Erin Swenson, Food Blogger
Green smoothies are a great way to get extra servings of fruits and vegetables into your diet. They make a great breakfast option, or an after school/mid afternoon snack. They are also DASH diet friendly. The fun thing about this recipe is that the combination of chocolate, peanut butter, and banana smoothie make this smoothie taste more like a milkshake than anything else. It is delicious, decadent, and packed full of nutrients. It is so good you will forget it’s healthy!
Before we begin, let’s break down the different ingredients:
As in any green smoothie, using unsweetened almond milk in place of regular milk helps reduce the number of calories by about ½ compared to cow’s milk. However, almond milk does not have as many nutrients as cow’s milk. Therefore, when looking for an almond milk, try and find one that is fortified; this means that extra nutrients are added during processing.
PB2 powder is peanut butter that has been made by extracting the fat from the peanuts and then turning them into a powder. It has significantly less fat than traditional peanut butter, 90% less, but still has all the peanut butter flavor we love. In 2 tablespoons of PB2 there are only 45 calories compared to 190 in traditional peanut butter. If you are a peanut butter lover looking to reduce calories or fat in your diet, it is a gamechanger. It is also available in a version with cocoa already included.
There are so many different brands of protein powder available. The key is finding one that you like. Some companies offer sample size pouches or smaller quantity pouches. If you try one and aren’t in love with it, keep trying other options. Protein is a vital nutrient that our body needs to make and repair all cells. In this green smoothie the protein from the peanut butter and protein powder help you to feel full longer and curb hunger and cravings. A good balance of protein and carbohydrates in your diet helps to keep blood sugar levels even throughout the day.
If you or your family enjoys smoothies for breakfast, one way to make green smoothie prep even faster in the mornings is to freeze the Greek yogurt in ice cube trays. Once frozen, place the yogurt in a zip lock freezer bag. You can pull out a few cubes at a time for smoothies. You can also freeze bananas in advance. Peel the bananas and break them into fourths. Put them on a cookie sheet and freeze them for a few hours or overnight. Once they are frozen, put them in a freezer bag.
At my house we have a section of our freezer that is dedicated to smoothie ingredients. This make smoothie making in the morning fast and easy. We also like to have greens frozen in a bag. If we ever have spinach or greens that we aren’t going to finish before they go bad we throw them in the freezer for our green smoothies.
Overall the nutritional content of this smoothie will vary depending on what milk, protein powder, and peanut butter you use.
- In a blender combine milk or unsweetened almond milk, fresh spinach, PB2 powdered peanut butter or creamy peanut butter, chocolate protein powder, plain Greek yogurt, frozen banana, one handful of ice cubes. Blend well and enjoy!
Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Green Smoothie
Servings: 1 Total Time: 5 Minutes
- 8 oz. milk or unsweetened almond milk
- 1 cup fresh spinach
- 2 Tablespoons PB2 powdered peanut butter or creamy peanut butter 1 scoop chocolate protein powder
- 2 Tablespoons plain Greek yogurt
- 1 frozen banana
- 5-10 ice cubes
- In a blender combine milk or unsweetened almond milk, fresh spinach, PB2 powdered peanut butter or creamy peanut butter, chocolate protein powder, plain Greek yogurt, frozen banana, and ice cubes.