Sometimes in the morning I just want to literally roll out of bed and shoot out my arm to grab a frosty glass of chocolate peanut butter smoothie.
As you can imagine, I still have to make the effort of whipping up the smoothie together, but it’s much easier than chopping, cooking, steaming, and watching a pan of breakfast items trying to come together, while incoherently rambling on about how mornings suck (sometimes).
What I wanted to do with this smoothie was to make something rich and naturally sweet, without moving away from its plant-based roots.
That meant switching out white sugar for dates or using pure cocoa powder, rather than something loaded with unnecessary ingredients.
By the way, if you’re not familiar with dates, they are an edible, sweet fruit. And they are VERY sweet. This is why they are the perfect alternative to sugar.
Additionally, I wanted something thick with a chilled texture – so that meant using ingredients that were mostly frozen. This is key.
Anyway, you can use this chocolate peanut butter smoothie for breakfast, snack, or just anytime you need a guilt-free dessert. Although this smoothie sounds like the perfect, unhealthy dessert, it’s not. And I’ll get into that in this post.
My biggest tip for this recipe: use a high-powered blender. I personally use a Nutribullet. Its powerful blades always create a consistent and beautifully textured smoothie and it’s pretty affordable.
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Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie
- 1/2 cup vegan milk/water
- 1 frozen recipe banana
- 2 tablespoons natural peanut butter
- 1 tablespoon pitted dates
- 2 ice cubes
- If your dates are not pitted, remove the pits. Next, roughly chop the pitted dates.
- Pour all ingredients into a high powered blender and blend until smooth. Serve.
- Using dates is the perfect, natural way to sweeten up this smoothie.
- If you can’t find dates, you can use regular sugar.
- This recipe makes 1 serving
- You can use any type of vegan milk. Soy is usually thicker, which is perfect for smoothies. But, using water works fine too.
- Overripe bananas are going to help bring forth a natural sweetness – that’s what you want!
- Use natural peanut butter with no added sugar or salt. Trader Joe’s has some that are VERY cheap. My store goes for about $1.99 per jar of PB.