Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Chocolate-Peanut Butter Smoothie

This chocolate-peanut butter smoothie doesn't have to be dessert; it can be a quick and energizing breakfast as well. I made it in no time flat tonight, and it was delicious! Despite sounding rich and fattening, it is more nutritious than not, especially if you follow the directions to use unsweetened cocoa powder and low-fat or nonfat yogurt. Our peanut butter does not have any added sugars, so that is an added bonus: protein and flavor with less sugar. Yogurt has active cultures that keep the intestinal tract healthy, and the calcium can help maintain a trim waistline. Despite what our skinny culture tells us, everyone needs fats, and these ingredients provide some healthy fats.

Ripe banana, 1
Milk, 1/2 cup
Creamy peanut butter, 1 1/2 TBS
Unsweetened cocoa powder, 1 1/2 TBS
Vanilla low-fat or nonfat yogurt, 1 cup

Peel and break banana into chunks.
In a blender, combine banana, milk, peanut butter, and cocoa. Process until mixture is smooth.
Add yogurt and process until mixture is thoroughly blended.
Pour smoothie into 2 tall glasses and serve at once.

Calories:260 Carbs:34 g
Protein:12 g Fat:10 g
Cholesterol:10 g Fiber:4 g
Sodium:160 g

From the book Eat Well


Rose said...

This sounds delicious! I've been trying to gather recipes from friends for a cookbook and I think I need to put this one in there! Yes, we definately need to get together...maybe next week? Friday?

Christine said...

I made this twice and really enjoyed it! Great for after a workout. The second time I used a frozen banana, which I think I preferred. I only had plain yogurt, so it was on the tangy side (even though I added some honey)...I think it would probably be better with vanilla yogurt, but I still liked it a lot.

Ashley said...

Yay, I'm glad you liked it! I haven't tried it with a frozen banana, but I have put the finished smoothie in the freezer for a while before drinking it, and it thickened up nicely. I agree, it is really great after a work out (or even before, I think)! I also made it with plain yogurt once. I tried adding honey vanilla extract, but I don't think it added much. It was still good though.