Every once in a while, well to be honest more than every once in a while I get a major craving for chocolate. Not just chocolate but chocolate and peanut butter. There is a great little chain restaurant around here where we used to get shakes and burgers. I won’t name names, but the calorie count on their chocolate peanut butter shake is 760 calories. That is 760 calories of nothing that is good for you. Oh my word, it was so good but it made me feel so sick, bloated and nasty. I used to think nothing healthy tasted good. Believe it or not, the chemicals and fake flavors that are used in processed foods actually can change your taste buds and cause you to crave their junk. Once you begin eliminating processed foods from your diet, you will see that your taste buds, like mine, will start craving foods that your body actually needs and the fake stuff will not be as tasty. We have had to eliminate things slowly around here, but when I do take things out of their diets, I have to replace it with something similar that is good and healthy but still tastes great. This is one of those things. We make smoothies instead of having ice cream or milkshakes. And y’all, no joke, this one is INSANE it’s so good.
This recipe is dedicated to my sweet friend Monique of Granola Convert. She is new at this whole healthy eating thing and she is like, “Kelli, for REAL, you have got to break this down in baby steps for me so I can get it. Even if it sounds easy for you, I have to actually SEE what you are doing.” My point here is proven in her new blog post called, “Organic Shopping Requires a Xanex….just saying” You absolutely must read it. I was laughing my head off because it’s so true. I have been there done that. Okay so here ya go Monique. This is for you and every one else who might be visual learners like us.
Here is a list of things you will need.
Whey Protein – It’s important to use all natural 100% whey protein. There are so many out there that are for body builders etc. that are full of extra chemicals. We don’t want that here. We just want straight up 100% whey. I get mine at Earth Fare. It’s called show me the whey. Or, if you are an amazon fanatic like me, you can buy Pure Protein found HERE.
Chatfields Natural Coco Powder found at Whole Foods
365 Peanut Butter or any other natural peanut butter that has only peanuts and sea salt for ingredients
Stevia Drops– This is the magic ingredient. It is low glycemic and straight up stevia plant. No added anything. There are zero calories and it is chemical free. These drops have properties that may help with pancreatic function. 1 tsp equals 1 cup of table sugar. I have been using this instead of any other sugar other than coconut sugar. It’s AWESOME. You can get it at whole foods or buy this product in the market. Although it seems a bit expensive, it goes a LONG way. One drop will do ya if you are sweetening your glass of tea. My kids love putting this in water with a drop of lemon essential oil and creating their own healthy lemon aid. Anyway, I’ll talk a lot about stevia drops in other recipes so it’s a great clean pantry staple.
Alrighty then….So ya ready?
- Add 1 scoop of protein powder (the scoop will be included in your protein container) and 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder to the bottom of the blender.
- Add 1 tablespoon of peanut butter. I used crunchy but you don’t have to, it all blends. Oh my word, I need a manicure.
- Add Banana by breaking it up into smaller pieces.
- Add 10 Stevia Drops. Okay this is way more than I normally use, but you know, we are going for milk shake sweet here and its zero calories! No BRAINER.
- Add 1 cup of ice and 1/2 cup water.
- Before Blend
- After Blend..Phew! It’s hard taking photos and cooking at the same time, Trying to hold a measuring cup in one hand and a camera in the other. HAHA. I may have to enlist the littles to help me out next time.
- 1 scoop vanilla 100% natural whey protein powder
- 1 Tablespoon Natural Cocoa Powder
- 1 Tablespoon natural peanut butter
- 10 stevia drops
- 1 banana
- 1 cup of ice
- 1/2 cup water
- In blender, combine all ingredients. Blend until smooth.
This is a great alternative to a chocolate peanut butter milk shake. Instead of 760 calories, this smoothie is packed with protein and only 295 calories. It's a great dessert of meal replacement.