My all time favorite smoothie! I loved this so much I even turned these into fudgsicles. They are creamy and chocolatey with hints of peanut butter and loaded with goodness. Don’t believe me…try it for yourself!
When I discovered almond milk, I went on a kick where everything I made was with almond milk. Ok, no not really….BUT, I did try experimenting with it where I felt appropriate. This is the first main ingredient. You can also try oat milk, soy milk, cashew milk…whatever suites your fancy. Almond milk gives this smoothie a nice creamy texture that I love!
Next up, BANANAS! I’m going to tell you a little trick and this one is important. So listen up! A lot of smoothie recipes call for crushed iced…if you’re like me and don’t like getting chunks of ice in your smoothie then try this instead. Peel, slice, bag and freeze bananas ahead of time. Don’t ever let bananas got to waste again. I almost always have bags of sliced bananas in the freezer. They also make a great after school snack – our boys love eating them frozen.
I also really love this smoothie because I can discreetly add in an avocado without my boys noticing or tasting it. Avocados are packed with healthy fats, dietary fiber, and other goodies your body needs. They also add to the creamy texture.
Ok, so you’ve added your milk, bananas and avocado. Next, I add about a tablespoon of raw cacao powder. If you have a favorite chocolate protein powder you can certainly substitute it. This is why I love smoothies so much! There’s no right or wrong way of making them. If you’re feeling peanut butter, add it…if you need some greens, add some kale, if you’re feeling tropical, add some coconut! My kids LOVE smoothies. When they were younger it became harder and harder to get them to eat their veggies. Smoothies were the perfect solution to adding those veggies without them ever noticing. They have come a long way and they may not like them all the time but they do eat their vegetables at dinner. Mostly because the one rule in our house is if you don’t eat your veggies, then you don’t get dessert. Every member in our family has a sweet tooth. Dinner without dessert usually ends in a major meltdown.
My favorite combination when it comes to sweets is chocolate, bananas and PEANUT BUTTER! I think peanut butter tastes amazing in just about any kind of smoothie. It’s a great way to get some protein in. If you like the flavor of peanut butter but not so much the texture you can add a peanut butter powder instead or omit altogether and try almond butter, soy butter or sunflower butter.
Lastly, I like to add just a little bit of honey to sweeten it up. I usually buy ‘pure’ honey at the store. But it piqued my interested when I saw many labels claiming to be ‘raw’, ‘pure’, ‘organic’ and ‘unfiltered’. What on earth is the difference. I came across a fantastic article explaining each one. If you’re interested in learning more it can be found here.
This smoothie taste just like a chocolate milkshake. Who doesn’t love a good milkshake? Especially one that is loaded with ingredients that are actually good for you?
Tip: In the summertime, make this exact recipe, fill popsicle molds and freeze. Now you have fudgsicles! No more feeling guilty about loading your kids up with added sugars and dyes. I get requests for these all the time and they’re so easy to make!
- 1 C. Unsweetened Almond Milk
- 1 Medium Ripe Banana (sliced and frozen)
- 1/2 Medium ripe avocado
- 2 Tbl. Raw Cacao Powder
- 2 Tbl. Peanut Butter
- 1 Tbl. Honey
Combine all ingredients in a blender. Blend until smooth. Enjoy!