw away the overripe bananas. If I do not make any desert with them (they are ideal for banana cakes) I peel them off and cut them in slices. I put the banana slices in a zipped-top bag for foods and place it in the freezer. Remember to write on the zipped-bag the date of adding them in the freezer and the frozen bananas can be kept in the freezer for about 6 to 9 months. When you decide to make the smoothie, just put in the blender the frozen banana slices instead of a fresh banana and blend until the frozen bananas are blended completely and no frozen chunks are in the smoothie.
Some people tend to add ice while blending smoothies, in order to receive a cooler smoothie and ice-creamy texture. I have tried it but I would not recommend it because the blended ice finally leads to a watery smoothie. If you want a cool smoothie full of flavour try to use cold milk, frozen bananas or add 1 or 2 ice cubes in the smoothie glass and give it a good stir before consuming.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie
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1 cup unsweetened almond milk, or milk of your choice
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 large banana (fresh or frozen slices)
1 tbsp cocoa powder
1 tbsp peanut butter, smooth or crunchy
Add all the ingredients in the blender, starting with the wet ingredients (milk and vanilla extract) and ending with the peanut butter (you don't want the peanut butter to stick on the bottom of your blender and not to mix in properly).
Your smoothie is done! Serve in a big glass and consume immediately!
Do not worry if after a while your smoothie starts to split, just give it a gut stir and enjoy!
If you want your smoothie to have a more milkshake texture you can use frozen banana slices. As the frozen banana slices are blended they give a nice ice-creamy texture to the smoothie!
I wouldn't recommend to add ice in the blender in order to give an icy and creamier texture to the smoothie, because you will end up with a watery smoothie. Instead you can use cold milk, frozen bananas or add 1 or 2 ice cubes in the glass with a smoothie and give it a good stir.