Healthy Smoothies – Chocolate, Banana, and Peanut Butter
Healthy smoothies and delicious frozen treats should not be something scary or challenging to make. There are so many options out there for what to put in a healthy smoothie, and I think people become overwhelmed with the possibilities. If you are trying to make a change in your eating, are looking for a quick breakfast or snack, or are just looking for new options, this recipe is for you.
Chocolate and peanut butter are a combination that almost all of us can agree are delicious. Chocolate and banana are a match made in heaven. When you put all of it together, you get a glass full of sunshine and sparkles. And then you go crazy next level awesome and add a bunch of spinach or kale to the whole thing and now you’re running around high-fiving everyone you meet.
The spinach, yogurt, greens, and chia seeds in this recipe will make your gut so happy and easy, breezy. The yogurt and milk give you protein and calcium, and the peanut butter is also full of delicious protein. New to chia seeds? Be aware that they can change the texture of your drink, but not in a bad way. The awesome little seeds thicken up liquid like a boss.
The options to personalize this and other healthy smoothies are endless. Dairy-free? No worries. Use your favorite non-dairy milk and yogurt. Follow a Paleo diet, or have peanut issues? You got this. Simply add in your favorite alternative nut butter (we used SunButter before Jack seemed ready for peanut butter). My friend uses PB2 as a lower-fat/calorie alternative to peanut butter. If you choose to use something like that, increase the yogurt a bit to balance out the texture of the smoothie.
And just when you think this smoothie is perfect and ready to go, you realize that you can blow your own damn mind and add a splash of homemade vanilla extract. Check and mate. Point goes to you.
Healthy smoothies made with chocolate, banana, and peanut butter are perfect for snacks or breakfast. Adding spinach makes this a veggie-packed treat.
- 1/3 cup of organic milk or coconut milk
- 1 banana sliced and frozen I slice and put in the freezer the night before
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/3 cup plain Greek yogurt
- 1 tsp of honey
- 1/2 cup of raw spinach or flat-leafed packed
- 1/3 cup of peanut butter or preferred nut butter.
- 1.5 tsp of good quality cocoa powder I prefer dark chocolate
- 1 tsp of chia or ground flax seeds
Place your preferred milk in the bottom of the blender. Add the frozen banana, and then the rest of the ingredients in the order they are listed above. Blend until smooth.
Healthy smoothies are the perfect solution for a quick on the go breakfast. Back when I was commuting Jack and I would have this Chocolate, Banana, and Peanut Butter smoothie in the car many days each week. The protein from so many sources left me comfortably full (but not feeling gross) until lunch. At the time when these were an almost daily part of our lives, Jack was an avowed vegetable hater. At first, I hid the fact that I put spinach and kale in the smoothies. Eventually, I told him and he would remind me to add them when we made them every morning. Healthy smoothies are a gateway to more veggies for picky eaters. And speaking of veggies, let’s talk kale for this recipe. I think most people who don’t like kale are eating the wrong form of kale. That curly and frilly kale that is in almost every grocery store is best left to bunnies and my chickens. Eating that kale makes me feel like a cow chewing my cud.
And speaking of veggies, let’s talk kale for this recipe. I think most people who don’t like kale are eating the wrong form of kale. That curly and frilly kale that is in almost every grocery store is best left to bunnies and my chickens. Eating that kale makes me feel like a cow chewing my cud. No thank you. If you’re new to kale or trying to learn to like it, find a flat leaf variety. My favorite and one I grow in my garden is Nero di toscana.
Healthy smoothies are your new favorite thing. You just didn’t know about it until now. You’re welcome friend!