Peanut butter and chocolate are two of my great loves in life. Is it possible that this combo can actually be good for you?
The good news is peanut butter and chocolate can be nutritious if eaten in moderation and in their real food form (and if you’re not allergic to peanut butter, of course!). The bummer is most peanut butter, chocolate or chocolate-peanut butter candy on store shelves is far from real food. (Note: Real food is as close to the original source as possible and free from additives and preservatives.)
You see, if you’ll check the label, most of the peanut butter, chocolate chips, and the Reeses Peanut Butter Cups you can purchase in the store are full of ingredients you may not recognize, extra highly processed sugar (read: high fructose corn syrup), excessive sodium, and even trans fats. Those kinds do not count as health food…sorry.
But, get ready to celebrate, because THIS Peanut Butter Cup Smoothie recipe IS a healthy real food snack. It creates the perfect chocolatey-peanut-buttery flavor–think Peanut Butter Cup–without all the icky additives and trans fats of the actual candy. It’s also full of probiotics, protein, calcium, and even some antioxidants (from cocoa and honey).
It is such a treat, especially on a warm day. Add a little Homemade Popcorn (the best recipe for homemade popcorn I’ve ever had by the way) and your kids will thank you for this one!
I plan to enjoy this Peanut Butter Cup Smoothie as an after school snack with my little Kindergartener who heads to his first day tomorrow! Are his “little years” gone so soon??? Parents of little ones, enjoy them and use them wisely while you can, like this book encourages. They do indeed go by in a flash.
Enough of my “Kindergarten mom” sentimentalism. I hope you enjoy your real food snack with a person you love too!
Peanut Butter Cup Smoothie
Makes: six 1 cup servings
1 cup plain organic yogurt or kefir
1 1/2 cups organic milk (I recommend 2% or whole which I think gives it a richness)
1/3 cup 100% cocoa powder
1/2 cup all-natural organic peanut butter (make sure it’s just straight-up peanuts with no additives)
1/3 cup honey (preferably use raw honey)
1 tsp real vanilla (don’t be fooled by imitation vanilla–pay for the real stuff)
1/4 tsp salt (I use kosher salt since even table salt has additives; do not add salt if your PB is salted)
3 cups ice (use more ice if needed until it’s the icy consistency you like)
optional: banana (this would make it more banana-flavored obviously)
Put all ingredients in blender except ice. Blend until well combined. Add one cup of ice at a time and blend until smooth.
Cooking Note: I stuck our extra in the freezer and then blended it later. It turned out to be an even better consistency after being slightly frozen and re-blended!