Chocolate Peanut Butter ENERGY BOOSTING Smoothie

Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Boosting Smoothie


chocolate peanut butter energy boosting smoothie


I am a smoothie fanatic.

My mom used to make them all the time when I was a kid. We used to visit a smoothie shop for fresh strawberry banana smoothies before smoothie shops and juice bars were cool.

I am a smoothie freak.

I probably have one for breakfast about four times a week. No joke. My favorite smoothie is probably a strawberry banana smoothie - frozen strawberries, banana, Greek yogurt, a little orange juice, and almond milk. Simple. And I almost always use frozen berries because they're frozen at their sweetest and I like my smoothies icy. So, if there is enough frozen fruit, no need for extra ice.

Speaking of smoothies, my friend, Taya, used to post smoothie recipes almost every day on her Facebook page. One day she posted this one.


I saw cocoa powder. I saw peanut butter.
MUST...MAKE...IMMEDIATELY!

And you know I was serious about it if I took a screen shot and saved it forever.

But it also just so happened that I had all of the ingredients on hand. I modified it a little so it was more fitting to what I use regularly:  

The modified recipe goes a little something like this:

Chocolate Peanut Butter ENERGY BOOSTING Smoothie:

1 banana
2 scoops of 100% unsweetened cocoa 
1 scoop of creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup of plain Greek yogurt
1/3 cup of Original Almond Milk
Cinnamon to taste (about a 1/2 tsp.)
1 cup of ice


chocolate peanut butter energy boosting smoothie


Combine all ingredients and blend. 

chocolate peanut butter energy boosting smoothie


This Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Boosting Smoothie is now one of my favorites. I love it! It's so chocolaty and the sweetness comes mostly from the banana. It's so easy to make and it has a good amount of protein in it. 

If you read the screen shot from Taya, you'll learn that cinnamon may help treat type 2 diabetes, cinnamon has anti-fungal properties, and anti-clotting effects on the blood. Plus, it may help lower cholesterol. The recipe is also originally a Dr. Oz recipe! All good things!

A few things about my modified recipe:
I use 1/2 a cup of Greek yogurt because the flavor is pretty strong but it has a lot of protein. So, I prefer Greek yogurt over regular. I've also tried the banana flavored Chobani Greek yogurt and it's really good, too.

I add almond milk because the smoothie can be really thick. A little liquid thins it out and makes it easier to blend. I add this in place of the other 1/2 cup of Greek yogurt.

I'm sure you can get even healthier than I did and add organic, unsweetened peanut butter or something like that. I don't know why you would because that stuff is gross, but if you like to be healthy, great.

But if you're a smoothie lover like me, you must try this. Easy ingredients. Easy to make. Leaves me full until lunch. A good amount of protein. 

And, hello! It's chocolate and peanut butter, guys. Do I need to go on?

25 comments:

  1. Oooh - chocolate AND energy? Count me in!! This may need to be my afternoon pick-me-up! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. You are welcome! It's also really filling so it will hold you over for a while! I love it!

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  2. This looks absolutely YumYummy! You had me at Chocolate and Peanut Butter! I am a new smoothie convert but I will definitely have to try this...especially since it help boost energy on top of being delicious!

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    1. Yeah, smoothies are a breakfast favorite here! And this is a good way to get chocolate without so much sugar.

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  3. Oh, my heavens. This would certainly be a hit at my house. Thanks for sharing.

    Happy Sharefest. I hope you have a lovely weekend.

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    1. Thanks for visiting! Have a great weekend yourself!

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  4. Love that recipe! I found you from Sharefest. Thank you for sharing this!

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  5. chocolate and peanut butter...yummmmmy...even has almond milk-which we drink...I just may take out the yogurt or substitute for soy yogurt.

    thanks for sharing. Happy Saturday Sharefest

    http://dinoheromommy.com/

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    1. Yeah, we love almond milk here! You could totally replace all the yogurt with almond milk. I just like the extra protein.

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  6. I've been on a smoothie kick lately, and one of my favorites uses peanut butter and a banana, but I will have to try this one out. Thanks for sharing, happy Sharefest!

    Bev
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    1. Peanut butter and banana? You're half way there! Just add some cocoa powder and blend and you're on your way to chocolaty heaven.

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  7. I, too, am a smoothie lover! I actually use chunky peanut butter because that's what we have on hand and I like a little texture in my smoothie. I've tried a different chocolate peanut butter recipe, but I'm going to give this one a try too!
    Happy Sharefest!!
    http://thelieberfamily.com

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    1. Hello, fellow smoothie enthusiast! Chunky peanut butter? That's a twist! What's your recipe? I'd be interested to hear that one, too!

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  8. I love protein smoothies! I drink them once or twice a day, they are easy and full of great nutrients. This recipe looks yummy, I'll have to try it!
    Cute blog!

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    1. You know, I've often considered possibly having one for lunch, too. Maybe I'll try that when i don't know what to have and I'm tired of salad.

      Thanks!

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  9. I love smoothies too! Totally agree about the frozen fruit and not needing extra ice. This smoothie sounds delish, I'll have to check my pantry for the ingredients.

    Happy Saturday Sharefest!

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    1. Yes! That's one of the reasons why I started using frozen fruit! Not only was it sweeter but it already provided the ice.

      Happy Saturday Sharefest! Thanks for stopping in!

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  10. Because I hate bananas, I use honey in my version of this smoothie - just a little - cause I don't love sweet smoothies. But I agree. This is delicious. Visiting from SITS.

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    1. I like your honey idea!

      Thanks for visiting!

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  11. Sounds delish! We had lunch at Peanut Butter & Company in NYC and had chocolate pb - heavenly! Then my kids found it in the grocery store this week - my son was estatic. I can't wait to try in with a banana - mmmmm!!!

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