After making African Groundnut Stew recently, peanut butter was on my mind.
So I decided to make a yummy smoothie for Sunday lunch. I’ve made some tasty chocolate and peanut butter deserts in the past. These peanut butter squares for example from Nigella Lawson’s “How to be a Domestic Goddess” cookbook are to DIE FOR. Almost literally when you look at how bad they are for you. Great on the lips, not so good on the hips. So I won’t be making them today.
Here is a tasty, fairly healthy and filling chocolate and peanut butter smoothie using protein powder. This was my easy lunch.
- 2 bananas
- 2 scoops of chocolate protein powder
- 2 tsp organic peanut butter
- 12 ice cubes
- Low fat milk/almond milk – enough to pretty much cover the solids (its OK if a bit is sticking over the top – the amount of milk you need depends the size of the cups you plan to fill)
Instead of chocolate protein powder, add cacao powder, grated 80% cocoa chocolate, milo or nutella.
To make it a green smoothie, just add 2 frozen spinach cubes in place of half of the ice (it really doesn’t change the flavour, just gives it added free health value), or add a spoon or two of spirulina powder or the like. ANY smoothie can be a green smoothie.
- Add all ingredients to your blender
Serve in two glasses and ENJOY
My Take Aways
Nom. Mine wasn’t too brown because the brand-new-haven’t-tried-it-until-now chocolate protein powder I used has quite a mild chocolate flavour and colour. I may add a bit of cocoa to it as well next time.
Next time I’ll also make it green. I do recommend using organic peanut butter over the processed kind. It is literally just ground peanuts in oil, with no added sugar, preservatives or any other nasties. It is so much healthier to use in cooking than the alternative. I’m not sure if you can get it in crunchy as well as smooth or not, but I will look into it.
Let me know how your chocolate, peanut butter and banana smoothies went. Have you tried using frozen spinach cubes instead of ice? What do you think?