Chocolate for breakfast? Yes, please. Especially when it’s a healthier way to have chocolate. This may not sound very healthy, but don’t let the words “chocolate” or “shake” fool you. There’s lots of good-for-you ingredients in this–banana, peanut butter, honey, unsweetened cocoa powder, Greek yogurt, and low-fat milk (you can sub non-dairy products in this, too). This shake has a super-rich chocolatey taste with a hint of peanut butter and banana and it’s so smooth and creamy!
If you like having chocolate in the morning, make this for breakfast. Or drink it for an afternoon snack…or have it as a dinner dessert–it’s great any time of day! One thing to remember is that you do have to plan ahead a little–you need to cut a banana into chunks and put in the freezer so it’s frozen when you make your shake–I usually do this the night before I’m going to make it.
CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER BREAKFAST SHAKE by NancyC
Makes 1 (10-ounce) serving
1 medium banana, cut into chunks and frozen (do this the day before you’re making it, or at least several hours ahead of time)
2 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1 Tablespoon natural creamy peanut butter
1 Tablespoon honey
1/2 cup plain or vanilla Greek yogurt or soy yogurt
1/4 cup low fat milk, soy milk, or almond milk
Combine all ingredients in a high-speed blender and blend until smooth. Pour in a glass and serve immediately.
This shake is a real treat and while it’s great for breakfast, I really like making it in the afternoon–that’s when I tend to crave chocolate. When would you make this?
I think this just may be the hottest week of summer. And that calls for a smoothie–even better, a chocolate smoothie! There’s a soy and non-soy version for this recipe, so you can take your pick. The smoothie I made pictured here is the soy version. I’ve never made a smoothie with tofu before, and it does give the smoothie a nice creaminess. It’s not super-thick, though, so if you’re expecting a smoothie like that, you’ll be disappointed. But it has a lightly creamy texture from the tofu and banana, and the unsweetened cocoa powder gives it a rich chocolate flavor. The honey gives the smoothie a light sweetness that’s just right–not too overly sweet. But if you do want it sweeter, you can always add in a little more honey!
Makes 1 large or 2 small servings, about 14 to 16 ounces
1 medium size banana, cut into slices or chunks and frozen (for about 3 to 4 hours or overnight)
1/2 cup plus 1 Tablespoon soft silken tofu (for a non-soy version, use plain or vanilla Greek yogurt)
1/3 to 1/2 cup soy milk (plain or vanilla–for a non-soy version, use regular milk; use 1/3 cup for a slightly thicker smoothie)
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tablespoon honey
4 ice cubes
Slice banana and freeze until firm (about 3 to 4 hours or overnight). Blend tofu (or greek yogurt), soymilk (or milk), cocoa, and honey in blender until smooth. Add in the frozen banana slices and blend; then add in ice cubes and blend until mixture is smooth.
Smoothies always sound good to me on hot summer days! What’s your favorite healthy warm-weather treat?