Saturday, January 4, 2014

Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie (Vegan, Gluten Free)

Some days I am very, very happy to live in Texas. Today is one of those days. While Facebook is filled with posts of how ridiculously cold everyone else is in the rest of the country, I'm enjoying a bright, sunny, 70 degree day. Which is great because I've been craving my favorite dessert smoothie lately and it doesn't taste quite the same when you're bundled up in the blanket. 

The other day I mentioned how my New Year's resolution is to consciously include more greens in my diet. Last year I made a point to make sure I had greens at least once a day, this year I'm doubling that; it's my goal to consume greens at least twice a day. This smoothie is perfect for helping achieve that goal. After indulging in holiday treats for the last few weeks we have the tendency to quit treating ourselves cold turkey. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, but sometimes that leads to back-sliding and never sticking with our goals. It's my belief that we should never deprive ourselves or stop treating ourselves. We work hard and life's too short to cut out all indulgences. Instead I like to find healthy ways to incorporate the things I love that way I can stick with my goals for the long haul. Whether you love dark, leafy greens like me or hate them, but know you should eat them, this smoothie is perfect for you. Assuming you love chocolate, bananas and peanut butter of course. 

I love this smoothie for many reasons:
1) It's chocolate.
2) It tastes like dessert.
3) It blends up in minutes.
4) It's filling and satisfying, yet gives you a burst of energy.
5) It's loaded with good stuff like magnesium, antioxidants, protein, healthy fats, potassium, fiber, iron and other important vitamins.
6) Its basically the perfect PMS smoothie (not that you have to be a girl or experiencing those symptoms to enjoy it).

Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie
  • 1 frozen banana
  • Giant handful of your favorite greens (I did a mix of spinach and kale)
  • 1 tablespoon ground flax seeds
  • 2 tablespoons raw cacao powder
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter (or your favorite nut butter)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 dark chocolate chips
Makes 1-2 servings.
Place all the ingredients in the blender and blend until smooth (you may need to stir or add more almond milk depending on how powerful your blender is). Pour into your favorite glass, pop in a straw, sit back and enjoy.

-If you don't have any frozen bananas on hand, feel free to use a fresh, ripe banana and add 4-6 ice cubes to make it colder.
-Feel free to adjust the amounts to your specific tastes, most times I make this I don't measure the ingredients I just toss in whatever looks good. 

Fun fact: Today is my 100th post! So I'd just like to say thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone who reads this blog and for all the comments and feedback both on here and Facebook. It means so much to me! If there is anything you'd like to see more of on the blog, please don't hesitate to ask!


  1. What blender do you use? Mine makes greens into glitter/confetti, not the liquid puree I want so I've been researching an upgrade. You're right. There are days I'm glad I live in Texas. Usually the days I remember that we live in the same place! ;)

    1. Hey Julie! I've found that putting the greens in forts, closest to the blades purées them better. I really like ninja blenders. They cost around $100, but they're pretty heavy duty and they work well as food processors as well, some even come with a separate attachment for that purpose. Be sure to shop around because I've seen the prices for them vary quite a bit.