This Healthy Peanut Butter Chocolate Smoothie is oh-so delicious and loaded with protein, healthy fat and greens! Healthy enough for breakfast, but tasty enough for a treat. Whip up a batch in the morning to send your crew off happy and fueled up on nothing but the good stuff!
Smoothies in my life
Smoothies hold a special place in my heart for one very important reason…..
….adding them into my own daily diet was the first step I took in creating healthy eating habits.
My first smoothie
For real guys. I actually remember the day I made my first smoothie. I kid you not. So I was in our apartment kitchen, with my daughter (just a baby at the time) cooing to herself on the floor in the living room and my husband, Ken, was in the bedroom getting ready to head off to work.
Ken and I had been talking the night before about cleaning up our diets. Really, really cleaning them up. Out with the diet soda and frozen dinners, in with the fruits and veggies! That morning, with the mission to make my family a really healthy breakfast, I had a staredown with my blender.
I was going to make a smoothie.
Combining veggies and fruit?
Ugh. Just the idea, having never tried one before, sounded kind of appauling.
I had been seeing the glory of green smoothies pop up all over social media and in magazines, but the idea of combining vegetables and fruit into a drink just seemed so…..wrong.
But, I was forcing myself to be open to change for the better. So, there I was, banana in one hand and baby spinach in the other. It was time to see what this green smoothie hype was all about.
I won’t lie. My first smoothie didn’t knock my socks off, but it was tasty enough for me to try again the next day. And the day after that. And the day after that.
Healthy Morning Routine
Pretty soon, smoothies were a part of our daily morning routine and my little daughter crawled briskly over to the kitchen whenever she heard the blender going. Her young palate was developing a taste for all the fruits and veggies I was adding to our smoothies and I felt a bit like Supermom.
Because, no matter what else happened in the day or whatever my family ate (or didn’t eat) they had started out their day with a boatload of nutrient dense fruits and veggies in their morning smoothie.
So, clearly, I am a big time smoothie groupie and advocate.
Regardless of what other people say about smoothies, I feel like they are a glorious way of opening the door to healthy eating for you and your family. But that doesn’t mean you make a smoothie one morning and it’s smooth sailing from there. It takes exploration. Trying out recipes. And maybe a tasty nudge.
Was Mary Poppins right?
It was Mary Poppins who said it best “Just a spoon full of sugar helps the medicine go down.” I don’t promote coating broccoli in sugar to get your kids to eat it, but I also think that showing children that spinach and avocado mixed with a few tasty fruits doesn’t taste nearly as strong and isn’t nearly as intimidating.
Wondering what to do with your leftover avocado? Check out How to Store Avocados (Ripe, Unripe & Already Cut) for my best tips and tricks to get the most out of your produce!
Knowing what real food is
I don’t personally believe in “hiding” or “sneaking” veggies into my daughter’s food, as I want her to KNOW what real food is and what she is eating. I also want to show her that vegetables can taste good, you just have to find the right way to enjoy them.
I’m honest with my daughter (and students) when I make a smoothie. I show her all the ingredients going in and then encourage her to try it. 9 times out of 10, she loves the smoothie…regardless of whether there veggies in it or not.
So, this is kind of my Mary Poppins inspired smoothie for you guys. A little natural sugar from fruit, some nutty goodness from peanut butter (plus a kick of protein), and few scoops of delicious (and heart healthy) cacao powder to make some amazing veggies taste….amazing.
Now go. Blend. Fall in love with smoothies, too. And make them part of your family’s life. Here is the first step for you!
Want to make sure you always have spinach on hand for this peanut butter chocolate smoothie? Check out my tips & tricks for keeping spinach fresh all week!
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Healthy Peanut Butter Chocolate Smoothie (with greens!)
- 1-2 very ripe frozen bananas, peeled (start with 1 and add more depending on how sweet you want it)
- 2 cups unsweetened almond milk
- 1 1/2 cups baby spinach (or greens of choice)
- 1/2 ripe avocado, pitted and peeled
- 1/4- 1/2 cup frozen mango (again depending on sweetness)
- 2 heaping tablespoons peanut butter
- 3-4 tablespoons cacao or unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 tablespoon ground flax seed (optional)
- Combine bananas, almond milk, spinach, and avocado in blender and run until smooth.
- Add remaining ingredients, running again until smooth. If desired, add water and blend again to reach desired consistency.
- Enjoy immediately.
The nutritional information is provided as an estimate only and may vary based on the product type, servings and other factors. If you are following a diet, please consult with a professional nutritionist or your doctor. Stay healthy!
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What would a good substitute be for banana? Can’t eat them and usually use avocado as sub. Guess I could put extra avocado 🥑?
You could do move avocado or dates or even frozen fig!
Do you know the nutritional info for this?
I do not but I am sure there is a website you could plug the ingredients into that will tell you.
I cut the ingredients down for one person and added protein powder & the flax seeds. It was a disgusting color, but it was good! Something different than what I normally make. I’ll definitely make it again.
Yeah, mixing chocolate and greens does make for a pretty interesting color…but I am glad the flavor was on point!
Yum. I do a similar smoothie when I have a craving for sweetness. Saw this on Pinterest. Great pics 🙂
No frozen mango in the house… can I just add another banana?
Yes! This recipe is very forgiving!
This recipe is amazing! I feel like I’m having a chocolate milkshake for breakfast, but I feel so good knowing I’m getting a ton of fruits and veggies to start my day! I’ve made this twice now and it’s my new favorite smoothie😊
I totally agree! It feels like a treat but has so much goodness in it! Glad you enjoyed it!
Yummy! So smooth. I subbed almond butter. Think you could even leave the mango out.
I’m so glad you enjoyed it!
How many servings is the ingredient list based on?
This recipe makes 3 smoothies
Can I use siggi yogurt and coconut water in this recipe?
Sure! I be they would be delicious!
I’ve just subscribed but I love my smoothies, especially with chocolate. I live alone, so I only make enough for me. Start with a ripe banana frozen (but sometimes not), frozen strawberries, Greek yogurt and half bottle of my chocolate protein drink and 1/4 of an avocado,( I also freeze my Avocado in 1/4s, buy them on sale). Really good! I’ve used spinach but have to learn how to keep it longer. Looking forward to receiving more good ideas.
Sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing and so glad to have you here, Kay!